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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.

Citroen protege gets Corsica WRC run

August 28th, 2015

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Citroen protege Stephane Lefebvre will get another World Rally Car outing on the Tour of Corsica after his strong Rally Germany performance. Lefebvre, last year’s Junior WRC champion and now competing mainly in WRC2, finished 10th on his top-class debut last weekend. Team boss Yves Matton said that drive had earned him a home appearance as well. “I’d even go as far as to say that he slightly exceeded the goals we had set for him,” said Matton. “Focused and committed from start to finish, he improved his out-and-out speed, whilst also showing an encouraging level of technical awareness. “In light of this, and in accordance with his programme which included two rallies in the DS 3 WRC, he will be taking part in the Tour de Corse in the [...]

Kubica skips Australia for testing

August 27th, 2015

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Robert Kubica will miss next month’s Rally Australia, preferring to test his Ford Fiesta RS for the following World Rally Championship events on asphalt instead. An engine problem spoiled the Polish star’s first outing in an asphalt-specification 2015 Fiesta in Germany earlier last weekend. Changing the engine on the eve of the rally saddled him with a five-minute penalty, while going off the road twice cost more time. Kubica could not find a comfortable set-up with the Fiesta, which has prompted him to skip the trip down under in favour of asphalt testing for Corsica and Catalunya. “The [2014] specification car was the best handling Fiesta I ever drove,” Kubica told AUTOSPORT, “and with this one we have a lot of understeer. I need to know why. “Before the event, [...]

Ogier eyeing title in Australia

August 26th, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier is keen to secure his third World Rally Championship title at next month’s Rally Australia after his victory in Germany last weekend. With 112 points on offer across the remaining four rallies, Ogier leads Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala by 93 points, following the brand’s lockout of the Rally Germany podium. If Ogier finishes ahead of Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen in Australia, or takes second behind Latvala, the Frenchman would complete his hat-trick. Ogier won his first two crowns on his home round in France, but he admits he’ll be quite happy if he can sew-up a third down under next month. “Yes,” said Ogier. “[The title] has become more and more realistic now. “I didn’t calculate exactly, but now I have a real chance to get it. “I [...]

Ogier gives VW first Rally Germany win

August 23rd, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier ended Volkswagen’s win drought on Rally Germany at the head of a 1-2-3 for the German manufacturer, securing his 30th World Rally Championship win in the process. After crashing out last year, Ogier set his intentions out early, leading at the end of a fraught battle with Jari-Matti Latvala on day one. A perfectly timed dominant run through the second Panzerplatte Long test turned out to be the decider for the Frenchman, who doubled his lead over Latvala during Saturday. Despite Latvala clawing back some time on Sunday morning, and winning the powerstage to make up for crashing out on its first running while leading in 2014, Ogier cruised home to win by 23 seconds. Andreas Mikkelsen suffered a scare on Sunday morning as Dani Sordo reduced the [...]

Dominant Ogier leaves Latvala puzzled

August 22nd, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier continued to extend his Rally Germany lead on Saturday afternoon, highlighted by a time through the longer Panzerplatte stage that bewildered Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala. Latvala headed the first stage of the afternoon, but when the drivers completed the famous 28-mile test next time through Ogier almost doubled his lead gap, going 15.3 seconds quicker than Latvala. The Finn thought he had set a good time through the stage but said he “had no answers” to Ogier’s time. The double champion then headed Latvala again on the day’s concluding stage, extending the overall gap to 33.8s with four stages to go on Sunday morning. Andreas Mikkelsen continued to hold third while setting a steady pace, also trying out new differential settings with the next asphalt round – Corsica [...]

Ogier pulls away from Latvala

August 22nd, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier increased his Rally Germany lead as he outpaced Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala on four of Saturday morning’s five stages. Ogier and Latvala alternated fastest times on the first two stages of the morning, but when the group arrived at the two short Arena Panzerplatte tests, Ogier boosted his lead by 2.7 seconds over just 3.56 miles of competition. The monster 23.8-mile Panzerplatte Long stage featured a brilliant Ogier time, 6.8s quicker than Latvala – extending the gap to 18.5s overall. VW is searching for its first home win in Germany but holds a 1-2-3 for the time being, with Andreas Mikkelsen maintaining a steady pace in third. In the VW’s wake, asphalt specialist Dani Sordo moved up into fourth on the final stage of the morning, at the [...]

Ogier builds Rally Germany advantage

August 21st, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier pulled clear of Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala through the Friday afternoon stages of Rally Germany. Latvala closed on the World Rally champion through the morning and led by a tenth of a second, but Ogier took command by winning every stage after lunchtime service. Buoyed by a set-up change to his VW Polo R WRC that proved to his liking, Ogier extended a 9.5-second lead over Latvala through the afternoon, with the Finn admitting his team-mate was simply too fast to catch. VW’s podium monopoly looks increasingly secure after a mistake from Citroen’s Kris Meeke as he tried to keep in touch with third-placed Andreas Mikkelsen. Meeke lost a little under two minutes and fell to 11th when he crashed through a field on the Waxweiler stage, but [...]

