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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.

GP3 drivers want VSC system changes

August 28th, 2015

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Leading GP3 drivers believe changes to the virtual safety car system are needed following a problematic event at Spa last weekend. The virtual safety car was deployed three times during race one in Belgium, where ART Grand Prix driver Esteban Ocon lost his win after picking up a five-second penalty for jumping a restart. Mercedes junior Ocon reckons virtual safety car mishaps in GP3 stem from having to rely on the trackside boards as opposed to the LED steering wheel display available in GP2 and the more advanced notification system in Formula 1. “We have to look at the boards around the track and in some place you can’t see them,” said Ocon, when asked by AUTOSPORT for his thoughts on the system. “When you’re at Eau Rouge for example [...]

Ghiotto rebounds to beat Ocon at Spa

August 23rd, 2015

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Championship leader Luca Ghiotto claimed his third GP3 win of the season in a safety car interrupted race two at Spa. Trident driver Ghiotto, who started fourth on the grid, lost out to title rival Esteban Ocon at the start as the Mercedes protege swiftly made it up to second from seventh. But Ghiotto made steady progress thereafter. He passed Ocon’s ART Grand Prix team-mate Alfonso Celis Jr following the safety car restart after a huge incident involving Alex Bosak. Polesitter Bosak suffered a similar tyre blowout to the one Mercedes Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg suffered in free practice two. As he was coming round Blanchimont his tyre appeared to blister and burst, sending him into the tyre wall. On impact a loose tyre bounced onto the track and [...]

Kirchhofer gets penalty for blocking

August 22nd, 2015

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ART Grand Prix driver Marvin Kirchhofer has received a three-place grid penalty following GP3 qualifying at Spa for impeding Koiranen GP driver Matt Parry. The penalty means Kirchhofer will lose third place and will have to start back in sixth, just in front of Parry, for the opening race of the weekend. Kirchhofer was deemed to have blocked Parry, who was on a flying lap, three minutes before the end of the session between Rivage and the unnamed downhill left-hander at Turn 9. The incident promotes Arden International driver Emil Bernstorff up to third, while Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco and Hungary race winner Kevin Ceccon move up to fourth and fifth respectively. Parry agrees that his lap was disrupted by Kirchhofer but believes the German didn’t do it on purpose [...]

Ghiotto tops Spa GP3 practice

August 21st, 2015

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Championship leader Luca Ghiotto set the pace in GP3 practice at Spa ahead of Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco. Ghiotto led the way early along with Trident team-mates Artur Janosz, who had a spin early on at the Bus Stop chicane, and series returnee Beitske Visser. But as the track conditions continued to improve so did laptimes and they were soon overhauled by the Jenzer Motorsport trio of Pal Varhaug, Ralph Boschung and Matheo Tuscher. Ghiotto looked ominous though and improved right up until the chequered flag fell, eventually setting a time of 2m06.005s. Carlin driver Fuoco clinched second place on his final lap, jumping from a lowly 12th to be 0.341 seconds behind. Boschung, Varhaug and Tuscher had to settle for third, fourth and fifth respectively following their early fight [...]

Eriksson loses GP3 race two podium

July 26th, 2015

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Koiranen GP driver Jimmy Eriksson has lost his GP3 podium from race two at the Hungaroring after picking up a five-second penalty for exceeding track limits. Eriksson, who was embroiled in a battle with his team-mate Matt Parry for the majority of the race, left the track at Turns 6 and 7 and gained an advantage over Trident driver Luca Ghiotto according to the stewards enquiry. The penalty demotes Eriksson to sixth, from what would have been only his second podium appearance of the season, behind ART Grand Prix driver Marvin Kirchhofer and moves team-mate Parry up into the final podium place in third. Arden International driver Aleksander Bosak and Campos Racing’s Samin Gomez also picked up penalties. Bosak was penalised for his collision with Arthur Janosz at Turn 4 [...]

