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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.

Citroen to quit WRC or WTCC in 2017

July 2nd, 2015

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Citroen will withdraw from either the World Rally Championship or World Touring Car Championship in 2017. The French firm has won 17 driver and manufacturer titles since entering the WRC in 2000, has dominated the WTCC for the last 18 months, and will continue in both championships until the end of 2016. Citroen CEO Linda Jackson insists no decision has been taken yet about which will continue beyond that. “For 2016 we have our two disciplines: world rally and world touring,” Jackson told AUTOSPORT. “I can safely say to you that we are reviewing the decisions and for 2017 nothing has been decided. “But, we have made the decision that Citroen will only be officially involved in one discipline for 2017.” Its DS brand will enter Formula E later this [...]

How Ireland could regain WRC slot

July 1st, 2015

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The Circuit of Ireland’s chance of becoming a World Rally Championship round in 2016 appear to be improving amid the possibility of a calendar reshuffle next season. While much of the schedule of rallies will remain unchanged, there is increasing potential for a gap to arrive, allowing Ireland – currently a European championship event – to return to the world calendar for the first time since 2009. The Circuit of Ireland has enjoyed strong ministerial and financial support from the Northern Irish government and that is set to continue into next season, presenting WRC Promoter with a viable plug-and-play solution should a calendar spot come available. China and Abu Dhabi – the other countries tipped for WRC spots – are believed to be looking less likely for 2016, and there [...]

FIA will examine running order row

June 26th, 2015

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The FIA will closely examine the World Rally Championship’s current running order regulations at the end of the season, says its president Jean Todt. World champion Sebastien Ogier has complained about the new-for-2015 rule which forces the championship leader to run first on the road on day one and two – instead of just day one, like last season. Todt visited the Rally of Italy earlier this month, where he talked with the leading drivers. “The regulations are the same for everyone – we know that some drivers are complaining and some are happy with them,” Todt told AUTOSPORT. “It does not look to be having an impact on the classification of the championship at the moment. “Moreover, it has been agreed by all stakeholders that a point will be [...]

Mikkelsen pens new Volkswagen deal

June 22nd, 2015

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Andreas Mikkelsen has secured a long-term extension to his Volkswagen World Rally Championship contract. The decision maintains an unchanged VW WRC line-up as Mikkelsen’s team-mates Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala are also on long-term deals. He will continue with co-driver Ola Floene. Mikkelsen has yet to win in the WRC, where he has driven VW’s third Polo since the fourth round of its comeback season in 2013, but has finished on the podium nine times. Team boss Jost Capito is confident the 26-year-old Norwegian’s first victory is not far away. “We have enjoyed a lot of success together in the last two years, and this season, and are confident that it is only a matter of time until Andreas and Ola claim their first win,” said Capito. “We are impressed [...]

WRC drivers to meet over SOS system

June 18th, 2015

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World Rally Championship drivers will meet with FIA rally director Jarmo Mahonen to clarify the situation over the cars’ onboard ‘SOS’ button following the Lorenzo Bertelli controversy in Portugal. There had been mounting concern from the drivers in the series following comments made by WRC Commission president Carlos Barbosa surrounding an incident on last month’s Rally of Portugal, where Bertelli’s call for help after an accident went unanswered. Barbosa insinuated that Bertelli had misused the system, telling AUTOSPORT: “He wanted us to stop the stage so his mother could fly in in the helicopter and pick him up so he didn’t have to wait. “That might be how it works in Italy, but that’s not how we do things here in Portugal.” WRC champion Sebastien Ogier felt Barbosa’s comments had [...]

VW boss: ‘Endurance’ not right in WRC

June 17th, 2015

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Volkswagen team principal Jost Capito has called on the FIA and event organisers to justify ‘endurance’ events in the World Rally Championship. Capito declared the 350-mile road sections that featured on some days of last week’s Rally Italy as excessive for a modern WRC round. “We talk about the endurance element, but what is endurance?” Capito told AUTOSPORT. “Is it a 500km [310-mile] road section? That is nothing to do with endurance. “To make a rally long with long road sections is stupid, it’s nothing to do with competition – it’s just wasting time for everybody. “We have service at six in the morning and it’s completely and the same at midnight.” DAVID EVANS on Rally Italy’s ‘endurance’ stance Rally Italy co-ordinator Antonio Turitto defended the itinerary as crucial to [...]

Paddon eyes Australia for first win

June 15th, 2015

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Hyundai driver Hayden Paddon hopes his stunning Rally Italy podium will launch his first tilt at a World Rally Championship victory on September’s Rally Australia. Paddon led in Sardinia from the second stage until a spin on SS17 and gearbox problems on the next test allowed defending world champion Sebastien Ogier past. Rally Italy full report He still finished second with co-driver John Kennard, and his performance drew universal praise from drivers and team principals. The 28-year-old Kiwi is determined to keep his feet on the ground for now, but thinks Australia could be his big opportunity. “My goal for [the next round in] Poland is to go for a top five and that stays the same,” said Paddon. “But for sure I’m a very competitive person and I think [...]

