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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.

Mission: Mercer

by Justin Sutton on April 14th, 2014

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Rabsztyn heavy on the curb.

Three races remaining.  45 points separating Marc Mercer from Blake Townend.  253 corners from lights-out to checkered flag.  Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, Australia could be the place where Mercer clinches the championship.  With his current lead all he needs to do is outscore Townend by six points, and not get outscored by Wojciech Swirydowicz, to put the nail in the coffin since those two are the only other competitors with a mathematical chance of winning still. In qualifying Swirydowicz grabbed pole with a 2:30.321 ahead of Mercer, Townend, Wojciech Rabsztyn, and Sebastian Job.  As the cars lined up and started to rev there was an immediately visible gap in the grid where Townend’s black and red F2000 should have been, and as the lights turned green it became painfully [...]

Gernot Fritsche Wins at VIR, Expands Lotus 79 Championship Lead

by Marc Dorval on April 2nd, 2014

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The ninth week of the 2014 Season 1 Classic Lotus Grand Prix iRacing Series was held at the beautiful and terrifying Virginia International Raceway this past Sunday. Terrifying? Consider that only 23 drivers elected to take part (of whom 19 are regular CTC members), and that only four warm-up races were able to get adequate participation. Many drivers worried about their Safety Ratings, reputation damage, and overall embarrassment on this fast, tricky, and dangerous track. Matt Pawelski of RAM Viceroy won three of the four warm-up races. Family issues prevented him from sitting on the grid on Sunday, however. Essex Lotus’ Gernot Fritsche won the fourth warm-up race this week. Ligier Gitanes’ Andrea Ventura won pole position at the starting line with an excellent time of 1:37.913, while Fritsche’s 1:38.042 [...]

New Leader for Brazil’s “Masters of Track”

by Thiago Izequiel on March 25th, 2014

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The very popular Brazilian championship had a big field again: 27 cars.

The RUF championship of iRacing Brasil Masters of Track ran its sixth race and now has only four more to go until the ultimate winner is nominated. Bruno do Carmo has been the one to watch for the first half of this series, but can he keep his domain until the end? Diego Rancaño, a driver from Club Iberia had fought against this fact and won two times, against three wins for Bruno, but a new challenger came up: Thiago Almeida is now the newest driver to get at the winner’s hall. Having competed at all races, Thiago always took his RUF to the limit but didn’t have good luck when he could fight for the lead. Watkins Glen came with new winds blowing in his favor, while Diego and [...]

Richmond Fight to Hill

by Brian Tate on March 24th, 2014

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Kusheba Retains Control of Championship A visit to the Richmond International Raceway kicked-off the second half of the PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series.  The historic 3/4-mile oval located provides some of the best-short track action on iRacing and Week Seven visit did not disappoint, as Tyler Hill racked-up 211 points to put his name in the hat of championship contenders. Hill earned his win in Wednesday night’s 3335 SOF (Strength of Field) race, albeit by less than a second win over Jordan Werth and series points leader, Paul Kusheba.  Hill started on the outside of Kusheba in the 50-lap feature event of the week and was able to snag the lead on Lap 21 bringing Werth along with him in second.  Hill finished the remaining 29 laps by holding-off [...]

Hudson, Kusheba Take Control in Vegas

by Tom O'Leary on March 13th, 2014

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It was Hekkens v Langley and Ford v Chevy at LVMS.

NASCAR iRacing Series Round 3: Las Vegas Motor Speedway The ‘Diamond in the Desert’ hosted Week 3 of the 2014 NASCAR iRacing Series. The 1.5 mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway was the location for both the Fixed and Open setup online races this week, with just over 1500 sim-racers trying to prove they could be the best of the rest and score some valuable points against their competitors in the crucial opening part of this season. The opening race of the Fixed setup action was the ideal place to be with the highest SoF race of the week (4946), as Paul Kusheba nailed the first win of the week with a nail-biting finish to clinch top points of the week (317). Kusheba edged-out Matt Bussa by .048s, one of the [...]

