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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.

Bathurst Endurance Week Tightens GTC Points

by Jeff Jacobs on May 29th, 2015

Kevin Ford (#1) leads the Mustang class on Sunday afternoon at Bathurst and leads the season class championship standings.

For the second time this Season, sim-racers in the Grand Touring Cup enjoyed extended 40-minute races while contending for season championship points in the closing weeks of racing. Mount Panorama’s Bathurst circuit challenged the Solstice, Jetta, and Mustang racers to turn fast laps and deal with mixed-class racing while keeping the virtual sheet metal off the walls that line the most challenging sections of the track. By the end of the 10th week of the 12-week season, the championship leaderboard in all three classes showed that the final two weeks of racing will be hotly contested. In the Mustang class, the class championship appears to be solidly under the control of Kevin C Ford as he holds a 220 point advantage over the next closest contenders. With defending champion [...]

O’donnell’s Miracle at the Cathedral of Speed

by Cam Stark on April 16th, 2015

Surprisingly no turn 1 mayhem ensued. Even at Monza!

The Pro Mazdas were backing in action for Week 4 of the iRacing season. This time they would head to the south of Europe, albeit the north of Italy to take on one of the most famous race tracks in the entire world: Autodromo Nazionale Monza, otherwise known as the Cathedral of Speed! The 11 turn – 5.793km – circuit would have drivers (and spectators) on the edge of their seats for the entire race. With the whole track being flowing and no clear cut slow sections – with the exception of Variante del Rettifilo – the Pro Mazda drivers would certainly be looking to work the high speed drafting to their advantage.As the slowest corner on the circuit, the Rettifilo figured to offer one of the more ideal overtaking [...]

ineX Racing Masters of Endurance Champions

by Michael Booth on March 17th, 2015

Ibérica Racing Team leads the field towards Hell Corner at Bathurst.

Coanda Win Bathurst Masters of Endurance concluded its 2014/15 season with a visit down under for the 6 hours of Bathurst sponsored by The 6.2km Mount Panorama circuit, famous for hosting V8 Supercars’ Bathurst 1000 and the 12 hour GT3 race, would provide a challenge for the teams of sim racers. With little runoff and walls lining the circuit across the Mountain, Bathurst offers no room for mistakes in corners resembling an undulating, high speed street circuit. Only two teams remained in contention for the championship after four rounds and 48 hours of racing. The odds were stacked heavily in ineX Racing’s favour thanks to their 56 point lead. Coanda Simsport needed to win the race and hope ineX finished lower than 17th in order to overcome the points [...]

Bathurst Sets GTC Mid-Season Favorites

by Jeff Jacobs on January 29th, 2015

Pole sitter Patrick Bieri (#1) and class points leader Todd Honczarenko (#2) lead the Mustang field to the green flag to start the GTC Week 6 Strength-Of-Field race at Bathurst.

An extended race length of 40 minutes compared to the usual 25 provided an exciting mid-season challenge for sim-racers in the Grand Touring Cup. The popular track in Bathurst hosted more than 730 drivers in at least one of the 101 official races that comprised week six of the 12-week season. Commenting on the thrill of running at Bathurst, Dan Karaconstantis noted that even the extra race time didn’t seem like enough: “Maybe it’s the track/car combo or maybe it’s just my fondness for enduros but I’ve found myself in both races as soon as the white flag appears saying ‘what already?’” With several drivers still in contention for one of the three class championships, all three cars saw strong participation and extremely close racing. Few of the races [...]

LRP Smashes GTC Participation Record

by Jeff Jacobs on January 22nd, 2015

Tony Pizzaro (#2) held the top qualifying time in the Solstice class for most of Week 5 until Andreas Katz snatched that honor away.  Pizzaro is chased by Charlie Summers (#3) and the rest of the Solstice class at Lime Rock Park.

