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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.
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    Contributor

    29 years old, Dave Judson lives in Mentor, Ohio. Dave has grown up with racing, watching his father win races and championships at the local go-kart track as a youngster and continuing his love of racing while watching NASCAR, Indycar, Formula 1 and sports cars.
    Judson has enjoyed a successful sim-racing career of his own in the IZOD Indycar iRacing Open and Fixed Setup Series. He has race wins to his credits as well as the Division 1 Championship of the Open Series in Season 1 of 2013 and the Overall Championship of the Fixed Series in Season 3 of 2013.
    Dave has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is looking to expand his horizons by writing for inRacingNews.

  • Matt A Kingsbury
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    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield, 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 his aunt!

  • Raymond Kingsbury
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    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.

  • 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
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    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."

  • Scott Kelly
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    Born and raised in the greater St. Louis, Missouri area, Scott Kelly has had a love for motorsports ever since his father did the right thing by introducing auto racing into his life. No longer able to quench his need for speed by spectating NASCAR races on TV and watching dirt track stars slide around local tracks, Kelly eventually picked-up sim racing in his teens, wheeling cars found in Ratbag Games' "Dirt Track Racing" and "World of Outlaws: Sprint Cars" while also becoming introduced into multiple Papyrus sim-racing series. Joining the iRacing ranks in late 2011, Kelly set his sights on the short track racing he was familiar with, focusing on the sprint car, while also driving the Legends and street stock in multiple iRacing.com leagues.

    Kelly brings not just his enthusiasm for racing to the highest-rated motorsports simulation, but also his B.A. degree in English; he covers the action seen in the iRacing.com Sprint Car Series, while also placing the spotlight on various leagues within the service. Enjoying his start to a career in motorsports journalism, Kelly also doesn't mind visiting victory lane from time-to-time.

  • George Wood
    Contributing Writer
    After beginning his racing career with go-karts at age seven, George then turned wrenches on street stocks until he could finally turn the wheel. Following the successes of his friends and family, George has since retired from real-world racing, where he is now a science and mathematics faculty member for several local community colleges. When George isn't grading laboratory reports or iRacing, he is performing at bluegrass festivals in the Northeast, making fishing lures, playing golf, and rooting for his beloved Baltimore Orioles.
  • Chris Hall
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Chris Hall has been writing since the nineties and moved into motorsports reporting in 2005, covering series such as ALMS, British GT, FIA GT, Le Mans and 2CV racing for Full Throttle magazine, Motorsport.com, The-Paddock.net, GTGateway.com, L' Endurance and, of course, inRacingNews. During 2008 and 2009, he worked with the RSS Performance Porsche Carrera Cup Team (and former British GT(C) champions) as a data engineer for a variety of drivers and models of 997s.
  • 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.
  • Dylan Sharman
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in Adelaide and we moved-out for Angle Vale for a few years until I was about 7 years old, when we moved to the Barossa Valley where I live now. I'm 19 years old and currently traveling back and forth weekly as I'm studying for a Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology.

    I've always had a love for racing as my close family did some racing and we were always out at the local dirt track. I joined iRacing back in 2010 and slowly but surely got the hang of it as this is my first experience with sim racing and am loving it each time I race. I've won two SK Modified titles (almost had three in a row but finished P2 in 2011 S4), an iRacingNews Challenge championship (2012 S1 Mazda) and was also an AustralAsian Intel GT Series Finalist.
  • 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.

Hamstead Takes-Up the Title Fight

by Clayton Brooks on March 6th, 2014

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V8 Montreal 2014 S 1 b Last Lap Hamstead makes his move

The official iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series headed to Montréal, this week for Round Five of 2014 S1. The race didn’t involve any pit stops so it would be a sprint from start to finish. All the drivers had to do was negotiate the tough and unforgiving Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve for 20 laps, or 87 kms. Once again Madison Down topped the qualifying time sheets, taking his fifth consecutive pole position with TTL sim-racer Richard Hamstead gridding alongside in P2. Row Two was occupied by George Maris and Tobias Czerny, with Beau Cattell starting fifth ahead of Leigh Ellis. ANZ Motorsports sim-racer Jarrad Filsell gridded up seventh with Mitchell McLeod eighth, while the fifth row had Marlon McMullen on the inside ahead of TTR steerer Shaun Kelly. As the online race got [...]

