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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.

Week 13 SRF Grand Prix Heads to Japan for 4th Edition

by Luca Varani on July 18th, 2014

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Great racing and close finishes are a tradition of the Week 13 SRF Grands Prix.

Registrations are open for the traditional end of season big field race, running at Suzuka on Sunday July 27. Participation is free and everyone is welcome, provided that s/he can drive cleanly and respectfully. Just register on the iRacing forum at: http://members.iracing.com/jforum/posts/list/3263784.page 60 drivers started the previous races at Road America and Watkins Glen, with 45 minutes of non-stop sim racing with multi-car battles all over the fields. The margin for victory at  Road America was 0.000 seconds. Watkins Glen saw nine cars separated by less than two seconds for the whole race. We are all eager to see what Suzuka will bring us. Kevin Vaughn, Niccolo’ Cedrati and Jordan Dixon won the previous editions. Could you be the next one? The race will be broadcast live once again by [...]

Moreira Wins at Watkins!

by Marc Dorval, photos by Thiago Izequiel on July 17th, 2014

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Kiikka and Thissen, closely followed by Leocata and Rawson

Week 11 of the Classic Lotus Grand Prix 2014 Series ran at venerable Watkins Glen International this weekend. For those of you that are interested in what the track looked like in 1973, please review this YouTube slide show. Six warm-up races were held leading up to the main Sunday online race. Antti Lepistö (Brabham), John G. Hill (Elf Team Tyrrell), David Wormald (Theodore Racing), and Nuno Moreira (Ligier Gitanes) (three races) claimed wins in those heats. Qualifying laps saw Gernot Fritsche (Lotus) claim pole position with a time of 1:33:273, closely followed by Moreira with a time of 1:33.395. The Race 29 CTC drivers were on hand this Sunday, and an additional 10 sim racers made this an exciting 39-car grid! There has been a lot of discussion among [...]

Anreus Scorches into Big Radicals Lead

by Katier Scott on June 23rd, 2014

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As ever, Watkins Glen proved popular with the Radical-set.  Mid-Ohio?  Not so much.

Anreus scorched into a 200 point lead in the iRacing.com Radical Racing Challenge after erstwhile leader, Tom Lanpheer, missed the last two weeks in the championship. Anreus  had two strong weeks of sim racing as the field first visited the classic Watkins Glen and then moved onto the slippery challenge that is Mid- Ohio. Watkins Glen, as usual, proved to be very popular with 146 drivers joining up for 26 races during the week. Todd Laribee led that week’s win count with four wins from 10 starts but it was Samuli Kumo and Richard Avery who led the win rate stakes, both managing two wins from two starts and netting strong points scores. Indeed they led the way with Avery’s 174 being the week’s best ahead of Kumo on 169 [...]

Anreus Storms into Radicals Lead as Avery Stars

by Katier Scott on June 11th, 2014

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Mattias Anreus stormed into the lead of the iRacing.com Radical Racing Challenge with a dominant performance at Barber Motorsports Park. The Scandinavian was the only driver to score more than 200 points during the week but he was hounded all the way by UK&I driver Richard Avery. The Pro-licensed sim racer netted 194 points and surged a dozen places into the top 10 after his superb driver and has the pace — and time — to challenge for the 2014 Season 2 championship. Barber has a reputation for being one of the less popular tracks for the Radicals and four of the top 10 drivers decided to skip this week’s sim racing action, which resulted in them all dropping into the top 15; indeed only 65 drivers attended the circuit [...]

Summer of Love (for the Lotus 49)

by Justin Sutton on May 8th, 2014

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The start was great for everyone but Shadd in car number 12.

On October 1st 1967 at Watkins Glen it was the other Ford powered Lotus of Graham Hill that sat on pole position on a beautiful, sunny day in central New York State.  Jim Clark was starting from second place and even lost a position on the opening lap to American driver and race winner Dan Gurney.  Back then Turn One was actually Turn Eight, and the layout was different as well.  The crowd was blessed with names like John Surtees and Jack Brabham and Bruce McLaren, although 11 of the 18 drivers actually retired from the race.  In the end Jim Clark won by six seconds from Hill, and he would go on to win in Mexico as well, but a number of retirements earlier in the season meant third [...]

Dixon Holds Off Pack to Win Week 13 SRF Big Grid Race at the Glen

May 7th, 2014

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Jordan Dixon impressed everyone at Watkins Glen by holding off a seven-car pack for 20 laps on his way to claim a superb victory in the third Week 13 SpecRacer Ford race, sanctioned by the iGPFun League (http://members.iracing.com/membersite/member/LeagueView.do?league=637). The online race took place Sunday on the Glen’s Classic Boot configuration, where a full field of 42 cars showed up. Drafting battles were the story of the race right from the beginning, as Aday Coba Lopez and Jordan Dixon traded the lead lap-after-lap from the front row of the grid. Despite their ongoing battle, the duo was still able to pull away from the drivers running fourth through to eighth, while Clarke Williams kept them in check from third position. A large gap between the top eight and the rest of [...]

