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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.

Ogier holds early Mexico lead

March 6th, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier leads Rally Mexico after two Thursday night superspecial stages. The third round of the World Rally Championship got under way in spectacular fashion with the Frenchman standing on top of his Volkswagen Polo R WRC waving a Mexican flag to thousands of fans at the stunning Guanajuato ceremonial start. The crews went straight into the first stage around – and under – Guanajuato city, with the all-asphalt test running through a 300-metre tunnel. Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville was quickest on the half-mile dash that opened proceedings, but the Belgian was forced to give best to Ogier when the action moved back towards Leon for SS2. The second stage was a three-mile mixed-surface superspecial, running the cars side-by-side. Ogier edged Neuville in their race to take the overnight advantage, one [...]

Corsica proposes controversial route

March 3rd, 2015

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The organisers of the Tour of Corsica have been encouraged to rethink the route they have proposed for the island’s World Rally Championship return this year. The event has been recalled to the WRC from the European Rally Championship for 2015 after funding problems for the previous Alsace-based Rally of France. AUTOSPORT has learned that Corsica’s first WRC status event since 2008 could start with a 35-mile stage on Friday night (October 2) and then run just five or six further tests – each of around 30 miles – over the weekend. Manufacturer and competitor opinion on the route is split, but the promoter is understood to be far from happy at losing a full day of competition and the potential to make a meaningful television programme from day one [...]

Kubica: Sweden one of my best rallies

March 2nd, 2015

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Ex-Formula 1 racer Robert Kubica believes he made one of the biggest steps forward in his World Rally Championship career last time out in Rally Sweden. Kubica took stage wins for the second event in succession in his RK World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC and his performance was in marked contrast to his last crash-filled visit to Sweden. The Pole would have been running in the top five had it not been for a broken driveshaft on the opening day and an overboosting turbo, which landed him a five-minute penalty and left him 19th overall. “This was one of the best rallies for me,” Kubica told AUTOSPORT. “It’s a shame we had the [transmission] problem because without this we could have had a very nice – and unexpected [...]

WRC pushing for Chinese round in 2016

February 28th, 2015

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China’s return to the World Rally Championship next season is a priority for the series, according to organiser WRC Promoter. A Chinese event based close to Beijing is expected to be observed as a candidate rally this season with a view to returning the WRC to the Far East for the first time since the last Rally Japan in 2010. The manufacturers have cited China as the country they most want to see back on the calendar and promoter Oliver Ciesla is keen to deliver on that next season. “China is one of our objectives and we have invested quite a lot in making this happen,” Ciesla told AUTOSPORT. “What we have achieved so far is that we see the sporting federation is very much prepared to have a WRC [...]

Neuville wants more from Hyundai

February 26th, 2015

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Thierry Neuville has called on his Hyundai team to redouble its efforts with the i20 WRC despite already being second to Sebastien Ogier in the 2015 World Rally Championship. The Belgian came within 6.4 seconds of securing victory in Sweden earlier this month, but last year’s Rally Germany winner said that hike in speed came from him rather than the car. The full story of an incredible Rally Sweden “I had a positive feeling from the event – it was impossible to stay ahead of both Volkswagens and I have to be proud of what we have done, but we always want more work,” Neuville told AUTOSPORT. “We know that everybody is doing their best in the team at the moment, but we need more improvements to be closer to [...]

Latvala: Early season mistakes OK

February 24th, 2015

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Volkswagen’s Jari-Matti Latvala insists he can afford mistakes in the first part of the 2015 World Rally Championship, despite the 34-point gap between him and championship-leading team-mate Sebastien Ogier. While Ogier scored his second win of the season in Sweden this month, Latvala slid off the road and took no points from the WRC’s winter event. He is now 11 points adrift of Thierry Neuville and Andreas Mikkelsen, who are joint second to Ogier – both 23 off the front. But Latvala believes the 2015 running order regulations – under which the championship leader must run first on the road for the opening two days of each rally – made mistakes in the first half of the year less likely to impact on the title race than later errors. “Last [...]

Mikkelsen: Sweden near-miss inspiring

February 21st, 2015

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Andreas Mikkelsen says missing out on his first World Rally Championship win in Sweden has fired him up more rather than hurting his confidence. The Norwegian led the Karlstad event by three seconds with just nine miles remaining, but a spin on the final test allowed his Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier to pass him. Mikkelsen’s mistake dropped him to third, behind Thierry Neuville – who had made it three drivers vying for the win on a final-stage thriller. “It was hard to take,” Mikkelsen told AUTOSPORT, “but now I am ready to go again. “We came so close [in Sweden] and if a fight like that doesn’t get you motivated then nothing will. I feel more motivated than ever right now.” The full story behind an epic Rally Sweden Mikkelsen [...]

