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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.

Latvala beats Ogier to Portugal win

May 24th, 2015

Latvala beats Ogier to Portugal win

Jari-Matti Latvala held on to take his first World Rally Championship win of the season on Rally Portugal, withstanding heavy pressure on the final day from Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier. Latvala swiped the lead at the end of Friday morning, and went on to extend his advantage by the end of the first full day to 11.1s. The Finn then came under heavy pressure from Rally Argentina winner Kris Meeke on Saturday morning, before Ogier joined the fray in the afternoon. The Frenchman had to suffer while sweeping the roads on Friday – his woes compounded by an early puncture – but remained in contention and fought back when Rally 2 returnees ran ahead of him. Ogier moved up to second, 9.5s behind Latvala, heading into the final day after [...]

Ogier closes on Latvala in Portugal

May 23rd, 2015

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Jari-Matti Latvala will begin the Rally of Portugal’s deciding morning under heavy pressure from Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier after a string of stage wins for the World Rally champion. Ogier was fastest on all three of Saturday afternoon’s stages, thriving as the worst of the loose gravel that had hampered him in the morning had been cleared during the first pass. He went into Saturday only sixth, 25.9s off Latvala, and couldn’t close that gap much in the morning. But his afternoon charge brought Ogier firmly into contention, as he demoted Kris Meeke and Andreas Mikkelsen to third and fourth. Latvala rued his tyre management on the long final stage in particular, where he initially looked set to inch slightly further away from Ogier before ending up 5s down on [...]

Latvala under threat from Meeke

May 23rd, 2015

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Jari-Matti Latvala hung on in the Rally of Portugal lead as a pair of stage wins from Kris Meeke closed the Citroen to within six seconds of the Volkswagen. Latvala cost himself a little time with mistakes – overshooting a junction on the day’s opener and backing off after hitting a rock hard near the end of the long Fridao stage – but Meeke’s pace was sufficient to pull him clear of Andreas Mikkelsen and gain on the leader even when all was well for Latvala. Mikkelsen had made the best start. The only driver to take all soft tyres for the loop, he claimed second from Meeke by going quickest on the opening Baiao stage. But that was Mikkelsen’s high point, and as his tyres faded he fell behind [...]

Latvala builds Rally Portugal lead

May 22nd, 2015

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Volkswagen driver Jari-Matti Latvala extended his Rally Portugal lead to 11.1 seconds, as the afternoon loop was shortened to two stages. The Ponte de Lima stage – which suffered from forest fires last night – was again struck by fire on the morning’s first stage, which was cancelled. That in-turn forced its cancellation for the re-run in the afternoon. Latavala maintained his momentum from the morning, managing second on the Caminha test before winning the final stage of the day by 2.8s to extend his lead over Citroen’s Kris Meeke. Fresh from claiming his maiden WRC victory on Rally Argentina, Meeke remained competitive all afternoon, and kept himself in contention, despite admitting to taking the wrong tyres for the afternoon tests. Andreas Mikkelsen holds third, without matching the stage-winning pace [...]

Rally Portugal stage cut due to fires

May 22nd, 2015

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Rally Portugal’s opening afternoon stage has been cancelled due to fires on the 17-mile test. Ponte de Lima, which was due to be run as the second and fifth stages of the day, was cancelled this morning around halfway through, when organisers deemed the stage unsafe to continue. Most of the World Rally Championship contingent had already set a time. Organisers had hoped the closure of SS2 would allow enough time to prepare it for action this afternoon, however concerns about increasing winds potentially causing the fire to spread led to the fire department to insist that the afternoon stage be cancelled. A huge effort from emergency services overnight to battle the blazes – over 100 fire fighters were reportedly on the scene – meant the stage could go ahead [...]

Latvala leads eventful Rally Portugal

May 22nd, 2015

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Jari-Matti Latvala became the third Rally of Portugal leader in as many stages at the end of a hard-fought Friday morning loop in the World Rally Championship. With the level of loose gravel that was hampering the frontrunners varying from stage to stage, smoke from nearby forest fires proving distracting in places, and drivers managing the wear on their soft tyres at different rates, positions changed relentlessly. Dani Sordo initially put his Hyundai in front by winning SS2, although he was just a tenth of a second ahead of overnight leader Andreas Mikkelsen’s Volkswagen. Mikkelsen quickly responded and was back on top after SS3, but Latvala was building up pace having conserved his Michelins on the early stages. Fifth at first, Latvala was up to third behind Mikkelsen and Kris [...]