Week 13 SRF Big Grid Race Heads to the Glen

by Samuel Reiman on April 18th, 2014

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It'll be tough to top last season's Week 13 Big Grid finish at Road America.

Nothing more could have been asked of the drivers who took place in the first two SRF Week 13 Big Grid races at Road America. Having 60 cars in each race made for plenty of battles and incidents to keep the sim-racing interesting, and each race came down to a last lap battle for the lead amongst multiple cars. In the latest rendition, the race went all the way to the line where Niccolo Cedrati beat Kimo Suominen by 0.000 seconds, and only iRacing’s scoring systems and replay features could truly tell us who’d won. Well if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  Yet one can’t blame race organizer Luca Varani for changing the venue. We’ve already seen, arguably, the greatest race and closest finish that we’re ever going to [...]

Get to Know: Michael Abrams

by David Ifeguni on April 7th, 2014

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Abrams out front at Martinsville.

iRacer Michael Abrams knows  a thing or two about cars and racing. Although he started sim-racing over a decade ago with Papyrus’ NASCAR Racing 4, his racing experience started even earlier. From 2000 to 2010, the Long Island-based Abrams raced radio-controlled cars and after earning multiple trophies in his r/c career, he decided to return to try his hand at iRacing. A member since July of 2011, Abrams has recorded 32 career victories on both ovals and road courses. His first oval victory came at Lanier National Speedway in the Legends car, while his first road victory came in the Daytona Prototype car at the cup configuration of Watkins Glen International. Although he is more of a fixture on ovals than on road courses, Michael’s road iRating (4505) is better [...]

The Fall and Rise of Grand Prix Legends

by Ryan Williams on March 27th, 2014

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The Lotus 49 ranks among history's most iconic Formula One cars.

This is my story of the fall and rise of iRacing.com’s Grand Prix Legends series. There were times I was not involved, and thus I don’t have all the details, but I hope my perspective offers some insight into how the series has come back from the brink, and offers some reason to come and join the party. After a prolonged gestation period, 2013 Season 1 saw iRacing announce (http://www.iracing.com/iracingnews/iracing-news/new-enhanced-tracks-and-features-headline-season-3-build) that the Lotus 49 was available and would star in the new Grand Prix Legends series in Season 2. At http://members.iracing.com/jforum/posts/list/3203574.page the Lotus 79 community pondered whether a popular Lotus 49 might harm their series as after all, there are only so many sim-racers to go around who will have an interest in historical cars. It was hoped the Lotus [...]

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 [...]

Asumaniemi Dominates at Japanese Classic

by Katier Scott on March 10th, 2014

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Week Five produced some big moves up -- and down -- the Radical Racing Challenge standings.

Kimi Asumaniemi stamped his name as a potential challenger for the iRacing.com Radical Racing Challenge title with a dominant performance around the classic Suzuka race track last week. Asumaniemi’s superb 219 point haul in Week Five enabled the Finn to scream 16 places up the rankings to P12 overall. In what was another classic week of sim-racing, Maurice Dietzel and Nick Thissen were the only other drivers to pass 200 points and both were rewarded with strong surges up the tables. Thissen, who has two missed of the weeks to date, moved up to 33rd overall, while Dietzel’s performance took him into from 14th overall to fifth place. The biggest surprise of the week was Mitch McCracken who had a disaster of a showing in the Land of the Rising [...]

UK&I Skip Barber League Heats Up

by Justin Sutton on March 3rd, 2014

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After technical difficulties and some illness prevented the full broadcasting and coverage of the UK&I Skip Barber League’s third round of this season at Watkins Glen, it was Wojciech Swirydowicz who came out on top.  Swirydowicz edged-out championship leader Marc Mercer by less than two tenths of a second and passed Blake Townend in the standings to take second place in the points after Townend was unable to compete at The Glen.  With only 35 points separating the top six in the championship, and with nine online races left in the season, there’s still everything to play for in this competitive F2000 league. Week Four takes the show to Wisconsin for the third race on US soil of this first 2014 season, and the spectacle of Road America’s Full Course [...]

GT3 Challenge Keeps Tow Trucks Busy

by Paul Slavonik on March 1st, 2014

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When it comes to favorite tracks, Watkins Glen is probably at the top of most peoples’ list. Regardless of the car(s) being driven, many drivers will jump at the chance to race through the quick Esses and the long straights which this fairly simple track has to offer. However, when you add 35 virtual GT3 cars and a 30 minute time restraint into the mix, things can get slightly hectic. Such was the case with Week 5 of the iRacing.com GT3 Challenge Series. Despite this onslaught of car carnage which consumed many of the top contenders, it had no effect on Julian Rodriguez Moreno as he captured another win and extended his championship lead. Qualifying in pole position, Moreno raced relatively unopposed as the havoc behind him took out most [...]

