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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.

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.

DeltaWing set to unveil coupe version

March 11th, 2013

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DeltaWing set to unveil coupe version

The coupe version of the experimental DeltaWing prototype will be unveiled on the eve of the Sebring 12 Hours this week. The DeltaWing Racing Cars squad will on Friday take the wraps off a mock-up of the car that is due to race later in the season, possibly as early as round three of the American Le Mans Series at Laguna Seca in May. The show car is built around the moulds of a new monocoque that will replace the Aston Martin AMR-One tub of the DeltaWing DW LM12, which made its debut at last year’s Le Mans 24 Hours

New LMP1 rules to benefit privateers

February 19th, 2013

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New LMP1 rules to benefit privateers

The FIA believes that it can create a set of regulations that will appeal to privateers wanting to challenge for overall victories at Le Mans and in the World Endurance Championship. AUTOSPORT recently reported that the sport’s governing body was working with Le Mans organiser the ACO to come up with a set of regulations for 2014 that will encourage privateer teams to enter the top class of prototype racing.

Risi Ferrari returns to the ALMS

January 19th, 2013

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Risi Ferrari returns to the ALMS

Multiple GT champion team Risi will return to the American Le Mans Series for 2013 after a one-year hiatus. The team skipped last season having been unable to put a financial package together in time. It will be back this year with a single Ferrari 458 and has committed to 2014′s combined Grand-Am/ALMS championship too

Audi e-tron triumphs at Silverstone

August 26th, 2012

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Audi e-tron triumphs at Silverstone

Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler delivered Audi the 2012 Silverstone 6 Hours crown after a race-long fight with the sister R18 and Toyota’s lone TS030 Hybrid. Victory also earned Audi the constructors’ title in the inaugural year of the FIA World Endurance Championship

In Name Only

by David Phillips on April 30th, 2012

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Four races into the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series, Pagenaud stands fifth place in the points.  Not bad for a "rookie."

It’s misleading at best, grossly unfair at worst, to call Simon Pagenaud a rookie in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series.  After all, the soft-spoken Frenchman raced the full Champ Car World Series as teammate to Will Power in ‘07.  He also impressed as a pinch-hitter in the IZOD IndyCar Series last year, stepping-in for the injured Simona de Silvestro and Justin Wilson in a trio of races.  What’s more, Pagenaud has several seasons worth of top level sports car experience to his credit in the American Le Mans Series, not to mention a handful of appearances at the helm of the mighty Peugeot 908 HDi at Le Mans and Spa-Francorchamps. And in this, his first full IZOD IndyCar Series season, Pagenaud looks anything but a novice: witness his storming second [...]

Remembering the Roots of Being a Motorsport Fan

by Chris Hall on March 25th, 2012

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Audi - first on the track and first in the hearts of the Turn 10 fans.

For the past seven years I’ve worked in the motorsport industry as a reporter, and in that time, I’ve enjoyed the comforts of free coffee, clean toilets and air conditioned media centres at circuits all over the world. As a result, I (and I feel my peers), have lost touch with what it’s like to actually be a race fan. Certainly, working in media means getting up-to-the-minute information and news that is digested, then delivered to race fans in a coherent manner; but it also means, losing the essence of what being a follower of motorsport is all about. Let’s not forget, it’s the paying fans who help to bring the money into the sport, via entry fees and sundry purchases, plus they are the key component of bringing a [...]

iRacer Profile: Joni Hagner

by David Phillips on January 21st, 2012

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It would come as no surprise if Finland’s Joni Hagner were to stop into his local tattoo parlor for some bow-tie “ink.”  After all, he’s pretty much a Chevrolet kind of guy when it comes to iRacing.  A fixture in the top ten of the Corvette class of the iRacing.com Prototype and GT Challenge (Fixed and Open), he’s got his first championship in sight heading into the final weekend of 2011 Season 4, holding a narrow edge on Fernando Pento in the Fixed Set-up series.  He’s also piloted his ‘Vette to the runner-up spot behind countryman Teemu Vuolle in the Open Set-up series. And Hagner is a very respectable P31 in Division 2 of the NASCAR Class A standings in, what else, a Chevrolet Impala. In truth, Hagner’s not so [...]

