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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
  • Matt A Kingsbury

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to Corey's aunt!

  • Wil Vincent
    Contributin 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.

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

    I've been sim racing since 2011 when I joined iRacing. I've jumped to many different sims, including rFactor, Richard Burns Rally, and the famous NASCAR Racing 2003. I picked up a copy of NR2003 with my birthday money when I was only 9, but was limited to a keyboard and a controller. After reciving a G25 for Christmas in '11, I've loved sim racing and the community iRacing has. I hope to end up writing for a car magazine or website in the near future, and intend on attending university to accomplish that.
    Aside from my career in sim racing and the real world, I hope to have my own small, yet functional race team soon with the purchace of a go kart. Since I'm currently residing in Maryland, I don't have a wide range of racing to choose from. My only options on a small budget are drag racing or kart racing. After the completion of my senior year in high school next year, I hope that inRacing News and other affiliates will help my dreams of writing for Road & Track become a reality!

  • 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.

  • Jordan Hightower

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • 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.

  • Marc Dorval
    series contributor

    Marc Dorval has been a dedicated but talentless iRacer since 2009. Currently hanging out near the back of the Lotus 79 pack, he nonetheless contributes to the community through posts, statistics, and a weekly recap on the main events of the Lotus 79 series.
    Outside of iRacing, Marc is married with two grown-up children, loves Jaguar cars, and runs an IT consulting practice.

  • 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.

  • Raymond Kingsbury

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • 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.

  • Tom O'Leary

    Tom is an 18-year old student from London, UK. Tom started sim-racing quite recently, although his passion for motorsport started at an early age, watching BTCC since the late 90s. Tom has since then expanded his interests in motorsport, watching Le Mans 24hr (and endurance racing as a whole) as well as the DTM, F1, and since starting to write about the NASCAR iRacing Series - NASCAR!

    Tom appeared on the sim-racing scene by trying out rFactor, rFactor 2 and then iRacing - where he spends most of his time racing in the Star Mazda Series where he has claimed third and then second overall in the two full seasons he has competed. On the oval side, Tom has completed a few races in the NASCAR Class C (Fixed) although he most enjoys the road side. Tom is an active member of Friction Racing, a team which focuses on the Star Mazda and the Williams-Toyota FW31, with the aim of reaching the Pro Series - and the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series.

    In his personal life, Tom spend time with his girlfriend (they have been together for two years) and likes a variety of games and has started to livestream his races/gameplay on Twitch, to give an insight to his approach to racing and gaming.

  • 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.

Van Gisbergen dominates wet opener

August 23rd, 2014

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Shane van Gisbergen won in a dominant display of wet-weather driving in the first V8 Supercars race at a soaked Eastern Creek on Saturday. Tekno Holden driver van Gisbergen made a charging start from sixth to third at the lights to put him on the gearboxes of poleman Jamie Whincup and Scott McLaughlin. Poor visibility from the first-lap spray resulted in contact between Tim Slade and James Moffat in the middle of the pack, which turned Slade around and left him a sitting duck for David Reynolds to plough into at Turn 3 (pictured below). The shunt ended the race for both drivers, and brought the safety car out for the first time in the race. On the restart van Gisbergen immediately made it one up on the podium to [...]

Can Anyone Stop McLeod?

by Paul Slavonik on August 20th, 2014

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In a third straight show of dominance this season, 4 Motorsports driver Mitchell McLeod, continues to illustrate how the former V8 Supercars champion still has what it takes. For 36 laps of sim racing on the West configuration at the Circuit of The Americas, the finest drivers in the category fought door-to-door for every possible position. Indeed, there have been many movers and shakers this season and Week 3 promised to be no different. Still absent, however, were many of the series’ favorites such as Madison Down, Richard Hamstead and Jarrad Filsell. Coming off of a strong victory last week at Circuit Zolder, McLeod started on pole position with a time of 1:33.119, a full half second quicker than the number two starter, Ian Ford of Demidov Motorsports. Starting [...]

