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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.
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing 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.

  • 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.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • 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.

Traino Trumps Michigan

by Seth Eggert on April 1st, 2015

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For Season 2 of 2015, the iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series and the IndyCar Road Series have joined together to create a combined series with six oval weeks and six road weeks, with the series alternating week-to week. Week One of the new 2015 Season 2 iRacing.com IndyCar Combined Series sent the series Michigan International Speedway. A total of 249 sim-racers took to the track in the Irish Hills throughout the week that saw aero-push, cautions, lapped traffic, relative newcomers, pit strategy, and tire wear emerge as the storylines. Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) started on pole with Connor Cross (Ohio) on his outside. Matt Pawelski (Pennsylvania) occupied the second row Terry Matthiensen (California) while Brandon Traino (New Jersey) rounded-out the top five starting positions. The inside line had an excellent start as [...]

Burnin’ Rubber and Money

by Dylan Schmidt on March 4th, 2015

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Week 2 – Atlanta After last week’s 11th place finish at Daytona, I sat down and did some projections in the budget.  With my $5 million loan from the bank, compounding at 2% interest per week, we would have to finish in the top five every week in order to stay on track with the loan repayment.  That doesn’t really leave any room for paying for new cars if we need them.  And honestly, what are the chances that we will finish that well?  Not good!  So, the smart thing is to pay off at least half of that loan right now, while there is still money in the bank.  That will take the interest payments down to a manageable amount, and leave us enough money to operate for at [...]

The Most Famous Beach in Racing

by Dylan Kapisky on February 11th, 2015

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The 2015 NASCAR iRacing Series gets underway with the Daytona 500 the week of February 19.

In Daytona Beach, Florida lies one of the most historic sites in racing, Daytona International Speedway. In roughly one week, hundreds of sim racers will take to a digital recreation of this historic track for iRacing.com’s Daytona 500 in the NASCAR iRacing Series – Open and Fixed setups.  Daytona is home to the most prestigious race on the NASCAR circuit, and has a rich history of great racing. What makes this race so special? Founding and Construction: For many years, racing in Daytona Beach meant racing on the Daytona Beach and Road Course, a 3.2 mile (until the late 1940s, where it was extended to 4.2) beach-road combination track. This was until NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. (aka “Big Bill”) envisioned a large paved super-speedway, with incredible banking to maximize [...]

Barr Masters Montreal

by Cam Stark on February 4th, 2015

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Barr made quick work of Grasser to take the lead

Week 7 of the iRacing Star Mazda championship took place at the famous Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and, with the likes of Kerry Knowlden and Riku Alatalo absent, it really could have been anyone’s race. The 4.361km circuit had a grueling 18 laps awaiting the 16 drivers who lined-up on the grid. With walls only inches away from the racing surface, anyone’s race could be ended in an instant. The infamous “Wall Of Champions” – which has collected many great Formula 1 drivers over the years – beckoned to these sim racers every lap and could be the obstacle between them being victorious, or watching from the side-lines. Mansuet Grasser (DE-AT-CH) began the race on pole position, after setting a qualifying time of a 1.32.150 – only .39s ahead of James [...]

ineX Masters Master of Endurance 24 Hours of Spa

by Michael Booth on January 28th, 2015

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Masters of Endurance reached the midway point of its 2014/15 season at the 24 hours of Spa-Francorchamps. The iconic Belgian circuit played host to round 3 on January 10 and 11th, the 8th annual 24 hour race held by Masters of Endurance since 2006. New teams from iRacing communities in France, Portugal and Turkey – as well as second cars from current teams – featured on the grid. 59 teams of between three and six drivers took the green flag, with a total of 250 sim racers competing in the event. Championship leaders Team Redline started with a 15 point advantage over ineX Racing Red in the standings. Double points were on offer to all finishers, making this a crucial race in the hunt for the series title. The teams [...]

