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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
    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.

  • 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.

  • Ray 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.

  • 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.

Michimi claims first Auto GP win

October 19th, 2014

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Shinya Michimi scored his first Auto GP race victory in the final race of 2014 at Estoril. The Euronova Racing driver took the chequered flag 3.698s ahead of Zele Racing’s Luis Sa Silva. Michimi took the lead of the race with five laps remaining when Francesco Dracone made his mandatory pitstop, paving the way for Michimi to stretch out a slight gap to Sa Silva, who put behind him a tardy first race to score his first Auto GP podium despite a damaged front wing. Completing the podium was Antonio Pizzonia in the other Zele Lola. The former Jaguar and Williams Formula 1 driver put in a late charge but could not replicate his race one runner-up position. Tamas Pal Kiss, came home in fourth place in his Virtuosi UK [...]

Kiss claims runner-up spot with win

October 19th, 2014

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Tamas Pal Kiss took a well-judged victory in the first Auto GP race at Estoril. It was the Hungarian’s third win of the 2014 season, and his second with the Virtuosi UK squad. The win confirmed Kiss as the series runner-up behind Kimiya Sato, who was crowned champion at the Nurburgring in August. The race began under some confusion as an apparently clean initial start was red flagged due to what appeared to be a procedural issue involving the medical car at the back of the grid. The cars made the second start under safety car, with Kiss leading away and soon opening up a four second gap. Behind Kiss, ex-Formula 1 racer Antonio Pizzonia used all of his experience at the restart to sweep ahead of 2013 Auto GP [...]

Kiss on pole for Auto GP finale

October 18th, 2014

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Tamas Pal Kiss will start from pole position for the penultimate round of the Auto GP season at Estoril. The Virtuosi UK driver beat returning 2013 champion Vittorio Ghirelli’s Super Nova Lola by just 0.083s. Ex-Formula 1 driver Antonio Pizzonia got to within a tenth of a second of being on the front row in his Zele-entered car but ultimately had to settle for third place after his tyre performance dropped off on the notoriously abrasive surface. Markus Pommer’s Super Nova-run machine completes the second row of the grid as he endeavours to overturn Pal Kiss for second in the title standings. The first session was interrupted by Luis Sa Silva stopped in his Zele Racing car with a suspected electrical problem. The Angolan was forced to park his car [...]

Kiss quickest in Auto GP practice

October 18th, 2014

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Tamas Pal Kiss topped the times in Auto GP free practice at Estoril on Saturday morning. In damp conditions the Hungarian set a best time of 1m42.601s in his Virtuosi UK-run Lola to head Markus Pommer by 0.7 seconds. Kiss is aiming to cement the runner-up in the 2014 Auto GP series this weekend, and currently has a 13-point cushion over Super Nova driver Pommer. 2013 champion Vittorio Ghirelli was third fastest on his return to the series with Super Nova. He replaces the injured Michela Cerruti this weekend. Antonio Pizzonia registered the fourth quickest time, setting his best lap of 1m43.558s on his final tour of the session. The former Williams and Jaguar Formula 1 driver is http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/116375 this weekend after winning the final race of the 2012 Auto [...]

Pizzonia makes single-seater return

October 16th, 2014

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Ex-Formula 1 driver Antonio Pizzonia will return to Auto GP for the last round of the season at Estoril this weekend. Zele Racing will field Pizzonia alongside Angolan Auto GP debutant Luis Sa Silva in a completely revised line-up. The Austrian team and Pizzonia previously worked together at the 2012 Auto GP finale at Sonoma in the United States. Pizzonia had arrived at Zele fresh from an impressive maiden outing in the series, scoring a victory at his home round at Curitiba for Ombra Racing. The forthcoming meeting at Estoril marks Pizzonia’s return to single-seaters. The Brazilian was an LMP2 class winner in the World Endurance Championship for Delta-ADR last season, and has focused on the Stock Car Brazil series this year.

Cerruti to miss Auto GP finale

October 15th, 2014

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Auto GP race winner Michela Cerruti will miss this weekend’s season finale at Estoril to undergo back surgery. The 27-year-old, who became the series’ first female winner at Imola earlier this year, tested at the former Portuguese Grand Prix Formula 1 venue earlier this month in preparation for the event, but has now had to withdraw. “Following a medical check, I was strongly advised not to race due to a recurring back injury,” said Cerruti. “This is an issue I had been dealing with for a while. “In order to solve the problem and be at 100 per cent for the next season, the doctors advised me to stop and undergo a surgery procedure that will keep me parked for the next month.” The Super Nova driver is currently sixth [...]

