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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.
  • David Judson
    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
    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.

  • 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.

Albuquerque placed with Jota in ELMS

March 6th, 2014

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New Audi prototype driver Filipe Albuquerque has been placed with the Jota Zytek team for a full European Le Mans Series campaign by the German manufacturer. The Portuguese, who has moved from Audi’s DTM line-up to drive at the Le Mans 24 Hours and Spa World Endurance Championship round in an R18 e-tron quattro, will share Jota’s Zytek-Nissan Z11SN LMP2 with Simon Dolan and Harry Tincknell in the five-round ELMS. Audi Sport boss Wolfgang Ullrich said: “It will give Filipe a better chance of developing more quickly into an endurance sportscar driver by competing in the ELMS and provide him with a solid foundation in a race scenario towards his preparation for his factory LMP programme.” Albuquerque said that he expected to learn a lot with Jota in the ELMS, [...]

New Ligier LMP2 set for shakedown

March 5th, 2014

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The new Ligier LMP2 coupe will hit the race track this week. The first Ligier JSP2, designed and built by OAK Racing sister company Onroak Automotive, has been completed and is scheduled for a shakedown test on the Le Mans-Bugatti circuit this Friday. The car will initially run with a Nissan V8, although the JSP2 has been designed to also accept HPD’s twin-turbo V6 and the Judd/BMW V8. Onroak design chief Nicolas Clemencon said: “Thanks to our top-class design office peopled with high-quality designers, we’ve penned a brand new LMP2 destined to write more chapters in the history of Ligier in endurance [racing].” It is not planned that the Ligier will race prior to the Le Mans 24 Hours round of the World Endurance Championship in June. There could be [...]

Reip given second Nissan ZEOD seat

March 3rd, 2014

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Nissan GT Academy winner Wolfgang Reip will make his Le Mans 24 Hours debut this June at the wheel of the Japanese manufacturer’s ZEOD RC experimental racer. The 26-year-old Belgian has been chosen to drive the ZEOD after an impressive prototype debut aboard a Greaves Zytek at last year’s World Endurance Championship finale. That drive came at the end of his first full season of racing in the FIA GT Series and the Blancpain Endurance Series. Reip is the second driver to be announced for the ZEOD after fellow academy winner Lucas Ordonez. At the wheel of the Nissan ZEOD Nissan global motorsport boss Darren Cox said: “Every time we have given Wolfgang another opportunity he has grabbed it with open arms; he really opened everyone’s eyes with his LMP2 [...]

Porsche confirms WEC driver line-ups

March 3rd, 2014

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Mark Webber will share his Porsche 919 Hybrid with Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard in this year’s World Endurance Championship, the German manufacturer has confirmed. The driver line-ups in the two LMP1s, exclusively revealed by AUTOSPORT in January, have been announced on Porsche’s new twitter account. Webber, Hartley and Bernhard will drive the #20 car, while Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb will share the #14 entry in the eight WEC races. No explanation of the line-ups in the cars, which includes splitting long-time team-mates Bernhard and Dumas, has been given. Porsche is due to unveil its 2014 motorsport programme, including the livery in which the pair of 919s will run, at the Geneva motor show on Tuesday.

Bamboo links up with Aston for WEC

February 28th, 2014

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The Bamboo Engineering touring car squad has forged a relationship with Aston Martin Racing for an attack on this year’s World Endurance Championship. The link will result in former Bamboo World Touring Car Championship drivers Darryl O’Young and Alex MacDowall racing the second GTE Pro class Aston Martin Vantage GTE in all eight WEC races. The third driver will be Brazilian Fernando Rees, who moves up to the Pro class after two years racing with the Larbre Competition Chevrolet team in GTE Am. The announcement follows this week’s confirmation that Bamboo will not be continuing as planned in the WTCC with a pair of Chevrolet Cruzes. Bamboo team boss Richard Coleman said: “This is a really prestigious programme for the company, a great engineering challenge that we all will relish. [...]

Senna reduces Aston GT programme

February 28th, 2014

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Bruno Senna will contest just the Le Mans 24 Hours with Aston Martin Racing in 2014. The ex-Formula 1 driver, who undertook a full World Endurance Championship campaign with the British manufacturer in 2013, revealed to AMR that he would be unavailable for a season-long ride as early as last September. AMR team boss John Gaw said: “Le Mans is all Bruno is available for. “We have known about this since the Austin race last year, so a full programme for Bruno was never in the plan.” Senna won his class on two occasions last season. He will drive AMR’s additional third car at the WEC blue-riband event in June with team-mates who have yet to be decided. The Brazilian is expected to announce his 2014 plans shortly.