For the first time in the history of the Grand Touring Series, participation broke the 1000 sim-racer level during the Week 5 competition at Lime Rock Park. The 1035 drivers bested the prior participation record of 957 set in the opening week of 2013’s Season 1 at Daytona International Speedway. Back then, the three classes included the Mazda MX-5 with 545 drivers, the VW Jetta TDI with 220 drivers, and the Solstice with 192 drivers. But the new record was set thanks to overwhelming participation in the Solstice class, whose members turned out in a record 508 drivers, followed by the Mustang’s 357 drivers, and the Jetta’s 170 drivers. It wasn’t just participation records that were smashed during Week 5, as Lime Rock Park’s short course and lack of [...]

Grand Touring Leaders Dominate At Bathurst

by Jeff Jacobs on November 21st, 2014

In the closing laps of a race at Bathurst, Javier Torres (#10) and Jerome Marschall (#6) battled in a drag race only inches apart down the full length of Mountain Straight into Turn 2.

Utter a silent prayer going into Brock’s Skyline. Gather a deep breath and grip the wheel. Then fling yourself into The Esses, aiming for that ribbon of pavement between unforgiving walls of concrete. Suddenly around The Elbow, exhale and nail the throttle to the floor. This was the routine for sim-racers in the Grand Touring Cup for 11 laps around Mount Panorama during Week 3 of the six-week series. Early concern about The Esses attracting multi-class pile ups in the multi-class series gave way to thrilling racing and rave reviews from the 600 Mustang, Jetta, and Solstice drivers who dared to challenge Bathurst’s four mile circuit. “There is just a hair between a good race and mayhem and disaster,” explained Bryan de Bruyn. “But when in battle with equally [...]

Donington Races Shake Up GTC Podiums

by Jeff Jacobs on November 14th, 2014

Todd Honczarenko (#1), Liam Hackwith (#4) and Kevin C Ford (#3) battled door to door and bumper to bumper for several laps at Donington in Week 2.

What happens when you take the usual 12-week sim-racing season where the best eight count and compress it into just six weeks with the best five counting? The intensity goes through the roof. Nowhere was that more evident than in the second week of the Grand Touring Cup. The Mustang, Jetta, and Solstice classes attacked the Donington National Circuit throughout the week and produced a startling result – only one of the nine drivers who finished on a class championship podium last season is in the top three of their class so far this season. In the Solistice class, Mike Theunissen dominated the week by taking the top points earned, the fastest qualifying time, and the top time trial time. He also vaulted to the top the class championship [...]

Alien Invasion at Spa!

by Matt Pawelski on November 13th, 2014

To nobody's surprise, Huttu led from start to finish, but Nahkala kept it close . . . for awhile.

S-P-A. Words cannot help to describe the majesty of those three letters in the minds of racing fans. What does one think about first? Do you think of the glorious Formula 1 cars of the ’60s, ’50s, and earlier? Do you think of Fangio, Clark, Hill, or Schumacher? Do you think of the F2004, the Lotus 49 or the old Mercedes that dominated with Fangio at the wheel? Or do you think of the many corners that have become synonymous with racing lore? Stavelot? Malmedy? Raidillon, Blanchimont or Eau Rouge? La Source? How does one react when they hear the legend of those names. They have to bring out some reaction in any racing fan. In any event, a race at Spa, whether it be simulated or in real life, [...]

Grand Prix Legends Prove Their Worth at Bathurst

by Justin Sutton on October 8th, 2014

Meints takes third at the first corner.

Mount Panorama Circuit is not known for being easy, and neither is the Lotus 49.  This combination of car and track is arguably among the most challenging you can encounter in iRacing.  To call the Grand Prix Legends visit to “The Mountain” a race of attrition would be the understatement of the young century.  With breakneck speeds, tight twisting corners, elevation changes — and concrete barriers awaiting any mistake — it would be nearly impossible to hold any sort of race at Mount Panorama without suffering casualties, let alone one featuring the Lotus 49. Bruce Snelson sat on pole position for this race, but was only a tenth quicker than Daniel Curtz and two tenths quicker than Uwe Jacobsen.  When the lights went green, however, it was Darwin Meints in [...]

A New Champion in Bathurst – Part II

by Justin Sutton on July 24th, 2014

Ten was Townend's Turn for trouble at Turn Two.

