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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 SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • 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 iRacing.com 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
    Contributor

    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 iRacing.com 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
    Contributor

    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 iRacing.com 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
    Contributor

    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
    author

    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.

  • 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
    iRacing.com 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.

Power Maxed expands BTCC team

March 2nd, 2015

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Power Maxed Racing will run a second Chevrolet Cruze saloon in the British Touring Car Championship this season after acquiring another licence from withdrawing team United Autosport. The Chevrolet outfit, which has been rebranded after 2014 driver Chris Stockton sold his BTC Racing concern, announced last week that Dave Newsham would drive the ex-Aiden Moffat Cruze saloon. Series organiser TOCA has now confirmed the sale of UA’s second TOCA BTCC Licence to Power Maxed, which is expected to announce its second driver this week. “The second car was always part of the masterplan but we wanted to keep it quiet until everything was in place,” said team principal Adam Wearer. “We’ve been non-stop since the end of last season to bring it all together but it’s a great feeling to [...]

Courtney leads V8s after Adelaide win

March 1st, 2015

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James Courtney claimed an early V8 Supercars championship lead with a hard-earned victory in the main leg of the series’ Clipsal 500 opener in Adelaide. Holden Racing Team driver Courtney withstood huge pressure from Tekno’s Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander in the second HRT entry to win Sunday’s 78-lap race at the long-time Australian Grand Prix Formula 1 venue. Reigning champion Jamie Whincup had dominated Saturday’s opener and shrugged off a last-minute safety car restart, but then finished only 21st in race two after a puncture. He was fourth in the finale, despite a last-lap collision with Chaz Mostert in which the Ford driver was collected heavily by James Moffat. Those results leave Whincup fifth in the standings at present. Fabian Coulthard won race two, having been third behind [...]

Honda set for WTCC power boost

February 27th, 2015

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Honda’s factory World Touring Car Championship Civics will get another power boost this season after a restrictor break allowed at the beginning of 2014 failed to deliver the necessary performance. For much of the season the Civics were well beaten by Citroen’s fleet of works C-Elysees, though in-season development reduced the gap and helped Mehdi Bennani win in China and Gabriele Tarquini in Japan. “Last year we were able to fit a bigger air restrictor [enlarged from 33mm to 36mm] but this did not raise our power so much,” said Daisuke Horiuchi, Honda’s large project leader for Civic WTCC development. “For this year we have changed our engine’s compression ratio, making it higher, and we have altered the exhaust system to make for a smoother exit of the exhaust gases. [...]

Ethan Grigg-Gault: V8s Rising Star

by Paul Slavonik on February 27th, 2015

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Through his rise from a mid-pack iRacing.com V8 Supercar driver to now being a future championship contender, he is beginning to make his mark in the world of sim-racing in a remarkably short amount of time. Although we’ve seen many sim-racers work their way up through the ranks to be among the top V8 drivers after spending several seasons driving the Skip Barber, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, RUF C-Spec and/or the Ford Mustang FR500S, we rarely find someone who simply jumped in and “got it.” Such seems to be the case with the young Ethan Grigg-Gault who hails from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. A self-described “semi-professional FPS (First Person Shooter) gamer,” Grigg isn’t shy about coming into a category as ferocious as the V8 series with very little sim-racing experience. “I [...]

Lada to start season with two cars

February 26th, 2015

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Lada will start the 2015 World Touring Car Championship season with just two of its new Vestas for 2012 champion Rob Huff and two-time British Touring Car champion James Thompson. Mikhail Kozlovskiy, the third team’s driver, will miss next weekend’s Termas de Rio Hondo opener and make his debut in the new car at the second round in Marrakech in April. “The time was limited and we were unable to finish the third car, but at the second race of the season in Marrakech, it will be ready,” team principal Victor Shapovalov told AUTOSPORT.com.ru. “We’re building four cars, three for racing and one for testing. I think that in a week or two it will be completed. “We are going to improve the new Vesta throughout the year.” The Vesta [...]

Goff completes MG BTCC line-up

February 25th, 2015

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MG’s British Touring Car Championship team has signed youngster Jack Goff to partner 2013 champion Andrew Jordan. The 23-year-old, who won the 2012 Renault Clio Cup UK title, joins the Triple Eight-run operation for his third season in the BTCC. Goff earned a career-best finish of second in his debut season in 2013, narrowly missing out on winning the season finale at Brands Hatch behind Honda’s Gordon Shedden when driving a Team Hard-run Vauxhall Insignia. He switched to Team BMR for the 2014 campaign, sticking with the Insignia for the first half of the year before changing to one of the team’s Volkswagen CCs for the final five rounds. “Obviously as a kid growing up, driving for a works team is the pinnacle,” said Goff. “I probably began watching touring [...]

