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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.

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

    I've been sim racing since 2011 when I joined iRacing. I've jumped to many different sims, including rFactor, Richard Burns Rally, and the famous NASCAR Racing 2003. I picked up a copy of NR2003 with my birthday money when I was only 9, but was limited to a keyboard and a controller. After reciving a G25 for Christmas in '11, I've loved sim racing and the community iRacing has. I hope to end up writing for a car magazine or website in the near future, and intend on attending university to accomplish that.
    Aside from my career in sim racing and the real world, I hope to have my own small, yet functional race team soon with the purchace of a go kart. Since I'm currently residing in Maryland, I don't have a wide range of racing to choose from. My only options on a small budget are drag racing or kart racing. After the completion of my senior year in high school next year, I hope that inRacing News and other affiliates will help my dreams of writing for Road & Track become a reality!

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Marc Dorval
    series contributor

    Marc Dorval has been a dedicated but talentless iRacer since 2009. Currently hanging out near the back of the Lotus 79 pack, he nonetheless contributes to the community through posts, statistics, and a weekly recap on the main events of the Lotus 79 series.
    Outside of iRacing, Marc is married with two grown-up children, loves Jaguar cars, and runs an IT consulting practice.

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon iRacing.com and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • Tom O'Leary
    author

    Tom is an 18-year old student from London, UK. Tom started sim-racing quite recently, although his passion for motorsport started at an early age, watching BTCC since the late 90s. Tom has since then expanded his interests in motorsport, watching Le Mans 24hr (and endurance racing as a whole) as well as the DTM, F1, and since starting to write about the NASCAR iRacing Series - NASCAR!

    Tom appeared on the sim-racing scene by trying out rFactor, rFactor 2 and then iRacing - where he spends most of his time racing in the Star Mazda Series where he has claimed third and then second overall in the two full seasons he has competed. On the oval side, Tom has completed a few races in the NASCAR Class C (Fixed) although he most enjoys the road side. Tom is an active member of Friction Racing, a team which focuses on the Star Mazda and the Williams-Toyota FW31, with the aim of reaching the Pro Series - and the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series.

    In his personal life, Tom spend time with his girlfriend (they have been together for two years) and likes a variety of games and has started to livestream his races/gameplay on Twitch, to give an insight to his approach to racing and gaming.

  • 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.

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 [...]

Norton Takes Texas-Sized Slugfest

by Matt Pawelski on October 22nd, 2014

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Holgate (blue) moves past Branch (green) on lap 96






Holgate (blue) moves past Branch (green) on lap 96


Norton barely escapes under Rossi. Holgate (blue, back right), focuses on his own way out.

Texas Motor Speedway. Eddie Gossage’s crown jewel. A generic 1.5 miler. Whatever you want to call it, TMS is track dreaded by just about every single driver in the iRacing IndyCar series. With good reason!  This sim race would prove to be an absolutely apocalyptic slug fest. At the end of the race, only four drivers were circulating at competitive speeds or on the lead lap . . . in a race that started with over 20 cars. After setting a fast qualifying run of 23.096s, Ryan Norton led he field to green with Niles Anders (23.124s) alongside and Tim Holgate (23.134s) third. On the green, the dicing in the field would stay clean down to sixth place, where Brandon Trost pushed into the Turn 2 wall on the second [...]

16th Street Pounds Through Sebring

by Matt Pawelski on October 18th, 2014

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Porzuc (1st black car) passes Matthiensen (green). Behind them are Espitee and Auwg, respectively. Behind Auwg, Peterson looks to lap them.

So. After  a thriller in Homestead, the 16th Street Racing League entered Sebring on a high. The league would come to its first road course of the year, and it was sure to shake things up. Not a single sim racer could predict what could happen in this race. Sebring has been used almost as a testing ground for the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans for many years. Why? Because it is a bumpy, fast, flat and grueling track known for breaking man and machine. It is generally thought that if you can survive Sebring in one piece, you can survive Le Mans. In the 16th Street League, the principle of running to the limit was the same. Who was the toughest of the competitors? Who could handle the [...]

USA Race Settled by a Bumper

by Stan Bragg Jr. on October 15th, 2014

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The NASCAR iRacing.com Late Model Series season is drawing to a close as competitors headed to USA International Speedway. At three quarters of a mile and 14 degrees of banking and with lap times in the 23 second bracket, USA offered sim-racers plenty of time to make moves in the 50 lap race. The only snag came with the weather, which created a slick track surface meaning the sim racing would come down to who could best survive coming out of the corners without losing the rear end. In this weeks’ feature race Todd Sipe garnered the P1 starting spot with Eric J. Smith starting just to his outside.  Wasting no time, as the green flag dropped Sipe got a great start and began pulling away. As the field sorted [...]

Gritty Sipe Holds on for Bristol Win

by Stan Bragg Jr. on September 30th, 2014

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Week 9 saw the NASCAR iRacing.com Late Models series travel to the Volunteer State, to the high banked half mile oval known as Thunder Valley or, officially, Bristol Motor Speedway. No matter what you call it, it’s the only short track on the Late Model schedule that requires little or no braking every lap (at least under normal circumstances) as sim-racers just do a quick crack of the throttle then get right back on the gas. With lap times in the 15 second bracket and the speeds being carried around Bristol sim-racers would be on the edge for the entire 70 laps. Todd Sipe would rolled off P1 in this week’s featured race with Michael Torres to his outside and, when the green flag dropped, Sipe was able to clear [...]