Marlon J. McMullen Claims V8 Supercars Americas Championship

by Paul Slavonik on January 27th, 2014

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racing games

With the year coming to an exciting close, the V8 Supercars  Americas league saw Marlon J. McMullen claim the 2013 Season 4 V8 Supercars Americas Championship with a 169 point margin. Concluding the season at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, there were two celebrations going on as victory at the final race was claimed by Chad Chastain with McMullen and Beau Cattell finishing on the podium respectively. Chastain, who only appeared for six out of the 12 weeks in the season and still managed to finish the season in the top five, also claimed pole position and set the fastest lap time of 1:36.821. It was a close championship battle all the way to the end. Week 11 at Virginia International Raceway was the deciding factor for Kurt Stenburg who finished the [...]

Emerson is King of the Mountain

by Dylan Sharman on December 13th, 2013

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V8 Bathurst 1

Round six of the iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series came back to Australia to visit a 6.213km circuit which is famously known as Mount Panorama (Bathurst).  The question was left open to see who would be King of the Mountain for the very first time in the series history! Qualifying went the way of TTL with another front row lock-out with Richard Hamstead topping the time sheets at 2:05.213 and John Emerson joining him on the front row with a 2:05.323.  Josh Muggleton and Rens Broekman would start from the second row while Michael Fabian and Dean O’Brien claimed the third row ahead of Madison Down and Shaun Kelly with Beau Cattell and Wayne C Bourke rounding out the top 10 starters. Hamstead jumped to the early lead while Muggleton and [...]

Muggleton Makes a Perfect Start

by Dylan Sharman on November 22nd, 2013

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Muggleton completed his season-opening hat trick at Road Atlanta.

The iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series headed back to the USA for Round 3 of 2013 Season 4, Road Atlanta would host the first endurance event of the season in the form of a 45 lap online race. Josh Muggleton led the qualifying for the second straight week with Richard Hamstead joining him on the front row. Rens Broekman and Mitchell McLeod both had strong qualifying performances which put them up the front of the grid but for Broekman his stay at the front wouldn’t last long.  As the lights went out the Dutchman went nowhere as he had neglected to put his Ford Falcon in gear and so got collected by Matthew Hill. Nor was the carnage limited to the grid.  The Big One unfolded in Turn 1 when Tony [...]

Muggleton’s Title Defence Off to a Strong Start

by Dylan Sharman on November 8th, 2013

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Emerson and Down trip over the lapped car of Hen.

Season 4 of the 2013 iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series kicked-off on Monday night at Okayama in Japan. A record Strength of Field of 4648 saw a great turn-out of over 126 people competing in the main online race. Josh Muggleton started his title defence in the best way possible, edging-out team mate Madison Down and Rens Broekman to take home the season opener and continue on his good form which took him to the 2013 S3 title. For the majority of the race, however, it was John Emerson in the TTL Good Game Falcon leading the way with the two Tatts.com Falcons following closely behind closely. But things went pair shaped for Emerson on Lap 22 of 30.  A lapped car had a moment when re-joining the track and drove [...]

V8 Championship Heats-Up in The States

by Dylan Sharman on October 15th, 2013

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Down was in top form in the States, taking wins at Road Atlanta and The Glen.

