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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.

Eng Captures 2013 iRacing Pro Race of Champions

by David Phillips on December 13th, 2013

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Eng (left) got the drop on Truex at Montreal and went on to win the 2013 iRacing.com Pro Race of Champions.

Porsche Carerra Cup racer Phillip Eng drove his Chevy Impala and McLaren MP4-12C GT3 to a convincing in in last night’s iRacing.com Pro Race of Champions.  The Austrian parlayed a third place finish in the opening online race of the contest at Iowa Speedway with a dominant win in the nightcap at iRacing’s virtual Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to top Peter Dempsey (Indy Lights) and Timmy Hill (NASCAR) in the aggregate standings. The iRacing Pro Race of Champions enables racers from different disciplines around the world to compete against one another online.  The inaugural event was won by NASCAR K&N West driver Brandon Davis, while last year saw V8 Supercar standout Shane van Gisbergen take the top prize.  Eng’s victory not only makes three different nationalities to take top honors in [...]

Southern Meteor

by David Phillips on November 22nd, 2013

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It’s an understatement to say February 27 figures to be a big day in the life of Chelsea Angelo.   That’s when Angelo is slated to make her debut for Evans Motorsport in the 2014 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series opener at Adelaide.  The development series for the V8 Supercar Series itself, the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series propelled 2012 champion Scott T McLaughlin into the 2013 V8 Supercar Series. Needless to say, Angelo would like to follow McLaughlin’s footsteps and become a regular in the “big” V8 series sooner than later.   In one respect, however, Angelo is already following in the footsteps of McLaughlin – not to mention those of V8 Supercar aces Shane van Gisbergen, Mark Winterbottom, Garth Tander and Will Davison. That’s because, like Messrs McLaughlin, van Gisbergen, Winterbottom, Tander [...]

Get to Know . . . Adam McCosh

by David Ifeguni on November 12th, 2013

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McCosh got the monkey off his back with a win in his Chevy SS Gen 6 at LVMS.

Adam McCosh has been able to do something most of us dream of doing, and that is racing in real life. He began racing real cars in 2006, but has recently had to stop due to other priorities.  It is clear though that his experiences with real world racing have contributed to his success on iRacing, as he has scored 11 career victories in 131 starts on the oval side of iRacing, including two victories this year in 13 starts.  He also races in several leagues on iRacing including the Short Track Pro Cup league, as well as both ISRA STARS and the POWER Series. You can learn more about iRacer Adam McCosh in this week’s Get to Know . . . Q:     How long have you been sim [...]

Third iRacing Pro Race of Champions Set for December 12

by David Phillps on November 5th, 2013

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It’s not every day the stars of NASCAR, IndyCar, ALMS, GRAND-AM, NHRA, V8 Supercars and other major professional series go head-to-head on the same race track.  But thanks to iRacing.com (www.iracing.com) – the world’s leading online motorsports game — some of the world’s top racers will go head-to-head, door-to-door and wheel-to-wheel from the comfort of their homes in the third annual iRacing.com Pro Race of Champions on Thursday, December 12. Past line-ups have included NASCAR’s Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, GRAND-AM champions Alex Gurney and Jordan Taylor, ALMS champion Joey Hand, IZOD IndyCar Series favorite Justin Wilson and NHRA Funny Car star Ron Capps, not to mention V8 Supercar Series ace Shane van Gisbergen, the defending iPRoC champion. “The iRacing Pro Race of Champions has become one of [...]

iRacers at Bathurst

by Greg Workman on November 5th, 2013

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The iRacing contingent included

Bathurst . . . Mount Panorama . . . “The Mount.”  For Australians it is our Daytona, our Indy and our Le Mans all rolled into one. For us Down Under, it conjures recollections of epic battles, Ford versus Holden, Machine versus the Mountain. It is a weekend where most watch the start of the “great Race” at the very least, while many organise parties, others prefer the solitude of the lounge room and the television. Tens of thousands camp-out at the circuit, reveling in four days of V8 heaven. Bathurst is a cultural icon for Australians. A Facebook group was created for iRacers going to Bathurst to connect and meet, and at very least share a few ales one evening. Shane Van Gisbergen — who is competing in the [...]