Gress Holds on to Win at Irwindale

by Stan Bragg Jr. on September 16th, 2014

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The iRacing.com Late Model Series headed west — way west — as they ventured to California’s Irwindale Speedway. This half mile progressive banked speedway proved to be a challenge as the surface was slick, but that did not deter the sim-racers as they raced hard for the 50 laps, some drivers completely sideways coming out of the corners. Some competitors opted for dirt track “slide jobs” to pull off passes while others drove it in deep on the high side and used momentum to get around. In this week’s feature race ten sim-racers would be bidding for the win, with James Babb starting on the pole with James Spivey to his outside. At the green flag Babb caught Spivey napping, allowing the inside row a distinct advantage going into Turn [...]

Myers Grabs Late Model Win at Lucas Oil Raceway

by Stan Bragg Jr. on September 9th, 2014

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As the NASCAR iRacing.com Late Model Series reached the half way point in 2014 Season 3, Lucas Oil Raceway (formerly Indianapolis Raceway Park) would be the venue the sim-racers would try to master. The momentum style sim racing required to be fast here would put a few in the hole on speed while others where able to pick up on it and find the pace required to reach victory lane. At just .686 miles in length and with 12 degrees of banking, LOR’s high line would be the fast way around, making clean passes extremely difficult. In this week’s feature race of the week 14 cars would be bidding for the race win. Tim Bills grabbed the pole position while Dario Ricov lined-up to his outside.   When the race [...]

Road Warriors Go Dutch

by Andrew Pinkerton on September 5th, 2014

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The Road Warriors put on quite a show at Zandvoort.  Here Joao Dario does a slide job on Rooij.

The latest round of the iRacing Road Warrior Series took place along the shores of the North Sea at Circuit Park Zandvoort .  All told, 61 Road Warriors did battle for 25 laps around the Grand Prix circuit in the twin rotor Star Mazda formula car. Zandvoort has a rich F1 history as home of the Grote Prijs van Nederland through 1985. This tricky seaside circuit combines high speed undulating corners with tight technical hairpins. The competition was intense, as it always is when some of the world’s best sim racers go head-to-head — or wheel-to-wheel The Saturday 1:00 GMT race kicked off the weekend. Julian Rodriguez Moreno narrowly won after leading all 25 laps. Aday Coba Lopez crossed the line in second a mere nine tenths of a second [...]

Four Winners in Four Races for Skippy 2K Cup

by Justin Sutton on September 3rd, 2014

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Not even pole-sitter Leybaert was immune to Turn Four.

With three solid races already under their belt the sim-racers of the Skip Barber 2K Cup congregated at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for a 34 lap race of the road course with South Oval.  Philippe Leybaert announced his return in the best fashion after grabbing pole position with a 1:09.348 with Kevin Vaughn best of the rest.  Bart de Laat took third with Vinicius Rocha and Ricardo Ferreira once again starting from the top five.  When the lights went green Vaughn dove to the left to prevent any attacks from behind at the inside of Turn One, but de Laat snuck inside anyway.  When contact between de Laat’s front right and Vaughn’s rear left occurred exiting Turn Two,Vaughn was sent into a spin directly in front of de Laat and [...]

Road Warriors – Zolder

by Andrew Pinkerton on August 27th, 2014

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Kodey carried the McLaren standard to a couple of top fives.

iRacing’s Road Warriors were back in action this weekend in Belgium. The battles this weekend were staged at the two and a half mile Circuit Zolder, with drivers having a choice between the McLaren MP4 GT3, RUF Track or the BMW Z4 GT3 for the 2.4 hour sim races. By the end of the weekend 166 drivers scored points around this 10 turn circuit. The sim racing was action-packed as Zolder is a tricky circuit with an abundance of chicanes and curbs ready to send sim racers and their cars flying. The Saturday 1:00 GMT kicked-off the weekend as usual. Another usual is Aday Coba Lopez winning. Lopez won by almost 35 seconds after leading all 95 laps in his RUF. Yuta Saito brought his BMW home in second after [...]

Sensational Suzuka for GPL

by Justin Sutton on August 25th, 2014

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A wild Snorlax appears!

Over a dozen and a half Grand Prix Legends sim-racers attended the big Sunday race at Suzuka in the land of the rising sun for 13 laps of this classic Japanese F1 circuit.  Last season’s champion Mick Claridge sat on pole with a 2:01.172, over a second faster than Victor Perelman could manage in second place.  Bruce Snelson shared Row Two with Uwe Jacobsen with Duncan Coppedge rounding out the top five.  When the red lights turned green Coppedge immediately lost a position to J. Matt Steele but some late braking at Turn One earned him his position straight back.  Kevin Kosiorek had a great start as he overtook Scott Spahr for P11, but a wheel in the grass sent him spinning at the Turn 11 hairpin. Kosiorek wasn’t the [...]