Rounds Nine and 10 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercar Championship went to two of the classic American tracks, Road Atlanta and Watkins Glen.  With the championship heating up between the two team mates the battle for third is also well and truly alive. Round Nine at Road Atlanta saw Madison Down dominate from start to finish, never really being challenged at all cruising to an 8.5 second win. Josh Muggleton came home in second place just ahead of Richard Hamstead who threw everything at Muggleton in the final laps but couldn’t get the job done and settled for third place. Shaun Kelly and Michael Fabian rounded-out the top five finishers as they both try and hunt down Leigh Day who is currently third in the overall points. Day had a [...]

Muggleton Survives Canadian Chaos

by Dylan Sharman on September 23rd, 2013

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Hamstead and Ruggier come together.

Round Seven of the iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series headed to a brand new track to iRacing for this season: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (also known as Montreal).  With the drivers now into the second half of the season, the championship is well and truly alive. Qualifying was led by Josh Muggleton, following on his excellent form at Phillip Island to take back-to-back pole positions, with Justin Ruggier once again joining him on the front row. Richard Hamstead and Madison Down would start from the second row with the Leighs  — as in Leigh Day (P5) and Leigh Ellis (P6) — locking-out the third row. Tobias Czerny led the internationals in seventh with James McKnight joining him on Row Four as Shaun Kelly and Wayne C Bourke rounded out the top 10. [...]

Ruggier Too Good Down Under

by Dylan Sharman on September 16th, 2013

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Out in the cold after this coming-together with Autridge at Siberia, Hill rebounded to finish in the top ten.

Round 6 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series headed home to Phillip Island for an endurance event which would see the sim-racers tackle 40 laps (178km) of “The Island.” Qualifying was extremely close with Josh Muggleton taking pole with a 1:31.222 with Justin Ruggier in second.  Madison Down and Richard Hamstead started from the second row with Shaun Kelly in fifth just .057s away from pole position. Leigh Day rounded-out the third row with Vail Riches and Beau Cubis on the fourth row ahead of the TT-R tandem of Leigh Ellis and Tony Autridge. When the green lights flashed Muggleton led the field into Turn One for the first time with Ruggier just ahead of Down and Hamstead. As everyone sorted themselves out the first lap, Hill and Autridge came [...]

Ruggier Reaches The Summit!

by Dylan Sharman on September 4th, 2013

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Perfect strategy and a flawless drive put Ruggier in the winner's circle.

Round Four of the iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series headed to West Virginia and Summit Point Raceway. It has been a year plus since the series ran here last and with some different strategies on offer this time around competitors and fans alike could look forward to a different mix this time around the two mile road course. Qualifying saw Justin Ruggier taking the pole position with a best lap of 1:09.798, edging Madison Down for the inside of the front row. Josh Muggleton and Leigh Day would start from the second row ahead of Shaun Kelly and Dean O’Brien, with Wayne C Bourke and Michael Fabian occupying seventh and eighth on the grid ahead of Scott U’Ren and Leigh Ellis. The start saw Ruggier and Muggleton leading the way into [...]

Down Starts New V8 Season In Style

by Dylan Sharman on August 9th, 2013

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"Air" Abrahall exits the race.

Round One of the 2013 S3 iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series and the start of the new season at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (affectionately known as Mosport); with Tatts dominating last season– winning 10 of 12 races — everyone was wondering if anyone can stop their domination. Qualifying offered some hope for the non-Tatts contingent as  Justin Ruggier posted a 1:18.291 to edge defending champion Madison Down for the pole. Josh Muggleton and Shaun Kelly grabbed the Row Two ahead of Leigh Day and Tony Autridge, with Leigh Ellis and Rens Broekman starting from the fourth row and Matthew Nethercote and Michael Fabian rounding-out the top 10 starters for the opening round. When the lights went green, however, it was Down getting the jump on the pole sitter Ruggier into Turn [...]

