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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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Tom O'Leary

    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 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.

Mikkelsen to ‘go crazy’ for first win

October 20th, 2014

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Andreas Mikkelsen says he is ready to go crazy in an effort to land his first win on the final two rounds of the World Rally Championship. Mikkelsen’s runner-up spot in France put him virtually out of reach on the bottom step of the season-long podium. The Norwegian says he will go to Spain and Wales with no pressure and ready to push harder than ever to break his WRC duck. “I really wanted third place and it’s now more or less sorted,” he said, “the pressure is off on the last two rallies. “I can let myself go, push harder and go a little bit crazy. It would be fantastic to win a round.” Mikkelsen impressed himself with his performance in France, given his lack of recent asphalt practice. [...]

WRC chiefs reject Powerstage idea

October 16th, 2014

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The format of the World Rally Championship will not change for next season, following Thursday’s crunch meeting between the FIA and series stakeholders. FIA president Jean Todt attended the WRC Commission meeting in Geneva, where an overhaul of the Powerstage – which meant dividing the time difference by a factor of 10 and grouping the crews together in a four-car shoot-out – was discussed. Having been rejected by the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) in September, the proposal did not secure support and will not be put forward to the next WMSC meeting in December. WRC Promoter’s Oliver Ciesla confirmed his firm’s idea will not go any further. “It has become apparent that the proposal is not mature enough to gain a majority,” he told AUTOSPORT. “We will continue to [...]

Rally GB could test WRC shootout idea

October 15th, 2014

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The 2014 World Rally Championship-concluding Rally GB next month could be used as a test event for WRC Promoter to demonstrate its radical new Powerstage plan. The proposal was unanimously rejected at last month’s World Motor Sport Council despite receiving unanimous backing from the WRC Commission. FIA president Jean Todt will meet with the WRC Commission to review the proposal, which focuses on closing up the competition by making a single second worth only a tenth of a second in gaps reset for the last stage, in Geneva on Thursday. Feelings will be running high in the meeting, with WRC Promoter and the manufacturers passionately in favour of a move that Todt is believed to be entirely unconvinced about. WRC Promoter chief Oliver Ciesla hopes Britain’s round of the WRC [...]

Neuville keen for Ogier as team-mate

October 13th, 2014

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Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville says he would relish the challenge of having Sebastien Ogier in the same team as him, if the World Rally champion was to leave Volkswagen. Neuville believes Ogier’s contract with VW is not sorted for next season and he would like to pitch himself against the Frenchman in equal machinery. This year Hyundai has rotated between Dani Sordo, Juho Hanninen, Chris Atkinson, Hayden Paddon and Bryan Bouffier for Neuville’s team-mates. “I want somebody who is strong, we need a good atmosphere but we need somebody who will challenge me and the team to push ourselves to the limits – that way we will go up,” Rally Germany winner Neuville told AUTOSPORT. “I would like somebody for all 13 rallies rather than changing all the time. “That [...]

Prodrive tests new VW Golf rally car

October 7th, 2014

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Prodrive has begun testing an all-new Volksagen Golf rally car. The two-litre-engined Golf went through a systems check at MIRA last week and began testing in earnest in Wales on Tuesday. It will not be eligible for the World Rally Championship and Prodrive says it has been built for a bespoke market. The Golf, which was driven at the test by Terry Kaby, will compete for the first time next month. Prodrive Motorsport managing director John Gaw said: “This is a very exciting project for us. It’s something we’ve been working on for around six months. “Clearly, it’s not a World Rally Car because of the engine, but the rest of the Golf is built entirely to the spirit of a World Rally Car. “The transmission and suspension are all [...]

Latvala extends lead in France

October 3rd, 2014

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Jari Matti Latvala continues to lead Rally of France, extending his lead over Volkswagen team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen with a brace of stage victories on Friday afternoon. Latvala saw his already slender lead whittled down to just two tenths as Mikkelsen took a second stage victory of the rally by 0.5s on SS4. But Latvala responded to the threat to his lead in fine style over the course of the following two stages, taking 4.3s out of Mikkelsen on SS5 before finding a further four seconds on SS6. That gives Latvala an advantage of 8.5s over Mikkelsen with just the evening stage in Strasbourg city centre left to run on Friday. Citroen’s Kris Meeke has consolidated his grip on the bottom step of the podium, failing to match the pace of [...]

Ogier hit by gear-shift sensor problem

October 3rd, 2014

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The part which cost Sebastien Ogier his chance to celebrate a second World Rally Championship title at home has been traced to a gear-shift sensor. The Volkswagen team has changed both the sensor and the gearbox at lunchtime service today. Ogier dropped 8m26.1s through the morning loop, although four of those minutes came from a penalty after he checked into SS3 four minutes too early. Ogier, who knew that victory and second place on the powerstage would be enough for him to be crowned on Rally of France for the second season in succession, said: “My rally is completely over now. “All I can do is wait for the powerstage and try to do something there, but that’s a long wait.” Describing the problem which hit his Polo R WRC [...]