Bradley joins KCMG for WEC assault

February 25th, 2014

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Briton Richard Bradley will make his Le Mans 24 Hours debut in 2014 with the Chinese KCMG squad as part of a full attack on the World Endurance Championship. The 22-year-old Briton has been signed up to drive KCMG’s new ORECA-Nissan 03 after contesting the Fuji WEC round and one Asian Le Mans Series event with the team last year. He joins fellow Brit Matt Howson, who contested the Le Mans and Silverstone WEC races with the team in 2013, as the two confirmed KCMG drivers so far. Bradley, who raced for KCMG in Super Formula in Japan last year, said: “I probably could have stayed in Japan, but it has always been my dream to win Le Mans. “To get the opportunity to do Le Mans and try to [...]

Fuji washout prompts points change

February 24th, 2014

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A new World Endurance Championship sporting rule means that no points will be awarded for a race such as last year’s Fuji event when no laps were run under racing conditions. The amendment to the sporting regulations stipulates that “a minimum of two laps must have been completed by the leader outside of a safety car procedure” for half points to be awarded in the event of a race suspension before 75 per cent distance has been reached. The previous rule did not distinguish between racing laps and those undertaken behind the safety car. The change follows the Fuji WEC round last October when heavy rain and standing water meant the event was abandoned after three attempts to start the race behind the safety car. Each of the 16 laps [...]

Porsche reveals 919 LMP1 tech details

February 18th, 2014

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The Porsche 919 hybrid World Endurance Championship challenger is powered by a two-litre V4 engine, the German manufacturer has finally confirmed. Confirmation of the configuration of the petrol-powered component of the LMP1 racer’s powertrain came at the same time as details of its hybrid systems were revealed. It had previously only been announced that the car, which first ran in June last year, was powered by petrol and was turbocharged. Porsche LMP1 technical director Alex Hitzinger explained that a vee had been chosen over an in-line configuration for reasons of weight-saving and packaging. “In a car like this, you want the engine to be a structural part,” he said. “If you would go for an in-line four you would have to have some kind of spaceframe around [the engine] and [...]

Caterham withdraws Le Mans entry

February 14th, 2014

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Caterham has withdrawn its LMP2 entry from the Le Mans 24 Hours and the European Le Mans Series just one day after its planned participation was revealed. The British car maker has pulled out of the programme, which would have been in conjunction with the Greaves Zytek squad as in 2013, after failing to land a firm spot on the Le Mans grid when the list for the French enduro was unveiled yesterday. Caterham Racing’s Zytek-Nissan Z11SN was listed only as third reserve among the prototypes for the centrepiece of the World Endurance Championship in June. A statement from Caterham read: “After making its Le Mans 24 Hours debut in 2013, Caterham had considered campaigning in the famous race again. “However, after securing only a reserve slot on the Le [...]

Le Mans grid could have three Ligiers

February 14th, 2014

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This year’s Le Mans 24 Hours could have as many as three Ligier LMP2 coupes on the grid. The new Ligier JSP2 developed by OAK Racing sister company Onroak Automotive is due to hit the track within a month and should make its race debut at Le Mans in June. OAK Racing Team Asia is first in line to run one of the Ligiers, while it is also likely that Onroak customer TDS Racing will swap from open-top Morgan to closed Ligier for the 24 Hours and the remainder of its European Le Mans Series campaign. One of OAK Racing’s own two entries could also be transferred from a Morgan to a Ligier for the World Endurance Championship blue-riband race. Le Mans reveals 2014 entry OAK Racing team manager Philippe [...]

Bleekemolen gets Le Mans Viper seat

February 14th, 2014

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Versatile Dutchman Jeroen Bleekemolen will race for Chrysler’s factory SRT Motorsports squad in the Le Mans 24 Hours in June. Bleekemolen was confirmed in the GTE Pro class car on the announcement of the Le Mans entry list on Thursday. 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours field revealed He is contesting the race as part of his deal with the Riley Technologies-run team to drive an SRT Viper GT3-R in the GT Daytona class of the United SportsCar Championship. The 32-year-old takes the place of Ryan Hunter-Reay, who has returned to SRT to contest the USC enduros, and is scheduled to partner Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens in one of the two Viper GTS-Rs at Le Mans. Former IndyCar champion Hunter-Reay is unavailable for the 24 Hours because he cannot take [...]

Johansson to race full-time in WEC

February 13th, 2014

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Former Le Mans 24 Hours winner Stefan Johansson will return full-time to the cockpit in the 2014 World Endurance Championship at the age of 57. The Swede, who raced for Ferrari and McLaren in Formula 1, has had his place with the Millennium Racing LMP2 squad confirmed after the Delta-ADR-run operation received two entries for the WEC on Thursday. It will be the first time that Johansson has contested a full season since his assault on the 2007 American Le Mans Series with the Highcroft Racing HPD squad. Johansson said: “I’ve been dabbling for the past few years, but I suddenly realised that I haven’t done a proper programme since 2007. “I’m really excited about this and I can’t wait to get back in the groove. “If you had told [...]