Down Wins Bathurst Thriller

by Clayton Brooks on March 13th, 2014

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A battle-scarred Down pushes Broekman across The Mountain.

The iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series took to its spiritual home of Mt Panorama Bathurst for Round Six of 2014 Season 1. Continuing his streak of six pole positions was Madison Down, as the TT-R sim-racer was the only driver to get into the 2:05s. Second on the grid went to Rens Broekman with Row Two filled by Mitch McLeod and Leigh Ellis. Behind them George Maris would start from P5 with Beau Cattell holding down sixth spot ahead of Ian Ford with Tobias Czerny starting along side in eighth making for an all-Powerbond Row Four. Matthew Hill placed ninth on the gird with Kurt Stenburg starting from 10th position. It didn’t take long until Bathurst claimed its first victim for the night, as Schreyer spun at Hell Corner on the [...]

Down Goes Two for Two

by Clayton Brooks on February 17th, 2014

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V8s Brands Hatch Druids crash

iRacing.com’s official V8 Supercar Series headed to Brands Hatch in England for the second round of 2014 Season 1 and a 38 lap race. Qualifying was tight but for the second time this season it was Madison Down taking the pole position being the only sim-racer to dip into the 1:25′s. Teammate Josh Muggelton placed his Tatts.com Falcon in the second position to make it a TTR front row lock-out. Occupying the Row Two were Justin Ruggier and Jon Emerson while Rens Broekman and George Maris filled the 3rd row for the start. Chad Chastain did enough to secure P7 on the grid with Leigh Ellis griding next to him, while ANZ Motorsports monopolized Row Five with Leigh Day and Beau Cattell rounding-out the top ten qualifiers. When the lights [...]

Bucheim on Top of Radical Challenge

by Katier Scott on February 17th, 2014

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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 [...]

Driving with Both Eyes

by Michael Grisinger on February 15th, 2014

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racing games

Every sim-racer, as well as everyone who’s raced live knows that racing is a matter of details.  A heartbeat’s time can be the difference between a brilliant move and utter disaster. So, both in live racing and on the computer, people seek an edge.  Sim-racers can debate endlessly about the benefits of better CPUs and GPUs, pedals, wheels, setups and settings, cockpits and triple-screen setups.  Yet, most sim-drivers put all that technology to use driving flat screens; we drive around a three-dimensional track and race three-dimensional foes through a two-dimensional window. It’s possible to break through and truly see the track and the other cars as iRacing designed them (or your other favorite sim) in their proper perspective, in 3d. Just a Gimmick? So, the astute critic asks?  Nobody doubts [...]

Long Division

by Joseph Maples on February 9th, 2014

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Giannini captured the 2013 S4 NASCAR iRacing Class B Series D4 title.

As a member who generally races in Division 4, I sometimes feel all the news and stories we see focus on DWC and Pro drivers, along with the occasional Division 1 sim-racer.  So I thought it would be great thing to do a Q&A with some of the top drivers for the past season in Division 4 and “lower.” I am here with Tom Giannini, an upcoming star who won the Division 4 title in the iRacing.com NASCAR Class B (Fixed setup) Series for 2013 Season 4 2013.  Tom scored three wins and 37 top fives in 138 online races last season to come out on top of Kristopher Perryman (MidSouth) and David Baker4 (California) to take the D4 crown. Thanks to last season’s results Giannini has advanced to Division [...]

Super Late Model is . . . Super

by Jesse Thompson on January 29th, 2014

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On Monday, iRacing released a new build that included what is possibly the greatest car they have ever developed. The Super Late Model has been long anticipated and it seems to be so popular that the service had to go into maintenance mode multiple times over the past 36 hours. But enough about that . . . Let’s talk about the car itself. First off, Wow! What a monster – and I mean that in a good way. This thing picks up like no tomorrow, and don’t worry about over driving it into the corner because this car will stick like glue. Coming up off the corner can be a challenge because when you get on the gas, you can feel it. The key is to feather the throttle until [...]