Newsham joins Power Maxed Racing

February 23rd, 2015

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British Touring Car Championship race winner Dave Newsham will drive Power Maxed Racing’s recently-acquired Chevrolet Cruze saloon in 2015. The Scotsman, who has driven a AmD Ford Focus and Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis in the previous two seasons, has taken over driving duties from former team owner Chris Stockton. Power Maxed’s parent company Automotive Brands acquired Stockton’s BTC Racing team and TOCA BTCC Licence last week and Newsham will race the ex-Aiden Moffat saloon Cruze instead of the team’s own hatchback version from last year. New owner Adam Weaver said the team would grow to bigger things this year. “Signing Dave is an important part of our master-plan for 2015,” he said. “Dave is an exceptional racer, you only have to look at his track record and race wins, podiums [...]

Tordoff to combine BTCC with ELMS

February 23rd, 2015

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Sam Tordoff will dovetail his 2015 British Touring Car Championship campaign with an assault on the European Le Mans Series. The 25-year-old, who has swapped from Triple Eight to West Surrey Racing for his third full season in the BTCC, will race a Ferrari 458 Italia for the British JMW Motorsport in the five-round ELMS. He will share the GTE car with George Richardson, who is staying with the team for a second season, and Porsche Carrera Cup GB graduate Rob Smith. Tordoff said: “I have wanted to get into GT racing now for a number of years, and this season the stars have aligned and it’s finally possible! “It is important for me to try and break the mould to show that I am not just a touring car [...]

Rydell won’t be on pace until June

February 22nd, 2015

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World Touring Car Championship returnee Rickard Rydell believes his team will have to treat the opening races as extended tests because of the late delivery of his new Honda Civic. After struggling against Citroen’s dominant C-Elysees last season, Honda has made a number of changes to Civic’s engine specification to address a shortfall in power, but the early start to the season has reduced the development time available. Rydell missed the official WTCC test at Barcelona last week as his team only received the car one day earlier so had to settle for a shakedown in Italy before it began the journey to Termas de Rio Hondo for next month’s season-opener in Argentina. “You would want five or six test days at a few different circuits to learn about the [...]

Emerson Claims Zolder But…

by Paul Slavonik on February 20th, 2015

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There’s a new guy in town and he’s now keen on going toe-toe with the championship leader.               Zolder was a dominating race from start to finish for Team TTL driver, John Emerson. After starting on pole with a time of 1:25.525 and going on to lead every lap as well as set the fastest lap time (1:26.210), to say it was anything but a shutout would be a blatant lie. However, there’s more to this story. The ‘new guy’ Seemingly coming out of oblivion, the newest member of the SDC Motorsports juggernaut, Ethan Grigg-Gault, went from being mid-pack driver earlier this season to a top-ten challenger to presently being one of the strongest challengers for Emerson. After starting in third this week at Zolder, Gault managed to finish second [...]

Priaulx makes WSR test debut

February 19th, 2015

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Andy Priaulx has completed his first test with the WSR BMW British Touring Car Championship squad ahead of his return to the series. The triple World Touring Car champion completed two days of running in the BMW 125i M Sport at Thruxton on Wednesday and Thursday and was delighted with the performance of the car. “My first run in the car on Wednesday was like a rollout and first test all in one, and went really well,” Priaulx told AUTOSPORT. “Today was one of those tricky days with lots of rain, so we only had one good session this morning. “But I got a good feeling for the car straight away and was immediately confident at what is an awkward track, as Thruxton is not the easiest place to go [...]

Plato targets immediate title attack

February 19th, 2015

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Double British Touring Car champion Jason Plato says Team BMR can challenge for the 2015 title, even though he admits its Volkswagen CC is not yet a proven race winner. Plato, who has left the MG factory team after a three-year stint to join the independent outfit, will partner 2014 champion Colin Turkington. race winner Aron Smith and team boss Warren Scott this year. While the 2001 and 2010 champion accepts the car, which won twice in BMR’s maiden season last year in the hands of Smith, is not the full package, he believes a big technical push pre-season will fast-track its progress. “My plan is to go out and win at event one,” he told AUTOSPORT. “We want to be popping it on pole and winning, anything less will [...]

Turkington wary of switching to FWD

February 18th, 2015

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Colin Turkington will not set expectations for his British Touring Car Championship title defence because he is wary of the challenge of switching to Team BMR’s front-wheel drive Volkswagen. The Northern Irishman has teamed up with 2014 title rival Jason Plato at the fledgling independent outfit, after leaving West Surrey Racing for a second time. Turkington says his primary focus is not on beating Plato, who led calls to peg back the performance of WSR’s rear-wheel drive BMW 125i M Sport last year. Instead, the double champion is more concerned with adapting to a front-wheel drive touring car, something he has not had to do since racing an MG for WSR in 2006. “Taking this new direction is definitely going to be a big challenge,” he told AUTOSPORT. “I’m under [...]