Oulton Island back for 2015 BTCC

August 18th, 2014

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The British Touring Car Championship will revert to the Oulton Park Island circuit for its 2015 calendar, which has been confirmed. The full Oulton International configuration was used for the first time since 1996 this season, but came in for criticism after relatively sedate races. As a result, the series will return to the shorter Island circuit in 2015. The calendar remains otherwise similar to this season, with the series’ launch and official pre-season test taking place at Donington Park on March 24. 2015 BTCC CALENDAR April 5 Brands Hatch IndyApril 19 Donington ParkMay 10 ThruxtonJune 7 Oulton Park IslandJune 28 CroftAugust 9 SnettertonAugust 23 KnockhillSeptember 6 RockinghamSeptember 27 SilverstoneOctober 11 Brands Hatch GP

Nicolas Hamilton aims for 2015 BTCC

August 18th, 2014

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Nicolas Hamilton, younger brother of Mercedes Formula 1 star Lewis, is targeting a British Touring Car Championship campaign for 2015. The 22-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, has previously raced in the BTCC-supporting Renault Clio Cup. He finished 14th in 2011 and 21st in ’12. Now he wants to step up, though no deal is yet in place. “I am excited to announce my ambitions to become the first disabled athlete to compete in the BTCC in 2015,” Hamilton Jr wrote in his blog. “I have always been impressed by the professionalism and competitive spirit of the series and the fantastic support shown by its fans. In my opinion, it is the top national motorsport championship today. “While I still feel I have a lot to learn in racing, I have [...]

Smith to remain with BMR for 2015

August 13th, 2014

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British Touring Car race winner Aron Smith will remain with the BMR squad next season. Smith joined Warren Scott’s team for 2014, after two years at Motorbase. The 24-year-old currently lies ninth in the drivers’ standings, having taken two reversed-grid victories with BMR’s Volkswagen Passat CC. Smith and Scott have already agreed a deal for 2015. “I feel completely at home in Team BMR,” said Smith. “This has all come about very early but it’s put us in a great position for next season, everything we achieve before the end of this year is an added bonus. “To say I’m excited to see what we can achieve is an understatement.” BMR’s other drivers are Alain Menu and Jack Goff, who lie 11th and 12th in the championship respectively, while team [...]

McLeod Takes Another Drink

by Paul Slavonik on August 12th, 2014

sim racing

  Circuit Zolder was the site for Week 2 of the V8 Supercars Series and what an exciting race it proved to be. It had indeed been quite some time since the almighty roar of the V8s was heard through the turns and chicanes of this Belgian favorite (2013 Season 1) and the drivers were keen to give it a go with the New Tire Model V5 (NTMv5). With conditions which were ideal for close sim racing action, the experienced drivers of the Ford Falcon — combined with the 22 laps around this circuit — provided just that: close sim racing action. As the cars gridded up, it was Trans-Tasman Racing (TTR) driver Tony Autridge who took pole position with a 1:24.402. Hot on his heels was Beau Cubis [...]

McLeod Conquers Atlanta

by Paul Slavonik on August 7th, 2014


As we officially reach the halfway point of the 2014 racing year, many drivers enjoyed a much-needed break after an exciting completion to Season 2 of the V8 Supercars Series. With the break came the much-anticipated New Tire Model version 5 (NTMv5) which has been received with open arms by many in the V8 community. As such, various teams stayed busy throughout Week 13 in an effort to adjust their vehicle setups to accommodate the update. As we headed into Week 1 of Season 3, the series revisited the roller-coaster of Road Atlanta which has enough elevation changes to make your head (or your car) spin. This 2.54 mile long road course is well known for its blind corners so it seemed fitting that the drivers had ample time [...]

Turkington tops Snetterton test

August 5th, 2014

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British Touring Car Championship leader Colin Turkington topped Tuesday’s Snetterton test with his WSR BMW. The day of running was ostensibly for Dunlop to conduct tyre testing, including comparing the German-made 2015 tyres with the current rubber. Different tyre compounds, ages and fuel loads made direct comparison difficult, but Turkington’s best of 1m57.048s – set in the afternoon – was just over a tenth slower than the effort that put him on the front row for last weekend’s Snetterton round. The improving Aiden Moffat’s Chevrolet Cruze was second with 1m57.349s, 1.5 seconds faster than the machine managed in Snetterton qualifying. The time was set on fresh tyres and running in qualifying trim. Tom Ingram’s Speedworks Toyota Avensis had set the pace in the morning, with a 1m57.634s. He failed [...]