FIA unveils plans for GT Cup in rallies

October 2nd, 2014

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The FIA has announced plans to make GT cars a more permanent fixture in rallies with the new-for-next-year R-GT Cup. The five-round series, which starts with January’s Monte Carlo Rally, will also include the German round of the WRC along with three ERC counters (Ypres, Valais and Corsica) in an all-asphalt calendar. Marc Duez was the first driver to compete in the WRC driving an R-GT car when he drove a Porsche 911 on this year’s Monte Carlo. Britain’s Richard Tuthill became the first driver to finish a WRC round in an R-GT car when he took a Rally Deutschland class win with his 911 GT3 in August. FIA rally director Jarmo Mahonen said: “We have been working closely with our technical department for some time to see how we [...]

Latvala tops France shakedown

October 2nd, 2014

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Volkswagen driver Jari-Matti Latvala’s decision to take a fourth run at this morning’s Rallye de France shakedown stage netted him the fastest time on the two-mile test. The Finn won the stage by 1.2 seconds from Citroen’s Kris Meeke, with Latvala’s team-mate Sebastien Ogier and Hyundai’s Dani Sordo third, half a second down on the Northern Irish DS3 WRC. Latvala said: “When I went to me pre-event test for France, there was some understeer with the car and there were some things I wanted to try this morning. “I have got really good confidence with it now. The shakedown was good.” Latvala’s last asphalt outing in Germany ended in disappointment when he crashed out of a comfortable lead. He says he is determined to make up for that mistake in [...]

Tanak gets WRC car for Rally GB

October 2nd, 2014

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Estonian Ott Tanak will return to a Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car for the World Rally Championship season-concluding Rally GB. Tanak has been part of DMACK’s programme this season and will remain on those tyres in an M-Sport supplied car, the same combination he used to take sixth on his top-class WRC debut on the same event in 2011. DMACK has homologated a new tyre specifically for the Welsh event and managing director Dick Cormack has very high hopes. “There’s no doubting how quick Ott is,” said Cormack. “Certainly I think a podium is realistic for him and, if things are going well then why not push for the win? “We’ve given him the car and we’re just going to ask him to drive it as fast as possible.” [...]

Greg Strange obituary: 1953-2014

September 28th, 2014

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Renowned radio broadcaster Greg Strange passed away on Friday following a short illness. He was 61. Most recently known for his work on iRally, Strange was always at his best on the radio, talking touring cars or rallying. The BBC correspondent for the World Rally Championship, Strange’s inimitable tone and character chartered the title glories of both Colin McRae and Richard Burns. His time with the BBC also took him into numerous other sporting arenas, including international rugby. While the demands of the BBC inevitably faded with the loss of British presence at the sharp end of the World Rally Championship, so Strange ramped up his own station’s coverage of the series. He was a true pioneer in bringing radio to rallying and the fan’s current consumption of live, stage-end [...]

Loeb in one-off rallying return

September 24th, 2014

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Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb will return to rallying in November to contest Rallye du Var in a Citroen DS3 WRC with wife Severine. The Loebs won the Var event together in 2009. This year’s edition takes place on the final weekend of November. Now racing for Citroen’s World Touring Car Championship programme, Loeb insists his rally return is a one-off. “I’m pleased to have the opportunity to compete in the Rallye du Var with Severine,” he said. “This is not the first time we ride together and it’s always nice to both be in the car to share, on the road, this passion that we have always had in common. “I have not driven in rallying for a while and I am now fully focused on my WTCC [...]

WRC not giving up on radical plans

September 19th, 2014

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The World Rally Championship will forge ahead with radical format changes for next season, despite the current proposal being rejected by last week’s World Motor Sport Council. WRC Promoter’s Oliver Ciesla and Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito – the two main players in the new plans – have both told AUTOSPORT they still believe the revisions to the Powerstage will be introduced for next season. FIA rejects 2015 WRC revamp plan The main change will be to run the events with a co-efficient on the timing that effectively means each second on the main part of the rally is divided by 10 and is worth a tenth of a second on the final ‘shootout’ stage. Ciesla told AUTOSPORT: “I believe this is the right step for the WRC to move [...]

