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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
  • Matt A Kingsbury

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to Corey's aunt!

  • 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.

  • Jordan Hightower

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • 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.

  • Ray Kingsbury

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • 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.

Citroen: Meeke safe despite crash

September 2nd, 2014

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Kris Meeke crashing out of the lead of Rally Germany will not dent his hopes of remaining at Citroen next season, according to team principal Yves Matton. The Northern Irishman ran at the front of the field throughout last week’s Rally Germany, but lost the chance of taking his first WRC win after getting a pace note wrong during the pre-event recce. Meeke noted the first corner of SS16 too quick and slid off the road, damaging the left-front of his factory Citroen DS3 WRC. Matton said: “The work Kris did from the start of the year is following the line I expected from him to have him join us next year. “After three years he didn’t compete on asphalt with the World Rally Car. He came here in difficult [...]

Bouffier gets second Hyundai chance

September 1st, 2014

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Bryan Bouffier will get another chance with the Hyundai World Rally Championship team in France next month despite crashing twice on his top-level debut in the i20 WRC in Germany. The Frenchman was elevated to Hyundai’s front-line squad for the first time in Germany after spending the season so far as a test driver, but had a heavy accident on the event’s second day when running ninth. The team managed to repair Bouffier’s car so he could rejoin under Rally 2 on the final leg, only for him to crash again at the start of the Powerstage finale. Hyundai team boss Michel Nandan said Bouffier deserved another chance on his home event. “We have decided to give another opportunity to Bryan following the difficulties he faced in Germany, so he [...]

Bjorn Waldegaard: 1943-2014

August 29th, 2014

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Simba. One word. One man. Lion. That was how the Kenyans knew Bjorn Waldegaard. And he certainly was the king of African rallying. Born in Rimbo, in the east of Sweden, Waldegaard started competing aged 19. And his natural talent was immediately obvious: he was on the podium on the Swedish Rally within three years and Swedish national champion two years later. The mainstay of Waldegaard’s career was bookended by success in a Porsche. In a career that spanned five decades, he won the 1969 Monte Carlo Rally and the 2011 East African Safari Classic in a 911. Not only does that highlight the incredible longevity of big Bjorn – or Walle – as he was known locally, but it also demonstrates his ability to drive on all surfaces. It [...]

Bjorn Waldegaard dies aged 71

August 29th, 2014

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The first World Rally Champion Bjorn Waldegaard has died aged 71 after suffering with cancer. Waldegaard passed away following a rapid decline in his health. He had been due to take part at Rallyday in Wiltshire next month, but had cancelled that trip to make way for treatment. He did, however, attend the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier in the summer, where he drove a Toyota Twincam Turbo. The Swede won the inaugural drivers’ World Rally Championship title in 1979, co-driven by Hans Thorszelius on all rounds except for the 1000 Lakes Rally, where Claes Billstam guided them to third place. Driving a works Ford Escort on European WRC rounds and a Mercedes 450 SLC on the Safari and Ivory Coast, Waldegaard took the championship by a single point from [...]

Latvala denies crash wrecked title bid

August 29th, 2014

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Volkswagen driver Jari-Matti Latvala insists his 2014 World Rally Championship title bid remains on course despite crashing out of the lead in Rally Germany. Latvala had the chance to slash team-mate Sebastien Ogier’s 44-point advantage in the championship after the Frenchman retired early on in Germany following two crashes, but squandered a lead of almost one minute with an incident of his own on the opening stage of the final day of the rally. “It would have been a really good chance to come out of the event 16 points behind, but it didn’t happen,” said Latvala. “I promise this will never ever happen again. “Now I’m looking forward to Australia – it’ll be difficult for Sebastien to open the road there if it’s dry. “I’ll be second on the [...]

Hirvonen: I can still win in WRC

August 28th, 2014

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Mikko Hirvonen says he’s still got what it takes to win in the World Rally Championship despite struggling for pace at last week’s Rally Germany. The Finn was outpaced across an entire event by his junior team-mate Elfyn Evans for the first time in Trier, and he has not won a WRC event since towards the end of 2012. Hirvonen’s contract with the British-based M-Sport team is up at the end of this year, but he says he wants to remain in the sport and he has options for 2015. “I still believe I’ve got what it takes to win,” said Hirvonen. “All the rallies are important, but the next one in Australia is an important event for me – and so is Rally GB this year. “I think we [...]

Neuville to start despite major crash

August 21st, 2014

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Thierry Neuville will make the start of Rally Germany, despite rolling his Hyundai i20 WRC six times on Thursday morning’s shakedown. But the Belgian might have to walk over the start ramp as his car may not be ready for the evening ceremony. Neuville crashed out of his third run at the shakedown stage close to Trier, but the German-based team is confident of getting the i20 fixed in time for Friday morning’s first competitive stage. A Hyundai spokesperson said: “We have a little bit of work to do, but the car’s OK. “It just needs some panels, doors, maybe wings, a windscreen and a little bit of tape and it’ll be fine. “There’s no major mechanical issues with the car at all and the roll cage wasn’t damaged.” Hyundai [...]

