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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Gilham stays on for BTCC finale

October 2nd, 2015

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Tony Gilham has confirmed he will drive his Team Hard outfit’s Toyota Avensis in the British Touring Car Championship finale at Brands Hatch. Gilham replaced season-long driver Kieran Gallagher for the last round at Silverstone at the last minute, after the rookie hit funding issues following a bruising Rockingham weekend in September. A best finish of 15th in race three meant Gilham doubled the team’s points tally for the season and the podium finisher will continue in the Avensis next weekend. “We were always up against it having had very little running in an NGTC car, and admittedly I was very nervous after three years away,” said Gilham. “You always worry that you may have been left behind but in truth I was happy with the pace. “We made big [...]

WTCC adds cycling-style ‘time trial’

October 2nd, 2015

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The World Touring Car Championship will introduce a new, cycling-inspired team time trial in 2016, as part of a renewed focus on the manufacturers’ championship. Each manufacturer will nominate three cars after qualifying to contest the new session, dubbed MAC3 and inspired by the team component of cycling events such as the Tour de France. The drivers will start side-by-side and complete two or three laps – one on the Nurburgring Nordschleife – with the third driver’s total time representing each brand, in a fight for additional manufacturers’ championship points. VIDEO: WTCC LAUNCHES ‘MAC3′ TIME TRIAL “As a promoter, I usually find that we FIA world championships are not very good at promoting the world manufacturers’ title,” Francois Ribeiro told AUTOSPORT. “If you put the manufacturers in a room and [...]

Cook to run new BTCC control parts

September 28th, 2015

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British Touring Car Championship rookie Josh Cook will run some of the series’ new RML-designed parts in his Power Maxed Chevrolet in next month’s season finale at Brands Hatch. Former leading BTCC team RML has secured a six-year deal to supply the BTCC’s standard chassis components from the start of 2016, taking over from GPRM. A TOCA statement said the teams were informed of the trial with Cook during a working group meeting at last weekend’s Silverstone round. “The BTCC administrator has approved a waiver to allow for some trial 2016 update parts from RML to be fitted to car #66 (Power Maxed Racing) for validation purposes during the next event,” it said. Renault Clio Cup graduate Cook took the first podium of his BTCC career with a third place [...]

Menu in frame for BMR BTCC call-up

September 28th, 2015

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Two-time British Touring Car champion Alain Menu could return to the series for the Brands Hatch finale as a stand-in for Team BMR boss Warren Scott. Owner-driver Scott missed the races at Silverstone last weekend after fracturing two vertebrae when he crashed in the opening practice session. It has ruled him out of the finale at Brands on October 10-11 and now Scott has targeted Menu, who drove for BMR last season and is the boss’s driver coach, as his replacement. “We know we have got to put someone in there to maintain our licence to complete, and preferably for me it would be Alain,” said Scott. “He knows the car well and he knows what we have been doing this year to make it better and he could certainly [...]

Turkington wins to keep title bid alive

September 27th, 2015

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Colin Turkington’s British Touring Car Championship title defence remains alive heading to the final round after the 2014 champion won the third race Silverstone. The Team BMR driver was third on the grid in his Volkswagen CC but followed Rob Collard past the slow-starting James Cole and then nailed the WSR BMW to lead at the end of the opening lap. A safety car, required to recover the stricken machines of Hunter Abbott and Dan Welch, was called on lap two, but when it returned to the pits Turkington had no trouble establishing a lead. He eased clear of the chasing BMWs of Collard and Sam Tordoff to record his fourth win of the season, and cut his deficit to Gordon Shedden in the championship to 30 points with 68 [...]

Priaulx secures race two victory

September 27th, 2015

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Andy Priaulx claimed the second win of his return British Touring Car Championship campaign with an assured drive in race two at Silverstone. BMW’s three-time world champion suffered a rollbar failure in qualifying and the WSR man essentially aborted race one, focusing instead on setting a fast laptime and starting as high up the grid for the sequel as possible. It paid dividends with a third-placed start that Priaulx turned into second by Copse, before hounding race-one winner Mat Jackson relentlessly over the opening laps. The Motorbase Ford Focus driver held firm for the first third of the race, but eventually the 75kg he was carrying proved too much and the ballast-free 125i M Sport hit the front on lap eight. That proved to be the race-winning pass, but it [...]

Jackson wins opener, Plato goes off

September 27th, 2015

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Mat Jackson won a largely processional opening British Touring Car Championship race at Silverstone, as title challenger Jason Plato failed to score. It’s the third meeting in a row Plato has not finished in the points in the opening race, an issue compounded by championship leader Gordon Shedden completing the podium behind Jackson and Andrew Jordan. Motorbase Ford Focus driver Jackson was untroubled at the front, beating Shedden in the race to Copse for the first time and bolting clear on soft tyres before managing a 2.5-second gap to the end. Shedden’s Honda came under attack from Sam Tordoff’s WSR BMW on the first lap but rebuffed the 125i M Sport, only to lose second to Jordan’s MG next time round at Becketts. Jordan had finished second three times this [...]