Ogier beats Paddon to Rally Italy win

June 14th, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier claimed his fourth World Rally Championship win in six events in a bruising Rally Italy led for most of its distance by Hyundai’s Hayden Paddon. The revamped Sardinia route proved punishing, with Ogier the only World Rally Car runner to get through the entire weekend without some form of mechanical drama or driver error. Paddon made the most of running late in the order on the very dusty roads to take the lead on Friday, though even Ogier had plenty of praise for the Kiwi’s pace. Even when Paddon’s road position advantage over Ogier was less pronounced, Volkswagen’s world champion was often only able to gain small amounts of time. Ogier suspected the second run of the Saturday stages would be his best opportunity, and it proved easier [...]

Ogier leads, Paddon hits trouble

June 13th, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier moved into a dominant first position on Rally Italy after multiple dramas for long-time leader Hayden Paddon. Hyundai driver Paddon held on for all of Friday and through Saturday morning under increasing pressure from the Volkswagens. A spin for Paddon on the afternoon’s first full-length stage finally handed Ogier the lead, with the Hyundai driver resuming 12 seconds adrift and admitting it was then time to “cruise” and keep second. But that mission soon became much harder when an impact with a rock on the next stage caused transmission damage to Paddon’s i20. He carried out roadside repairs to enable him to tackle the 26-mile Monte Lerno stage at reduced speed, falling 2m13.6s adrift of Ogier. That problem might have cost Paddon second given the rate at which [...]

Paddon holds on to Rally Italy lead

June 13th, 2015

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Hayden Paddon defended his Rally Italy lead from World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier on Saturday morning, as problems for Jari-Matti Latvala left them in a two-way fight for victory. Latvala, who had dropped back from Hyundai driver Paddon and his Volkswagen team-mate Ogier with a mistake late on Friday, began to make inroads when he won the first full-length stage of Saturday’s route. Then a rough landing over a jump on the next stage caused tyre damage and delayed Latvala by two and a half minutes, dropping him out of the lead fight. Ogier had hoped to close in on overnight leader Paddon through the morning now he had some Rally 2 runners ahead of him on the road to clean the loose gravel away for him. But that situation [...]

Paddon still leads at end of Friday

June 12th, 2015

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Hayden Paddon remains in the lead of Rally Italy heading into Saturday’s stages, but Sebastien Ogier slashed the Kiwi’s lead to 8.8s on the final stage of the day. The afternoon’s stages were much cleaner than the morning loop and the effect of sweeping the roads was reduced for the front runners, as Paddon matched the VWs for pace in an outstanding display from the 28-year-old, driving the 2015-spec Hyundai for the first time this year. Jari-Matti Latvala had been Paddon’s closest contender, but the Finn ran wide in SS9 and hit a bank, ripping the tyre from its rim and costing the Volkswagen driver second place. Ogier jumped into third after a day of damage limitation following Latvala’s trouble, and then went second fastest behind the Finn on the [...]

Hyundai’s Paddon takes Rally Italy lead

June 12th, 2015

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Hyundai’s Hayden Paddon set a blazing Rally Italy pace on Friday morning, winning three of the four stages to open up a 23-second lead. Paddon – driving the 2015-spec i20 for the first time – made the most of his lowly starting spot to become the first driver from New Zealand to lead a World Rally Championship event outside of his homeland. Rally Portugal winner, Jari-Matti Latvala had no answer to Paddon’s pace, but performed well considering he among the first group of runners sweeping the road. Latvala’s Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier is third, despite being first on the road in difficult conditions. The Frenchmen repeatedly said that he could not drive any better than he had been, and he sits 25.1s behind Paddon following a morning of damage limitation. [...]

Prokop takes surprise Rally Italy lead

June 11th, 2015

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Martin Prokop scored a shock stage win to open Rally Italy in Sardinia, scoring only his second World Rally Championship stage victory. The privateer driver is on Pirellis tyres, whereas the majority of the other WRC cars run Michelin rubber. Prokop will begin Friday’s running leading a WRC round for the first time in his career after conquering the dusty asphalt superspecial. Dani Sordo got the closest to Prokop – after topping the earlier shakedown stage – with Andreas Mikkelsen third. Thierry Neuville bounced back from a couple of poor rounds to put himself fourth, with Ott Tanak rounding out the top five. Sebastien Ogier and Kris Meeke went head to head in the final battle of the WRC runners, with the pair earlier engaged in a verbal battle over [...]