Mikkelsen wins first stage in Portugal

May 21st, 2015

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Andreas Mikkelsen completed the opening stage of his first World Rally Championship round in the latest Volkswagen with the fastest time as he topped the Rally of Portugal superspecial. VW’s third driver kept the 2014 Polo for the opening rounds while team-mates Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala had the first available examples of the latest car. Mikkelsen got the upgraded machine for Portugal, and having topped Thursday morning’s shakedown, he outpaced Ogier by half a second to win the Lousada superspecial too. It was an all-VW top three, with Latvala three tenths slower than Ogier. On his return to the WRC after missing Argentina, Robert Kubica took the new M-Sport Ford to fourth place. That was a much better result than M-Sport’s ‘factory’ drivers achieved, as Elfyn Evans and Ott [...]

Meeke now wants straight Ogier fight

May 20th, 2015

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Rally Argentina winner Kris Meeke says victory over Sebastien Ogier in a straight fight is his next World Rally Championship target. Citroen star Meeke took his maiden win in South America last month, but did so after reigning champion Ogier had hit engine trouble aboard his Volkswagen. “I’m not going to get ahead of myself,” Meeke told AUTOSPORT. “I won in Argentina, but I’m fully aware that I won when Sebastien was out of the equation on stage two. “The objective, the next step for me, has to be to beat him on a weekend when he’s on song and that’s what I’m focused on. “I’m not about to say it’s going to happen in Portugal next time out, I don’t know what’s going to happen there. “But I’m under [...]

M-Sport wants Neuville back for 2016

May 18th, 2015

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M-Sport is trying to entice Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville back into its line-up for the 2016 World Rally Championship. The Cumbrian team will launch its 2015 Ford Fiesta RS WRC (pictured below) before this week’s Rally Portugal, and boss Malcolm Wilson believes it is capable of beating Volkswagen’s all-conquering Polo R WRC. DAVID EVANS: Neuville + M-Sport could take on Ogier Neuville, who spent a season in an M-Sport Ford in 2013 before leaving for the works Hyundai line-up, has been identified as the driver who could provide the pace needed to end M-Sport’s three-year win drought. “I know what our car is capable of this year, which makes me even more excited about the new car,” Wilson told AUTOSPORT. “And I want to be absolutely clear that this is [...]

Analysis: WRC’s ‘initial’ 2016 calendar

May 14th, 2015

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The World Rally Championship released a list of what it described as nine ‘initial’ rallies for the 2016 calendar on Wednesday, with Rally GB just one glaring omission. Submitted to the World Motor Sport Council for approval, Monte Carlo (January 21-24) and Sweden (February 12-14) have dates attached, while Argentina, Australia, Finland, Italy, Mexico, Poland and Spain also appear on the list. A full calendar is due by September and there are still plenty of questions to be answered, as DAVID EVANS explains, looking beyond the 275-word statement… It didn’t take long for some to fall foul of a press release announcing, at first glance, a nine-round 2016 World Rally Championship lacking the UK, Germany and France. In some quarters it was compared to Formula 1′s loss of the German [...]

Volkswagen explains test engine failure

May 14th, 2015

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Volkswagen says an engine failure during its Rally of Portugal test was activated by the team in order to help understand the issues which struck its Polo R WRCs at last month’s Rally Argentina. Footage of Jari-Matti Latvala’s car going onto three cylinders while approaching a fast left-hand corner at competition speed was captured on social media. A Volkswagen spokesman emphatically denied this was an involuntary repeat of the fuel injector problems that halted Latvala and team-mate Sebastien Ogier in South America, but part of the test following an investigation into its worst-ever World Rally Championship event. “The team replicated the problem of running on three cylinders in a controlled test environment to allow us to asses any potentially damaging effects on the engine and how best to manage the [...]

