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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
    Contributin 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.

  • Raymond 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.

  • 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.

Eriksson slams officials over penalty

July 21st, 2014

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GP3 title contender Jimmy Eriksson slammed series officials for the penalty that cost him a podium in Sunday’s Hockenheim race. Eriksson had fended off championship rival Alex Lynn for third place in the second leg of the German Grand Prix support event, but was given a 20-second post-race penalty for failing to respect yellow flags at the hairpin on lap two, dropping him to 15th. The Swede ran wide at the corner as the pack slowed under yellows while marshals removed Pal Varhaug’s car after his opening-lap collision with Sebastian Balthasar. Eriksson came into the Hockenheim weekend carrying a grid demotion for a clash with Patric Niederhauser and Varhaug at Silverstone, and was frustrated with his latest punishment as he felt he had done enough to acknowledge the yellows. “A [...]

Stanaway tops practice for Status

July 18th, 2014

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Silverstone race winner Richie Stanaway maintained his good GP3 form by heading the 45-minute free practice session at Hockenheim on Friday evening. Status Grand Prix racer Stanaway jumped to the top of the times with five minutes remaining, lapping the German GP venue in 1m29.473s. The Kiwi headed ART’s Marvin Kirchhofer by a fifth of a second, with Stanaway’s team-mate Nick Yelloly third fastest, 0.256s down on the top time. Yelloly’s fellow Briton Dino Zamparelli was fourth fastest for ART, ahead of Patrick Kujala (Manor) and another Briton, Emil Berstorff (Carlin). Points leader Alex Lynn was eighth fastest for Carlin, 0.62s off the pace, while title rival Jimmy Eriksson was down in 22nd, 1.506s off Stanaway’s time. Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Richie Stanaway Status 1m29.473s 16 2. [...]

Stanaway leads Status GP 1-2

July 6th, 2014

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Local team Status Grand Prix scored a 1-2 finish at its home track in GP3 race two at Silverstone, as Richie Stanaway beat team-mate Nick Yelloly to victory by 2.7s. Poleman Dino Zamparelli made a poor start, allowing Stanaway to jump into the lead ahead of Carlin’s Emil Bernstorff and Yelloly, as Zamparelli fell to fifth behind ART team-mate Marvin Kirchhofer. Yelloly passed Bernstorff for second at around the outside of Brooklands on lap two. Further back, yesterday’s winner Jimmy Eriksson duelled again with points leader Alex Lynn, but this time over 11th place as both had made abject getaways. Stanaway was unchallenged at the front, and recorded his first victory in the series since 2011. He was followed home by the distant Yelloly, Bernstorff and Kirchhofer. Riccardo Agostini came [...]

Eriksson claims first GP3 pole

July 5th, 2014

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Jimmy Eriksson grabbed pole position in GP3 at Silverstone on Saturday morning in wet conditions, ending points leader Alex Lynn’s streak of 2014 poles. Koiranen GP driver Eriksson set the top time with a couple of minutes remaining, toppling Lynn from the head of the timesheets by 0.316s. Lynn had stayed in pits for the middle part of the session, and seemed to have timed it right when he came out on fresh set of wets to set 2m05.638s. Eriksson had other ideas, however, and recovered from an early spin to take his first pole in the category, the four points he gained for doing so closing the gap on Lynn in the championship to nine. Marvin Kirchhofer will start third for ART, but was more than a second away [...]

Yelloly on top as Stoneman crashes

July 4th, 2014

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Nick Yelloly topped the practice times at Silverstone on Friday evening, leading a British 1-2-4-5 on home turf. Status GP driver Yelloly set a 1m47.504s on his final flying lap, which followed a red flag for another Briton, Dean Stoneman, crashing heavily into the tyrewall at Stowe. Stoneman was unhurt. Yelloly finished 0.294s ahead of ART’s Dino Zamparelli, who topped the times for much of the session. Marvin Kirchhofer broke up the British dominance of the session, going third fastest in his ART machine. Emil Bernstorff was fourth quickest for Carlin, ahead of Arden’s Jann Mardenborough. Points leader Alex Lynn was a lowly 11th. Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Nick Yelloly Status 1m47.504 16 2. Dino Zamparelli ART 1m47.798s +0.294s 15 3. Marvin Kirchhofer ART 1m47.934s +0.430s 16 [...]