iRacer Profile: Matthieu Fourtemberg

June 25th, 2011

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iRacer Profile:  Matthieu Fourtemberg

Check the standings in a range of racing cars and series – Street Stock, Skip Barber, Mazda MX5 – and you’ll find Matthieu Fourtemberg’s name.  You’ll also see the icons of his cars are usually colored in the reds, whites and greys of the BAM Pro Racing team of which he is a proud member.  But if you really want to find what really floats the boat of the sim racer from Le Blanc Mesnil, France, check the iRacing.com Grand Touring Cup.  There Fourtemberg is something of a fixture, having finished sixth in the Division 3 standings in 2011 Season 1 (thanks to 11 top five finishes including a couple of wins) and currently holds-down P14 in Division 2.  Why the GT Cup?  Simple. Fourtemberg’s favorite race car is the [...]

IZOD INDYCAR Premier Series Watkins Glen

by Jon Denton on April 25th, 2011

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The action in Round Three of the iRacing.com IZOD INDYCAR Premier Series was worthy of the setting.

It always feels like a special time when one visits Watkins Glen.  Not just for the beautiful woodland that surrounds it, but for the feel that the place gives out.  It has an aura of history that wraps around one’s soul as soon as one enters the place.  So much has happened here over the many years, road racing in North America was almost born here, and in that sense it reminds me of a trip to Spa-Francorchamps, Le Mans or the Nordschliefe.  So many racers have pedaled cars over this tarmac, so many of the great have won here, and far too many have lost their lives here. The third round of the iRacing.com IZOD INDYCAR Premier Series took place at this hallowed circuit over April the 16th, with [...]

Michael Mallock Interview

by Chris Hall on April 23rd, 2011

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Michael Mallock Interview

This year sees Michael Mallock make a welcome return to the Avon Tyres British GT Championship, and although the 2010 European FIA GT4 pilot made cameo appearances in the KTM X-Bow last season, it’s his first serious attack on the series in eight years.  Joining forces once again with Athanasios Ladas and the ABG Motorsports team, Mallock will contest the G4 class as he continues to carve out a name for himself in the motor-sport archives of the future. With the ink on his British GT Championship deal barely dry, we caught up with the Englishman to discuss his past, present and future in racing. Q:     With the various 2011 race seasons about to get under-way, what are you doing at the moment? A:     Well, I’ve just put pen to [...]

ALMS Notes: Riley To Build ALMS Prototype Chassis

October 5th, 2010

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BRASELTON, Ga. — There will be a new entry in 2011 in the American Le Mans prototype arena with the announcement that longtime Grand Am chassis supplier Bill Riley will produce a new design for the ALMS

Peugeot Fast In First Petit Test

September 30th, 2010

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Franck Montagny and Peugeot fired the first shots of Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda 2 with the fastest lap in Wednesday’s official test session at Road Atlanta.

ALMS Boss Talks 2010, Beyond

September 29th, 2010

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After an eventful two years, with many wondering about its long-term future, the American Le Mans Series comes to the end of its 2010 season Saturday with Road Atlanta’s Petit Le Mans event in a far better position than had been expected and with great hope for the future.

Looking for Those Le Mans Moments

by Chris Hall on June 23rd, 2010

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Looking for Those Le Mans Moments

Every June, I make the annual pilgrimage to the ultimate endurance race, the Le Mans 24. Despite opportunities to attend the French race in the course of my work, each year I load up my car, cross the English Channel and drive the 350 miles to the la Sarthe region, to ‘rough it’ with 250,000 other race fans. Whilst a lot of my non-racing-fan friends are unable to fathom why I choose to spend a week under canvass with little to no sleep, anyone that has visited Le Mans for its 24 hour event will know it’s the only way to truly experience what is arguably the greatest race in the world. As a reporter, I attend many races each year.  But after a while, most of the events blend [...]