Ogier retakes lead from Latvala

September 13th, 2014

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Sebastien Ogier reclaimed the Rally Australia lead from Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala as the World Rally Championship field faced a tyre conundrum on Saturday afternoon. The possibility of rain convinced all the WRC frontrunners to lean towards soft tyres for the second loop of leg two, but instead they found sunshine on the 30-mile Nambucca stage. While Latvala was running entirely on softs, Ogier used a mixture of hards and softs and fared far better than his VW team-mate. Hampered badly by tyre wear, Latvala lost 13.4 seconds and the rally lead to Ogier, who was quickest on the short Valla stage that followed as well. That moved Ogier into a 10.3s lead heading to the evening’s superspecials. Citroen driver Kris Meeke managed to disrupt VW’s domination again when he [...]

Latvala deposes Ogier from rally lead

September 13th, 2014

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Jari-Matti Latvala took the lead of Rally Australia from Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier after chalking up two more stage wins on Saturday’s opening pair of stages. Starting the day just four tenths of a second adrift of Ogier, Latvala took his third stage victory of the rally on SS9, the longest of the rally, by a margin of three seconds from the Frenchman. That earned the Finn an advantage of 2.4s in the overall standings over the championship leader. Latvala proceeded to extend his cushion by a further 1.5s on SS10 with another stage win, giving himself a 3.9s lead over Ogier at the end of the morning loop. Andreas Mikkelsen continues to hold third place, but has fallen away from the lead battle having failed to match the pace [...]

Analysis: Revamp rejection splits WRC

September 12th, 2014

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The FIA’s decision to reject plans for a radical World Rally Championship revamp in 2015 has brought mixed reaction from the service park – with drivers pleased but teams disappointed. WRC Promoter had proposed revisions to the Powerstage from January. The new rule would have meant a shootout between the top four crews for victory on the rally, with the competition brought closer via a co-efficient used to reduce the margins between the cars – a suggestion widely unpopular with drivers and co-drivers. M-Sport’s Mikko Hirvonen said: “I’m definitely happy there’s no decision about it. “Everybody was against the shootout idea that would change the DNA of rallying. It wouldn’t be rallying anymore.” Hirvonen’s countryman Jari-Matti Latvala admitted he could see the need for change. “There has been no other [...]

WRC revamp plans rejected by FIA

September 12th, 2014

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The World Motor Sport Council rejected the proposal for radical change to the World Rally Championship at its meeting in Beijing on Friday. The WMSC had been widely expected to rubberstamp WRC Promoter’s proposal for the introduction of a final stage shootout to decide rallies next season, but in a move set to shock the WRC, the plans were abandoned. The FIA’s communication from the WMSC meeting made no mention of the proposal and a spokesperson from the governing body told AUTOSPORT: “The proposal presented by the WRC Commission regarding the format of events was returned to the Commission for review.” The revised Powerstage plan has been at the heart of WRC Promoter’s planned development for the world championship for more than a year, and it had received unanimous backing [...]

Meeke hangs on as VWs close in

September 12th, 2014

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Kris Meeke remains in the Rally Australia lead despite the Volkswagens picking up the pace through the Friday afternoon stages. Citroen driver Meeke had deposed VW’s Sebastien Ogier from the rally lead on the final morning stage as the World Rally champion struggled with running first on the road. But dust on the stages was less of a problem on the afternoon’s repeat run, allowing Ogier to win SS4 and then his team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala to go quickest on the next two. Despite third-fastest on SS6 being the best he could manage through the loop, Meeke kept his pace close enough to the VWs’ times to hang on in the overall lead by 2.1 seconds over Latvala and 2.6s over Ogier as they head for the evening superspecials. Andreas Mikkelsen [...]

VW boss denies rift with Ogier

September 11th, 2014

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Volkswagen World Rally Championship team principal Jost Capito has denied there is a rift between him and lead driver Sebastien Ogier. Ogier is currently engaged in contract negotiations with the German team and is understood to be chasing a pay rise with his standing as world champion. Relations between the pair have been strained through those negotiations – and through a difference of opinion on the running order regulations for next season – but Capito said they were back on track now. Asked if he expected Ogier to be driving one of his cars next season, Capito told AUTOSPORT: “I think so. “I think there is no reason for us to change anything and no reason for any of the three drivers to change anything. “We are happy with them [...]

Meeke leads Australia shakedown

September 11th, 2014

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Kris Meeke posted the fastest time on Thursday morning’s Rally Australia shakedown stage – mirroring the perfect start he made to last year’s Coffs Harbour World Rally Championship event. The Northern Irishman led a Citroen one-two, with his team-mate Mads Ostberg second quickest in the second DS3 WRC. Meeke was four tenths of a second faster than the Norwegian, while Hyundai’s Rally Germany winner Thierry Neuville was a further four tenths back in third. “It felt good this morning,” Meeke told AUTOSPORT. “Ironically, on the last run when we set the fastest time, it didn’t feel so nice in the car at all: we had made a change on the springs at the rear and it wasn’t so good – but the time was still OK.” Jari-Matti Latvala was the [...]