Muller beats Tarquini for race two win

September 27th, 2015

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Yvan Muller claimed victory for Citroen in the final race World Touring Car Championship race at Shanghai, denying Honda’s Gabriele Tarquini. Muller made a good start to get in front of team-mate and championship leader Jose Maria Lopez from the line as he chased down Tarquini – who claimed the lead after a wheel-to-wheel battle with polesitter Hugo Valente. Valente sustained damage to his rear suspension as a result of his first lap tussle with Tarquini and was forced to retire. Muller made his move on leader Tarquini on lap nine of 15, executing a clean and easy overtake on the Italian. He then pulled away to form a three-second lead as Tarquini came under pressure from Lopez and Sebastian Loeb. Despite the best efforts of a charging Lopez, he [...]

Lopez takes commanding victory

September 27th, 2015

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Jose Maria Lopez took yet another win in the opening World Touring Car Championship race at Shanghai to further his championship lead. It was an easy drive to victory for Lopez after securing his 12th WTCC career pole in the postponed qualifying session on Sunday morning. He led from the start and secured the manufacturers’ championship for Citroen for the second year in a row. There was heartache for home favourite and front-row qualifier Ma Qing Hua as he failed to get off the line. Though he fought through the field in the hope of salvaging a podium, mechanical issues ultimately meant he retired with four laps to go, with question marks over his race two participation. Yvan Muller and Sebastian Loeb had trouble-free races to round off the podium [...]

Lopez denies Ma home WTCC pole

September 27th, 2015

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Jose Maria Lopez took his 12th career pole in a delayed World Touring Car Championship qualifying session at Shanghai, denying Citroen team-mate and home hero Ma Qing Hua. A time of 1m49.447s not only gave Lopez pole position for race one but also made him the fourth most successful qualifier in WTCC history in only his second full season contesting the series. Despite setting the fastest time in all of the earlier free practice sessions, Shanghai-born Ma could not mount a challenge to Lopez and lines up on the race one grid in second position. Nicky Catsburg made a surprise appearance for Lada in the Q3 top five shootout, ultimately setting a time fast enough for third ahead of Sebastian Loeb and Yvan Muller. Catsburg’s Lada team-mate Rob Huff just [...]

Jackson takes Silverstone BTCC pole

September 26th, 2015

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Mat Jackson claimed a second straight British Touring Car Championship pole position with a commanding performance in Silverstone qualifying. The Motorbase driver bagged his first pole for the team at Rockingham last time out and its EcoBoost-powered Ford Focus flew on Silverstone’s short national layout as well. Setting four times good enough for pole, practice pacesetter Jackson ended up with a best of 58.078s – more than two tenths clear of anyone else. Such was his advantage in a car with no ballast that the same gap covered championship leader Gordon Shedden – whose second place came with 75kg on board – back to Jason Plato in 10th. Plato struggled in his Team BMR Volkswagen CC for much of a session and only a late improvement hauled him onto the [...]

Scott to sit out Silverstone round

September 26th, 2015

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Warren Scott will miss the remainder of the British Touring Car Championship’s Silverstone weekend after fracturing two vertebrae in a crash during free practice. The Team BMR owner-driver crashed his Volkswagen CC at Copse in the closing stages of FP1, and missed second practice while undergoing checks at hospital after complaining of lower-back pain. X-rays at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford revealed two fractures, ruling Scott out of Sunday’s races and likely ending his season with the Brands Hatch finale just two weeks away. The accident occurred when Scott lost control of his VW mid-corner, losing the rear before the car snapped to the left. The CC travelled across the run-off area and ploughed head-on into the concrete barrier before coming to a rest on the left-hand side. It suffered [...]

Jackson dominates Silverstone practice

September 26th, 2015

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Mat Jackson dominated practice for the British Touring Car Championship round at Silverstone in his Motorbase Ford Focus. The Rockingham race winner topped both sessions on Saturday, as the new EcoBoost-powered Focus starred on the short national circuit layout. Jackson’s best time of the day so far came in practice two, in which he posted a 58.557s lap and then aborted an even quicker lap. His effort was still good enough for top spot, edging out MG’s Jack Goff by just 0.053s. Colin Turkington was the leading Team BMR Volkswagen CC in third, just ahead of the BTCC’s newest podium finishers Josh Cook and Tom Ingram – with all three drivers within a couple of tenths of Jackson’s benchmarks. Jackson had edged Cook’s Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze by just [...]

X-rays for Scott after practice crash

September 26th, 2015

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Warren Scott will undergo hospital checks after a crash in the opening British Touring Car Championship practice session at Silverstone. The Team BMR owner-driver crashed his Volkswagen CC at Copse in the closing stages of practice one, in which he was third fastest. Scott lost control mid-corner, losing the rear before the car snapped to the left. The CC travelled across the run-off area and ploughed head-on into the concrete barrier before coming to a rest on the left-hand side. Extracting the Team BMR owner from his car took some time after he complained of lower-back pain, but he was eventually moved to the circuit medical centre before being transferred to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for X-rays. If Scott is given the all-clear medically to continue this weekend, his [...]