Fontana penalised for GP3 start crash

June 21st, 2014

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Alex Fontana has been punished for triggering the startline crash in the first Red Bull Ring GP3 race on Saturday. ART driver Fontana was three-abreast for third place with Manor team-mates Dean Stoneman and Patrick Kujala going into Turn 1 when the trio made contact. Both Stoneman and Fontana had to retire as a result of the incident, with Arden’s Robert Visoiu also ploughing into Stoneman’s parked car. The stewards judged Fontana to have been at fault and imposed a five-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race. As his early retirement means he would have been at the back for race two anyway, Fontana will have to start from the pitlane. The same applies to Alfonso Celis Jr, who was penalised for a collision that eliminated his Status car and Jenzer’s [...]

Lynn leads commanding Carlin one-two

June 21st, 2014

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Championship leader Alex Lynn won the third round of the 2014 GP3 Series at the Red Bull Ring with a lights-to-flag performance from pole position to extend his points advantage. Lynn rocketed off the startline to lead from Carlin team-mate Emil Bernstorff. The Red Bull-backed driver set half a dozen fastest laps throughout the race to win by 2.7 seconds over his fellow Brit. The other front row starter, Alex Fontana, made a poor start and compounded this error by colliding with Patrick Kujala at Turn 1, which turned him sharp left into the second Manor car of Barcelona race two winner Dean Stoneman, who was then collected by Robert Visoiu. All three were out and the mess caused an early safety car. Richie Stanaway held third early on for [...]

Martsenko in Hilmer GP3 move

June 18th, 2014

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Russian driver Nikolay Martsenko will join Hilmer Motorsport for the second round of the GP3 Series at the Red Bull Ring. Martsenko began the season in Formula Renault 3.5, where a strong start to his third campaign in the series included second place at Aragon. But he halted his programme with Comtec last month, citing a funding shortfall. The 21-year-old will now make his GP3 debut, replacing compatriot Ivan Taranov at Hilmer in Austria. “I’d like to thank Hilmer Motorsport for this chance,” said Martsenko. “For me it’s very important to prove that they made the right decision. “It will be my first experience at the wheel of a GP3 car but I will do my best to achieve a good result.” For Russian language motorsport coverage visit AUTOSPORT’s sister [...]

Stoneman takes first GP3 win

May 11th, 2014

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Cancer survivor Dean Stoneman scored his first victory in the GP3 Series in race two at Barcelona after a tense duel with Jenzer’s Matheo Tuscher. Overnight rain made the track very slippery in the early stages on Sunday morning, but all 27 cars started the race on slick tyres, and Marussia Manor driver Stoneman proved how slick the racing surface was when he spun while warming his tyres on the warm-up lap. Poleman Tuscher led from the start, but Stoneman was right on his tail over the opening lap. Stoneman made a lunge at Turn 4 on lap two, and Tuscher’s attempt to fight back included contact at Turn 5, but they got away with it. From there, Stoneman pulled away during the middle of the race, though a safety [...]

Lynn on pole for GP3 season opener

May 10th, 2014

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Alex Lynn will start the opening race of the 2014 GP3 season from pole position after a thrilling qualifying session in Spain. The 2013 Macau Grand Prix winner remained under the radar for the majority of the 30-minute session, but vaulted to the top of the order in the final moments with a time of 1m35.614s. Red Bull junior Lynn demoted fellow rookie Marvin Kirchoffer in doing so, who had been trading best lap times with practice pacesetter Richie Stanaway and Jimmy Eriksson up until the last five minutes of the session. Patrick Kujala rounded off the top five ahead of Dino Zamparelli, while Emil Bernstorff and Alex Fontana occupy the fourth row of the grid. GP3 returnee Pal Varhaug pipped ex-Formula 2 runner-up Matheo Tuscher to ninth. Nelson Mason [...]