Muggleton Survives Canadian Chaos

by Dylan Sharman on September 23rd, 2013

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Hamstead and Ruggier come together.

Round Seven of the iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series headed to a brand new track to iRacing for this season: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (also known as Montreal).  With the drivers now into the second half of the season, the championship is well and truly alive. Qualifying was led by Josh Muggleton, following on his excellent form at Phillip Island to take back-to-back pole positions, with Justin Ruggier once again joining him on the front row. Richard Hamstead and Madison Down would start from the second row with the Leighs  — as in Leigh Day (P5) and Leigh Ellis (P6) — locking-out the third row. Tobias Czerny led the internationals in seventh with James McKnight joining him on Row Four as Shaun Kelly and Wayne C Bourke rounded out the top 10. [...]

The Brickyard Dominator

by Jordan Hightower on June 25th, 2013

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Week 8 Indianapolis P1

The eighth week of the NASCAR iRacing Class C Fixed Series takes the sim racers to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 20 circuits around the famed speedway. Over 2,000 eager racers watched the green flag fall for at least one race during the week, but after seven days of fun sim racing, one driver left IMS as the top dog. Bobby Hackel (New York) drove his No. 3 Silverado into Indianapolis’ famed victory lane during the week’s top Strength of Field event. Hackel started from the pole position and never looked back as he paced the field for all 20 laps of the event, besting V8 Supercar veteran Shane van Gisbergen (Australia/NZ) by 0.172 seconds. Frequent front runner Jason Jacoby (Georgia) took home the third position after starting from the same [...]

Down Dominates at the Island

by Dylan Sharman on April 5th, 2013

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Down drove to a flag-to-flag win to regain take the V8 points lead.

Round Nine of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series headed back to Australia and Phillip Island to start the run home with the series now into the final month of racing and into the drop rounds. Justin Ruggier took over the championship lead last round with Madison Down now in second place.  Joshua Muggleton has been absent the past week and will not race in this round either so he has fallen back into fourth behind Vail Riches but is not out of the championship picture. Qualifying was led by the five time champion Down, who took pole position after being the only sim-racer to break into the 90 second bracket with a blazing 1:30.979. Ruggier would start from position two with a 1:31.044 while Riches and Brad Ryan were .020s [...]

Van Gisbergen, McCumbee Top iPROC

by David Phillips on December 13th, 2012

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Van Gisbergen nipped Stanaway for an "all New Zealand" finish to the Watkins Glen round of iPROC II.

Shane Van Gisbergen and Chad McCumbee each won a pole position and a race, and they each finished third in the other race, but Van Gisbergen won the third tie-breaker and was crowned the winner of the second annual iRacing Pro Race of Champions. McCumbee (NASCAR CWTS) dominated the opening round of the Chevy Silverado event at Iowa Speedway, besting Kyle Larson (NASCAR K&N) for the pole, then leading the 25 lap online race from start to finish. “I knew qualifying was going to be important,” said McCumbee.  “I’d run a few races beforehand and knew how hard it is to get through traffic.  So I practiced doing qualifying runs and it worked out well.  I got a good start and was able to stay up front the whole way.” [...]

iRacing Pro Race of Champions II Tonight!

by Kevin Bobbitt on December 4th, 2012

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Scott Speed and Brandon Davis pace the field to the start of last year's iRacing.com Pro Race of Champions.

International Cast of Pro Racers to Battle Online at Iowa and Watkins Glen A remarkably diverse collection of international racing talent is set to compete online in the second annual iRacing.com Pro Race of Champions on December 12. Drivers with resumes from NASCAR, IndyCar, GRAND-AM, ALMS, V8 Supercars, NHRA and even Formula One will square-off in a pair of online races broadcast live staring tonight at 8 pm Eastern (01:00 GMT Thursday) on www.iRacing.com. Drivers expected to compete in the event include 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski along with Dale Earnhardt, Jr and Scott Speed, GRAND-AM champion Alex Gurney, ALMS champion Joey Hand, IZOD IndyCar Series favorites Tomas Scheckter and Indy 500 pole-winner Bruno Junqueira, ex-Formula One driver/Champ Car champion Cristiano da Matta, NHRA Funny Car star Ron [...]

