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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.

Who will be CTC Champion?

by Thiago Izequiel on October 14th, 2014

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Who will come out as the champion? Linnaluoto (Ferrari) or Fritsche (Lotus)?

The CTC has finally reached the last week of official racing. Australia’s Phillip Island is the last stage and will finally define who’s the winner and who’s not. Until now, 244 simracers have taken part in some race or all of them, through Season 3, showing a good number of participants for the Classic series, even bigger than Season 2 (195) and Season 2 (222). But, between the 244 members of iRacing that decided to take the challenge this season, only 53 of them already completed the eight weeks necessary to fight for the championship and 14 more are about to fulfill that, having raced for seven weeks. One of these simracers with 7 weeks already done is Andrea Ventura, who represents Tyrrell Racing for the second consecutive season. Ventura [...]

Linnaluoto Wins (again) at Dramatic Brands Hatch

by Thiago Izequiel on October 6th, 2014

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Linnaluoto won his third SoF race this season.

The second half of the Classic Lotus Grand Prix Season 3 seems to be dominated by a Finnish simracer. With 18 starts  to his credit heading into Week Eight, Tapani Linnaluoto had won six races – three of them SoF races – and achieved 17 top fives and nine poles. He also leads the championship, and with four weeks remaining, Linnaluoto isn’t very far from becoming the new champion of the CTC.  But will he be the one? Everything can change yet. Four weeks means that four points results can be dropped by his rivals. But still, the Ferrarist has put one hand on the Championship Cup already. At Brands Hatch, the most legendary track on this season’s calendar, Linnaluoto confirmed all that by winning the SoF race by an [...]

Classic New Venue for Classic Drivers

by Thiago Izequiel on September 22nd, 2014

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Smoke screen on the last lap.

The sixth week for the Classic Team Championship in 2014rought the sim racers to Donington Park, a classic track that arrived one the service one and a half month ago, bringing new challenges and fulfilling the wishes of many. The virtual replica of the famous European race track was probably one of the biggest achievements of iRacing so far, and it was time for the Lotus 79 drivers to officially do their first laps there. The week had 10 official races, one of them the SoF race with two splits.  The week’s winners were Maykel Melis, Alex Saunders, PJ Gaudie, Michel Dudognon, Marcel Penzkofer, Tapani Linnaluoto, David Wormald and Andre Heggheim. Dudognon won three times, one of them coming in the Sunday’s main event, achieving his first victory in a [...]

Road Atlanta and the Returning Winner

by Thiago Izequiel, photos by Gabriel Amaral on August 15th, 2014

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Tapani Linnaluoto goes by Cam Walsh, who was being lapped, on the back straight.

Portuguese translation below After a great first week, Classic Lotus Grand Prix kept rolling on a high note. Road Atlanta, site of the second week of sim racing, had 11 official races, two less than Silverstone, and 10 different winners. Kalle Ruokola, Jean-Francois Boscus, Michel Dudognon, Sean Wiltshire, Gernot Fritsche, David Wormald, Mattias Anreus, Henri Salminen and Gabriel Linden Amaral, won races that preceded Sunday’s main event with Henri Salminen the only repeat winner. The sim racers’ main challenge at Road Atlanta was to keep the classic Lotus 79 away from the majority, if not all, curbs of the track. Depending on how the car was set up, any careless move approaching the edge of each corner could cause a loss of control on the car and the sim racer [...]

Nothing Has Changed, and Nothing is the Same: F1 in 2014

by Justin Sutton on April 18th, 2014

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Nothing Has Changed, and Nothing is the Same: F1 in 2014

The 2014 Formula 1 season has been steeped in drama since long before the cold, wet weekend in Australia ever began.  Pessimists and naysayers had been dismissing the radical changes and not one championship point had been given out (some such pessimists are from Italy and have red cars with horses on them).  F1 is known for pushing boundaries, but how exciting is it when the boundaries are fuel conservation and efficiency coupled with a safety standard unrivaled in the sport?  No longer is lap time the ultimate measure of a race winner, and gone are the days of racing dozens of qualifying laps in a row.  The whole thing has been turned upside down and yet the racing is as good, or better, than it has been in recent [...]