Latvala leads Ogier by a tenth

August 21st, 2015

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Jari-Matti Latvala leads Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier by just one tenth of a second after an ultra-close opening loop of Rally Germany. Ogier, who has a mathematical chance to wrap up the 2015 World Rally Championship title this weekend, led the first two stages but was always under pressure from Rally Finland winner Latvala. The Finn then edged into the rally lead by half a second when he outpaced Ogier on the first of the two vineyard stages. Ogier struck back on the following Mittelmosel stage, but only beat Latvala by four tenths – meaning they head for service a mere 0.1s apart. VW holds the top three places at the moment, but Andreas Mikkelsen has been unable to match his team-mates’ pace and is 15.9s off the lead. He [...]

Ogier feels he owes VW home win

August 20th, 2015

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World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier wants to repay Volkswagen for what he describes as “extremely bad” past Rally Germany performances this weekend. While the Hannover-based team has dominated the last two and a half WRC seasons, winning every other rally on the calendar, the VW Polo R WRC has failed miserably – a third place for Andreas Mikkelsen last season aside – to make the same impact on its home round of the championship. Ogier won in Germany in a Citroen in 2011, but has crashed three times in the last two years of the Trier-based event. “It’s fair to say that my performance on the Rally Germany for the two last years has been extremely bad,” he said. “I have a good challenge ahead of me this week to [...]

VW chief defends under-fire Meeke

August 17th, 2015

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Volkswagen World Rally team principal Jost Capito has defended Kris Meeke after recent criticism from his Citroen squad, and says he would be first choice for a fourth VW seat. Citroen chief Yves Matton said last month that Meeke’s crashes in Italy and Poland had “completely destroyed” the value of his maiden victory in Argentina. But Capito praised Meeke as a potential world champion and described him as the biggest threat to VW in the WRC. “I am absolutely convinced Kris can do it,” Capito told AUTOSPORT. “He is a good friend of mine and I know he could be world champion – I’m absolutely convinced. “Kris is the guy who can challenge this team on the stages and he is also the guy challenging Seb [Ogier] when they are [...]

Network Q returns to Rally GB

August 14th, 2015

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Network Q will return to the WRC’s Wales Rally GB as the sponsor of the National event for 2015, after a seven-year absence. The brand became synonymous with the World Rally Championship event during its previous nine-year tenure, sponsoring the rally between 1993 and 2002. The company renews its relationship with Rally GB as part of its 25th anniversary year, and will host celebrations at the Deeside service park. Ben Taylor, the event’s managing director, is certain the move will bring back memories to fans who recall Network Q’s involvement fondly. “Network Q is a brand that has such a strong historic bond with rallying in this country and we are delighted to welcome them back,” said Taylor. “Their return is sure to rekindle lots of great memories among both [...]

‘Candidate event’ key to Rally China

August 12th, 2015

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China’s hopes of a World Rally Championship return face a crucial test this month as a ‘candidate event’ takes place. Both the FIA and WRC Promoter are keen to see China on the calendar for 2016 and have now acknowledged that one of its domestic rallies will be officially monitored during August as the next stage in this process. WRC Promoter’s Oliver Ciesla said: “There will be an event that will be monitored and observed to double-check it has the qualities we need. “It will fulfil the criteria and standards that are sufficiently representative to allow us to get a picture.” Ciesla would not confirm whether the event in question is the Beijing-based round of the Chinese Rally Championship running later this month. “We are optimistic we will have an [...]

Rally GB eyeing closed-road options

August 11th, 2015

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Rally GB could take advantage of Britain’s new closed-road legislation in coming seasons now it has secured its World Rally Championship future. In March, the British government approved primary legislation to enable the Road Traffic Act to be suspended or amended without an Act of Parliament, simplifying the process. Britain’s WRC round had been at risk as the series considered which European event to drop to make room for a planned return to China, but the renewal of its long-term backing deal with the Welsh government through to 2018 has guaranteed its place on the schedule. Ben Taylor, managing director of Rally GB organiser International Motor Sports, said that while a pure road stage was unlikely at this point, the new legislation offered possibilities for linking forest roads or adding [...]