Editor’s note: When we last left you UK&I championship sim racing rivals Wojciech Rabsztyn and Marcus Hamilton were duking it out for fourth place behind Marc Mercer while Simon Povey and Tom Ward took turns in the lead . . . On Lap Five the anticipated battle between championship hopefuls Hamilton and Rabsztyn resumed, but this time with Rabsztyn on the defensive.  Hamilton got the obligatory slipstream from Rabsztyn down the long Conrod Straight and Rabsztyn went defensive for The Chase.  Rabsztyn took a bit too much of the inside curb at the corner and lost the back end, spinning him all the way down to P12.  What’s more, strange mechanical sounds began emanating from his engine, meaning he would have to pit for repairs.  Swirydowicz also lost a position [...]

A New Champion in Bathurst – Part I

by Justin Sutton on July 23rd, 2014

With the championship on the line, Hamilton wastes no time gaining positions.

Week 11 of the UK&I Skip Barber League headed to the gorgeous surroundings of Bathurst, New South Wales for ten laps of what would certainly be one of the deciding races of the season, while providing sim racing action throughout a field of almost three dozen competitors.  At this the  penultimate race of the season, current championship leader Marcus Hamilton could clinch the title in Australia by outscoring his rival Wojciech Rabsztyn.  Since only the top ten of each sim-racer’s finishes during the 12 race season count, the math was a bit messy and confusing for the final two races.  The easiest way to look at it?  If Hamilton outscored Rabsztyn then he would be looking good for the championship would be looking good for him. In qualifying Hamilton took [...]

Bieri Blasts Bathurst to Lead Mustang Challenge

by Jeff Jacobs on July 16th, 2014

With the advantage of the inside line in Turn 1, Patrick Bieri (#1) capitalized on his top qualifying time and pole position to win each of the four races he entered in Week 11 at Bathurst.

The race may have been Down Under but Patrick Bieri’s performance was over-the-top in Week 11 of the Mustang Challenge. The defending Season 1 Champion showed he has continued to get better in Season 2 by setting the top qualifying time of the week (2:27.493) by nearly a half-second over any other Mustang sim-racer at Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst. Bieri capitalized on the pole position advantage by winning all four of the races he entered including the crucial “Strength-of-Field” race on Sunday at 20:15GMT against the best in the series. Nearly as impressive was the speed with which Revolution Race Group driver Jared Jewell learned the tricky 23 turns having never run at Bathurst. After leading the overall points standings for several weeks, Jewell came into Week 11 [...]

Road Atlanta Tightens Mustang Points Battle

by Jeff Jacobs on July 10th, 2014

On the final lap, Travis Mihm (#3) squeezes Patrick Bieri (#1) down to the apex in Turn 10 at Road Atlanta.  Slight contact upset both cars, handing the win to an opportunistic Liam Hackwith (#2).

By the end of Week 10 at Road Atlanta, a mere 16 points is all that separates defending Champion Patrick Bieri and challenger Jared Jewell for the overall points lead in the Mustang Challenge. Bieri trailed by 85 points coming into the week, but had only scored points in seven weeks in this series where final scores are based on your best eight finishes of the 12-week season. A second-place finish in the Saturday 00:15 GMT race earned Bieri 118 points, a low total by his usual standards but enough to move him to the top of standings going into the final two weeks. Already having a full compliment of scored races, Jewell knew he’d need to use the closing weeks of Season 2 to try to replace one [...]

Behind the Curtain, with Allan Paterson of the UK&I Skip Barber League

by Justin Sutton on May 12th, 2014


The full interview can be listened to on YouTube here: So, first question I have for you, the UK&I Skip Barber league is among the most popular in iRacing, boasting well over 300 members.  How much effort went into signing members and advertising and generating interest? Well the league has been going for many years now and has been run in various formats before even the league functionality was available in iRacing, so really my predecessors did a lot of the hard work.  The guy who really did most of the league in the last sort of three or four years is Michael Dawkins who used to be the Club England captain.  He’s actually moved to the States, and he handed over to a guy called Keith Sharp.  So, [...]