Sa Silva joins Auto GP with Zele

September 30th, 2014

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Zele Racing will field GP3 racer Luis Sa Silva for the Auto GP season finale at Estoril next month. Although the Angolan has considerable knowledge of the Portuguese ex-Formula 1 venue, it will be his first time behind the wheel of the 550bhp Auto GP machine. “I’m happy to drive such a powerful racing car,” said Sa Silva. “It will be a tough challenge but I’m happy that it will happen at Estoril. “It’s one of the tracks I know the best as I’ve run a lot of laps there. I also consider it my home circuit because I live not too far away it in my second house.” The 24-year-old is 18th in this year’s GP3 drivers’ standings, having recorded a highest finish of seventh at Monza. BATTLE FOR [...]

Sato learned from 2013 errors

August 18th, 2014

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Kimiya Sato put his 2014 Auto GP championship win down to learning lessons from his title defeat last year. Sato wrapped up the title with a third place in race two at the Nurburgring on Sunday. “I’m really happy,” said the 24-year-old Japanese driver, who races for Vincenzo Sospiri’s Euronova team in Auto GP alongside a GP2 programme with Campos. “Last year I lost because of my stupid mistakes, so it’s a special feeling to come back from that experience.” The Nurburgring event was a challenging one for Sato, who suffered brake failure in qualifying and started race one from last place before charging through the field to win despite pain from a bruised chest. The reverse-grid second race was also tough, as Sato had to start eighth. He lost [...]

Kiss wins race, Sato clinches title

August 17th, 2014

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Tamas Pal Kiss won the second Auto GP race at the Nurburgring, but could not stop Kimiya Sato wrapping up the championship with one event still to come. Kiss took the lead of the reverse-grid race at the first corner, despite starting fifth in his Virtuosi UK entry. Sato’s progress was slower after starting eighth, but he had worked his way up to third place by the end. The bottom step of the podium was enough to give him the Euronova Racing driver the title. Second was home driver Markus Pommer, who never quite had the speed to challenge Kiss, and had to fight off Sato at the end of the race.

Kiss stripped of Nurburgring win

August 16th, 2014

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Tamas Pal Kiss has been stripped of his win at the Nurburgring, after officials decided that he too was guilty of setting a fastest sector time under yellow flags early in the race. Kiss, who celebrated victory on the podium after most of his major rivals received drive-through penalties for the same offence during the race, was demoted shortly after post-race formalities. The 25-second penalty means victory in fact goes to Kimiya Sato (pictured), ahead of Kevin Giovesi and Markus Pommer. Kiss has been reclassified fifth following the correction, which means Sato stretches his championship lead over Kiss after all. His lead is now 60 points, and maintaining that after race two would easily be enough to seal the title with the Estoril finale still to come. Kiss will need [...]

Kiss beats determined Sato to victory

August 16th, 2014

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Hungarian Tamas Pal Kiss took victory for Virtuosi UK at the Nurburgring, with Kimiya Sato scoring a fine second place after starting at the back of the grid. It was Kiss’ good behaviour that really set up this win, which allowed him to slightly close the points gap to his Euronova Racing rival Sato. Most of the field were given drive-through penalties for setting fastest sector times as they went past the clean-up operation of Salvatore de Plano’s car, which went off the track at the final corner on lap two. Kiss was the only front-runner to escape sanction, which set up his comfortable 10-second win. NEWS UPDATE: Kiss stripped of Nurburgring win On pace alone Sato could not be matched, despite driving with some pain after a bruising in [...]

Giovesi quickest in Auto GP practice

August 15th, 2014

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Kevin Giovesi topped Auto GP practice at the Nurburgring after recording the fastest time for FMS Racing at the end of a soggy morning session. The session was almost free of incident despite taking place in on-off rain, which ultimately meant that the damp track conditions did not change much during the 45 minutes. Tamas Pal Kiss (Virtuosi UK) held fastest time for much of the session with his lap of 1m32.951s, before points leader Kimiya Sato took three tenths off that with eleven minutes to go. Sato remained at the top of the timing screens until Giovesi put in his lap at the very end of the session, going two tenths quicker than the Japanese Euronova Racing driver a couple of minutes before the chequered flag. Sato has a [...]

Sato dominates Imola opener

June 28th, 2014

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Kimiya Sato cruised to a conclusive victory in the ninth round of the Auto GP series at Imola. It was Sato’s fourth race win of the 2014 season and stretched his points lead to 33 over Markus Pommer. The Japanese driver, who sat out the last rounds at Monza earlier this month, dominated proceedings once title rival Pommer had retired from the lead on the first lap. The unfortunate German lost all power to his Super Nova run Lola-Zytek and was forced to pull off the track at Acque Minerale. Sato needed no invitation to maximise his inherited lead and soon pulled a gap on second placed Kevin Giovesi, with the race was effectively won by half distance. Sato had the luxury of a leisurely pitstop and took the chequered [...]

