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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
    Contributor

    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
    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."

  • Scott Kelly
    Contributor

    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.

Get to Know: Will Lamb

by David Ifeguni on March 17th, 2014

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Best known for his IndyCar success, Lamb is also drawn to the Lotus 49.

Born in 1995, Will Lamb has accomplished a great deal since joining iRacing in the summer of 2010.  Lamb’s career oval and road statistics are nearly mirror images of one another.  On the oval side, Lamb has 376 career starts races and has scored 43 wins. He has finished in the top five nearly 62% of the time. On the road side of iRacing, he has started 373 races and has won 46 times, and has finished in the top five nearly 50% of the time. If you think don’t think those statistics aren’t close, than look at his road and oval iRating and ttRating. His ttRating across the board is 1350 and his iRating between the two types of racing is exactly the same: 3048. Will Lamb is definitely [...]

Moreira Rebounds at Mosport

by Marc Dorval on March 3rd, 2014

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Fraser and Pawelski battle through Turn One.

Week Five of the iRacing.com Classic Lotus Grand Prix Series was held at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. It was a beautiful, warm, and sunny day at the 2.5-mile (4km) track, and many drivers and their teams were in attendance. Six warm-up races were held leading up to the main Sunday event. Nuno Moreira, last year’s series champion, was still smarting from his DNF last Sunday in Australia and hoping to make a splash this week for his Abilad Williams Racing Team. And, with a little luck, break Team Essex Lotus’ Gernot Fritsche’s three-week win streak! Sunday started out well for Moreira, as he gained pole position with a qualifying time of 1:07.543, fractionally faster than Fritsche’s time of 1:07.554. There were 36 cars gridded for the online race, with [...]

Fristche’s Hat Trick

by Marc Dorval on February 25th, 2014

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Cunningham, Hill, and Mangan in chase mode.

The iRacing.com Classic Lotus Grand Prix Series held its fourth racing week of 2014 Season 1 in Australia last Sunday. The 4-mile (6.2km) Mount Panorama was the setting, and the weather was gorgeous. With the drivers still reeling from last week’s wreck-fest at Circuit de Spa, much practice and care was on display prior to this online race. After five warm-up races during the week, 33 cars elected to grid on Sunday’s 16:30GMT race. There would have been 34, but Mark Pickford’s Team ATS pit crew put water into the fuel tank instead of gasoline, and the engine just couldn’t be cleaned up in time. Team Essex Lotus’ Gernot Fritsche was first on the grid with a qualifying time of 1:54.489. The Albilad Williams Racing Team’s Nuno Moreira, fresh from [...]

Bucheim on Top of Radical Challenge

by Katier Scott on February 17th, 2014

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Radical Laguna 1

Tino Bucheim scorched to the top of the iRacing.com Radical Challenge championship standings after a scorching week at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The DE-AT-CH sim-racer scored an emphatic 211 points to sit atop the tables by 14 points in a week that saw 259 drivers cross the start line. Pj Stergios was the top overall scorer for the week, after a dreadful first week at Mosport, the New Englander moved inside the top 10 with his impressive 223 point score on the virtual Monterey Peninsula. This early in the season places will be very fluid but other drivers to make impressive gains during this second week include Juergon Voss whose 152 point haul took him to 14th overall and Ralf Gilles3 who moved into 27th up from 60th. By the [...]

Mustangs at Mosport Set New World Records

by Jeff Jacobs on February 12th, 2014

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After starting 12th on the grid, Kevin Parrish (#4) stalks John Unsbee (#3) for third place at Mosport.

Cool temperatures, ideal track conditions and a new tire model produced several new World Records for the Ford Mustang FR500S at Mosport in Week 2 of the iRacing.com Mustang Challenge. Series points leader Vedran Broz turned a 1:29.107 during Sunday’s 20:15 GMT race to set the new World Record for a race lap. Broz’s quick lap bested the previous race lap record of 1:29.231 posted by Douglas Lundberg on Thursday. Charles Cosper now holds the third fastest race lap with a 1:29.313 he posted on Saturday. Broz also finished the week with the qualifying World Record at 1:29.076, but it didn’t come easy. Going into the last day at Mosport, Matthew Pilus held the qualifying record at 1:29.080, with Broz just behind at 1:29.148, and defending Champion Dariusz Bielawski with [...]