Tatts Domination

by Dylan Sharman on August 1st, 2013

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Muggo wins with Down fighting back to

Round 12 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series headed home to Oran Park. With the championship all but over it was time to sort out the minor placings, particularly the battle between second and third as Justin Ruggier tried to retain his grip on the runner-up spot and Josh Muggleton trying to slot-in behind presumptive champion Madison Down to make it a Tatts/TT-R 1-2 this promised to be a cracking race. Qualifying king Madison Down would take pole position with a 1:05.944, with Ruggier starting alongside ahead of Muggleton and Brad Ryan on the second row. John Emerson and Jon Latham grabbed Row Three ahead of Richie Stanaway and Shaun Kelly with Leighton Fine and Matthew Nethercote rounding-out the top ten on Row Five. When the lights went green it [...]

Down Edges Closer To V8 Title No.7

July 15th, 2013

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Down was in top form at  Barber, never putting a wheel wrong in a lights to flag win.

Round 10 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series headed to Barber Motorsports Park.  The last time the series was here was back in 2010 when the iRacing.com Pro Series visited the circuit, so this was a first time at Barber for most of the sim-racers. Qualifying was lead by Madison Down with a blistering time of a 1:24.450 with John Emerson moving up a couple rows in the final session with a 1:24.607. Josh Muggleton and Justin Ruggier would start from the second row with Rens Broekman making a return in fifth place.  Alongside Broekman on the third row would be Vail Riches with Shaun Kelly and Jon Latham starting on the fourth row ahead of Leigh Day and Leigh Ellis. When the lights went green it was Muggleton getting [...]

Down Does It Again

by Dylan Sharman on July 1st, 2013

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Autridge ran wide on the first lap . . . chaos resulted.

Round 8 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series headed into the UK to tackle Oulton Park.  With the series about to head into the final four weeks and drop weeks coming into play, the championship has opened-up.  Madison Down may have taken victory in five of seven online races to date but consistency has thrust Justin Ruggier into the series at this point. Qualifying at the challenging Cheshire circuit again saw Down atop the charts with a best lap of 1:31.255, with the championship leader alongside him on the front row.  Josh Muggleton and John Emerson would start just behind on the second row ahead of Shaun Kelly and Vail Riches, with Richie Stanaway and Adrian Stratford a tenth of a second back in seventh and eighth as Matthew Hill [...]

Down Continues Fine Form at The Glen

by Dylan Sharman on June 21st, 2013

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Down leads Hamstead into the Carousel en route to a lights to flag victory.

Round 7 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series took the teams to one of the most popular tracks on the calendar: Watkins Glen.  However, this week’s racing saw the drivers take on a different challenge with the “Classic” layout bringing the big back straightaway into play. Qualifying for this week was (once again) led by Madison Down, whose lap of 1:07.543 secured the pole position with Richard Hamstead starting alongside him on the front row. Justin Ruggier and Josh Muggleton would start from the second row with Shaun Kelly and Leigh Ellis Row Three.  Adrian Stratford and Rens Broekman would start from the fourth row with Matthew Hill and Leigh Day rounding out the top 10 starters. When the green lights flashed it was even off the line, but into [...]

Crazy 8s in Virginia

by Dylan Sharman on June 7th, 2013

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In a fitting end to a chaotic race, Stanaway muscled past Ruggier on the last lap at VIR to claim the win.

Round 5 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series headed to Virginia International Raceway.  It has been a few seasons since the drivers took to VIR and the sim-racers would have to re-acquaint themselves with the full 5.2 km circuit consisting of 17 corners. Qualifying was lead by Madison Down who posted a very impressive lap of 1:48.159 which was two tenths quicker than fellow-front row sitter Justin Ruggier while Josh Muggleton and Richard Hamstead occupied the second row of the grid. Shaun Kelly and Richie Stanaway would start from the third row with Adrian Stratford and Troy Cox on the fourth row and Vail Riches and Leigh Day rounding-out the top 10 starters. When the lights went green Down went nowhere, causing a massive start line pile up.  By the [...]

Hamstead Stands Tall in Atlanta

by Dylan Sharman on May 20th, 2013

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Hamstead emerged from a tense early battle to claim the win at Road Atlanta.

The iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series stayed in the States for Round Two as drivers and teams took to Road Atlanta.  Last week’s record number of 135 drivers was backed up with another 128 sim-racers traveling to Georgia for Week 2. Qualifying was led by Richard Hamstead with a lap at 1:21.044 to grab the pole position with Madison Down just .029s behind. Justin Ruggier and Adrian Stratford would qualify on the second row with Mitchell McLeod and Josh Muggleton from the third row. John Emerson and Shaun Kelly started from the fourth row with Brad Ryan and Matthew Hill rounding-out the top 10 qualifiers. Hamstead led the field into Turn One for the first time and, with Down hung-out on the outside, Ruggier was able to sneak by and move [...]

Down Continues Where He Left Off

by Dylan Sharman on May 10th, 2013

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2013 S1 V8 Supercar champion Madison Down picked-up where he left off with a convincing win at Laguna Seca.

The opening round of the iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series headed to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  This would be the series’ first appearance at Laguna Seca for a few years and all the changes during Week 13 promise to make for a really interesting season of online racing. Qualifying for Round One was lead by defending series champion Madison Down with a 1:24.320 while Mitchell McLeod — now driving for 4Motorsports — would start on the front row for the first time in just over a year in the main series.  Justin Ruggier and Josh Muggleton were third and fourth on the grid while Richard Hamstead and Rens Broekman occupied the third row. John Emerson and Vail Riches from TTL locked-out Row Four with Corey Slade and Brad Ryan rounded-out the [...]

Down’s Half-Dozen

by Dylan Sharman on April 24th, 2013

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Down leads the field through the Moto Course chicane.

Round 12 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series headed to Japan for the season finale, with teams tackling a new layout at Suzuka International Racing Course. The drivers took-on the challenge of the “Moto Course” which, compared to the GP circuit, features one additional chicane as well as a different chicane at the end of the lap. Coming into the final round Madison Down enjoyed a 26 point lead over Justin Ruggier in the championship standings, but Down’s drop week was 16 points less than Ruggier’s and, as iRacers know, anything can happen within a split second. Down couldn’t have asked for a better starting spot, as he took pole position with a lap at 2:07.967, just a shade more than a tenth quicker than championship rival – and fellow [...]

Down Dodges Drama at Action-Packed Sonoma

by Dylan Sharman on April 11th, 2013

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Down was in fine form at Sonoma, leading lights-to-flag and moving into the championship lead.

Round Ten of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series was back in the USA at Sonoma Raceway where, for the first time, the sim-racers would not be using the Long circuit instead of the more familiar Cup layout. The championship had closed-up after Madison Down’s win at Phillip Island with Justin Ruggier only five points ahead coming to the California track. Qualifying was led by Ruggier, who was the only driver to break into the 92 second bracket with a 1:32.973. Down would start from second with a 1:33.213 while John Emerson and Richard Hamstead qualified .03s behind Down on the second row. Vail Riches and Joshua Muggleton grabbed the third row with Riches edging out Muggleton by .001s, while Mitchell McLeod and Rens Broekman were on Row Four ahead of [...]

Ruggier’s Win Tightens V8 Championship

by Dylan Sharman on March 28th, 2013

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Ruggier's win at Zolder propelled him to the top of the V8 standings.

Round Eight of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series headed into Belgium to tackle Circuit Zolder.  Current championship leader Joshua Muggleton would be absent this round, which would allow either Madison Down or Justin Ruggier to take the championship lead with a decent finish.  After winning Race One, it was looking like Ruggier would take control of the points lead heading into the final four weeks . . . but, as seen in the past, anything can happen in the main online race. Qualifying saw Ruggier take pole position with a 1:31.632 ahead of John Emerson who managed to pull a lap out of nowhere in the final session to move onto the front row, demoting Madison Down to third alongside Vail Riches on Row Two. Mitchell McLeod and Robert Hartley [...]