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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, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • 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 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

    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 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

    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 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

    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.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • 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 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.

Corsica under fire after WRC return

October 5th, 2015

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World Rally Championship manufacturers have slammed the Tour of Corsica after its weather-hit return to the calendar last weekend. The event returned from the European Rally Championship to the WRC after a seven-year absence following the collapse of the previous French round in Alsace. Volkswagen team principal Jost Capito said the Corsica facilities were sub-standard and the logistics too costly. “The service park is nowhere close to what a WRC service park should be,” he said. “I don’t think we really need to be driving around the island – we have four or five different hotels and all of the time we’ve had to pay for a room for the guys in Corte [at service] just in case they need it as well. “Parts of this event have been ridiculous.” [...]

Another Corsica stage cancelled

October 2nd, 2015

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Saturday’s first Tour of Corsica stage has been cancelled as poor weather conditions continue to hamper the World Rally Championship’s French round. The 27.14-mile Casamozza-Ponte Leccia stage had already been called off on Friday due to severe flooding and landslips in the area. It was scheduled to run again as Saturday’s opener, but organisers announced late on Friday evening that they would not attempt to hold it due to the continuing tough conditions. AUTOSPORT understands the problem is with both the stage itself and the access roads leading to it, and that it has not been possible to clear the course of debris in time. Leg two should now begin at 10.08am local time on Saturday with the second running of the Francardo-Sermano stage. This was delayed on Friday amid [...]

WRC Corsica to resume with delay

October 2nd, 2015

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Stage three of the World Rally Championship’s Tour of Corsica will go ahead with a delay, but conditions are deteriorating again in the area. The second stage of the WRC’s French event was cancelled as torrential rain resulted in landslides and floods, primarily affecting the roads leading to the competitive sections. There was intense debate over whether the rest of leg one should be abandoned altogether, but organisers are now going ahead with the 22.63-mile Francardo-Sermano stage at 3.30pm local time, 43 minutes later than originally scheduled. Although the weather improved for a spell, there is heavy rain over the stage again now. AUTOSPORT understands there is disquiet among WRC crews about the decision to run the stage. A leading co-driver said: “They’ve sent a digger through to shovel the [...]

Remainder of Corsica day one in doubt

October 2nd, 2015

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World Rally Championship and Tour of Corsica officials are currently meeting to decide whether the rest of day one will have to be cancelled due to poor weather conditions. Flooding and landslides have affected the route to stages two and three, with SS2 already cancelled. At present, SS3 is scheduled to begin at 2.47pm local time but the damage to the roads means this is in doubt. AUTOSPORT understands rally organisers are working on either a re-routing to get to the SS3 start, or a shortened version of the stage, which was planned at 22 miles. Another option, which the teams have been told is the organisers’ preference, is to run SS3 around three-quarters of an hour later than originally scheduled. Although rain remains heavy in the service park in [...]

Kubica and Ogier share Corsica lead

October 2nd, 2015

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Robert Kubica and Sebastien Ogier hold a joint early lead on the World Rally Championship’s French round, the Tour of Corsica. Shakedown pacesetter Kubica’s Pirelli tyres were tipped to work well on the wet asphalt that has greeted WRC crews on the championship’s return to Corsica following the collapse of the previous French event in Alsace. On the 18-mile opener Plage du Liamone – Sarrola-Carcopino, Ford privateer Kubica was slightly slower than the Volkswagens of Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala through the splits, but he reached the finish in the exact same 19m44.0s time as world champion Ogier. Despite that performance, Kubica ended the stage “very upset” with what he described as a set-up mistake by his RK team that he felt compromised his performance. The ex-Formula 1 driver declined to [...]

Kubica tops damp Corsica shakedown

October 1st, 2015

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Robert Kubica set the pace at Thursday’s Tour de Corse shakedown stage in damp conditions, ahead of an event where drivers are expecting tricky conditions. Overnight rain is expected to continue into the opening day of competition, with some predicting as much as 200mm in the area of the stages. “With these tyres, if the really heavy rain does come then it will be a big challenge just to stay on the road,” said Kubica, who runs Pirelli tyres that are traditionally strong in the wet. “It’s so easy to start aquaplaning with the car and then you have no control. “This rally and tomorrow especially will be a big challenge.” Kubica skipped the last round of the WRC in Australia to focus on his preparations for Corsica. “We did [...]

WRC calendar up to 14 rounds for 2016

September 30th, 2015

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The World Motor Sport Council has approved a 2016 World Rally Championship calendar containing 14 rallies. As outlined on Wednesday morning, a returning Rally China features on the list, however it is subject to meeting FIA requirements stemming from a candidate rally held earlier this year. Monte Carlo and France are also subject to terms being finalised between event promoters, WRC Promoter and the FIA before November 30. The WRC manufacturers remain opposed to the schedule growing from this years 13 rallies to 14. No dates have been attached to the events, with Argentina, Australia – set to become the season finale, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden the other events. In regulation tweaks, lead ‘priority’ WRC drivers will run at the back of the [...]