Pommer beats Sato to Imola pole

June 28th, 2014

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Markus Pommer grabbed his third pole position of 2014 for Saturday afternoon’s ninth round of the Auto GP series at Imola. The German dominated qualifying, registering several mid-1m31s laps before peaking with a 1m31.401s. In taking pole, Pommer secures two points and brings the gap to championship leader Kimiya Sato down to just seven points. Sato could only get within four tenths of a second of Pommer’s time, but remains confident for the race having saved valuable Kumho tyres by sitting out the first 12 minutes of Q1. The only other runner to get in to the 1m31s bracket was Pal Varhaug, who is making a one-off appearance in a Virtuosi UK run Lola-Zytek. The Norwegian GP3 racer was visibly more confident on the brakes in the qualifying session and [...]

Sato, Pommer share practice honours

June 27th, 2014

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Kimiya Sato and Markus Pommer shared the honours in the two Imola Auto GP practice sessions on Friday. Reunited with the Euronova Racing squad after missing the last event at Monza, Sato, who heads Pommer in the championship by just nine points following the German’s Monza win, had initially set an identical time to his title rival. It took until the final minute of the afternoon session for the Japanese to move ahead on a 1m32.349s, just over five hundredths of a second faster. Pommer had earlier topped the timesheets in the morning session with a 1m32.380s lap in his Super Nova run Lola-Zytek. Michela Cerruti continued to show encouraging pace following her Monza podium with the third-best time in the morning session. Monza race two victor Kevin Giovesi, now [...]

Giovesi takes race two win at Monza

June 1st, 2014

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Kevin Giovesi took a serene Auto GP race two win at Monza, controlling the 15-lap event from start to finish to emulate his Paul Ricard success from April. Converting his reverse grid pole position, Eurotech’s Milanese driver delighted his home circuit fans by managing a steady gap to second-placed Andrea Roda, who followed Giovesi home 2.4 seconds adrift in his Virtuosi UK run Lola-Zytek. While the first two positions were never in serious doubt, behind there were battles aplenty as front row starter Giuseppe Cipriani created a bottleneck in the early running when he defended stoutly from the chasing pack. This blockage enabled race one winner Markus Pommer to pick off several rivals in the opening laps and set up his podium challenge. An early pitstop when his Super Nova [...]

Pommer takes comfortable Monza win

May 31st, 2014

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Markus Pommer took his second victory of the 2014 Auto GP season at Monza, converting his pole position into a comfortable win on Saturday afternoon. The Super Nova driver resisted initial pressure from Eurotech’s Kevin Giovesi in the first three-quarters of the 17-lap sprint. That pressure dissipated after Giovesi was significantly delayed at his mandatory pitstop when a recalcitrant left-rear wheel caused the Italian to tumble down the order, eventually finishing in a lowly eighth position. There was some solace for Giovesi though as he will start Sunday’s second race from pole position. Pommer headed home Tamas Pal Kiss in the Zele entered Lola by just over a second and the German always looked in control during the final laps despite the Hungarian closing to within a second at one [...]

Pommer seals second straight pole

May 30th, 2014

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Markus Pommer secured an impressive second consecutive pole position for the seventh round of the 2014 Auto GP season after a tense qualifying battle with series debutant Christof von Grunigen. With light raining falling on the track throughout the 10-minute session, Pommer and von Grunigen swapped fastest times in what became their own private battle for pole. The German won out by just over three tenths of a second to banish technical problems in the earlier practice session. Starting on the second row is Eurotech driver Kevin Giovesi who just shaded Super Nova’s Michela Cerruti, equalling her performance at the last round in Hungary to start fourth again after an assured performance. Tamas Pal Kiss starts in fifth position and is still playing catch up after a broken damper hampered [...]

Sato completes Auto GP double

May 4th, 2014

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Kimiya Sato’s formidable race one form carried on in Hungary as the Euronova driver completed his first double Auto GP victory. From eighth on the reversed grid, Sato enjoyed his second strong start of the meeting to move into fifth by Turn 1. The Kobe driver moved to the front of the field by adopting a repeat of his race one long first stint strategy, but underlying searing pace was key to the success. Sato’s fastest lap was over a second quicker than his rivals’ efforts, as he secured a 7.2-second margin of victory over polesitter Vittorio Ghirelli. Reigning Auto GP champion and sometime Indy Lights racer Ghirelli made a slow initial getaway in his first start in the category this season, but the Italian recovered the lead from Paul [...]

Sato wins from ninth on the grid

May 3rd, 2014

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Euronova Racing’s Kimiya Sato scored a remarkable win from ninth on the grid at the Hungaroring to extend his lead in the Auto GP standings. The Kobe driver’s qualifying effort was compromised by missing a window of optimum track conditions when a storm disrupted the session on Friday. But in a repeat of his rocket getaway at Paul Ricard a fortnight ago, Sato produced a masterly start to rise to fourth by Turn 1 away from the lights. Thereafter a combination of assertive overtaking moves and a late pitstop strategy moved Sato into the lead. What appeared a spectacle of limited appeal as the final three laps were wound down was brought alive by the Japanese driver’s heavy front tyre wear. Early leader, and home favourite, Tamas Pal Kiss closed [...]