Linnaluoto Wins But Fails to Close Gap

by Katier Scott on October 15th, 2013

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Slim participation overall didn't detract from the CTC competition at Laguna Seca.

A quiet week for the Classsis Teams Championship saw just 54 sim-racers take their Lotus 79s to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This challenging circuit surprisingly lacked popularity despite being one of the basic content tracks, but half a dozen online races that went official and produced good racing. In those six races, Tapani Linnaluoto and Nuno Moreira took a pair of wins each with Gernot Fritsche and Tony Lamberti taking the other wins. Fritsche now has pretty much guaranteed his latest title, while Anthony Goodale now leads the Formula 2 championship after the Arrows team snapped-up erstwhile leader Paul Hackett.  Goodale celebrated this with an impressive week, leaping seven places up to P22 overall and he has a respectable chance at top 20 by the season’s end. Both Frank Herfjord [...]

Stunning Watkins Glen

by Katier Scott on October 1st, 2013

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As always, The Glen proved to be a popular stop on the CTC calendar.

Nuno Moreira and Tapani Linnaluoto produced stunning performances at Watkins Glen in Round Nine of the Classic Teams Championship but still face a mountain of climbing if they are to overhaul championship leader Gernot Fritsche.  The champion-elect had a decidedly off-colour week at the popular US track, netting a comparatively meagre 146 points which, due to dropped scores, resulted in no change in the Ferrari driver’s net score. The McLaren and Williams drivers, however, both netted their eighth scores of the season allowing then to claw vital points back in the championship chase. With three weeks remaining, there is still a chance they will overhaul the Fritsche, but the 135 points Linnaluoto must gain will be very tough, while Moreira’s 250 point deficit is very unlikely to be un-closable . [...]

Fritsche in Control

by Katier Scott on September 20th, 2013

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When you think of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve you think of chicanes.  'Nuff said?

After seven rounds of the 2013 S3 Classic Teams Championship, Gernot Fritsche has the inside line on another champion’s crown. With a string of strong 220+ scores the multiple champion and Ferrari driver has amassed a nearly 350 point lead over McLaren’s Tapani Linnaluoto and fellow Ferrari driver Michel Dudognon. The lead isn’t quite as strong as it appears, however, given that the final standings are based on the best eight scores of the twelve week season.  With that in mind, the McLaren pilot has a string of 200+ scores to his name, and by missing the Montreal round in Week Six, he will go to Week Nine before dropping scores. Dudognon isn’t in quite as strong a position, but has three weak scores which, if he replaces them with [...]

Team Williams Stars as Moreira Charges

by Katier Scott on September 4th, 2013

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Sebring's days as an aerodrome are far from over . . . (Image Robert Podgorny)

Williams Racing put-in a stunning performance in iRacing.com’s Lotus 79-based Classic Teams Championship at Sebring International Raceway last week to move into second place in the championship and close slightly on the runaway leaders. Propelled by team leader Nuno Moreira, the three Williams sim-racers put in an excellent 47 points to pass Team McLaren in the teams competition.  The results point to McLaren and Williams engaging in a season-long battle over the final podium positions while Ferrari continue to look locked in for the title. On the drivers side, Moreira put in an equally excellent performance and advanced six places in the championship to fourth overall behind a fairly static top three. In all there were 11 official races during the week at the airfield circuit with 91 drivers taking [...]

Fritsche, Hackett Lead CTC

by Katier Scott on August 23rd, 2013

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Mills' strong performance has propelled Ligier near the top of the standings.

With business as usual at the top of the tables, attention is turning to the F2 battle in this year’s Lotus 79-based Classic Teams Championship. While defending champion Gernot Fritsche extended his lead at Road Atlanta and Mosport, the Formula 2 battle hotted up. After two strong opening weeks, Team Tiga driver Paul Hackett faultered slightly at the classic Canadian track dropping out of the weekly top 20 for the first time.  Nevertheless, he maintains six point lead over Trivellato’s Matej Sagmeister, while third placed Luke Garner put in a strong season best performance to recover from a terrible opening week and close the gap to the top two. In all 102 sim-racers took to Georgia’s tricky Road Atlanta circuit during Week 2 of the championship. Barry West continued his [...]