Radical Changes Well-Received at Mosport

by Katier Scott on February 9th, 2014

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The new and improved Radical SR8 produced energetic racing at Mosport.

Much of the pre-season talk in the Radical community was about the anticipated release of the latest version of the new tire model. Dubbed NTMV5 it was hoped the changes to the tyres would improve what was already a popular and exciting car. When the patch arrived, however, the community were overjoyed to find that the changes were more than just “tyre-deep,” with damper changes, suspension configuration tweaks and a more adjustable rear wing promising to make the Radical SR8 even more fun to drive. And so it seems to have proved with 190 drivers taking to popular Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (nee Mosport) for the season opener. Division 2 driver, Mitch McCracken led the early running with 213 points from his two wins and two starts giving him an [...]

Broz Top Cat in Mustang Challenge Opener

by Jeff Jacobs on February 6th, 2014

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Andrew Casey leads a pack of Mustangs through Turn 1 at Okayama on his way to winning the Saturday 2:15GMT SOF race.

Vedran Broz has a jealous and angry cat.  This cat is the frequent subject of lengthy posts by the sim-racer in the Ford Mustang FR500S forum, interwoven with track tips, driving impressions, setup ideas and other information that is lapped up by competitors.  While the cat doesn’t appreciate its caretaker’s attention being diverted to a computer screen, Broz nevertheless found time in Week 1 to take the top series points and top qualifier position at Okayama International Circuit to kick off Season 1 of the iRacing.com Mustang Challenge. Broz’s work schedule often prevents him from participating in the top “Strength-of-Field” races as is typically required to earn maximum points each week.  However, thanks to time off (and permission from the cat), he earned the top points for the week and [...]

Down Dominates V8 Opener

by Clayton Brooks on February 5th, 2014

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Day runs wide and commences his fall down the order.

The official iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series championship headed to Ontario, Canada and the famous Canadian Tire Motorsports Park –aka Mosport — for the first round of the season. Madison Down took the pole postion for the opening online race with Justin Ruggier grabbing second spot on the grid in the final qualifing session. The Row Two was filled by Josh Muggleton and George Maris.Following them on third row were Leigh Ellis and Leigh Day with Chad Chastain and John Emerson starting from P7 and P8 respectively. Dean O’brien would start ninth alongside James McKnight, who rounded-out the top 10. With the drop of the green flag it was Down who got the best start and bolted into Turn One while Ruggier and Muggelton fought over second position for the first [...]

Emerson Tops V8 Supercars Americas

by Paul Slavonik on February 3rd, 2014

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V8 Mosport Emerson

In an exciting showdown featuring some of the best V8 Supercar drivers on the iRacing service, John Emerson emerged victorious in Week One of the V8 Supercars Americas league. The victory was hard fought, though, as Chad Chastain, who took the lead from Emerson early in the online race, finished the race only one second behind with Beau Cattell rounding out the podium. The 40 lap online race at Mosport (Canadian Motorsport Park) also required a round of pit-stops which added another degree of strategy to the event. The race was not without upset, however, as an unfortunate incident early in the race found the defending champion, Marlon J. McMullen with extensive damage which inevitably led to his early retirement. Initially, many were surprised to see Emerson in the race [...]

Red Sox Canadian Tire 30 at Mosport

by James Prostell Jr. on December 21st, 2013

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BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO, CANADA – Fair or not, race car drivers have always been known as a bit of a different breed. However, as the season draws to a close, very natural feelings of reflection to the past and hope for the future that everyone seems to have as December gives way to January. With only two rounds left for the Red Sox Racing League McLaren Turbo Challenge drivers, arriving in Canada for the final races has left some looking in the rear-view mirror, wondering what might have been had things been a little different. Others look ahead through the windshield, hoping to nail down sponsorship and form teams for the next season that’s just around the corner. Either way, champions will soon be crowned, and the whole process will begin [...]