Meeke tells Ogier to be more like Loeb

June 11th, 2015

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Kris Meeke has dismissed World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier’s claims he needs “a miracle” to win Rally Italy and advised him to be more like Sebastien Loeb. Arriving on the island of Sardinia as WRC leader, Sebastien Ogier will have to lead the field for as much as 88 per cent of the entire route. Ogier is first on the road on Friday and, if nobody retires and returns under superally for Saturday, he’ll be first in on the very long day two route as well. The Volkswagen driver has maintained steadfast opposition to the 2015 running order regulation and says he has no intention of becoming less vocal or changing his stance until the FIA changes the rules. But his Citroen rival Meeke says Ogier only has to look [...]

Breakthrough or false dawn for Latvala?

June 10th, 2015

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Jari-Matti Latvala heads into Rally Sardinia having defeated World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier in Portugal. But is it another false dawn for the Finn? DAVID EVANS looks at the evidence. A couple of days before the start of last month’s Rally of Portugal Jari-Matti Latvala described Sebastien Ogier as a piano player. It was an entirely complimentary analogy relating to the Frenchman’s finesse and ability to keep the car on the clean longer and faster than he could. But could Latvala himself ‘play the piano’ with his own driving? “No, no,” he smiled. “For me, it’s more: ‘Bang, bang, now we go!’ And if the rear’s not following then it’s difficult.” Could he learn the piano? Latvala pondered the question, then leaned in. “Now, I can tell you the story,” [...]

Rally GB reveals 2015 route

June 10th, 2015

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Wales Rally GB organisers have revealed the route for November’s World Rally Championship finale. The November 12-15 event remains rooted in Deeside, but includes the return of classic stages such as Myherin and the Great Orme. There is a new start venue for the third year in succession with Llandudno replacing Colwyn Bay, while the finish shifts to the service park to ensure there will be something to see in Deeside on all four days of the event. The Dyfi and Gartheiniog stages revert to running on Saturday, meaning Friday November 13 is two loops of the southernmost woods in Hafren and Myherin – both of which run to their full length. Sweet Lamb is chopped out of Hafren and stands alone this year. A lunchtime tyre-fitting zone in Newtown [...]

FIA launches rally safety review

June 5th, 2015

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FIA rally director Jarmo Mahonen is leading a ground-up overhaul of spectator safety, with the emphasis on educating both event organisers as well as fans. The Rally Argentina accident in which six spectators were hospitalised after Hayden Paddon’s Hyundai went off the road renewed the spotlight on public safety on World Rally Championship rounds, and was followed by an accident on an Estonian national rally last weekend that left three spectators dead. Mahonen said the Argentina crash raised a number of issues. “What happened in Argentina was a result of people being placed where they should not have been placed,” he told AUTOSPORT. “It does not help to say afterwards that the people were in a prohibited area. “As an organiser, you have to ensure that the spectators do not [...]

Rally chief slams Bertelli’s claims

June 4th, 2015

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FIA World Rally Championship Commission president Carlos Barbosa has angrily denied any question of a safety issue following Lorenzo Bertelli’s crash on last month’s Rally of Portugal. Bertelli’s FWRT squad issued a statement claiming he had been denied medical attention following the SS10 accident in which he banged his head on his Ford’s rollcage. Barbosa, who presides over the Automobile Club of Portugal as well as the WRC Commission, told AUTOSPORT: “Lorenzo Bertelli was very anxious to go to the arms of his mother, that’s all it was. “He wanted us to stop the stage so his mother could fly in in the helicopter and pick him up so he didn’t have to wait. “That might be how it works in Italy, but that’s not how we do things here [...]

Obituary: Erik Carlsson 1929-2015

May 27th, 2015

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Sir Stirling Moss once described his brother-in-law and friend Erik Carlsson as: “The best non-mechanical thing to come out of Trollhattan”. Trollhattan is, of course, famous for two things. But those two things merged when Carlsson became universally known as Mr Saab, after competing across the world so successful in the ubiquitous 96. It was, however, on two wheels that Carlsson’s career started – on a 500cc Norton, which he used in all manner of competitions. Carlsson worked for Pelle Nystrom, the local Norton dealer, and made his rallying debut with him in 1952. He was, however, seated on a stool in the back of the Volvo, with his bear-like frame seen as being good for weight distribution on the Swedish Rally. The right hand side of the car, where [...]

Kubica re-energised after team change

May 27th, 2015

Kubica re-energised after team change

Reorganising his team has re-energised Robert Kubica’s World Rally Championship season, with the Polish star delighted with the progress he made in Portugal last week. The Matosinhos-based event was Kubica’s first since Rally Mexico in early March – and his first in M-Sport’s all-new Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Kubica finished a trouble-free ninth and looked more relaxed than he has all season. The ex-F1 star has split with the A-Style team which ran him at the start of this year – a decision he was unwilling to discuss – and is now run partly by M-Sport. “It is 50-50 with M-Sport now,” he told AUTOSPORT. “My mechanics [from the RK World Rally Team] are going back to the [M-Sport] factory to work on the car and this is good, they [...]