Design & Build Your Own Sim-Rig

by Benjamin Nile on January 27th, 2014

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Design & Build Your Own Sim-Rig

In the weeks ahead iRacingNews will carry a series of stories by iRacer Ben Nile on the design and construction of your own sim-rig.  The first installment focuses on some of the preliminary steps, not least of which is deciding where the sim-rig will be located and the materials to used in its construction -Ed. Every sim-racer in the world wants the most realistic experience possible. For some the realism comes from the racing itself, for others it’s the physics of how it feels, still others focus on how it looks. For a select few, it’s where they are sitting at home. I would guess that about 70% of sim-racers either use an office chair, or some other random chair from around their house. Yes, it may be hard on [...]

Hammer Time in Brazil

by Dylan Sharman on December 9th, 2013

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With Muggo otherwise "occupied," Hamstead cruised to his first win of the season.

The iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series went to the world famous Autódromo José Carlos Pace (also known as “Interlagos”) for Round 5.  While championship leader Josh Muggleton had the week off after getting married on the Saturday it opened-up the opportunity for another sim-racer else to take a win. Qualifying was led by the TTL Racing Team with Richard Hamstead taking pole position with a 1:34.128 with team mate John Emerson alongside on a 1:34.199.  Madison Down would start on the second row while Brad Ryan and Dean O’Brien rounded-out the top five ahead of Vail Riches, Jon Latham, Michael Fabian, Shaun Kelly and Matthew Hill. When the lights went green it was Hamstead getting the jump on Emerson and Down.  To cut to the chase, Hamstead cruised to a four [...]

Muggleton’s Perfect Month

by Dylan Sharman on December 2nd, 2013

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2013 S4 V8 Phillip Island Muggleton

The iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series came home to Phillip Island for Round 4 of Season 4 with Josh Muggleton having dominated the first three weeks of the season and on the verge of making it a perfect month of November. Shaun Kelly in his new team for Season 4 got his first pole position with a blistering lap of 1:30.475 with TT-R team mates Muggleton and Madison Down right behind.  Rens Broekman and Richard Hamstead rounded out the top five. TTL and TT-R filled out the positions from six to eleven with TTL drivers Brad Ryan, Matthew Hill, John Emerson and Vail Riches P6-9, followed by TT-R’s Leigh Ellis and Tony Autridge. When the lights went green it was Muggleton with a great start with Down slotting-in to second as [...]

Berg Takes the Long Way to Lanier Win

by Stan Bragg on November 26th, 2013

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Myers and Berg got together on the penultimate lap, paving the way to victory for Berg and dropping Myers to P4.

The NASCAR iRacing.com Late Model Series visited Lanier Speedway for the fourth week of 2013 Season 4.  Nestled across the highway from Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, Lanier closed its doors in 2011 but – thanks to iRacing.com — lives on in the virtual racing world.  This week’s feature race, coming in strong with the Strength of Field of 2582, saw action that most will remember from any Saturday night showdown.  These sim-racers put it all on the line to produce a show not many have seen in the Late Model series. It was a family front row with Scott Howell on the pole and Ricky Howell Jr. starting on the outside.  Scott took the lead at the start with the opportunistic Paul Kudlick (P2) and Matthew Hicks2 (P3) moving [...]

Stergios, Bernardi Top iRacing.com Grand Prix of Brazil

by David Phillips on November 25th, 2013

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Jake Stergios and Ariel Eduardo Bernardi came out on top of the more than 300 iRacers to participate in last weekend’s iRacing.com Grand Prix of Brazil.  The final event on the 2013 World Tour of iRacing, the Brazilian GP pitted iRacers of all license levels together in their Williams-Toyota FW31s for 71 laps on the virtual Autódromo José Carlos Pace (aka Interlagos) on the same weekend that Sebastian Vettel won the FIA Grand Prix of Brazil and joined the legendary Alberto Ascari as the only driver to win nine straight F1 races. New England’s Stergios kicked-off the weekend in impressive style on Friday, taking the lead from Tommy Nilsson on Lap 27 and then sprinting to an 11.731s win over the Scandinavian.  Michele Mancusi (Italy) came home third ahead of [...]

