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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.

Ferrari wins, Bentley closes points gap

October 4th, 2015

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Rinaldi Ferrari drivers Norbert Siedler and Marco Seefried completed a Blancpain Sprint Series double in the main race at Misano. The duo followed up on Saturday’s qualifying race win aboard their Ferrari 458 Italia with another dominant display when full points were at stake. Seefried lost the lead to Patrick Kujala’s Grasser Lamborghini at the second corner, but got back in front with an around-the-outside manoeuvre through Turns 11 and 12 on the fourth lap. The German was able to extend his lead to more than four seconds before the mid-race stops. Siedler had a six-second lead over the HTP Bentley driven by Vincent Abril after the pitstop sequence was complete, an advantage he was able to extend to as much as 10s before backing off to complete a seven-second [...]

Get to Know: Eric Nordhoff

by David Ifeguni on November 3rd, 2014

Nordoff has three sprint car titles to his name . . . but he'd love to drive a Lotus 79 at Spa!

In 2010 on December 26th, New York native Eric Nordhoff earned a late, but very good, Christmas present: his first career win in iRacing. That win, coming in the Legends car at Lanier National Speedway, set up a successful iRacing sim racing career. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Nordoff currently lives in Ashland, KY where he is a production planner for Contech Engineered Solutions and, together with his wife of Debra, has two step children and four grand children.  The 41 year old Nordoff has been a regular on iRacing since November 30th four years ago. In that time frame he has amassed 11 career oval wins and 108 top five finishes in 383 starts, including three Sprint Car Division championships. Nine months after his first day on iRacing, Nordhoff scored [...]

And the winner is…!

by Thiago Izequiel, pictures by Kalle Ruokola on October 30th, 2014

Gernot Fritsche - 10 titles under his belt.

Important note: This final article was possible thanks to the community efforts. Thank you all! After 12 weeks of battle, the Classic Lotus Grand Prix has finally come to a conclusion. Once more, the CTC community can see a new reigning champion driver, as well a new champion team. This is what happened at Phillip Island, stage of Week 12: Gernot Fritsche and Mattias Anreus qualified on the first row while  Tapani Linnaluoto chose not to race, using Week 12 as a drop week. Only Fristsche and Linnaluoto could come out as champions from the 2014 Season 3. But while Linnaluoto fought to take his second CTC title, Fritsche now had confirmed his tenth championship before the green lights since his Finnish opponent wasn’t able to add to his score [...]

Who will be CTC Champion?

by Thiago Izequiel on October 14th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Williams Racing put-in a stunning performance in’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

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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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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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 [...]