Varhaug, Tuscher to Jenzer for GP3

May 3rd, 2014

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Pal Varhaug, winner of the first GP3 Series race four years ago, will return to the category in 2014 with Jenzer, joining former Formula 2 star Matheo Tuscher. Varhaug’s victory in the inaugural GP3 round at Barcelona in 2010 was his only win of that year and he ultimately fell to 13th in the championship. He subsequently moved up to GP2 as team-mate to future Formula 1 driver and 2011 champion Romain Grosjean at DAMS, but failed to score a point. The Norwegian was then runner-up to Adrian Quaife-Hobbs in Auto GP in 2012, but only managed a handful of GP2 appearances with Hilmer last season. Tuscher finished second in F2 in 2012, despite starting the season aged just 15 and with no top-level motorsport experience. His Jenzer GP3 deal [...]

Stanaway secures Status GP3 seat

April 22nd, 2014

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Ex-Lotus Formula 1 junior Richie Stanaway will return to full-time single-seater racing this year with Status Grand Prix in GP3. The 22-year-old, who has not raced a single-seater since suffering back injuries in a Formula Renault 3.5 crash in 2012, has tested for the team in recent weeks, and completes its 2014 line-up alongside Nick Yelloly and Alfonso Celis Jr. “For my single-seater career, I always hoped my injury was a bump in the road, not the end of the road,” said Stanaway, who has raced in the Porsche Supercup and World Endurance Championship since returning to racing. “I am extremely grateful to have another opportunity on the single-seater ladder, and the GP3 series is an ideal place for me to have that.” Team boss Teddy Yip Jr added: “Richie [...]

Bernstorff fastest in Barcelona test

April 17th, 2014

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Emil Bernstorff ended pre-season GP3 testing on top as he set the fastest time for Carlin at Barcelona on Thursday. The Briton outpaced Jenzer’s Pal Varhaug by 0.205 seconds in the quicker morning session. “I just had a lap where I put everything together and didn’t make any mistakes,” said Bernstorff. “The car feels really good, and it’s a nice confidence boost to finish the final test quickest, particularly at the track we’ll race on first.” Bernstorff’s team-mate and Red Bull junior Alex Lynn completed the top three, with day one pacesetter Nick Yelloly making it three Brits in the top four places. Another Brit hit the front in the afternoon, when Dean Stoneman was fastest for the Marussia Formula 1-affiliated Manor team, although times for the whole field were [...]

Eriksson leads GP3 test for Koiranen

April 11th, 2014

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Jimmy Eriksson finished on top of the times on the second and final day of GP3 testing at the Jerez circuit. The Swedish Koiranen driver clocked a best time of 1m30.732s in the morning session, going over half a second quicker than what Thursday’s pacesetter Nick Yelloly had managed. Yelloly led the afternoon session, but all the fastest times were set in the morning as teams worked on race-orientated programmes later on. Briton Alex Lynn continued with his strong pre-season, finishing in third place for Carlin ahead of team-mate Emil Bernstorff. Robert Visoiu in the Arden car and ART’s Dino Zamparelli completed the top five. Trident’s Victor Carbone caused the only stoppage in the morning session when he spun into the gravel. Santiago Urrutia also put his car on the [...]

Yelloly fastest in Jerez GP3 test

April 10th, 2014

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Nick Yelloly posted the quickest time on the opening day of the second GP3 test for 2014 at the Jerez circuit. The Status GP driver finished on top of the times with a best lap of 1m31.350s, recorded in the morning session, where the quickest four laps of the day were set. Carlin’s Alex Lynn finished in second behind Yelloly ahead of Korainen’s Santiago Urrutia and Dino Zamparelli in the ART car. Lynn’s team-mate Emil Bernstorff was fifth quickest on the day with the fastest time of the afternoon session. The test marked the first appeared for the Hilmer team after having taking over the Russian Time entry. The team, which had missed the first pre-season test, ran Nelson Mason and Ivan Taranov, the former causing a red flag in [...]