So You Think You Can Drive?

by Paul Slavonik on August 4th, 2014


So you think you can drive, huh? Well, you’re only as good as the people you race against. Racing, whether sim or real, is a challenging sport which is meant to push you to your limits. When you’re NOT challenged, however, the sport can become too easy, less rewarding (or not rewarding at all) and can oftentimes give you a false sense that you’re a “great driver.”  Let’s face it; if you have an iRating of 1750+ and you’re winning multiple races against a Strength of Field (SoF) of around 1000, you’re not really pushing yourself and your victories are not much to speak of. True victories come from mastering both car and track while battling against the best and coming out on top. If you’re not being challenged, you’re [...]

Mike Smith obituary: 1955-2014

August 4th, 2014

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Mike Smith, who has died from complications following heart surgery at the age of 59, was a driver whose talents were always overlooked as a result of his TV fame. ‘Smithy’, as he was often known, raced tin-tops for much of the 1980s off the back of that fame, but he was a more than competent driver who loved the sport and funded the establishment of the Trakstar team that went on to win the 1990 British Touring Car Championship with Robb Gravett. It was with Gravett, in a two-driver mini-enduro at Brands Hatch in ’90, that he notched up his lone BTCC success, but two years earlier he had been a frontrunner aboard a BMW M3. Arguably his greatest success, however, was winning the Willhire 24 Hours at Snetterton [...]

Turkington gets penalty for Knockhill

August 4th, 2014

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British Touring Car Championship leader Colin Turkington has received an eight-place grid penalty for the next round at Knockhill after a clash in race three at Snetterton. The WSR BMW driver was battling Matt Neal for fourth in the reversed-grid finale when he hit the Honda Civic Tourer under braking for Montreal. Turkington continued to finish an eventual third, while Neal could only recover to 11th. The incident was investigated and Turkington was handed an eight-place grid penalty for the next round at Knockhill, along with three points on his license. “When someone sits on the inside at the hairpins it’s very tricky to pass so you have to look at forcing a mistake,” Turkington told AUTOSPORT. “He caught me by surprise at how early he stopped the car. I [...]

Lopez denies Huff race two win

August 3rd, 2014

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Jose Maria Lopez completed a stunning double victory in Argentina to extend his lead in the World Touring Car Championship drivers’ standings to 60 points over Citroen team-mate Yvan Muller. The local hero denied Rob Huff, who delivered Lada’s highest finish since entering the WTCC in second. From pole, Huff led until four laps from the finish when Lopez calmly outbraked the former champion into the Turn 5 hairpin. A second home win in one day left Lopez fighting back tears of joy in the post-race press conference. Yvan Muller’s progress through the field was delayed when he was forced to engage in a lengthy tussle with former team-mate Tom Chilton when disputing fifth on laps six and seven, but the Frenchman eventually escaped and was able to negotiate the [...]

Lopez clinches home victory

August 3rd, 2014

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Jose Maria Lopez delighted his home crowd by taking his sixth World Touring Car Championship victory of the season in race one at Termas de Rio Hondo. Returning to the venue of his attention-grabbing (and race-winning) WTCC debut in 2013, Lopez led every lap from pole, in front of a crowd including fans who had travelled 2000 kilometres to the track in northern Argentina. His faultless performance also included fastest lap. The Argentinean’s closest title rival and Citroen team-mate Yvan Muller suffered a poor start from the front row. After immediately dropping behind fast-starting Zengo Motorsport man Norbert Michelisz, Muller was forced to concede third place on the inside of Turn 1 by a late-braking Tiago Monteiro. Both Muller and the third C-Elysee of Sebastien Loeb used their straightline speed [...]

Courtney wins Queensland finale

August 3rd, 2014

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James Courtney pulled off a strategically brilliant victory in the third V8 Supercars race at Ipswich’s Queensland Raceway, while Jamie Whincup moved to the top of the championship standings. Factory Holden driver Courtney held back a set of soft tyres in qualifying for Saturday’s races and those, coupled with two perfectly timed pitstops, allowed him to secure his second win of the season. The 2010 V8 Supercars champion slipped behind poleman James Moffat’s Nissan at the start and then had to sit behind an out-of-sequence Craig Lowndes during the second stint of the race, but when the stops played out, it was Courtney who came out on top. He took the lead of lap 34 of 65 as his Triple Eight rival had to make a long final stop for [...]