Gommendy gets TDS ELMS drive

February 13th, 2014

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Former Champ Car racer Tristan Gommendy will drive for the TDS Racing squad in this year’s European Le Mans Series. The Frenchman, who last year returned to sportscars with the Signatech Alpine squad at the Le Mans 24 Hours, will share the TDS team’s new Morgan-Nissan LMP2 with Pierre Thiriet and Ludovic Badey in the five ELMS rounds and, presuming the team gains an entry, at Le Mans. “This year I was looking for a full programme and my first idea was TDS Racing because it among the very best prototype teams of the moment,” said Gommendy, who has previously raced at Le Mans on four occasions. “I wanted a team that allows me to fight at front.” TDS announced last week that it was switching from the ORECA chassis [...]

Pickett decides against Le Mans bid

February 12th, 2014

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The US Muscle Milk/Pickett Racing team has opted against taking up its guaranteed entry for the Le Mans 24 Hours. The team gained one of two entry spots for the French enduro in June allocated by the American Le Mans Series, which Muscle Milk won outright last year with an LMP1 HPD ARX-03 shared by Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr. Muscle Milk initially talked about going to the race, without committing to taking part, but has now decided to focus on its assault on the new United SportsCar Championship with its LMP2 ORECA-Nissan 03. Team boss Greg Pickett, who would have returned to the cockpit for the 24 Hours alongside Graf and Luhr, said: “We’ve gone to Le Mans in the past and we know how much work it takes [...]

TDS switches from ORECA to Morgan

February 7th, 2014

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Former European Le Mans Series winners TDS Racing will switch from ORECA to Morgan chassis for its bid to win the championship for a second time in 2014. The French team winners will run a Morgan LMP2 built by Onroak Automotive, the sister company of OAK Racing, in the five-race series and – presuming it gains an entry – the Le Mans 24 Hours in June. It is making the switch after winning the title with a Nissan-powered ORECA 03 in 2012 and finishing runner-up with the same car last year. A spokesman for TDS said: “We were happy with ORECA, but OAK had a lot of success with the Morgan last year in the World Endurance Championship and at Le Mans, which convinced us that it was a very [...]

Tincknell switches to sportscars

February 6th, 2014

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European Formula 3 Championship race winner Harry Tincknell will switch to sportscars with the Jota Sport LMP2 squad in 2014. The 22-year-old Briton has been confirmed as one of the drivers in the team’s Zytek-Nissan Z11SN in the five-round European Le Mans Series and the Le Mans 24 Hours after a successful test in the car at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain last year. Tincknell will share the Zytek with team regular Simon Dolan and a third, platinum-rated driver who has yet to be announced. Jota boss Sam Hignett said: “Harry is a hungry young driver with bags of experience, and I’m sure that will translate into an excellent sportscar racer. “There’s a wealth of talented guys emerging from single-seaters at the moment and, in Harry, we feel we’ve [...]

Ordonez gets ZEOD race seat

February 6th, 2014

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Inaugural Nissan GT Academy winner Lucas Ordonez has been named as the first race driver of the Japanese manufacturer’s ZEOD RC experimental Le Mans 24 Hours car. Ordonez, who has twice finished on the LMP2 podium in his three Le Mans campaigns, moves up from his role as official test driver for the car that will fill the ‘Garage 56′ grid spot reserved for machinery with green credentials. Nissan global motorsport boss Darren Cox, the architect of the ZEOD programme, said: “Since becoming our first GT Academy winner, Lucas has demonstrated his speed and talent in a wide variety of Nissan machinery – LMP2, GT3 , GT4, Super GT and even V8 Supercar. “That versatility was a key part of the decision to place him as the inaugural race driver [...]

Perrinn releases first P1 designs

February 5th, 2014

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British constructor Perrinn Limited has made public a first batch of designs from the all-new LMP1 coupe it aims to race in the 2015 World Endurance Championship. The three-dimensional CAD files, which include that of the car’s engine cover (pictured), are downloadable. They will be followed by the blueprints of every other component on the four-wheel-drive hybrid designed by the Yorkshire-based company. Company boss Nicolas Perrin has launched an interactive open-source website under the myTeam banner that will give the public full access the P1 design and allow followers of his proposed WEC team to play a role in everything from car design to race strategy. Perrin said that he was pleased with the response to his initiative, which already allows fans to vote for potential drivers for his team. [...]

Interlagos moves to end of WEC season

January 31st, 2014

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The Interlagos round of the World Endurance Championship has been moved from its August date to become the series finale at the end of November. The Brazilian event, originally lined up for August 31, has been rescheduled as a result of a request from promoter Emerson Fittipaldi and will now take place on November 30, two weeks after the Bahrain round. Two reasons have been given for the request: a desire to have longer to promote the event after the end of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in June and July; and a shift in the date of the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos to November 9. This meant the August date was unavailable because the circuit has to be prepared for the arrival of Formula 1. The move [...]