Lynn dominates Estoril GP3 test

March 28th, 2014

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GP3 rookie Alex Lynn and his Carlin team dominated the second and final day of GP3 testing at Estoril on Friday. The Briton, joining the series after finishing third in the Formula 3 European Championship, topped both the morning and the afternoon sessions from team-mate Emil Bernstorff. Lynn’s best time of 1m28.553s, set in the afternoon, was the benchmark, as both him and Bernstorff were the only drivers to break into the 1m28s barrier. Jimmy Eriksson was the first non-Carlin driver in third for Koiranen, while Roman de Beer put the Trident car fourth in the timesheets. Another Carlin driver, Luis Sa Silva, completed the top five. The session started on a wet track following the overnight rain, but drivers were able to switch to Pirelli’s medium tyres at the [...]

Zamparelli tops first day of testing

March 27th, 2014

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Dino Zamparelli set the pace on the opening day of 2014 pre-season testing for the GP3 series at Estoril. The ART driver finished the morning session with a time of 1m29.145s, a benchmark that would stay unbeaten after the afternoon session was hit by heavy rain. The downpour, however, came after Jimmy Eriksson had managed to top the times after the lunch break to finish less than a tenth of a second off Zamparelli’s time. Briton Alex Lynn was third quickest for Carlin, ahead of team-mate Emil Bernstorff and Nick Yelloly in the Status car. All their times were set in the morning. Rain hit the circuit some 45 minutes into the afternoon session, with the teams limiting their running after that point. Victor Carbone caused the first red flag [...]

Merhi, Stanaway to test for Status

March 26th, 2014

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Former single-seater racers Roberto Merhi and Richie Stanaway will test for Status Grand Prix’s GP3 team this week at Estoril. Mercedes-contracted Merhi and former Lotus Formula 1 junior Stanaway have not raced a single-seater since 2011 and 2012 respectively. Merhi has spent the last two years racing in the DTM, but was not included in the Mercedes race line-up for 2014, while Stanaway has competed in the Porsche Supercup and GT racing since a back injury curtailed his 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 campaign. The pair will join Nick Yelloly, who is already signed to race for Status, and be Formula Renault 2.0 NEC graduate Alfonso Celis Jr for the test in Portugal. Selis said: “I’m really excited to be here with Status Grand Prix. “I aim to take the best [...]

Force India adds GP3 to Hilmer deal

March 25th, 2014

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The Force India Formula 1 team has expanded its partnership with GP2 team Hilmer Motorsport to include supporting its new GP3 team as well in 2014. The Silverstone-based F1 squad recently announced a tie-up with Hilmer for GP2, and the German team subsequently took over Russian Time’s GP3 entry following the death of its team owner Igor Mazepa. Force India team principal Vijay Mallya said: “Our partnership with Hilmer to field a GP3 team reaffirms our commitment towards developing a new generation of drivers. “Combined with our support for grassroots karting, our presence in GP3 and GP2 lends valuable support to up-and-coming racers and will help them to realise their potential.” The F1 team’s deputy team principal Bob Fernley recently told AUTOSPORT that Force India has made changes behind the [...]

Stoneman secures Manor GP3 drive

March 19th, 2014

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Dean Stoneman has secured a full-time GP3 seat with the Marussia Formula 1 team’s junior arm Manor. The 2010 Formula 2 champion made his single-seater return at the end of last season when he drove for Koiranen in the GP3 finale in Abu Dhabi and came close to winning race two. Stoneman’s career had previously been interrupted when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer just after winning the F2 crown, completing his prize F1 test with Williams and sealing a Formula Renault 3.5 deal for the 2011 season. “It has taken us a while to find the right team, but I think we have now established the best balance of support, professionalism and expertise to give me a strong chance of fighting for the championship this season,” he said. “Manor [...]