Lopez claims WTCC pole at home

August 2nd, 2014

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Jose Maria Lopez responded to the pressure of an expectant home crowd to earn his fourth 2014 World Touring Car Championship pole at the refurbished Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. The result extends Lopez’s lead in the drivers’ standings over his factory Citroen team-mate Yvan Muller. “I had a little pressure because it was my home event,” said Lopez, “but the good thing is when it works out it is almost like a victory. “I didn’t know what to expect going into Q3 as sometimes this year practice form hasn’t translated into the qualifying positions, so I just focused on the lap. “But after taking pole I was really able to enjoy the slow-down lap with the spectators, and it’s special to have all of my family here.” Reigning WTCC [...]

Lopez heads practice for home race

August 2nd, 2014

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Citroen’s Jose Maria Lopez and Yvan Muller set the pace in World Touring Car Championship practice at the Termas de Rio Hondo track in Argentina on Saturday. Local hero Lopez was quickest of all in the first session, which got under way following a 45-minute delay due to the pilot of the medical helicopter arriving late after weather conditions hampered his journey to the circuit. The current championship leader was quick from the off and demoted Muller from the top of the timesheets with his first flying lap with a time of 1m45.505s. Lopez then made further improvements and managed to whittle it down to 1m43.889s, to become the only driver of the day to dip below the 1m43s barrier. Team-mate Sebastien Loeb was his closest rival in the first [...]

Plato claims pole as Jordan sidelined

August 2nd, 2014

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Jason Plato took a dominant pole position for the British Touring Car Championship round at Snetterton, as champion Andrew Jordan missed the session due to his morning crash. Triple Eight MG driver Plato, who admitted he needs a big score at Snetterton to keep his title challenge alive, set a time of 1m56.495s early in the session. Plato failed to improve with his later run, but he remained well clear of the rest, with championship leader Colin Turkington being the only other driver under 1m57s with a late effort in his WSR BMW. The fight behind was tighter; a little over 0.5 seconds covered third to 10th. The second MG6 of Sam Tordoff led the chasing pack. Matt Neal was the leading Honda contender in fourth, while Alain Menu was [...]

Plato and Menu top practice sessions

August 2nd, 2014

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Jason Plato topped British Touring Car Championship free practice at Snetterton as reigning champion Andrew Jordan was hospitalised after a high-speed crash. The opening session was damp and Alain Menu set the pace, the BMR Volkswagen Passat driver being the only man to crack the two-minute barrier. But the most important moment came when Jordan, who had just gone fourth fastest in his Eurotech Honda Civic, crashed at Riches. He was taken to hospital, but is believed to have avoided serious injury and hopes to take part in Sunday’s races. Plato, who failed to record a flying lap in the morning, moved to the top of the timesheets early in practice two. He set a string of fastest laps and his 1m56.197s, half a second inside Sam Tordoff’s 2013 pole [...]

Jordan taken to hospital after crash

August 2nd, 2014

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Reigning British Touring Car champion Andrew Jordan has been taken to hospital following a crash and could miss qualifying for this weekend’s Snetterton round. Jordan suffered mild concussion in the opening practice session after going off at Riches and will skip the second practice session to undergo precautionary checks. The 25-year-old, who had just set the session’s fourth-fastest time when he crashed, will return to the circuit for further assessment from the championship’s medical team. His participation in qualifying is also under threat by the damage the crash caused to the rear of his Eurotech Honda Civic, which is undergoing repairs at the track. He would still be allowed to contest the three races on Sunday even if he misses qualifying, having completed seven laps in FP1. If he does, [...]

Nissan/Volvo clash hands Whincup win

August 2nd, 2014

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Jamie Whincup claimed his second win of the V8 Supercars weekend at Ipswich’s Queensland Raceway after erstwhile race leader Scott McLaughlin was shoved off-track by Michael Caruso. McLaughlin led proceedings from the off, beating fellow front row starter Caruso as they entered Turn 1 for the first time, and was in command of the race until it reached mid-distance. The Volvo driver then began to lose pace and was forced to hold off his determined Nissan rival, but their battle reached a disappointing conclusion on lap 23 of 33 when Caruso punted McLaughlin in a desperate move at Turn 6. The Kiwi then dropped down the order to finish 19th, while Caruso was issued with a drive-through penalty for his misdemeanor and fell to 24th. “I don’t blame the bloke [...]