Ogier ‘had to sweat blood’ in Sweden

February 20th, 2015

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World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier says he had to “sweat blood” to win Rally Sweden last weekend, describing it as one of the hardest-earned victories of his career. The reigning WRC champion came from behind after a mistake on Friday and two days of running in difficult road conditions to snatch victory when Volkswagen team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen spun on the final stage. Ogier has been a vehement opponent of the 2015 rules that force the championship leader to run first on the road on the first two days of WRC rounds, but he warned he is determined to be a threat everywhere despite that disadvantage. “I’m very proud of this win, because we really had to sweat blood and tears to get it,” said Ogier. DAVID EVANS: The story behind [...]

Ogier wins after late Mikkelsen mistake

February 15th, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier emerged victorious in a thrilling Rally Sweden showdown, as Volkswagen team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen threw away a potential maiden World Rally Championship win on the final stage. Mikkelsen went onto the final stage with a three-second buffer over Ogier, who had been mounting a comeback since losing almost 40s to the Norwegian after hitting a snow bank on Friday’s final stage. But a similar fate befell Mikkelsen part-way through the event-closing Varmullsasen power stage, ending his hopes of taking a first WRC victory as Ogier came through to snatch the win, as well as three bonus points for setting the best time on the finale. Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville held the lead at the start of the morning after taking two stage wins on Saturday afternoon, but was overhauled by [...]

VW seeks Ogier penalty clarification

February 14th, 2015

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Volkswagen World Rally Championship team principal Jost Capito is seeking clarification from the Rally Sweden stewards regarding Sebastien Ogier’s suspended penalty. Ogier was hit with a two-minute penalty – suspended for one year – after the organisers of this week’s second round of the World Rally Championship caught him speeding on the recce seven times. Capito said VW did not currently plan to appeal the decision, but wants further information. “We are not appealing, we will keep the option for the appeal,” he told AUTOSPORT. “I want to go and see the stewards tonight and just see the [paperwork] sheets. It’s not decided if we will appeal, but I don’t think so.” Capito admitted that he did not think there was any technical problem with the Golf used by Ogier [...]

Neuville grabs Rally Sweden lead

February 14th, 2015

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Thierry Neuville snatched the lead of Rally Sweden for Hyundai at the end of Saturday’s leg, setting up a thrilling final-morning battle with Volkswagen’s Andreas Mikkelsen and Sebastien Ogier. It had looked like it would be the recovering Ogier who deposed Mikkelsen from the lead on Saturday morning, as two errors from the Norwegian allowed the reigning World Rally champion to reduce a half-minute gap to just 1.7 seconds heading to service. But Ogier struggled in the afternoon, frustrated by the stage conditions he was encountering as first man on the road after the Historic field had created very different lines in the melting snow. While Mikkelsen’s advantage over Ogier quickly grew again, it was Neuville who was setting the outright pace. Winning the opening Fredriksberg stage immediately took him [...]

Ogier given suspended penalty

February 14th, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier will have a suspended two-minute time penalty hanging over him for the next 13 World Rally Championship rounds after a speeding infringement on the Rally Sweden recce. The reigning WRC champion was caught speeding seven times during reconnaissance for this week’s event and while the Frenchman has escaped a penalty for Sweden, it has been suspended for the rest of the season. That means that if Ogier is caught speeding on a recce again this year, the penalty will be applied on that rally. It will only be triggered by an infringement on reconaissance rather than on road sections during rallies themselves. Ogier was also hit with a €1232 fine – €25 for every collective kilometre he was over the limit. The stewards’ decision stated: “The report showed [...]

Mikkelsen clings onto lead after spin

February 14th, 2015

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Andreas Mikkelsen is just 1.7 seconds ahead of Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier in the Rally Sweden lead battle after a spin on Saturday morning’s fourth stage. The day had started much more encouragingly for Mikkelsen – who was thrust into the rally lead on Friday afternoon when both Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala went off the road – as he outpaced Ogier on the opening Fredriksberg stage and stretched his advantage to half a minute. But Ogier, who had already moved up from fourth to third thanks to Mads Ostberg puncturing a rear tyre on his Citroen when he clipped a snow bank, then set the pace on the next three stages. That brought him past Thierry Neuville into second, while Mikkelsen lost a few seconds in a ditch on Rammen [...]

Mikkelsen ahead, Ogier starts recovery

February 13th, 2015

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Andreas Mikkelsen will take a lead of 19.1 seconds into the second full day of Rally Sweden, while Sebastien Ogier took victory on Friday’s closing superspecial stage. The Frenchman, after losing the lead of the rally with a slide into a snow bank on SS9, beat Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala in the first heat of the evening on the 1.2-mile Karlstad test by 1.5s to take his fourth stage win of the day. With Mikkelsen setting a time 1.4s off the pace in his heat against Mads Ostberg, Ogier will go into Saturday’s stages 24.7s shy of the leader in fourth place. Latvala remains over eight minutes behind the top cars in 23rd overall after getting his Polo R WRC beached on the previous stage. Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville, who easily [...]