Ceccon wins GP3 sprint race again

July 26th, 2015

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Kevin Ceccon claimed his second consecutive GP3 sprint race victory in an incident-strewn race at the Hungaroring. Ceccon, who picked up his maiden GP3 win at the last round at Silverstone, had a brilliant start to relieve polesitter Antonio Fuoco of the lead by Turn 1. His Arden team-mate Emil Bernstorff also passed Fuoco for second but the Italian acted quickly to re-take the position. The battle was far from finished though. Ceccon, Fuoco and Bernstorff fought three abreast for the first part of the lap but the scrap soon ended in tears at the chicane. Bernstorff made a lunge on the outside of Fuoco entering the chicane but ran out of space in the second part. With nowhere to go, Bernstorff made contact with the Ferrari protege, sending him [...]

Ghiotto takes GP3 pole in Hungary

July 25th, 2015

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Championship leader Luca Ghiotto edged out Emil Bernstorff on his final run in an extremely close GP3 qualifying to clinch pole position at the Hungaroring. Trident driver Ghiotto, who set the initial pace on his opening run, traded fastest times with Bernstorff and Marvin Kirchhofer for the majority of the session. The Italian however left his best lap for his final run, pipping Bernstorff by just 0.036s when the chequered flag fell, with a time of 1m34.030s. Mercedes junior driver Esteban Ocon, who was fastest in free practice, also left it late to set his best time. The Frenchman jumped from seventh to third in the closing stages, demoting Kirchhofer and Jimmy Eriksson down to fourth and fifth. Koiranen GP driver Matt Parry, who ran wide on several occasions, was [...]

Ocon leads Hungary GP3 practice

July 24th, 2015

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Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon edged out championship leader Luca Ghiotto in GP3 free practice at the Hungaroring. The ART Grand Prix driver set the pace after the session was red flagged, as a result of Nissan protege Jann Mardenborough’s stricken Carlin entry stopping at the final corner. On the restart, the Frenchman set some blistering lap-times and was more than a second clear of the rest of the field with less than 10 minutes remaining. Trident’s Ghiotto, however, closed the gap to Ocon to just 0.038 seconds on his penultimate lap but couldn’t knock him off top spot. Arden International driver Emil Bernstorff followed the pair in third, ahead of Silverstone race winners Marvin Kirchhofer and Kevin Ceccon. Pal Varhaug and Mitch Gilbert both spent time at the top of [...]

Ceccon beats Ocon to race two win

July 5th, 2015

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Arden driver Kevin Ceccon claimed his maiden victory in race two of the GP3 Series at Silverstone. The sometime GP2 driver made a lightning start from second on the grid to lead into the first corner, followed closely by ART Grand Prix driver Esteban Ocon. Ceccon was under some early pressure from European Formula 3 champion Ocon but was able to build a gap with a series of fastest laps to comfortably take victory by 1.5 seconds. Jenzer Motorsport driver Ralph Boschung, who started from pole on the reversed grid, crossed the line third to pick up his maiden GP3 podium. The Swiss driver lost out at the start to the fast-starting Ceccon and Ocon but was able to halt his slide down the order with a controlled drive throughout [...]

Kirchhofer takes race one win for ART

July 4th, 2015

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ART Grand Prix driver Marvin Kirchhofer edged out Arden’s Emil Bernsorff to take victory in race one of the GP3 Series at Silverstone. The German made a great start to lead into the first corner and in the opening laps Kirchhofer was able to fend off Bernstorff’s advances to set about building a gap out front. But later in the race, Bernstorff consistently set a series of fastest laps to bring the gap down to just 0.2 seconds on the penultimate lap. The pair briefly ran side by side down the Wellington straight, but Kirchhofer was able to hang on, despite a lack of grip, to take his second win of the season. Matt Parry drove a controlled race to take his maiden GP3 podium after the Koiranen GP driver [...]