iRacing 24 Hours of Daytona

by David Phillips on January 23rd, 2015

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The iRacing 24 Hours of Daytona is scheduled to get underway at 13:00 GMT (8am EST) on January 31.  The opening round of the 2015 Road Warrior Series, the race will utilize the driver swap/team feature that enables two or more sim racers to drive the same car and/or assume various roles such as spotter, crew chief and team manager. The event will be a multi-class race for prototypes (HPD-ARX01C) and GT3 (BMW Z4, Ford GT, McLaren MP4-12C and RUF Track) and is open to all iRacers with a road license level of D 4.0 or higher. The top split will be broadcast by RaceSpot as part of its coverage of Road Warriors Series endurance events that will also include the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Bathurst 1000. More [...]

NEO Endurance and Sim Racers Support MSF

by Niel Hekkens on January 15th, 2015

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Through the NEO Endurance Series sim racers are contributing to safety of real world race tracks.

At the start of the season NEO Endurance announced a partnership with the Motorsport Safety Foundation (MSF). And now NEO is proud to announce the details of how we are supporting MSF and its mission to improve the safety standards on race tracks. What will NEO do? Every time teams want to change their driver line-up during the season, they need to pay a fee of $5.  NEO will donate this money to MSF at the end of the season, along with an additional donation from NEO Endurance itself.  By Round Two of the series there had already been eight new drivers added to various teams (for a total of $40). NEO could use this money for future events, but now this money will be donated to MSF. We will [...]

Berry Wins Dover with Bump-and-Run

by Jason Lofing on January 7th, 2015

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Vincent has a front row seat as Berry uses the "bump 'n run" to snatch the win from Schoenberg's grasp.

As the laps wound down at Dover International Speedway, it looked as if Josh Berry’s drive from the back of the field would come up just short. Berry, however, would not be denied his first NASCAR iRacing Pro Series victory of the season. With three laps remaining, he trailed leader Brian Schoenburg by a car length when Schoenburg lost momentum in lapped traffic enabling Berry to get to the lead car’s bumper.  Berry duly gave the #55 car a bump which sent Schoenburg up the track, allowing Berry to take the lead and the victory as Schoenburg lost too much time in his slide to have any hope of reclaiming the lead. Schoenburg held on for the runner-up spot, but it would be an understatement to say a feeling of [...]

Champion Motorsports Driver Development Program

by David Anderson on January 5th, 2015

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Champion Motorsports is pleased to present our Driver Development Program using iRacing.com, the Mazda MX-5 car set and core content with iRacing. This program is designed to promote learning, collaboration, and teach various aspects of motorsports racing fundamentals. We believe these skills learned will not only apply to helping drivers become great sim racers, but also cross over into the real world. Whether you are interested in being in autocross, HPDE, club racing, pro racing or just having fun online this program is for you. All skill levels from beginner to advanced are welcome: The focus is purely on learning and becoming better as a group in a no pressure environment. This is not a point series, it’s a series of events to have fun and learn. Who is Champion [...]

Fun Factor

by Martti Pietilä on December 23rd, 2014

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After my previous blog about my loss of performance midway through the last WCS season I received a massive amount of questions (final amount: three) asking what actually was the thing that was causing the troubles I had. Well, in the end it was my brake pedal which wasn’t working too well. The degradation of performance was so subtle that I didn’t have a clue of what it was, nor was I able to find it from data logging. To be a bit more precise, when slowly decreasing the brake pressure, the actual braking force would not decrease in the same manner, but instead, in bigger “jumps,” thus giving me a lot of issues in maintaining enough braking force without locking-up the wheels. The issue was most apparent after the [...]