Fritsche Opens CTC Defense in Style

by Katier Scott on August 9th, 2013

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racing games

Gernot Fritsche started the defense of his title in style at Brands Hatch as 110 drivers opened the 2013 S3 CTC and Classic Lotus Grand Prix season at the classic Kent race track. Brands Hatch presented a new opener for the season but this fantastic roller coaster track drew  over a hundred drivers and races as they took advantage of the series’ move to two hours between races. In all, during the week, 10 drivers won from 15 official races with Peter Duggan going four from seven to join the defending champion as a multiple race winner. Fritsche, who has re-signed for Ferrari, took a 12 point lead over Tapani Linnaluoto who enjoyed the same dozen point margin over third placed Nuno Moreira. This season sees Formula 2 paint schemes [...]

Fritsche Scorches to Another Championship

by Katier Scott on July 25th, 2013

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After a slow start to the season, Fristche roared to another CTC title.

Over the course of 12 rounds Gernot Fritsche stormed to another CTC World Championship. Since January 2010 the veteran DE-AT-CH driver has notched up an impressive 344 starts in the Lotus 79 and, even more impressively, won 130 of them. During that time he has driven cars painted in the liveries of famous names including Ferrari and most recently Lotus themselves and has always been at the sharp end of the grid. This season, however, it took Fritsche a few rounds to get going.  It wasn’t until early leader Nuno Moreira missed the Mid-Ohio and Sonoma rounds and Fritsche, himself, had recorded eight scores that he was able to secure himself at the top of the table. One of iRacing’s true stalwarts, Fritsche remembers his first win prior to the [...]

Racing Game… And Suddenly It Went Vrooooooom!

July 19th, 2013

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A Ferrari pit stop: In amongst the roaring engine noise, double World Champion Fernando Alonso relies on Sennheiser technology.

Editor’s Note:  Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG, a German company specializing in the design and production of high fidelity products, recently published a story featuring iRacers Andre Boettcher and Chris Dymond in its annual report.  Dymond competes in the British Porsche Carrera Cup and Boettcher, who drives for My3id Racing, is currently 12th in the iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series standings.  Click here to read the full story. Nowhere else are virtual reality and the real world more closely related than in motor racing. The lines are often blurred between racing simulation and the circuit, but one element is always constant: the right sound can make the difference between victory and defeat. Someday, André Böttcher will get around to getting his driver’s license. Maybe in a few months, [...]

Fritsche Charges, Narrows Moreira’s Lead

by Katier Scott on June 10th, 2013

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Watkins Glen is always a popular venue on the CTC calendar.

It was business as usual as the field moved to Watkins Glen with Gernot Fritsche taking maximum points in the week’s Classic Team Championship battles, narrowing the gap to series leader Nuno Moreira by 11 points. Watkins Glen is usually a popular track, often boasting the highest participation of the entire season for any series, and this week proved to be no different as 159 drivers took part in 18 online race starts during the course of seven days. Peter Duggan, David Ballew and Jean-Francois Boscus made the most starts during the course of the week, each registering seven starts, although only Duggan was able to win any of his races. He finished with three victories but poor results elsewhere resulted in him only scoring 101 points while the other [...]

Moreira Extends CTC Lead

by Katier Scott on May 20th, 2013

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Oulton Park was a magnet for CTC competitors.

Nuno Moreira took full advantage of a faltering return to the series for ex-champion Gernot Fritsche to extend his lead at the Oulton Park circuit in England.  A superb 221 point haul bolstered his advantage over Luca Zanetti to 52 points while several drivers found Turn One (Old Hall) of this classic race course to have race-ending tendencies. Fritsche wasn’t one of those, however as he waited until Knickerbrook to crash out after a misjudgement with an other driver. Kevin Law was another star of the walking moving up seven places to 4th overall with an excellent 187 point haul, while Michel Dudognon’s 167 gained him 10 places to move inside the top 10 to 8th overall.  Ramon Sprecher was unfortunate to fall the other way, despite a solid 109 [...]

Lidqvist Storms to CTC Drivers Title; Lotus Tops Constructors

by Katier Scott on April 26th, 2013

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Oran Park was the setting for the CTC season finale.

