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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.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    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 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.

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    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
    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.

  • Raymond Kingsbury
    Contributor

    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 iRacing.com 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 iRacing.com 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
    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.

  • 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.

Revised Fiesta to make Finland debut

July 25th, 2014

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M-Sport has unveiled the facelifted version of the Ford Fiesta RS WRC that will make its World Rally Championship debut on Rally Finland next week. Although a totally new Fiesta will not be seen in competition until 2015, M-Sport and its former factory partner Ford have collaborated on a restyling of the car based on the road-going Ford Fiesta ST. Team boss Malcolm Wilson said: “We continue to enjoy a strong working relationship with the Ford Motor Company and their technical support has been invaluable in the creation of our award-winning range of Ford Fiesta rally cars. “This facelift strengthens the bond between Ford and M-Sport and it’s great to see the Blue Oval’s latest and highly successful production model represented in our top-specification competition cars.” M-Sport ran Ford’s works [...]

WRC set for 2017 tech revolution

July 23rd, 2014

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WRC Commission president Carlos Barbosa says the FIA is determined to reinvigorate the sport’s spectacle with the next generation of World Rally Cars. New technical regulations will arrive in the world championship in 2017, but Barbosa is adamant those rules will be written and communicated before the end of this year. And he wants variety back in the service park. “If you paint all of the [current World Rally] cars white,” said Barbosa, “right now it’s not possible to recognise which is which. We need to change that and we need to bring the spectacle back to our sport and make the cars more attractive.” AUTOSPORT sources have suggested there will be significant change in 2017 both in the size of cars – potentially moving from the current segment-B cars [...]

Monte awaits WRC revamp news

July 22nd, 2014

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Monte Carlo Rally organisers have effectively put a question mark by the final day of its 2015 itinerary while waiting for news of the World Rally Championship’s proposed shootout stage. The Automobile Club de Monaco has revealed a route that is 75 per cent new from this season and does not include a final-night dash over the Col de Turini. Instead, Turini is the only named stage on the morning of Sunday January 25. The communication states that a Powerstage will be, “chosen according to the new 2015 rules.” The event starts from Monte Carlo on Thursday January 22, but this time the Casino Square ceremonial start will be followed by two dark stages: Entrevaux-Rouaine (13.24 miles) and Norante-Digne-les-Bains at 12.22 miles) on the road up to an overnight halt [...]

Kubica keen on more non-WRC outings

July 17th, 2014

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Robert Kubica could contest more asphalt rallies in Italy as he prepares for the second half of the World Rally Championship season. The Polish star dominated last weekend’s Rally del Casentino in an A-Style Ford Fiesta RS WRC and the Italian outfit is keen to run the former Formula 1 star on more rallies this year. Prior to Casentino, Kubica had not competed on dry asphalt since taking a Citroen DS3 RRC to ninth overall on last October’s Catalunya Rally and believes the additional mileage could be a huge help. “The more rallies I do, they will for sure be beneficial for me,” Kubica told AUTOSPORT. “It’s going to be difficult to do more before [next month's Rally] Germany, but A-Style would like me in the car for a couple [...]

Kubica enters Italian asphalt event

July 10th, 2014

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Robert Kubica will begin his preparations for the asphalt rounds of the World Rally Championship with a late entry on the Rally del Casentino in Italy this weekend. The Polish star will tackle the Arezzo event in a Ford Fiesta RS WRC run by the Italian A-Style outfit. The car was brought to M-Sport in Cumbria earlier this week, where it was fitted with the paddle shift system used on Kubica’s RK M-Sport World Rally Team Fiesta. This will be Kubica’s first significant mileage in the same specification car he will use on the WRC’s asphalt rounds: Rally Germany next month and in France and Catalunya later in the season. Rally del Casentino organiser Loriana Norcini said: “It is a great source of pride to have [Robert] Kubica at the [...]

New Hyundai to miss start of 2015

July 9th, 2014

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Hyundai will start next season with its current i20 WRC as its much-anticipated new World Rally Championship contender might not arrive until mid-2015. The Frankfurt-based team has stunned the WRC with the pace of its development of the i20, a car that only turned a wheel in testing for the first time a year ago next week, but it will not be rushed on the replacement. Hyundai is continuing the development of the current car, with engine modifications coming in Finland later this month and again in October, while simultaneously working on an all-new 2015 car. Talking about the launch of next year’s car, team principal Michel Nandan said: “We don’t know when the new car will come yet next year, because we didn’t do the first test yet. “We [...]

Poland boss hits back at critics

July 1st, 2014

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Rally Poland boss Jaroslaw Noworol has spoken out against criticism of the itinerary for his World Rally Championship event last week. The seventh round of the WRC was slammed by drivers and team principals for 18-hour days and cancelled stages, but Noworol pointed to the championship’s own sporting and commercial restrictions as the reason for the negativity. The rally’s opening day proper was cut short with SS5 trimmed due to the road surface before the start. Stages seven and eight were subsequently canned after one run, when the sandy roads were left with foot-deep ruts, meaning 37 of the proposed 55 Lithuanian miles were lost. Citroen driver Kris Meeke said: “What pisses me off is the people who went to inspect the stages in Lithuania; what did they do? Go [...]