100MPH Chess Match

by Justin Sutton on February 26th, 2014

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Week Three of the iRacing.com Skip Barber Race Series saw a return to US soil for the Classic Course at Watkins Glen in New York State.  This 2.4 mile long circuit only has seven corners in this classic configuration, with the drivers never going below 70mph and having an average lap speed of about 100mph, even higher if you’ve got the right stuff.  On the final day of the week there were three races with an SOF above 3,000 but only one of them ended in a finish where first and second place we separated by less than 0.01 seconds after the 18 laps were completed. Some big name Skippy drivers lined up on the grid with Brazil’s André Cunha starting from pole position.  Ari Härö of Finland started from [...]

Down’s Trifecta

by Clayton Brooks on February 24th, 2014

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Sparks flew at The Glen as Down motors to his third straight win.

The iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series visited Watkins Glen in upstate New York this week to contest the third round of 2014 Season 1. Madison Down continued his strong early season form by securing his third pole position in as many attempts thus far this season with a time of 1:10.349. George Maris grabbed second on the grid while Josh Muggleton and Jarrad Filsell on Row Two.  Rens Broekman would start from fifth alongside teammate Beau Cattell with Justin Ruggier and Leigh Ellis gridding just behind in seventh and eighth while TTL’s Richard Hamstead and Adrian Stratford completed the top ten qualifiers. When the lights went green it was Down jumping to the lead from Maris while Hamstead got the best start among the front runners and gained a couple of [...]

One… Two…. Three… Fun !!

by Giovanni Sellitto on February 20th, 2014

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Different car, same result: fun

A new challenge just started for the iGPFun League: racing the Skip Barber F2000 for first time after three enjoyable and competitive seasons with the SpecRacer Ford. Leaving that little car that always provided exciting races was not an easy choice for the organizers, but the first race at Silverstone International made the community quite happy and pleased with the new car. The car is different but the “fun” is always the same. Racing is hard but very clean and fair throughout the field, offering battles and challenges to drivers of different skill levels. Conrad Makow took the pole at Silverstone International with a lap time of 1:33.770.  Francesco Maggi and Christian Manzini were just 0.139s back of him, with the rest of the field closely behind. The first surprise [...]

Star Mazda Champion takes Pre-WCS Showdown Overall

February 19th, 2014

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The Pre-WCS (World Championship Series) Showdown took place on Saturday with 30 drivers taking it to the track, and a good one third of the grid holding World Championship licenses. This was a chance for any lower-licensed drivers to race against these drivers as we are getting closer to the start of the 2014 WCS. Event sponsor http://www.v-racing.se jumped onboard and offered a $50 iRacing credit sum for the winner to spice things up. And it sure did… With the showdown taking place in two sequences, the first race took place with the Star Mazda car at Watkins Glen Boot configuration. WCS driver Enzo Bonito showed the way in qualifying as he took pole position infront of Star Mazda specialist Marcus Hamilton and 2014 Pro Series Champion – Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola. [...]

Join the Pre-WCS Showdown on the 15th

February 13th, 2014

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We’re less then one month away from the season opener of the NiSWC and the iWCGPS, so we at ineX Racing thought it might be a nice idea for a little “pre-WCS fun event” as warmup for some of the drivers participating in these series and the people following them. Together with one the fastest oval teams in the NiSWC series, Last Row Motorsports – we’re hosting a special event on Saturday 15th February. Anyone with an active iRacing subscribtion and the needed content can join the event through the “hosted” tab on the mainpage at 19:00 GMT / 2PM ET. We want to keep it simple: What are we doing? – 1 road race, 1 oval race. You get points for your finishing position in both, the person with [...]

Chastain’s Brands Hatch Hat Trick

by Paul Slavonik on February 12th, 2014

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Chastain leads the field at Brands Hatch.

Described by many as one of the most mentally challenging tracks in the iRacing.com service, the V8 Supercars Americas league arrived at the historic Brands Hatch for Week 2 of the 2014 Season 1. With passing being especially difficult at the narrow 2.3 mile circuit, starting track position was the key to this 38 lap online race.  Perfection is considered mandatory at Brands Hatch as there is no room for error. One tire off the track can quickly end an otherwise stellar race for anyone. Although it was a close competition with almost all of the drivers finishing on the lead lap, it was Chad Chastain’s standout performance which earned him the hat trick. He came (takes pole position) . . . He saw (sets fastest lap of 1:26.900) . [...]