Ocon wins GP3 opener comfortably

May 9th, 2015

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Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon claimed victory on his GP3 debut in the opening round of the 2015 championship at Barcelona. The ART Grand Prix driver made a better start from second on the grid than Trident’s Luca Ghiotto, who started on pole, to take the lead into Turn 1. Ocon then pulled away at the front, extending a lead of almost five seconds over Ghiotto before the safety car was deployed, eradicating his lead. This was a result of a clash between Seb Morris and Ralph Boschung at Turn 10, which left both cars stricken, at half-distance. The race got back underway with seven laps to go, and Ocon re-asserted himself at the front with a strong restart, completing the first green-flag lap after the interruption 1.6s clear of Ghiotto. [...]

Ghiotto beats Ocon to pole for opener

May 9th, 2015

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Luca Ghiotto carried his free-practice form into qualifying to claim the first GP3 pole position of the season. The Italian Trident driver, who also claimed pole at Spa last year on his category debut, was on top of the timesheets ahead of reigning European Formula 3 champion Esteban Ocon heading into the final runs. Ghiotto looked set to improve his time after setting the fastest time of all in the first two sectors, but he lost half-a-second in the final sector and did not improve on his earlier mark of 1m35.469s. But that was still enough to make sure of pole position, 0.139s ahead of ART Grand Prix driver Ocon, who also did not improve on his final run. Both Ocon and Ghiotto’s final laps were interrupted by a yellow [...]

Ghiotto leads Trident 1-2 in practice

May 8th, 2015

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Luca Ghiotto led a Trident one-two in free practice ahead of the opening GP3 series round of the year at Barcelona. The Italian displaced team-mate Oscar Tunjo from the top of the timesheets by just 85-thousandths of a second in the closing stages of the session. The Trident drivers were among a flurry of late improvers, with Matheo Tuscher also jumping up to third for Jenzer Motorsport. Long-time session topper Esteban Ocon, the reigning European F3 champion who moves sideways into GP3 this year with ART Grand Prix, ended up fourth fastest, three tenths down. Behind him was Ferrari-contracted Antonio Fuoco, who was outside the top 10 until he leaped to fifth place late on. This relegated Alex Palou, who finished third in Euroformula Open last year, to seventh ahead [...]

Varhaug tops final GP3 test

April 23rd, 2015

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Jenzer Motorsport driver Pal Varhaug led the way on the final day of GP3 pre-season testing at Barcelona. The Norwegian won the inaugural GP3 race at the Circuit De Catalunya almost five years ago, and returned to the class last year following three seasons away. After setting the second-fastest time on the opening day behind Jann Mardenborough, Varhaug topped both sessions on Thursday. Set an hour into proceedings, Varhaug’s 1m34.687s was 0.384 seconds faster than his closest challenger in the morning, Luca Ghiotto. Lotus Formula 1 junior Esteban Ocon was third, ahead of Matheo Tuscher, Mardenborough, Ralph Boschung, Alex Palou and Marvin Kirchhofer, as one second covered the top 12 drivers. Varhaug also set the pace in the afternoon, his 1m37.277s lap indicative of the slower session as teams focused [...]

Mardenborough starts final test on top

April 22nd, 2015

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Jann Mardenborough was quickest for Carlin as GP3 testing resumed at Barcelona on Wednesday. The Nissan GT Academy graduate’s early morning pace of 1m34.910s proved unbeatable through the day, as he topped the opening session by a tenth of a second over series veteran Pal Varhaug. Jenzer driver was just 0.001s faster than Marvin Kirchhofer in third place, with the German’s ART team-mate Esteban Ocon behind Ralph Boschung and Jimmy Eriksson in sixth. The afternoon session was disrupted by a rain shower that limited teams’ running. Seb Morris completed twice as many laps as most and got down to a 1m35.740s for Status to lead the way. Mardenborough was again on the pace, going second quickest – just over a tenth slower. It was an all-British top three, as Matt [...]