Second iRacing Pro Race of Champions Set for December 12

by Kevin Bobbitt on October 9th, 2012

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Brandon Davis and Scott Speed lead the field to the start of last year's iRacing.com Pro Race of Champions.

Real World Pros Meet in the Virtual World for a Rematch An impressive line-up of the world’s top professional race drivers will square-off in the second annual iRacing.com Pro Race of Champions on Wednesday, December 12.  Drivers who are expected to compete in the online racing event include NASCAR Sprint Cup stars Dale Earnhardt, Jr, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, GRAND-AM  champion Alex Gurney,  Indy 500 pole-winner Bruno Junqueira, ex-Formula One driver/Champ Car champion Cristiano da Matta, NHRA Funny Car star Ron Capps and GP3 competitor Conor Daly, along with NASCAR K&N Series driver Brandon Davis and V8 Supercar Series standout Shane van Gisbergen, who finished one-two in last year’s event. “I had a blast last year,” says Capps, “so when iRacing invited me this year, I signed-up right away.  [...]

V8 Championship Battle Closes up at Oulton Park

by Ben Rothberg and Dylan Sharman on September 14th, 2012

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Down leads Ruggier and the rest into Old Hall at the start.

Round Six of the iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series Presented by BigPond headed to Oulton Park in the UK.  After last week’s win at Mid Ohio the momentum was definitely in the hands of ANZ Motorsports and Justin Ruggier but the early online race saw Madison Down take the victory over Ruggier.  In qualifying it was Down who took pole position for the main race over Ruggier with a 1:36.683, with Shane van Gisbergen starting third just ahead of Mitchell McLeod and John Emerson. Curtis Chippeway took sixth on the grid with Scott McLaughlin, Shaun Kelly, Brad Ryan and Cal Whatmore rounding-out your top 10 starters. Down got the jump on Ruggier at the start to lead the 23 car field through Old Hall down the Avenue to Cascades.  McLaughlin got [...]

Ruggier Claims Maiden V8 Supercar Main Race Win

by Ben Rothberg and Dylan Sharman on September 7th, 2012

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Kotovaara in the grass through Turn Four while Down regains second place.

Round Five of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series presented by BigPond went back to the United States.  The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a challenging 3.6km track would be the home for the drivers and teams this week. No fuel-saving or pit stops where required for the teams this week, so it would be a straight run from start to finish. It was an intense qualifying session and it came down to the final lap of the week. On his final lap, ANZ Motorsports driver Justin Ruggier knocked-off team mate Shane van Gisbergen with Madison Down following suit on his last lap to gain the front row and relegate van Gisbergen to Row Two.  After all the dust settled it was Ruggier on pole position with a lap of 1:24.053 while [...]

V8s Heat-Up Down Under at the Island

by Ben Rothberg & Dylan Sharman on September 2nd, 2012

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V8s on home turf at Phillip Island - could it get any better?

Round Four of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series presented by Big Pond found the teams and drivers traveling back home to Phillip Island for the first endurance event of the season. Richard Hamstead and the whole of the DCM team would sit-out this round, allowing ANZ and TTR to battle it out with TTL, Lazy Man Racing and also CST Ajira Racing in the mix as well. For the first time this season we wouldn’t see Madison Down on the front row. Instead, we witnessed a case of ANZ Motorsport domination with Shane Van Gisbergen taking the pole with a 1:31.936 ahead of team mate Justin Ruggier (1:31.978) while Scott McLaughlin would start third.  Down was down in an unaccustomed in fourth spot on the grid, with Vail Riches starting [...]

Hamstead Back With Infineon Win

August 23rd, 2012

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Whatmore and Chastain have a coming-together in the last turn.