China on provisional WRC calendar

September 30th, 2015

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China has been included on the provisional 2016 World Rally Championship calendar to be debated at today’s World Motor Sport Council meeting. The WRC’s manufacturers have, however, been angered by the news that they are facing a 14-round schedule next season, an increase on this year’s 13 rallies they have fought to avoid. Citroen CEO Linda Jackson has previously outlined that an increase in the number of rallies would make it impossible for the French manufacturer to continue in the WRC. While Citroen is also weighing up between continuing its WRC or World Touring Car Championship programmes in 2017, its stance is supported throughout the service park. “This is crazy,” one manufacturer source told AUTOSPORT. “What do [the FIA] think can happen? That we can just magic budget from the [...]

VW wants Audi-like WRC dominance

September 23rd, 2015

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Volkswagen wants to match sister company Audi’s success in the Le Mans 24 Hours, and eclipse Citroen’s dominance of the World Rally Championship. Led by Sebastien Ogier, Volkswagen achieved its third-successive clean sweep of WRC titles on Rally Australia earlier this month. But team principal Jost Capito revealed three won’t be enough for him or for Volkswagen Group chairman of the board of directors, Professor Martin Winterkorn. “This team can be proud of what it achieved for the third year in the row,” Capito said. “But when we won the first world championship two years ago, we had an internal Christmas dinner and we had the world championship cup on the table in front of us. “Professor Winterkorn was sitting beside me and he saw the long line of Citroen’s [...]

Citroen unlikely to promote Lefebvre

September 18th, 2015

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Citroen is not considering Stephane Lefebvre for a full-time World Rally Championship campaign next year, despite exceeding expectations in Australia last weekend. On his gravel rally debut in a WRC car, Lefebvre finished Rally Australia 13th, but set stage times well inside the top 10 for much of the event. The reigning Junior WRC champion’s hopes of a top-10 finish were dashed when he retired from day one with suspension damage – an impact that left him running in the tricky position of first on the road on day two. Lefebvre was a last-minute replacement for Mads Ostberg, who had been injured in a recce accident. Lefebvre and co-driver Stephane Prevot suffered their own recce shunt, but were fit to start, even though they had to use Ostberg and co-driver [...]

M-Sport won’t drop Evans this year

September 17th, 2015

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Malcolm Wilson has confirmed Elfyn Evans will see out the 2015 World Rally Championship with M-Sport, despite the Welshman’s disappointing Rally Australia outing. Evans ended the New South Wales event ninth and some way off the pace of his team-mate Ott Tanak. The 26-year-old struggled to pinpoint the reason for his lack of feeling on the roads around Coffs Harbour and headed back to the team’s Cumbria base looking for answers. The service park down under was rife with speculation that Wilson could bench Evans during the final three rounds of what will be a tense fight for second place in the manufacturers’ championship. M-Sport is currently fourth in the standings, 29 points behind the second-placed Hyundai. “I’ve told him not to listen to any of this bullshit going about [...]

Ogier: Australia shouldn’t be finale

September 16th, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier wants Rally GB to remain in its position as the last round of the World Rally Championship amid a potential calendar swap with Rally Australia for 2016. Next year’s WRC schedule is due to be revealed at the end of this month, with Australia widely tipped to move to the season finale. But three-time world champion Ogier urged FIA officials to consider the sporting implications of such a change given the high level of road cleaning the championship leader would face in Australia. “Imagine if it was the last round and you go there and play for the championship on that event; on such a rally,” he said. “With such a disadvantage on the starting order, would it be a nice end for the championship? I don’t think [...]

Ogier: I’m just getting stronger

September 15th, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier has delivered bad news for his rivals in the wake of securing his third World Rally Championship title – the Frenchman thinks he’s still getting quicker. The Volkswagen driver became just the fourth driver in the WRC’s history to win three titles when he scored his 31st world rally win in Australia last Sunday, but he’s already looking to improve. Ogier’s step to a Loeb-like legacy With three rallies remaining this year, Ogier wants to finish 2015 in perfect style. “For me, we are just getting stronger and stronger,” he said. “I don’t know if we’re on the top, but probably we are close to it. I would not say I am, I don’t want to be arrogant in this moment. “I keep thinking, ‘what I can make [...]

