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  • David Phillips
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    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.
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    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.
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    I was born in Adelaide and we moved-out for Angle Vale for a few years until I was about 7 years old, when we moved to the Barossa Valley where I live now. I'm 19 years old and currently traveling back and forth weekly as I'm studying for a Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology.

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    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.
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  • David Ifeguni
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    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.

Penultimate round of iGPS

by Simon Cattell on April 18th, 2012

For the penultimate week of Season 1, the iRacing.com Grand Prix Series (iGPS) teams and drivers headed off to Sebring International Raceway. The circuit – 3.7 miles (6.0 km) long and compromising of seventeen turns – features long straights and a hybrid of high speed and technical low speed corners. Although the course offers very little elevation change there are several cambered corners on the surface adding to the challenge laying ahead for the drivers piloting their 800 horsepower V8-powered Williams FW31′s. Even as the iGPS cohered with the Drivers World Championships (DWC) this week – Sunday saw only two Strength of Field (SoF) races with the end of the season taking its toll. Both races saw Max Dell’Orco starting from his usual pole position slot, despite DWC driver Luke McLean taking the fastest qualifying time of the week with a lap quicker than DWC pole time- however he would be absent from both races.

Sebring's turn one is one of the most challenging corners at this historic racetrack.

With the Italian taking pole in the 17:15GMT race, he was joined by Davy Decorps on the front row with the Frenchman looking to fully secure his Pro license, meanwhile Finns Riku Alatalo and Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola slotted behind them on the second row. Dell’Orco’s start was good but Decorps’ was even better, enabling him to snatch the lead from the Italian on lap 4. However a quick loss of concentration as he was lapping a slower car saw Decorps miss his braking point for Turn 7 – despite a relatively low speed impact, the front end damage was considerable enough to force him out of the race.

This promoted Dell’Orco to the lead again with Alatalo following in close pursuit whilst his fellow Finn Uusi-Jaakkola was forced to retire due to an earlier spin. After the pitstops the top five would be Dell’Orco, Alatalo, Slocombe, Urbizu and Schulz. Not much would happen upfront until the chequered flag loomed large. As the ticker hit lap 33, the leader – Dell’Orco spun exiting Turn 5 hairpin collecting damage which saw him drop to second behind Alatalo who could take a surprise victory, with Slocombe slotting third followed by Pro license hunter Urbizu and Schulz in fourth and fifth respectively.

Decorps missed his braking point for Turn 7 - despite a relatively low speed impact, the front end damage was considerable enough to force him out of the race.

19:15GMT would be similar to the previous race as Dell’Orco and Decorps occupied the front-row with Alatalo and Uusi-Jaakola behind them again. This time Dell’Orco was past by both cars nearest behind him at the start. Uusi-Jaakkola’s day went from bad to worse however as he spun his tires on the launch unfortunately forcing him sideways into the path of DWC driver Slocombe who started fifth. The top 3 would break away from the rest of the field with this incident, promoting Richie Stanaway to fourth and Marcus Caton sitting in fifth, hunting for a high score after Urbizu’s strong result in the previous race.

This notoriously difficult track always produces retirements and it’s next victim was Alatalo, who put a tire on the grass in Turn 1 on lap 7, resulting in a spin and a violent impact with the armco, forcing the Finn into an early retirement. This promoted Xavier Busoms to fifth as he started chasing Marcus Caton for the crucial points needed to claim the last Pro license realistically on offer. After a race-long battle, Caton managed to hold Busoms off for fourth and take one crucial step to cementing his name in the 2012 Pro Series. As the lone duo of Decorps and Dell’Orco broke away from the rest of the pack following Alatalo’s retirement, Frenchman Decorps never gave Dell’Orco a chance to attempt a pass for the lead to claim his second SoF victory this season. Real life driver Richie Stanaway completed the podium picture.

Stanaway took the last podium position in the 19:15GMT race.

The last week of the Series moves to Silverstone Circuit as Week 11 absentee Jake Stergios is set for a back-to-back championship win followed by 1st placed A-Class driver Dell’Orco. The fight for the positions are very much alive behind him as Ryan Terpstra in 4th and Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola in 7th are separated by only 31 points heading into the final week. Meanwhile whilst nine drivers now look set for receiving their coveted Pro licenses at the end of the season, the battle for 10th and the final Pro-license between Xavier Busoms, Pierre Urbizu and Marcus Caton is reaching boiling point as we enter the final week of the season with all three fighting it out to wear the black stripe. Only one driver can be victorious so any slip-ups could be fatal as twelve weeks of work will be decided this Sunday.

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