Via Victorious in Radical Racing Challenge

by Katier Scott on December 11th, 2014

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Jairo Via took the 2014 Season 4 Radical Racing Challenge title by a huge margin of 120 points from his nearest rival, DE-AT-CH’s Markus Papenbrock. Papenbrock recovered strongly from a poor first round, to clamber up to a strong second place finish but was unable to challenge for the lead. After five of six rounds Ian Card held that second place from Quentin Kint and Mikko Harju. The DE-AT-CH driver, however, was showing his intent, having climbed-up seven places to fifth overall. He wasn’t the only one making late season gains as Gerd Hoefferer (eight places), Johnny Miranda (seven) and AJ Lamberti (12) all made good top 20 gains, while Johannes Hesterman dropped three spots to seventh despite a decent week, and Ricardo Inacio tumbled to 13th after a poor [...]

Via Extends Radicals Lead at Challenging Donington

by Katier Scott on December 1st, 2014

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England’s classic Donington Park played host to a challenging fourth round of this truncated iRacing Radical Challenge. With two rounds left to play, Jairo Via extended his championship lead and now has a massive 106 point advantage over Ian Card after taking advantage of surprisingly high SOF races on Monday night. For the second straight week the Iberian sim racer scored over 180 points, 38 more than Card, his nearest rival. Card scored a strong 150 points, however, and moved into a strong second place in the championship, while Quentin Kint took third overall with a 135 point finish at Donington. Further down Markus Papenbrock gained a strong five places to move to seventh overall after another solid week of sim racing. The DE-AT-CH driver had a poor first week [...]

Via Leads Radical Challenge

by Katier Scott on November 24th, 2014

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15 races and 89 drivers materialized in the iRacing Radical Racing Challenge’s visit to Road America for Week 3 of the season. Coming out top of the week was Jairo Via whose superb effort netted him 186 points and moved him up one place to the head of the table.  Correspondingly, Richardo Inacio dropped a spot to second, despite a strong week, while Ian Card advanced from P4 to third with a season’s best week of 134 points. Overall a dozen sim racers took a win during the week with Gerd Hoefferer, Markus Papenbrock and Ian Card all taking multiple wins, the first two taking their pair from a brace of races for 100% hit rates. They also both made noticeable improvements in the overall championship as Papenbrock’s 135 points [...]

Gress Tops SK Mods at Concord

by Stan Bragg Jr on November 20th, 2014

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2014 S4 SK Mod Concord Gress taking the victory

Week 3 of the NASCAR iRacing.com SK Modified Series, brought the sim-racers to Concord Speedway.  At just ½ mile and with varying degrees of corner banking and only three corners, setting-up for North Carolina’s version of the Tricky Triangle can challenge even some of the best iRacers.  Many struggle to find the handling through Turns 1 and 3 but keep the momentum up through Turn 2 without getting the right rear too hot. Buddy DAlessandro would share the front row with Stephan Arsenault for the 50 lap feature race. . . momentarily at least.  Shortly after the green flag dropped, DAlessendro cleared Arsenault going into Turn 1.  Arsenault slotted into second while the remainder of the top five sorted itself out with Russel Ieler moving up to P3.  Behind him, [...]

Vincent Dominant in Homestead Win

by Jason Lofing on November 19th, 2014

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Vincent spent all but ? of ? laps out front at Homestead en route to a dominant win.

Corey Vincent redeemed himself from the disappointment of two weeks ago at Texas by putting-on a dominating performance at Homestead-Miami Speedway to earn his first career NASCAR iRacing Pro Series win. Vincent started on pole and was untouchable in clear air, leading 116 of 134 laps. Justin Trombley finished second for his second top five of the season. Andrew Fayash was third thanks to some crafty fuel strategy despite starting way down in forty-first position and getting lapped on the first run of the race. Casey Tucker and Kevin King rounded out the top five. The race began with a bang when Ashely Miller spun his tires and collected Steven Gilbert but, curiously, no caution was thrown even though Gilbert spun and other cars were damaged in the stack-up. One [...]

There’s No Stopping the Draft – and Gelly-Rufat

by Cam Stark on November 18th, 2014

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Gelly-Rufat was the only one to gain a place in the final turn, ultimately taking the 3.4K SOF win.