How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm?

by Marc Dorval on December 2nd, 2013

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As Zandvoort proved, the Classic Lotus GP "farm" system is alive and well.

The iRacing.com Classic Lotus Grand Prix Series held its fourth race of 2013 Season 4 at Zandvoort last weekn. The second split, the farm team of the series, saw a lot of exciting action! Going into the race, there were questions about Pim Lagaay’s complete car rebuild at Team Warsteiner Arrows. Would it hold-up in this grueling race?  Or would it fail miserably as it had in previous attempts? As well, all eyes were on Cam Walsh (Team RAM Occidental), a young up-and-coming New Yorker on a high from his unexpected second-place showing in Thursday’s warmup race. Everyone was looking forward to seeing Gary Larsen’s newly-painted car (Team Shadow Cars): there had been some vandalism in the garage in the weeks prior, but that seems to have been dealt with [...]

Mustang Momentum Builds at Mosport in Week 2

by Jeff Jacobs on November 13th, 2013

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Bielawski (#1) and Pilus (#5) just touch doors going into the last turn on the last lap at Mosport.

Building on a great start to Season 4 at Summit Point, the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series continued to gain momentum at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park with 233 sim-racers competing in at least one of 41 official races producing 30 different winners.  Vedran Broz hit the track early in the week taking the most wins with a perfect four wins in four races.  But the real fireworks started over the weekend after everyone had more practice under their belt.   The big race of the week came with a three-grid-split during the Pacific Strength-of-Field race on Saturday at 02:15 GMT.  Three-time Champion Dariusz Bielawski was on the pole, with Matthew Pilus in P2 and Dylan DeYoung lined up behind Bielawski.  The defending champ paced the first nine laps up front, but [...]

Elomaa Tops Finnish Radical Thrust

by Katier Scott on November 10th, 2013

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Mosport provided a classic venue for the opening round of 2013 S4.

Finland’s Aleski Elomaa took an early lead in the iRacing.com Radical Challenge as the European club took-on the championship as part of an internal club championship. A high SOF race on Monday night was sufficient for the Pro/DWC members of the Club Finland to scorch into the top four places with Central Eastern Europe’s Audrius Valantiejus rounding out the top five. 242 sim-racers took in the first week of the championship, which last season broke all records, and continues to see strong fields. They participated in 32 online races during which an impressive 27 drivers registered wins. Of those only Tom Lanpheer (three) and David Unger, Johannes Hesterman and Riccardo Solari (two apiece) registered multiple wins in a competitive opening week at Canada’s always popular Mosport. With Finns dominating the [...]

Moreno Takes Radical Title in Record-Shattering Season

by Katier Scott on October 25th, 2013

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Big fields were the norm on the 2013 S3 Radical Racing Challenge.

1017 sim-racers, hundreds of online races, multiple splits and a 40 point margin are just some of the highlights of the best-ever season for the iRacing.com Radical Racing Challenge. In 2013 Season 2, despite an excellent schedule, the Radical Racing series was in intensive care; participation was at an all time low and a “radical” solution was needed. 12 weeks later that solution worked better than anyone could have dreamed.  With race times cut-down to 25 minutes and the elimination of the fixed setup series, the exciting but easy to drive Radical SR8 suddenly became an interesting option and drivers turned-up in droves. Other highlights include the fact that 56 drivers took multiple wins and 134 scored singleton victories, not to mention both weekly attendance and single week SOF records [...]

Prototype & GT Challenge Week Eight: Mosport

by Phil Diaz on September 25th, 2013

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1 Proto GT Mosport 2013 S3

The eighth round of the iRacing.com Prototype and GT Challenge series is at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (aka Mosport) in Ontario, Canada.  The 10 turn, 2.459 mile (3.957 km) circuit marks the series’ second visit to Canada, and the second week in a row we test the driver’s skills at a fast and skinny circuit. Just like Laguna Seca last week, nearly all of the racing at Mosport is decided by how well you get through traffic. Going into the week, drivers Paul Ilbrink, William Levesque and Roope Turkkila led the championship in the HPD, Corvette and Ford GT classes and hoped to maintain their championship leads after Mosport. The prototype main race for the week was hectic, to say the least.  Csaba Volyka Jr started on pole followed by [...]