Breen excluded from Rally Germany

August 21st, 2014

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Craig Breen has been excluded from Rally Germany ahead of Thursday night’s start of the Trier-based World Rally Championship qualifier. The Irishman was notified of his exclusion today after a stewards’ bulletin communicated concerns regarding a back injury Breen sustained during the last round of the series in Finland. The bulletin stated: “Considering the potential for and consequence of a further situation occurring during the competition resulting in the loss of control of the car, in the interests of safety competitor number 14 cannot start the rally.” Breen was detained in hospital for a night following a heavy landing on the final day of Rally Finland, but the Ford Fiesta RS WRC driver was given the all-clear to compete in Germany a week ago. Breen said: “First and foremost I [...]

Latvala tops shakedown, Neuville rolls

August 21st, 2014

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Jari-Matti Latvala continued his fine run of World Rally Championship form by topping shakedown for Rally Germany, while Thierry Neuville heavily rolled his Hyundai i20 WRC. Shakedown was halted after Neuville crashed heavily on his third run at the stage. The car is believed to have rolled as many as six times in the accident after the Belgian lost control of the car on a left-hander. FIA scrutineers and Hyundai Motorsport will now inspect the damage to the car before deciding whether last year’s runner-up can take the start in the centre of Trier tonight. Latvala headed a Volkswagen one-two-three, with the Rally Finland winner half a second up on championship leader Sebastien Ogier. Andreas Mikkelsen was a further six tenths down in third. Northern Irishman Kris Meeke was the [...]

Ogier not unbeatable – Latvala

August 21st, 2014

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Rally Finland winner Jari-Matti Latvala is adamant he has the pace to challenge his Volkswagen World Rally Championship team-mate Sebastien Ogier on asphalt in Germany this week. Although Latvala’s WRC wins have all come on gravel or snow so far, he believes he has shown he can outpace reigning champion Ogier on asphalt in the past, and with momentum from his home victory behind him, he thinks aiming for another win in Germany is realistic. “I want and I hope to challenge [Ogier],” Latvala told AUTOSPORT. “Last year I managed to do that in Catalunya and in France also, so it’s not impossible. “I led in Germany last year before I made a mistake and hit one of the standing stones. Obviously, I cannot afford to do this again. “I [...]

Gronholm: No chance of WRC return

August 20th, 2014

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Marcus Gronholm says there is no chance he will compete again in the World Rally Championship despite his recent appointment as Volkswagen’s test driver. The Finn retired from full-time rallying seven years ago, and says he has no desire to return to the series, but he is enjoying his new role with the German team. Gronholm tested the 2015-specification Polo R WRC for the first time earlier this month, when he drove on gravel for a day in the south of France, and will test again next month. “When the first contact came from Volkswagen, I said to them: ‘But you are winning everything! What can I do?’” Gronholm told AUTOSPORT. “There was some more talking and so I told them to make me a proposition. “But this is just [...]

Meeke a threat for Germany – Ogier

August 20th, 2014

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World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier has identified Citroen’s Kris Meeke as one of his main rivals for this week’s Rally Germany. Despite not having competed in Germany since his Mini WRC programme in 2011, Meeke’s pace on the Trier rally has always been strong, particularly in his Junior WRC years. Opinion: Britain’s WRC wait can end in Germany He was also a multiple winner on asphalt in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, and arrives in Germany fresh from a career-best WRC performance in Finland, where he challenged the Volkswagens for the lead and became the first Briton to take a podium on the event since Richard Burns in 2003. “We have some real asphalt specialists in the field, but I will be keeping an eye on Kris Meeke,” said Ogier. “He [...]

Kubica downplays Germany chances

August 19th, 2014

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Robert Kubica has moved to calm increasing expectations of a star performance in this week’s Rally Germany – his first World Rally Championship asphalt outing in a top-class car. All seven of the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix winner’s outright rally victories have come on asphalt, and his best ever WRC result was fifth overall in Germany last year, when he also won WRC2 in a Citroen DS3 RRC. But the Pole believes the constant need to use his right arm – which still has limitations from his 2011 accident – to handbrake his Ford Fiesta RS through the hairpins in the vineyards could cost him time. “The characteristics of these roads with lots of hairpins and tight junctions are extremely difficult with my limitations,” said Kubica. “I had a few [...]