Ogier clinches Rally Poland victory

June 29th, 2014

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Sebastien Ogier clinched his fifth win of the 2014 World Rally Championship season by a commanding 1m07.7s margin in Poland, increasing his points lead to 50. With his Volkswagen team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen’s errors and brake problems on Saturday having taken the sting out of what had been a ferocious battle between them, Ogier just had to cruise through Sunday’s final four stages, with second-placed Mikkelsen also taking it easy. The focus of the last morning was Jari-Matti Latvala’s attempt to regain ground after the suspension damage that dropped him to seventh on Saturday – though even before that incident he had struggled for pace and conceded defeat as early as Friday morning. Latvala started the day sixth, quickly took fifth from Juho Hanninen’s Hyundai, and then tried to chase down [...]

Ogier extends Rally Poland lead

June 28th, 2014

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Sebastien Ogier extended his Rally Poland lead to a minute over Volkswagen team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen with just four Sunday stages left. Mikkelsen temporarily re-emerged in first place on Saturday morning when Ogier had to stop at the scene of Mads Ostberg’s Goldap crash, but once the officials awarded Ogier an adjusted time to compensate for his delay, the two VWs were 16 seconds apart. That gap widened on the second run of the long Goldap stage when Mikkelsen had front brake problems, forcing him to back right off. He had a sufficient cushion to do so and retain second, as the third VW of Jari-Matti Latvala had dropped back to seventh when his attempt to repair the suspension damaged on Goldap 1 failed and it collapsed again. Once that was [...]

Mikkelsen punished for shortcut

June 28th, 2014

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Volkswagen driver Andreas Mikkelsen has been fined and given a suspended exclusuon for cutting a corner on the second stage of Rally Poland. The Norwegian said he accepted and agreed with the stewards’ decision. Mikkelsen, his co-driver Ola Floene, along with Volkswagen World Rally Championship team principal Jost Capito and team manager Sven Smeets were summoned before the stewards to explain the incident on Thursday afternoon, captured in the picture above by ‘Easyleft’. “It’s a safety thing,” said Mikkelsen, “and I really understand it now. On this corner, I turned in over a blind crest and, when I came on the recce, I saw where the poles were for the spectators to stand behind and I thought it was OK. This decision makes the rules very clear.” A rival team [...]

Mikkelsen handed lead amid mayhem

June 28th, 2014

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Andreas Mikkelsen holds a temporary lead over Sebastien Ogier on Rally Poland, but organisers are likely to amend times following a series of incidents. Ogier had begun to pull clear of Volkswagen team-mate Ogier in their frantic victory battle early on Saturday morning. Both were among the many drivers to outbrake themselves and have a minor trip off the road on the Stare Juchy stage, and Mikkelsen’s error was more costly as he had to stop and reverse, handing Ogier a 10s lead. The world champion then extended that to 14s by winning the Babki stage, but on the subsequent Goldap test, Ogier had to stop after Mads Ostberg rolled his Citroen out of third place and blocked the road. Mikkelsen was less hindered and came through 18s faster, ostensibly [...]

Ogier holds narrow Poland lead

June 27th, 2014

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Sebastien Ogier will lead Rally Poland into Saturday’s stages by just 0.9 seconds over his Volkswagen team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. The gap between the leading duo was 1.5s after a closely-fought morning loop of stages, but with the re-runs through the Lithuanian tests being abandoned, the pair only had 15.39 kilometres available in the evening on which to make a difference. The battle for the lead did take a brief turn after the Wieliczki stage when a flat-out run by Mikkelsen put him 1.0s ahead of his rival, but Ogier returned to the top of the pile by going 1.9s quicker through the 2.50km Mikolajki Arena super special. Mads Ostberg remains in the mix in third, while Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke are embroiled in a battle for fourth and 8.0s [...]

Rally Poland stages cancelled

June 27th, 2014

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Rally Poland’s second loop of stages in Lithuania has been cancelled due to the condition of the roads. The event transferred across the border for four of Friday’s seven stages, but the Kapciamiestis and Margionys tests in Lithuania both developed large ruts after the first few cars on their morning running. Drivers further down the order complained that the roads, which had a soft, sandy surface, were becoming impossible to drive. Kris Meeke, seventh in the start order, was among the most vociferous critics. “The road’s f***ing destroyed,” said the Citroen driver. “There are ruts a foot deep after seven cars. “Sometimes the leader gets disadvantaged by cleaning the road, here it’s us getting disadvantaged by the ruts. It’s so frustrating when there’s nothing you can do.” There were immediately [...]