Turkington, Plato team up in BMR VWs

February 17th, 2015

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British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington and record race winner Jason Plato will race as team-mates in Team BMR Volkswagens in 2015. The top two drivers from last year’s championship fight join Aron Smith and team boss Warren Scott in the fledgling outfit’s quartet of CCs for only its second season in the BTCC. Both Turkington, whose departure from West Surrey Racing was confirmed last Friday, and ex-MG driver Plato have been signed on multi-year deals, with the team’s marquee 2014 signing Alain Menu and Jack Goff making way. “It’s taken a while to get to this point and I am relieved,” Turkington told AUTOSPORT. “I always tried to keep my options open because I knew I was in a potentially very tricky situation. “I’ve spent quite a few weeks [...]

New WTCC Lada makes test debut

February 16th, 2015

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Lada Sport’s new ORECA-developed Vesta TC1 car has made its track debut at Magny-Cours after the team skipped last week’s official World Touring Car Championship launch. Team principal Victor Shapovalov warned that the late completion of the car, coupled with an early start to the season, meant that the initial races may have to be treated as test sessions. “The new car fully meets our expectations for the fact that it boasts higher straightline speeds, greater cornering stability and much-improved aerodynamics,” he said. “Unfortunately, due to the early season start this year we are time-restricted, and it’s obvious that tests will continue during the first WTCC rounds. “The team has completed a huge bulk of the work over these two months and we are still working 24 hours a day [...]

Stockton sells BTC team and Chevrolet

February 16th, 2015

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British Touring Car driver Chris Stockton has sold his team, its Chevrolet Cruze and championship entry to motoring company Automotive Brands. Adam Weaver’s outfit is the parent company of Power Maxed, which was BTC Racing’s title sponsor last year as it and Stockton returned to the BTCC with a self-built hatchback Cruze. Series director Alan Gow has approved the sale and the transfer of the TOCA BTCC Licence, and the team’s saloon-based Cruze, purchased from Mercedes convert Aiden Moffat, will be entered under the Power Maxed Racing name. “Having been involved in the BTCC for the past three seasons, owning a BTCC team is a great strategic move for Automotive Brands,” said Weaver. “The team not only provides an ideal R&D platform for our premium range of products but the [...]

WTCC aims to exploit driver conflict

February 15th, 2015

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The World Touring Car Championship will no longer keep driver conflict “just inside the teams”, says series chief Francois Ribeiro. Plans to increase the series’ profile include greater emphasis on personalities and rivalries, plus more ambitious camerawork in the TV coverage, and a broader range of content on digital platforms. “We want to go more into what British people call storytelling,” Ribeiro told AUTOSPORT. “There will be more original content for social media and the internet, and a completely integrated approach to communications. “There will be only one message across all the different media; I want my people to work together to go into the storytelling. “If there are stories – for instance, last year behind the scenes there was tension between Yvan [Muller] and Pechito [Jose Maria Lopez] – [...]

Loeb leads sparse field in WTCC test

February 13th, 2015

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Sebastien Loeb topped the times for Citroen during official World Touring Car Championship testing at Barcelona. Driving his newly liveried C-Elysee, Loeb set what would stand as the quickest time of the day during the morning session, lapping in 1m49.972s. Mehdi Bennani, who was fastest in the afternoon, did not improve on his morning time and ended the day 0.877 seconds adrift in his C-Elysee entered by Loeb’s eponymous team. Gabriele Tarquini had been fourth fastest for Honda’s works team in the morning but improved in the afternoon to be third fastest overall with a 1m51.063s, ahead of team-mate Tiago Monteiro. Privateer Hugo Valente split the two works Civics in his Campos Chevrolet with a faster run this afternoon after suffering teething problems with the new car in the morning. [...]

Turkington out, Collard stays at WSR

February 13th, 2015

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Rob Collard will continue with West Surrey Racing in the British Touring Car Championship in 2015, confirming champion Colin Turkington’s departure from the team. Collard, sixth in the drivers’ standings last year with one victory, will contest his sixth successive season with Dick Bennetts’ team, with which he has claimed six wins and 35 other podiums across two spells. The 40-year-old completes the WSR line-up alongside triple world champion Andy Priaulx and MG refugee Sam Tordoff, with Turkington moving on. “I actually thought I was going to be out of the team,” Collard told AUTOSPORT. “I’ve had to be patient, but it’s the best team and the best package so we’ve all had to fight for the seat. “I’m very pleased to be continuing. We put a lot of effort [...]

Jordan buoyed by first MG test

February 13th, 2015

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MG driver Andrew Jordan says he is already starting to feel at home with his new team, after completing his maiden test with the factory-backed British Touring Car Championship outfit. The 2013 BTCC champion, who has switched from his family-run Eurotech Racing team, completed a day’s running at Brands Hatch on Thursday in the Triple Eight-run MG6. “I’m really pleased to go around all day and get a good feel for the team and the car,” Jordan told AUTOSPORT. “You can only push on as the track conditions allow you, but I feel really at home with the car and team already. “It was good. It’s always damp in the morning and dries out in the afternoon at this test! You come away thinking ‘that was a shame’ but really [...]