The legendary Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps welcomed the Star Mazdas for Week 3 of their championship, but it would also welcome the highest SOF of the season so far. Spa is renowned for being one of the most challenging circuits in the world, but that certainly didn’t put off drivers from participating in races for this week. The 12 lap distance meant these would be long races, and anything could happen. With draft being a huge factor here, position changes were going to be frequent and ultimately the winner of the race could have quite honestly been a surprise. The weather this week enabled drivers’ tires to get to temperature quicker than previous weeks; the cars would be more responsive earlier-on in to the race and enable drivers to push the [...]

NES GTC Class Preview

by Niel Hekkens on November 14th, 2014

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The start of the NEO Endurance Series is close at hand and what better way to start it all of than with a quick preview by looking through the field. In this series of three articles we will take a closer look to the teams in each class. The first class in the spotlight is the Grand Touring Challenge (GTC) class. In this class all teams use the RUF RT12R Cup C-Spec car. Unlike the other classes, each team must have an AM (amateur)  driver in each race and that driver needs to meet the minimum driving time. This AM driver must have an iRating between 2000 and 3100 at the start of the first event. Apex Racing UK (#73) With the addition of pro license sim racer Antoine Higelin, [...]

Motorsport Safety Foundation and NEO Team-Up

by Niel Hekkens on November 3rd, 2014

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NEO Endurance is proud to announce the Motorsport Safety Foundation as a partner for the first season of the NEO Endurance Series, an series including five 6 hour sim races running from November to March.  The Foundation and NEO are teaming-up to raise awareness for safety in motorsport and the need to raise the sport’s safety standards. The Motorsport Safety Foundation (MSF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improve safety standards in motorsport. The organization is founded by semi-professional driver Henrique Cisneros. Other names on the board of directors are Beaux Barfield, the new race director of IMSA, and Dr. Jim Norman. MSF wants to unite the racing communities and work together to improve the safety standards in all forms of motorsport. NEO Endurance is for sim racers, by sim [...]

Road Warriors Feast at Brands Hatch

by Andrew Pinkerton on October 31st, 2014

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Like its Formula Ford Festival namesake, the Road Warriors' Formula Festival featured fierce competition.  Here Lammi grabs the Star Mazda class lead amid the carnage at Paddock Hill bend.

With the inaugural iRacing Road Warrior Series heading to the checkered flag, competitors assembled at the virtual Brand Hatch for the Formula Festival in honor of the legendary Formula Ford Festival.   iRacing’s Formula Festival had three classes for the 45 minute sim races:  Star Mazda, Skip Barber F2000 or the SCCA Spec Racer Ford. As expected, the sim racing was intense with these three different classes pounding around the 2.3 mile circuit. The Saturday 1:00 GMT race kicked-off the weekend with Jerome Haag starting from pole in his Star Mazda and leading all 33 laps, setting fastest lap overall in the bargain.  Fifteen seconds back came Michael Cleary, who had an impressive run from his tenth place starting spot to claim the runner-up spot. Behind him, James E Crawford and [...]

Best Race of the Season (Part 1)

by Justin Sutton on October 24th, 2014

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Ward charges through a field of very talented sim-racers.

A grid of just under two dozen sim-racers would play their roles in the story that was the UK&I Skip Barber League’s 14 lap race at Sonoma Raceway.  As was the case at Summit Point, Sebastian Job sat on pole position, but unlike Summit Point he would be starting from pole as the championship leader.  Behind Job came the usual suspects with Simon Hulbert starting best of the rest, followed by Stuart Adcock (with yet another strong performance), Simon Povey and George Lambert taking up fifth.  The drama began straight away as Hulbert was forced to start from the pit lane. A good story will sometimes have a big surprise right at the start, and the surprise in this story came from Adcock who took to the outside at Turns [...]