History Comes Alive at Brands Hatch

by Nuno Moreira on November 21st, 2013

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Moreira jumped to an early lead and was never headed.

Round 3 of the iRacing.com Classic Lotus Grand Prix series left its mark at the legendary Brands Hatch circuit.  With 30 drivers signing-up for Sunday’s GP, the two 15 fields of Lotus 79s made F1 history come alive during 38 laps of online racing. In the top split, the “usual suspects” (Nuno Moreira, Gernot Fritsche, George Lambert and Tapani Linnaluato) made an early escape from Lap One. A first lap “off” saw an equally quick Michel Dudognon swallowed-up by the field and thrown to the back. The French sim-racer fought all the way up to the gearbox of fourth-placed Tapani Linnaluoto, passing virtually the entire field in the process. Linnaluoto lost an almost certain third place when he let his Ligier escape to the grass, attacking fiercely at Paddock Hill [...]

Muggleton Makes it a Double

by Dylan Sharman on November 15th, 2013

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It's two for two as Muggleton leads Down en route to his second win of the season.

The iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series headed back Down Under to visit Oran Park Raceway for Round Two of 2013 Season 4.  With Josh Muggleton coming away with a victory from Japan and also the defending champion, everyone knew he was the man to beat. Muggleton’s fine form continued as he not only grabbed the pole, he led the race from start to finish to complete his season-opening double!   Once again he edged-out teammate Madison Down (and Race to Reality winner) for the pole and while Down was glued to Muggleton’s bumper all race long, he but couldn’t find a way through. The Tatts.com Racing team continued to dominate the field while the TTL Racing Team secured the remaining top six positions  with Richard Hamstead rounding-out the podium and Vail Riches [...]

Linnaluoto and Moreira Take CTC Openers

by Nuno Moreira on November 15th, 2013

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Moriera leads Fritsche and Levesque as the field snakes through Silverstone's Becketts complex.

Round 1: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps After a thrilling end to 2013 Season 3, the Classic Lotus Grand Prix series moved to Spa for Round 1 of Season 4.  Sunday’s Grand Prix (16.30 GMT), with a SOF of 3626 and 38 entries, saw an epic battle between Tapani Linnaluoto and the strong returning Canadian sim-racer, William Levesque, both crossing the line with less than a second difference. Michel Dudognon finished a strong third overall, just ahead of reigning champion Gernot Fritsche. George Lambert, Dror Mizrahi and Robert Podgorny closed the top eight in the Ardennes Forest.  On the second split, Sam Boren, Pim Lagaay and Matej Sagmeister got the top three of another exciting race that only Spa is capable of offering. The first week started with strong participation, with a total [...]

Uusi-Jaakkola’s Perfect Start

by Chris Hall on November 14th, 2013

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Uusi-Jaakkola showed a clean pair of heels to the field at Spa and The Glen.  He goes for a iRPS three-fer this weekend at Interlagos.

This weekend the 2013 iRacing.com Road Pro Series heads to the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, better known as Interlagos, for the third round of the schedule. The 10 race season will decide who will join the current crop of iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series drivers to compete for cash prizes totalling more than $18,000 in the 2014 iWCGPS. In the previous round at the virtual Watkins Glen, Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola secured his second win of the series, giving him maximum points for the season so far. Starting from pole-position, Uusi-Jaakkola led the opening nine laps of the race around the Classic Boot circuit until Jorn Jens worked his way past. Jens had started in seventh position with a low fuel strategy, and clawed his way up the order to take the [...]