A quiet final week at Oran Park didn’t dampen the fact that — once again, the Classic Teams Championship provided an excellent and exciting player-led addition to the official iRacing.com Classic Lotus Grand Prix Series. For the second season in a row, multiple-champion Gernot Fritsche had to play second fiddle to a superb newcomer to the championship. In this case Nicklas Lindqvist proved to be more than up to the task, scoring 1885 points in the first eight rounds before being forced to retire from the series. Fritsche put up a brave fight and closed the gap to the leader but had to settle for second best on 1724 points. Audrius Valantiejus netted an excellent third with 1630 points. Altough the top five drivers were AWOL at the Oran Park [...]

Fritsche Closes Gap; Lotus Falter

by Katier Scott on April 12th, 2013

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Popular and challenging, Road Atlanta hosted Week 10 of the CTC.

Road Atlanta is a popular and challenging track, with the sweeps early in the lap being both exciting and testing in equal amounts. In all 100 Lotus 79 drivers took on the challenge over the course of 10 races during Week 10 of the Classic Teams Challenge in 2013 Season One. Gernot Fritsche took full advantage of the absence of the championship leading Nicklas Lindqvist to win twice, from two starts, and take the maximum points possible during the week. Unfortunately, a comparatively low SOF in the main race of the week limited the former champion’s inroads, but he still closed to within 160 points of the championship lead. That is a mountain to climb in the final weeks at Suzuka and Oran Park, and it likely means Lindqvist is [...]

Fritsche Back on Top

by Katier Scott on April 8th, 2013

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The roller coaster known as Sonoma Raceway challenged the CTC drivers in Week Eight.

Lingqvist’s Lead Nearly Unassailable; Lotus Likely Champions Sonoma Raceway and Mosport Park represent two completely different tracks with the former being an undulating track with wide range of corners through dusty hills, while the latter is a classic ex-Formula 1 venue steeped in history and full of flowing corners.  Together, they posed quite a back-to-back challenge in Weeks Eight and Nine of the 2013 Season One Classic Teams Championship. At Infineon, Lindqvist continued on his way with another excellent result but in second place was erstwhile multiple champion, Gernot Fritsche. After several poor scores, Fritsche showed a major sign of improvement to take second place in the week ahead of Brabham’s Luca Zanetti. As the field moved to Mosport the championship leader was conspicuous by his absence and Fristche took [...]

Salminen Closes on Podium; Lotus Stretch Lead

by Katier Scott on March 26th, 2013

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The brilliant (virtual) sunshine of Zolder fell on the CTC in Week Seven.

For Round Seven of the Lotus Classic Teams Championship the field remained in Belgium, moving from the classic Spa circuit to the confines of Circuit Zolder. Most famous as the venue where the legendary Gilles Villeneuve lost his life, this circuit represents a huge contrast to the week before.  With three tight chicanes and a hairpin, the average speed is a lot lower than at Spa and the chicanes’ curbs can easily cause a car to spin, so incidents are common around this tricky and technical track. Once again Nicklas Lindqvist took it all in stride, scoring heavily and extending his championship lead but, in his wake, the battle for second looks to be getting more intense week on week. Ferrari’s Gernot Fritsche once again failed to score more than [...]

Lindqvist’s Title Grip Tightens as Salminen Makes Progress

by Katier Scott on March 18th, 2013

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Depending on one's perspective, the majesty of Spa is either enhanced or offset by its dangers.

Spa, a places that oozes history, excitement and danger, from 1966 when Jackie Stewart was trapped in his car in torrential rain conditions – spurring on the improvements in safety – to rain causing more chaos when David Coulthard spun on Lap 1 in 1998 and only last year with chaos at Eau Rouge, this revered venue is guaranteed excitement and incidents are far from unknown. Unsurprisingly the virtual version of this superb circuit is no stranger to similar incidents and the Classic Teams Championship’s major SOF race of the week saw such carnage when at least six cars were damaged or impeded on the exit of Turn One (aka La Source). Championship leader Nicklas Lindqvist was completely oblivious to the chaos behind as he extended his championship lead while [...]