Mustang Champ Lead Changes At Treacherous Bathurst

by Jeff Jacobs on March 26th, 2014

Patrick Bieri leads a field of the top Mustang sim-racers to the green flag in Sunday’s 20:15 GMT race at Mount Panorama.

The second ever visit to Mount Panorama produced a major reordering of the top championship standings in Week 8 of the Mustang Challenge. Despite entering the week in the first and second place spots in the overall standings, neither Patrik Runald nor Kester Baird were able to make a start at Bathurst. They slipped to fourth and fifth respectively, with four weeks of competition left to try to move back up in the standings. New series points leader Todd Honczarenko (the 2013 Season 2 Champion), survived a near disastrous start to his only race in Week 8 to take the top spot. The Sunday 20:15 GMT race is traditionally one of the high strength-of-field races attracting the best drivers and affording the most points toward the championship scoring. This [...]

Spanish Victory at iRacing Brasil’s RUF Masters of Track

by Thiago Izequiel on February 13th, 2014

Brasil Bathurst 1a

Versão em português abaixo The virtual track of Mount Panorama had 34 participants on the 2nd race of Masters of Track, the weekly road series of iRacing Brasil. This time a Spanish driver lead the way for the Brazilians. Diego Rancaño Boudon, from Club Iberia, is already known by the sim-racers of the Brazilian league, having raced several times on past seasons and always seen as a strong contender. Diego became the 1st driver of other club to win on the league, used to see their comrades at the top. Being the pole position, Diego leaded the other 33 cars to the start, who had Bruno do Carmo also on the front row on the 2nd position. Bruno had won the last race and was also one of the favorite [...]

Precision Driving at Mount Panorama

by Harrison Widelitz on February 12th, 2014

The margin for error on The Mountain ranges from "slim" to "none."

After a phenomenal display of racing during the first week of competition for the RUF Cup series, more than 800 drivers competed at one of the most unique, difficult, and exhilarating tracks on the schedule: the Mount Panorama Circuit, found in Australian city of Bathurst. The timing could not have been any better, as the Bathurst 12 Hour race weekend coincided with the RUF Cup’s visit to the same track. The second week of competition featured great finishes, breathtaking side-by-side battles, precision driving, and clean, respectful sim-racing. There is no other track in the world like Bathurst. It demands respect. Missing your marks by a few inches doesn’t just result in a blown corner or a trip into the run-off area; it can abruptly end your race. Bathurst has [...]

Brasil Lemans Series Starts the SuperGT

by Thiago Izequiel on February 7th, 2014

Brasil GT 3

Versão em português abaixo Brasil Lemans Series has started the 1st Brazilian multi-makes championship of the year. The league, which started its activities at the end of 2013, already had followed an original way on the last championships organized by them, making never seen before car combinations by the members of Club Brasil. SuperGT, who now follows the same car combination of GT3 Challenge official series of iRacing, had already innovated on their 1st season, combining the McLaren, Cadillac and the Ford GT40, running them together on the same class, equalizing them by weight penalty, proportionally distributed on the cars. Today, with the GT3 Challenge, the league decided to follow the same line to find a even more balanced competition between the cars, and keep their originality. Besides running [...]

GT3 Challenge Storms Road Atlanta

by Paul Slavonik on February 5th, 2014

The GT3 Challenge Series gets off to a clean start to Week One at Road Atlanta.

In the first exciting week of competition in the GT3 Challenge Series, the RUF and the McLaren had their first official face-off at Road Atlanta. There were winners on both sides but, as the RUF is the newly added car, many people tended to congregate more towards the RT 12R. This put the pressure on the McLaren MP4-12c drivers who knew that they’d have to step up their game. In the end, however, the Week One victory goes to the RUF! In the highest Strength of Field (SoF) race of the week which took place on Saturday @ 4pm CST, victory was claimed by Andrew Kahl after starting in P4. It almost ended prematurely for Kahl, however, as he completed the online race just one incident point shy of [...]