Palou tops GP3 testing for Campos

April 10th, 2015

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Campos Racing’s Alex Palou finished GP3′s second pre-season test at Valencia on top, edging out Marvin Kirchhofer. After leading the morning session on Thursday’s opening day of running, the Spaniard was quick out of the blocks again on Friday. With the fastest times set in the opening hour before teams reverted to race simulations, Palou was the first driver into the 1m21s bracket with a 1m20.880s. While day one pacesetter Kirchhofer was quick to respond with a time just 0.012 seconds adrift, Palou’s effort would remain the best of the morning and indeed the day at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. Kirchhofer’s ART team-mate, reigning European Formula 3 champion Esteban Ocon was third-fastest and exactly one tenth off Palou. Deputising for Lotus F1 reserve driver Adderly Fong at Koiranen, Kevin Korjus [...]

Kirchhofer leads Valencia GP3 test

April 9th, 2015

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Marvin Kirchhofer set the pace for ART Grand Prix on day one of this week’s GP3 Series test at Valencia. The highest-placed championship returnee in the field after finishing third behind Alex Lynn and Dean Stoneman last year, Kirchhofer’s 1m21.098s lap in the afternoon put him two tenths clear of Luca Ghiotto. Italian Ghiotto is back for a full season with Trident having taken a shock pole on his GP3 debut at Spa in 2014 during a two-round cameo. Teenage Spanish rookie Alex Palou (pictured below), a Euroformula Open graduate, showed strongly as he led the morning session and took fourth in the afternoon for Campos Racing’s new GP3 arm. Kirchhofer’s European Formula 3 champion team-mate Esteban Ocon was in the top three in both sessions – second between Palou [...]

Boschung tops day two of Estoril test

March 19th, 2015

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Jenzer Motorsport driver Ralph Boschung led the way on the final day of GP3′s opening pre-season test at Estoril. The 17-year-old Swiss driver set his 1m27.789s lap midway through the morning session, which was dry, unlike the first day’s action on Wednesday. On his 21st birthday, Arden’s Marvin Kirchhofer was Boschung’s closest challenger, almost two-tenths adrift, while Emil Bernstorff, Jimmy Eriksson and day one pacesetter Antonio Fuoco completed the top five. Fuoco’s Carlin team-mate Mitchell Gilbert was sixth fastest, before topping the afternoon session. In warmer conditions, Gilbert’s 1m28.517s was 0.728 seconds off the morning benchmark, but still good enough to lead Matheo Tuscher, Bernstorff, Pal Varhaug and Boschung. Confirmed by Carlin as its third driver on the eve of the test, Jann Mardenborough was eighth in the morning and [...]

Ferrari man Fuoco leads GP3 test

March 18th, 2015

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Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco topped the GP3 Series’ first day of 2015 pre-season testing for Carlin at Estoril. The GP3 newcomer, fifth in last year’s Formula 3 European Championship, edged out ART’s Marvin Kirchhofer and Arden’s Emil Bernstorff on the timesheets, the trio split by just 0.023 seconds with laps set during the afternoon session. Overnight rain led to a slow start to the morning while the circuit dried, with the hour before lunch providing the only meaningful running. With 10 minutes remaining, Trident’s Oscar Tunjo went fastest with a 1m29.061s. It remained the morning’s best, ahead of Alex Fontana, Luca Ghiotto, newly-confirmed Carlin recruit Jann Mardenborough, Jimmy Eriksson and Esteban Ocon. Fuoco was 15th of the 23 runners in the first session, but was the first to break into [...]

Mardenborough continues GP3 campaign

March 18th, 2015

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Jann Mardenborough will combine his Nissan LMP1 programme with GP3 in 2015, announcing a move to Carlin as pre-season testing kicked off at Estoril. The GT Academy winner was ninth in the 2014 GP3 standings with Arden, having won the reversed-grid race at Hockenheim. For his second season in series, he reunites with Carlin, with which he tackled the Formula 3 European Championship in 2013. “It’s great to go back to Carlin for GP3,” the 23-year-old said. “I made my single-seater debut with them and they are a very professional outfit. “I want to be a winner so I’m going to be using what I learnt last year to improve my performance and to challenge for podiums and lots of points. “I was thinking at the start of the year [...]