FIA hits back at night stage criticism

September 15th, 2015

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The FIA World Rally Championship manager Michele Mouton says drivers were wrong to describe Rally Australia’s night stage as unsafe and just “don’t like uncertainty”. Lead combatants Sebastien Ogier and Kris Meeke both felt dust hanging in the air caused dangerously poor visibility levels when the Valla stage was run after dark at the end of last Saturday’s leg in Australia. Rally organisers have confirmed the after-dark stage will run again in 2016, and Mouton doubted drivers’ complaints were genuinely motivated by safety. “This is not a safety issue at all. This is about the performance issue,” she told AUTOSPORT. “I think we have to cool down on this now. “Kris Meeke lost his lead to Sebastien Ogier in that stage. If he was two seconds faster than Ogier, then [...]

Ostberg: Full recce rollcage saved me

September 14th, 2015

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Mads Ostberg says Citroen’s decision to run a full-specification rollcage in his recce car saved his life in his crash with a truck prior to Rally Australia. The Norwegian sat out the latest round of the World Rally Championship with fractured ribs following the head-on impact on the pre-event recce. Ostberg believes it could have been a lot worse. “Fortunately our recce car has a full cage in it,” Ostberg told AUTOSPORT. “Some of the other teams only use a lightweight cage – if I had been in one of those then it would have been finished for me. “A lightweight cage simply wouldn’t have coped with a collision like that.” Ostberg was angered by accusations that he had made the crash worse by moving to the wrong side of [...]

Sarrazin to make Corsica WRC return

September 14th, 2015

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Toyota LMP1 World Endurance Championship and Formula E driver Stephane Sarrazin will return to the World Rally Championship for the first time in nine years for the Tour of Corsica. The former factory Subaru WRC driver has continued to dabble in rallying alongside his main programme in sportscars in recent years, and won last season’s Corsica event when it was part of the European Rally Championship. He will return in a First Motorsport-run Ford Fiesta World Rally Car when France’s round of the WRC moves back to Corsica next month. “I’m happy to be at the start of the Tour de Corse, it’s a rally that I particularly appreciate,” said Sarrazin. “I’m also very pleased to return to the world championship. “Of course my objectives aren’t the same as last [...]

Ogier clinches third title with victory

September 13th, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier clinched his third straight World Rally Championship with his seventh victory of the 2015 season, ahead of Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala, on Rally Australia. Ogier’s title success moves him to fourth on the all-time list of WRC champions, just behind Juha Kankkunen and Tommi Makinen, who both have four championships to their names, and also secured another manufacturers’ crown for VW. As is often the case Ogier suffered initially with being the first car on the road, and was down in eighth on Friday morning, before pushing on to third by the end of the day. VW driver Ogier moved into the frame for the win with Latvala and Kris Meeke on Saturday morning and snatched a slim lead of 0.3 seconds over Meeke on the final stage [...]

Ogier on brink of win and title

September 13th, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier increased his Rally Australia lead on Sunday morning and is poised to clinch his third World Rally Championship title, with Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala now into second. Ogier is just two Sunday afternoon stages away from retaining the championship, with Latvala needing to outscore his team-mate by 10 points to keep the fight alive until Corsica. The Frenchman doesn’t need to win to clinch the title but he wasn’t resting on his laurels, as he set the pace on all three of the morning stages. His blistering pace helped him extend his lead over Latvala to 7.3 seconds going into the afternoon. Latvala may be struggling to keep up with Ogier but he was able to demote Kris Meeke to third on the opening Bucca Long stage. He [...]

WRC drivers slam night stage safety

September 12th, 2015

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Leading World Rally Championship drivers have slammed Rally Australia organisers for the decision to run a night stage. The Valla test was run in its entirety in darkness with dust clouds making the stage – in the WRC drivers’ eyes – unacceptably dangerous. Rally leader Sebastien Ogier told AUTOSPORT: “Night stages on gravel shouldn’t happen, for safety it’s not good. “We all said it before the event to the organiser: ‘Please think about it, maybe this is not the best idea…’ “And especially on this kind of ground, which is so dusty. Even though they give us five minutes [between cars], OK it was not a nightmare, but it’s not the safest condition.” Kris Meeke had led the event ahead of the stage, but dropped to second – 0.3 seconds [...]

Ogier deposes Meeke from rally lead

September 12th, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier moved one step closer to clinching his third World Rally Championship title by snatching the Rally Australia lead away from Kris Meeke on Saturday’s final stage. Meeke held onto his Saturday morning lead through the opening stage of the afternoon loop, the second run of the 31.5-mile Nambucca. He did however lose 1.5s to Ogier, who topped Nambucca and brought the lead gap down to just 2.4s heading into the short Valla stage. With the final stage being held at night visibility was poor, so cars set off at five minute intervals. This didn’t help a great deal though as hanging dust affected the middle of the stage, giving the advantage to the early runners. That allowed Ogier to capitalise on his road position behind Citroen reserve driver [...]