GT crash postpones WTCC qualifying

September 26th, 2015

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Qualifying for this weekend’s World Touring Car Championship round at Shanghai has been delayed until Sunday morning as a result of an accident in a support race. A crash in the GT Asia race caused serious damage to the safety barriers at the Chinese Grand Prix venue, with organisers choosing to postpone qualifying for the two WTCC races taking place this weekend until 8.30am local time on Sunday in order to repair the damage to the required standard. “Safety will always remain the number one priority and we cannot ever compromise on it,” said François Ribeiro, the WTCC general manager. “This is obviously not ideal for the teams, the spectators and broadcasters but we have had to postpone qualifying in the last 10 years due to exceptional circumstances and we [...]

Ma quickest in practice at home

September 26th, 2015

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Citroen’s Ma Qing Hua set the pace in both free practice sessions at the Shanghai International Circuit ahead of this weekend’s World Touring Car Championship round. The home favourite ended the second session six tenths quicker than second place man Gregoire Demoustier’s Craft-Bamboo Chevrolet with a time of 1m51.217s, after having also dominated the earlier practice session from start to finish. Tom Chilton made a three-tenth improvement on his practice one time of 1m52.494s to end the second practice session in third place. Chilton’s ROAL team-mate Tom Coronel, though running without the updates of the sister car, ended the second session in fourth with a time of 1m52.180s. Championship leader Jose Maria Lopez rounded off the top five with a time of 1m52.307s. Further down the order there was confusion [...]

Last-minute BTCC return for Gilham

September 25th, 2015

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British Touring Car Championship podium finisher Tony Gilham will race for his own Team Hard squad at Silverstone this weekend as a last-minute substitute. Gilham’s team returned to the series this season, fielding an ex-United Autosports Toyota Avensis for rookie Kieran Gallagher. Gallagher failed to finish all three races last time out at Rockingham after a race-ending accident in the opener forced him to sit out the sequel, before further contact caused his retirement in race three. That damage has left Gallagher unable to participate this weekend for financial reasons, and so Gilham, who drove the Avensis during the summer tyre test at Snetterton, has stepped in. “It hasn’t necessarily happened in the way I wanted it to, but I’m delighted to be back,” he said. “The team has completed [...]

Fuji WEC return for Aston Martin’s Mucke

September 23rd, 2015

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Longtime Aston Martin Racing driver Stefan Mucke will return to the team’s World Endurance Championship line-up at Fuji next month. The German will race the #99 Aston Martin Vantage GTE after missing last weekend’s Austin round because he was placed by AMR with the Motorbase-run Oman customer squad for the clashing Blancpain Endurance Series finale at the Nurburgring. Mucke replaces Richie Stanaway in the #99 entry alongside Fernando Rees and Alex MacDowall for the Japanese WEC round on October 11 because the Kiwi will take up his GP2 seat with Status Grand Prix in Sochi on the same weekend. AMR team principal John Gaw told AUTOSPORT: “If we were in with the chance of winning the championship, Richie would be racing with us, but because we’re not, we’ve given him [...]

Monteiro wins, trouble for Citroens

September 13th, 2015

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Tiago Monteiro handed Honda a home race victory in the World Touring Car Championship finale at Motegi, while Citroen’s title contenders Jose Maria Lopez and Yvan Muller both retired. Campos Chevrolet driver Hugo Valente started on pole but lost out to the eventual race winner after Monteiro made a superior getaway, as a chaotic start unfolded behind. Championship leader Lopez was among the victims, picking up wheel damage that forced him to retire. Clear of the early scrapes, Monteiro and Valente were allowed to build a gap between themselves and their rivals. The Portuguese ex-Formula 1 driver’s ultimately commanding second win of 2015 was achieved despite an engine change penalty leaving him at the back of the race one grid. He had sacrificed qualifying for the opener to try to [...]

Prodrive takes Bathurst precursor 1-2

September 13th, 2015

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Mark Winterbottom strengthened his V8 Supercars lead by winning the Sandown 500 alongside Steve Owen, heading Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters in another one-two for Prodrive Racing Australia’s Fords. The first leg of the championship’s enduro triple-header had looked like it might be the scene of Jamie Whincup’s title bid resurgence. The six-time champion had ended a five-month win drought with a victory at Sydney Motorsports Park last time out and then he and Triple Eight Holden co-driver Paul Dumbrell earned Sandown pole by winning their respective heats on Saturday. But though they led much of the main event, a puncture dropped Whincup down the order and he could only recover to 15th. That leaves him eighth in the standings, 629 points behind Winterbottom, heading into the Bathurst 1000 next [...]