Ogier leads tight battle in Poland

June 27th, 2014

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Sebastien Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen continued to swap the Rally Poland lead in a fraught battle on Friday’s opening stages. Ogier had carried a narrow advantage over his Volkswagen team-mate from Thursday’s opening loop, but lost the lead again on Friday’s first stage, Wieliczki. The field then transferred across to Lithuania for the next two stages, where Ogier struck back. He closed Mikkelsen’s lead to just 0.1s on SS5 and then edged ahead by 1.5s as they headed for the lunchtime regroup. Although Ogier is running first on the road, drivers further back found that they were in the harder position this time as the surface of the Lithuanian stages broke up as the leaders came through, creating deep ruts. The top five had been within 9.5s after SS4, but [...]

Ogier takes early lead in Poland

June 26th, 2014

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Sebastien Ogier completed the first day of the World Rally Championship’s return to Poland with a slender 2.8-second advantage over Andreas Mikkelsen. The reigning champion set the quickest time on the opening stage to go 0.5s up on his Volkswagen team-mate. But Mikkelsen went on to have a strong run through the second stage on Kruklanki and beat Ogier’s time to take the rally lead. His moment at the top of the order was short lived, however, as Ogier then claimed his second stage win during the evening’s 2.50-kilometre super special in the Mikolajki Arena to reclaim his top position in the overall classification. Kris Meeke has shown good form through the initial trio of tests and currently occupies third place overall in his Citroen DS3 WRC. Hyundai’s Juho Hanninen, [...]

Latvala quickest in Poland shakedown

June 26th, 2014

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Jari-Matti Latvala has made the perfect start to Rally Poland setting fastest time at this morning’s shakedown stage. The Finn set the benchmark on his fourth and final run at the super-fast 2.5-mile test close to the rally’s hometown of Mikolajki. Volkswagen driver Latvala was one of four drivers within a second of each other in the shakedown, with Mads Ostberg second quickest, half a second down, Andreas Mikkelsen a further tenth back and Sebastien Ogier two tenths behind and ensuring all three factory Polo R WRCs are on the early pace. “Shakedown was good,” said Latvala, “we had no problems at all. The road was really fast and the surface was good. We’re ready now.” Unusually, the drivers head out into three stages this afternoon, with 20 miles of [...]

‘Surprise’ at WRC revamp objections

June 25th, 2014

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Volkswagen team principal Jost Capito says he has been surprised by the reticence to his proposed changes for next year’s World Rally Championship. Capito is working alongside WRC Promoter on a plan to spice up the last day of WRC rounds next season by turning the final test into a shootout that would decide the leading positions. He is fervent in his belief this is the way forward for the series, but adds that if he is proved wrong, the system can be easily discarded as it does not require any format changes for rallies. “I believe in this,” he said. “We cannot continue as we are right now and I’m surprised at people who can’t see this. We need more visibility. “But if this plan is not working next [...]

Kubica: Enjoying home rally is priority

June 23rd, 2014

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Robert Kubica is determined to enjoy the show in this week’s Rally Poland and says he feels no extra pressure to get a result in his World Rally Championship homecoming. Kubica never competed at home in his previous career as a Formula 1 driver and readily admits this week’s rally – which is set to be the biggest motorsport event in Poland’s history – will be huge for him and his fans. “I’m really looking forward to seeing all the Polish fans,” said the 29-year-old M-Sport driver. “This will be one of the country’s sporting highlights and I think there are many rally fans in Poland so it is nice that we have this opportunity – with the Polish federation – to do this event.” Kubica competed in Rally Poland [...]

Rally Italy intends to stay in Sardinia

June 12th, 2014

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Rally Italy organisers have defied the FIA’s calls to return to the mainland and intend to keep the event on the island of Sardinia next season. Last week’s event shifted its base from Olbia to Alghero and, while that was considered an improvement, there were still criticisms of the rally. Running an opening stage in Cagliari at 21:00 on Thursday night meant the crews did not get to bed until after midnight, having completed 0.8 miles of competition. There were those who did not even get to compete, however, after the stage was cancelled due to high spectator numbers. How Rally Italy got it wrong Rally Italy general manager Antonio Turitto told AUTOSPORT: “When we decided to run in Cagliari, we didn’t expect more than 10,000 fans. “But then on [...]

Ogier slams rivals in WRC rules row

June 11th, 2014

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World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier has set himself against his rivals in what is becoming a bitter dispute about running order rules. A regulation change at the end of last season ensured the championship leader would run first on the road on the opening day of WRC rounds, before the classification was reversed for the Saturday and Sunday start lists. Faced with opening the road on last week’s Rally Italy, Ogier dropped as low as 10th before fighting back to win the event, leaving him furious with those in favour of the current regulation. “The FIA wants to make some sort of show from the rally by using this regulation, but, for me, this is the regulation for the loser,” Ogier said. “There are some drivers who are happy [...]