Mikkelsen leads as team-mates go off

February 13th, 2015

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Andreas Mikkelsen vaulted from third to the lead of Rally Sweden after both his Volkswagen team-mates Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala went off on the same stage on Friday afternoon. Ogier had clung on to the lead through the loop’s initial three stages despite his windscreen wipers failing before the first of them. A badly cracked windscreen was then added to his troubles when he failed to properly secure the VW’s bonnet after trying in vain to fix the wipers on a road section. Latvala reduced Ogier’s advantage from 9.1 seconds to just one second through SS6 and SS7, but then lost another 1.9s on SS8. Ogier then appeared to hand Latvala the lead when he slid into a snow bank and dropped half a minute early on the Torsby [...]

Ogier holds early edge over Latvala

February 13th, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier seized the lead of Rally Sweden on Friday morning, building up an advantage of 9.1 seconds over Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala with three stage wins. The reigning World Rally champion took advantage of being first on the road in the unusually dry conditions, moving to the top of the overall standings after the opening test of the loop with a time 2.7s quicker than Latvala. Struggling for confidence, the Finn then dropped a further 5.8s on SS3 before finding his feet on SS4, which he won to reduce Ogier’s cushion by 1.6s. Latvala admitted to being over-cautious on the final stage of the loop however, losing 2.9s to the rally leader and ending the morning 9.1s adrift. Andreas Mikkelsen completes a VW one-two-three, 19.6s behind Ogier. The Norwegian [...]

Tidemand tops opening superspecial

February 12th, 2015

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World Rally Championship-2 driver Pontus Tidemand was the surprise pacesetter on Rally Sweden’s curtain-raising superspecial stage on Thursday evening. The Swede was up against fellow WRC-2 runner Anders Grondal in the opening heat on the 1.9 kilometre two-lane stage. His benchmark of 1m32.1s was to remain unbeaten by the faster World Rally cars that attempted the stage subsequently. Citroen’s Mads Ostberg came closest to toppling Ford driver Tidemand, falling 0.3 seconds short of the stage win in the final heat, but beating his adversary Sebastien Ogier by 0.8s. Ogier’s fellow Volkswagen driver Jari-Matti Latvala was third quickest, a tenth slower than Ostberg, after edging out the Norwegian’s team-mate Kris Meeke by 2.2s in their heat. Thierry Neuville was the best of the Hyundais in fourth, 0.6s adrift of Tidemand but [...]

Warm weather a threat in Sweden

February 12th, 2015

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World Rally crews fear warm conditions could threaten some stages at this week’s Rally Sweden. Plans for the crews to recce this evening’s Karlstad spectator stage in their rally cars have been shelved – the crews will now use recce cars, with smaller studs which will cause less damage to the road. The temperature has remained above zero for the last two days in the event’s home town, with today’s average around six degrees and hopes of snowfall tonight fading. Tomorrow’s stages in Norway are located at higher altitude and further north, so they are likely to be in better condition. Mads Ostberg said: “We know in some of the stages around Hagfors the snow is melting quite quickly now. “It’s colder in Norway at the moment and that could [...]

Shakedown crash injures photographer

February 12th, 2015

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The Rally Sweden shakedown stage was halted on Thursday morning after an incident in which a photographer was injured. Polish privateer Michal Solowow lost control of his Ford Fiesta RS WRC (pictured) over the first of two consecutive jumps on the stage. AUTOSPORT understands that the car travelled for some distance before coming to rest in a ditch beyond the second jump, striking the photographer in the process. The photographer has been taken to hospital in what rally organisers described as a “stable” condition. The shakedown was stopped for 45 minutes following the accident. Rally Sweden, round two of this year’s World Rally Championship, begins with a superspecial in Karlstad on Thursday evening.

Latvala wants fair chance in Sweden

February 10th, 2015

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Jari-Matti Latvala has called on Rally Sweden organisers to do all they can to offer a level playing field on this week’s second round of the World Rally Championship. Heavy snow has fallen on Friday’s stages in Norway and the weekend roads in Sweden, with potential for even more overnight on Thursday. Latvala will be second onto the stages this week behind Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier, as they lead the standings following last month’s Monte Carlo season-opener. Running at the front of the field in heavy snow means the six-inch studs in their tyres cannot bite through the powder and into the ice base beneath, but they will clear the surface for those following. “I remember in 2011, it snowed on the first morning,” said three-time Rally Sweden winner Latvala. [...]