Round three of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series presented by BigPond stayed in America featured a track which the V8 sim-racers haven’t visited for a while, namely Sonoma. The challenging 3.2km track would test the drivers in ways which really haven’t come into play much this season, including tire management over the course of the 25 lap online race. For the third week in a row Madison Down grabbed the pole position, posting a fast lap of 1:14.021.  Richard Hamstead rebounded from last week’s dramas in impressive fashion, winning the early race over Down and once again starting out of second in the “feature” with a lap of 1:14.193.  Mitchell McLeod another tatts.com driver started third (1:14.252) ahead of Scott McLaughlin, who grabbed fourth in the last qualifying session with [...]

McLaughlin Wins Action-Packed V8 Race at The Glen

by Ben Rothberg and Dylan Sharman on August 16th, 2012

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Three wide through the Esses as Wood goes from sixth to second.

Round Two of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series presented by BigPond stayed in America but went to one of the most popular tracks within the iRacing service: Watkins Glen. The drivers would tackle The Glen’s “Cup” layout which has eight turns along its 3.94 km (2.45 mile) length. Madison Down made it two for two for 2, taking his second pole position of Season 2 for the main race with another amazing lap of a 1:11.386, with Richard Hamstead two and half second back to join him on the front row.  Shane van Gisbergen and Scott McLaughlin comprised an all-pro second row with Scott Fountain pulling an amazing lap in the last qualifying session to start fifth for the online race. Hamstead got the jump on Down at the green, [...]

Ruggier Wins DCM Race of Champions

by Dylan Sharman on August 6th, 2012

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Down leaps the kerb en route to victory at Infineon.

The Direct Clutch Services Race of Champions was a two night event, featuring four cars (Skip Barber F2000, Ford Mustang FR500S, Riley MkXX Daytona Prototype and the Chevy Monte Carlo Late Model) on four different tracks (Infineon, Phillip Island, Twin Ring Motegi and Homestead-Miami Speedway). Race One was Sunday night featuring the Mustang at Homestead-Miami Road Course B.  Shane van Gisbergen took pole position over Joshua Muggleton while Justin Ruggier would start on the inside of Row Two alongside of a Terry Nightingale Jr who was destined to suffer multiple Internet problems, with Kris Tarrant starting fifth. Van Gisbergen took the win over Ruggier with Muggleton and Tarrant having the best battle of the online race, at one stage spending at least half a lap if not more side by [...]

Down Claims Title #4 as van Gisbergen Wins Finale

by Ben Rothberg & Dylan Sharman on July 27th, 2012

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Down arcs through Paddock Bend en route to a championship-winning fourth place.

Round 12 and the season finale of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series presented by BigPond was held in England at a 4.2km roller coaster of a race track known as Brands Hatch.  Madison Down had all but secured the online racing championship heading into this round and with ANZ Motorsport securing the team championship in the first race of the week, the remaining events were a show for the feature. Shane van Gisbergen snatched pole position from team mate Justin Ruggier with a 1:26.846 as Down posted third fastest time with Scott McLaughlin and Richard Hamstead starting out of fourth and fifth for the main race. Van Gisbergen got the jump on everyone into Paddock Bend while Ruggier fell in behind his team mate with Down trying hard to pass.  [...]

Van Gisbergen Tops V8 Supercar Field in Belgium

by Ben Rothberg & Dylan Sharman on June 29th, 2012

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Ruggier chases down Riches against the majestic backdrop of the Ardennes.

Round Eight of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series presented by BigPond visited one of the world’s most famous tracks: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps – aka Spa.  Located in Belgium’s Ardennes Mountains, Spa is 7km in length with a total of 20 turns. After missing the last round owing to Internet trouble, Madison Down celebrated his return to the series by topping the qualifying charts.  Down put the TT-R Ford Falcon on pole with a lap of 2:23.234 with ANZ Motorsports sim-racer Shane van Gisbergen the only other driver near Down with a 2:23.261.  TT-R and ANZ locked-out the second row of the grid as well with Joshua Muggleton qualifying a tenth quicker than Justin Ruggier, these being the only four drivers under the 2.24 mark with Vail Riches rounding-out the top [...]