Paddon gets Rally Australia promotion

August 9th, 2015

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Hyundai has promoted Hayden Paddon to its second factory World Rally Championship entry for next month’s Rally Australia. Paddon will switch places with Dani Sordo for the event, owing to his greater experience of the roads being used and his form on loose-surface rallies. Hyundai team boss Michel Nandan said: “We are in tight fight for second in the manufacturers’ championship with just a few points separating us from Citroen. “After careful consideration we have agreed that adapting momentarily our line-up offers us the best chance to secure the points we need on this unique and challenging event. “Hayden is very familiar with the rally and after his recent strong performances on gravel he is more than capable of supporting us in this battle. “Dani did not compete in Australia [...]

Finnish base for Toyota WRC programme

August 6th, 2015

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Toyota’s all-new 2017 World Rally Car will be created at the Tommi Makinen Racing facility in Puuppola, according to the four-time WRC champion. Makinen has been brought in as team principal for Toyota’s new Yaris programme in a move that has bypassed the firm’s own motorsport arm TMG in Cologne. While Makinen was unable to offer firm news on where the programme will be based, it is expected to remain in central Finland and move to a newly-built facility on the Halli military airfield base just outside Jyvaskyla. A relocation to Helsinki is understood to have been rejected. “Not so much has changed since I talked last time, but the team is coming together,” Makinen told AUTOSPORT. “We are still working on everything, but there is nothing new to say. [...]

Rally GB secures WRC future

August 5th, 2015

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Rally GB’s World Rally Championship future has been secured with the completion of its new deal with its backer, the Welsh government. The event had been among several European WRC rounds in jeopardy amid teams’ push for a return to China, and its place was dependent on renewing the Wales funding. An announcement on Wednesday morning confirmed that Welsh backing would continue until at least 2018, prolonging a relationship that began in 2003. WRC Promoter chief Oliver Ciesla said the intention was now to keep GB on the schedule. “As the promoter we have the possibility to propose the calendar to the WRC Commission and, in the next instance, the World Motor Sport Council,” Ciesla told AUTOSPORT. “I can confirm that it is our intention to propose Rally GB for [...]

Latvala clinches Rally Finland victory

August 2nd, 2015

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Jari-Matti Latvala stayed clear of Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier through Sunday morning to clinch a second straight Rally Finland victory and the third of his World Rally Championship career. Latvala overcame Ogier in a close battle in the first half of the rally then established a 13-second advantage with a blistering performance on Saturday afternoon. Another stage win first thing on Sunday made victory all-but-certain, and Latvala sealed it with second-fastest time to Ogier on the concluding powerstage. The result makes little difference to Ogier’s march towards a third consecutive WRC title, with his championship cushion now 89 points thanks to second place and the bonus score. Mads Ostberg joined the VWs on the podium, but it would have been the sister Citroen of Kris Meeke up there had he [...]

Latvala storms clear, Meeke crashes

August 1st, 2015

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Jari-Matti Latvala stormed away into a 13.2-second lead over Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier at the end of day two of Rally Finland, while Kris Meeke crashed out of third. Although Ogier started Saturday afternoon by trimming a tenth of a second out of Latvala’s three-second morning advantage, the Finn was unstoppable thereafter. Even when heavy rain – which Ogier expected to help him given his road position – arrived for the Jukojarvi stage, Latvala was the pacesetter, assisted a little by his team-mate losing a few seconds when he hit a stone. A commanding run on Surkee brought Latvala’s cushion into double figures, and he then rounded the day off with another stage win on Horkka. That performance sets him up for a second straight win on his home round [...]

Latvala holding off Ogier in Finland

August 1st, 2015

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Jari-Matti Latvala held on to a small Rally Finland lead over Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier through Saturday morning. Latvala brought a 2.6-second gap over Ogier into the morning stages. Through Mokkipera, the opening stage of the day, he picked up his Ouninpohja pace from Friday to extend his lead by 3.4s. Ogier wasn’t going to let that affect him as he reversed the gap on the following stage, beating Latvala by a commanding 3.9s, and closing the overall margin to just 2.1s. The Frenchman continued to chip away at the gap on the run through Surkee, though this time only by 0.1s. Latvala responded on the final stage of the morning though, beating Ogier by one second, to take a slim three-second gap into the afternoon stages. Kris Meeke, who [...]

Latvala takes Finland lead from Ogier

July 31st, 2015

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Jari-Matti Latvala fought back to establish a small lead over his Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier by the end of Friday afternoon at Rally Finland. Latvala began to take time out of Ogier on the second run through the Pihlajakoski stage and that trend continued throughout the loop. The Finn was 3.3 seconds adrift after the second running of Paijala but was unstoppable on the Ouninpohja repeat. Through the monstrous stage Latvala was a 5.4s faster than Ogier, taking his 400th world rally stage win in the process, to snatch the overall lead by 2.1s. Latvala increased his lead by another second over the short Himos stage before Ogier clawed back 0.5s on Friday’s superspecial stage. Kris Meeke saw his challenge for the lead waver in the closing stages of the [...]