Prototype & GT Challenge Week 7: Laguna Seca

by Phil Diaz on September 17th, 2013

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The second half of the iRacing.com Prototype and GT Challenge series kicked-off at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca located in Monterey, California.  The 11 turn, 2.238 mile (3.602 km) circuit promised to challenge not only the speed but the mental patience and awareness of drivers.  In particular, traffic would play a pivotal role this week as the small-ish track mixed with a not-so-wide track width created huge obstacles for cars in every class. Going into the week, sim-racers Paul Ilbrink, William Levesque and Roope Turkkila led the championship in the HPD, Corvette and Ford GT classes, respectively, and hoped to extend their leads on the Monterey Peninsula. The Prototypes would have a strong grid for the main race, one led by Csaba Volyka Jr who snagged the pole from Dominik Batz [...]

First Time a Charm

by Brennan Mercer on September 5th, 2013

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Elliott's familiarity with iRacing's virtual CTMP paved the way for his success on the real thing.

Editor’s note: Most iRacers know Brennan Mercer for his painstaking, number-crunching analyses of the iRacing Pro Series . . . not to mention as a Class A-licensed road and oval sim-racer.  But last weekend marked his debut as a member of the Fifth Estate, as he traveled to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park to cover the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.  There he caught-up with several fellow iRacers including Chase Elliott who did rather well in the race, his first appearance at CTMP. Chase Elliott’s first foray into the Great White North was quite memorable.   Last weekend saw Elliott and 29 other drivers give the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series a memorable debut at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the 2.459 mile road course east of Toronto formerly known as Mosport. [...]

Paquin Takes Another Win

by Christien Hoogveld on August 27th, 2013

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From front to back: Terry Mcneil, Jason Lundy, Brice Ambrecht

After all the hype and effort that went into preparing for the first online race of our McLaren MP4-12C GT3 mini-series at Champion Motorsports, I have completely avoided a few tasks –  such as letting you all know how it actually went and sharing the screenshots. No matter how hard I try, the world continues to spin and the days seem to blow by like Indy cars at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. They say “Education is important, but racecars are importanter!” So without further ado… Mosport was our first and likely most difficult circuit of the three online races in the CMS MP4-12C mini-series. Blind corners and bumpy straights can leave even a sim-driver feeling a bit thrashed and edgy. I often found myself wondering how I was going to [...]

Fritsche, Hackett Lead CTC

by Katier Scott on August 23rd, 2013

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Mills' strong performance has propelled Ligier near the top of the standings.

With business as usual at the top of the tables, attention is turning to the F2 battle in this year’s Lotus 79-based Classic Teams Championship. While defending champion Gernot Fritsche extended his lead at Road Atlanta and Mosport, the Formula 2 battle hotted up. After two strong opening weeks, Team Tiga driver Paul Hackett faultered slightly at the classic Canadian track dropping out of the weekly top 20 for the first time.  Nevertheless, he maintains six point lead over Trivellato’s Matej Sagmeister, while third placed Luke Garner put in a strong season best performance to recover from a terrible opening week and close the gap to the top two. In all 102 sim-racers took to Georgia’s tricky Road Atlanta circuit during Week 2 of the championship. Barry West continued his [...]

Radicals Surge Past 500

by Katier Scott on August 19th, 2013

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The Radicals took to -- and off -- Road Atlanta with much enthusiasm.

No, this isn’t a report on the 500+ mile online race sponsored by Surge Pass.  Rather, it’s written in recognition that attendance in the iRacing.com Radical Racing Challenge surged past the 500 mark after another excellent week’s racing which saw 290 drivers take part in over 40 races. The dip from week 2 was not a surprise as Road Atlanta is a much more technical challenge to Mosport but, as ever, the sim racing was superb and the attendance still excellent with racing throughout the day. As with last week, self-confessed Radical SR8 addict, Philip Widdowson, took part in the most racing, enjoying six wins from 12 starts during an action packed week. Once again he was outdone by the championship leader, as Xavier Busoms moved to the top of [...]