Meeke tipped for 2015 Finland win

August 14th, 2014

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Kris Meeke has every chance of becoming the first Briton to win Rally Finland in 2015, reckon leading World Rally Championship figures. Meeke finished a breakthrough third in Jyvaskyla earlier this month, becoming the first of his countrymen to take a podium on the Finnish event since Richard Burns in 2003. Winner Jari-Matti Latvala believes it was Meeke’s best WRC performance yet, and proves he will be threat for victory on the famous rally next season. “Kris showed good speed, he improved a lot from last year and I think it’s possible for him to fight to win here next year,” said Latvala. “Already when I saw Kris’s stage times on the first couple, I was like: ‘Wow! He is driving fast.’ “Last year we saw that he was also [...]

WRC shootout could be for top three

August 7th, 2014

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The World Rally Championship’s 2015 final-stage shootout format could be for the top three drivers on each rally rather than the first two as originally mooted. The much-debated format for next year’s WRC events looks set to be revealed in September, and the concept of a last-stage decider remains on the cards. But instead of the winner coming from the top two drivers, as previously proposed, it is now likely to come from the top three. Fourth will be battled for by the drivers from fourth to sixth; seventh from seventh to ninth and the final group included in the revised final-stage format will be drivers from 10th to 12th. WRC Promoter’s Oliver Ciesla hopes the constant evolution of the shootout idea will ensure it finds widespread favour. “People want [...]

Wilson disappointed in Hirvonen

August 6th, 2014

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M-Sport World Rally Championhship team boss Malcolm Wilson admitted he was “really disappointed” with lead driver Mikko Hirvonen after Rally Finland. Hirvonen, who won his home WRC round in 2009 and finished on the podium four years in succession, was a distant fifth and almost three minutes behind the winner last week. “I have to go on record and say I am really disappointed with Mikko,” said Wilson. “I thought this event was a great opportunity for him – especially after we had been so strong last year, with both Thierry [Neuville] and Mads [Ostberg] leading the event in our car. “It was always going to be a massive challenge to beat Jari-Matti [Latvala] and Seb [Ogier], the two fastest drivers in the world, but I certainly thought we could [...]

Injured Breen released from hospital

August 4th, 2014

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European Rally Championship frontrunner Craig Breen has been released from hospital and will be returning home after hurting his back during Rally Finland last weekend. The Irishman entered the final day of the WRC event in ninth place overall, but his participation was curtailed at the end of the Ruuhimaki stage following a heavy landing over a big jump that injured his back. Breen climbed out of his Ford Fiesta at the finish and quickly summoned medical attention. “I tried to go flat out over the famous jumps and now I’m flat on my back,” said Breen, who was initially treated by medical crews beside his car after the incident. He was later taken to a nearby hospital in Jyvaskyla for further checks, before being released on Monday morning to [...]

Ogier reels in Latvala in Finland

August 2nd, 2014

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Rally Finland is set for a stunning finish after a problem for Jari-Matti Latvala allowed Sebastien Ogier to reduce his lead to just 3.4 seconds going into the final day. Latvala had got his advantage up to 31s over Volkswagen team-mate and reigning World Rally champion Ogier by Saturday afternoon, having led his home event from the outset. But then a heavy impact with a rut in the road on the second running of the Jukojarvi stage damaged the brakes on Latvala’s VW Polo. He immediately lost 11s of his advantage and although he attempted a temporary repair on the following road section, he had to limp through the next three stages without a right-front brake. Ogier instantly mounted a charge as his hopes of victory were revived, and Latvala [...]

Latvala extends Rally Finland lead

August 2nd, 2014

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Jari-Matti Latvala took complete control of Rally Finland on Saturday’s opening loop, extending his lead to nearly half a minute. While Latvala’s Volkswagen team-mate and World Rally Championship title rival Sebastien Ogier was swiftly able to retake second from Kris Meeke’s Citroen, the champion still had no answer to the home favourite. Kubica and Ogier quiz each other Latvala won three of Saturday morning’s five stages and led Ogier by 29.9 seconds before heading for service. Meeke stayed in touch with Ogier for second until a small mistake on the Himos stage cost him several seconds. He is now 13.5s behind Ogier and focusing on ensuring a podium finish. There is still a 36s gap from Meeke back to fourth-placed Andreas Mikkelsen, who stretched away from Mads Ostberg and Mikko [...]

Latvala builds lead, Ogier slips back

August 1st, 2014

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Jari-Matti Latvala extended his Rally Finland lead to 19.7 seconds by the end of Friday, as Kris Meeke grabbed second from Sebastien Ogier. Reigning World Rally champion Ogier felt running first on the road was much more costly for him amid the afternoon’s fully dry conditions. Latvala countered that being second in the start order was little different for him, and felt his Volkswagen team-mate and title rival had outpsyched himself. As well as falling away from the flying Latvala, Ogier was also reeled in and overhauled by Meeke’s Citroen, which grabbed second halfway through the afternoon loop. Meeke will go into Saturday with a 1.6s advantage over Ogier after his best drive of the year so far. Kubica and Ogier quiz each other Fourth place remains very hotly contested. [...]