Kubica secures 2015 M-Sport Fiesta

May 13th, 2015

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Robert Kubica will return to the World Rally Championship at next week’s Rally of Portugal driving one of the five all-new Ford Fiesta RS WRCs. Preparation of the Polish star’s car, pictured, is currently being finalised at M-Sport’s Cumbrian headquarters, with the Fiesta expected to run for the first time before the weekend. Ex-F1 driver Robert Kubica turns down new circuit racing offers Kubica’s RK World Rally Team has purchased the car and will run it in association with M-Sport in Portugal, where the 2015-spec Ford will make makes its maiden WRC appearance. The 2008 F1 Canadian Grand Prix winner was forced to miss the last round of the WRC in Argentina after failing to find agreement with A-Style – the Italian outfit which had run him on the first [...]

Four more Hyundai rallies for Abbring

May 13th, 2015

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Hyundai has confirmed Kevin Abbring’s programme for the rest of the 2015 World Rally Championship, with the Dutch driver to tackle a further four rounds in an i20 WRC. Abbring’s next event will be Rally Poland on July 2-5, before contesting Germany, Corsica and Rally GB. He has experience of all four rallies and along with British co-driver Sebastian Marshall made his debut with the team in Sweden earlier this year, deputising for the injured Dani Sordo. The bulk of their programme was always expected to be weighted towards the second half of the season, due to Abbring’s testing commitments with the all-new i20 WRC. Abbring will line up alongside Hayden Paddon in the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team – essentially the junior team, but still running factory-specification i20s. “I [...]

Upgrades, new livery for Citroen WRC

May 7th, 2015

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Citroen has revealed the second phase of its DS 3 WRC updates, with revised aerodynamics and a radical new livery for the next World Rally Championship round in Portugal. The new front end brings the DS 3 into line with the Volkswagen and Hyundai with the style of wings and redesigned bumper offering less drag and more downforce. Kris Meeke and Mads Ostberg tested the new package in Portugal last month. Rally Argentina winner Meeke told AUTOSPORT: “There’s more downforce at the front and, obviously, that’s a good thing. “You notice it in the higher speed, but when you’re driving the car, you’re always driving to the absolute limit of the grip anyway. “At the start of the year we had the new engine and paddleshift, now we have the [...]

Kubica turns down new circuit offers

May 5th, 2015

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Robert Kubica has dismissed new offers to return to circuit racing and stressed his commitment to the World Rally Championship after missing last week’s Rally Argentina. Sources have admitted that since the Polish ex-Formula 1 driver’s decision not to tackle the Argentina WRC round, he has been approached with more potential seats in racing cars But Kubica laughed off any suggestion that his absence from the rally was a sign that he could leave the WRC. “I can tell you for sure that I really missed not being in Argentina competing and I will be driving again in the Rally of Portugal,” he said. “Like I said, we’ll work on the team and the structure and we’ll come back for round five.” Kubica and the A-Style team that ran his [...]

Italy revamps controversial WRC route

May 4th, 2015

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June’s Rally of Italy is promising to provide the toughest single-day challenge in the 2015 World Rally Championship, after announcing a revised route. Stung by criticism that there was not enough action to keep the drivers occupied last year, the organisers of the Sardinian event have put together the longest and most arduous Saturday of the season. DAVID EVANS: How Sardinia got it wrong in 2014 The event’s second full day will include 126 competitive miles, with a tyre change mid-way through the morning and afternoon loop. The crews will return to the service park in Alghero on Saturday lunchtime to split the 10-stage, 14-hour day. The route was designed by two-time world champion co-driver Tiziano Siviero, who partnered Miki Biasion to the 1988 and ’89 WRC titles. “We wanted [...]

VW investigating Argentina failures

April 30th, 2015

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Volkswagen has launched an investigation into the reasons for its poorest ever showing in the World Rally Championship in Argentina last week. All three Polo R WRCs hit trouble, but the main area of concern is the fuel-related problem on the 2015-specification cars of Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala. Ogier’s car was halted on the first full-length stage on Friday morning, while Latvala’s car stopped on the penultimate stage on Sunday. Rally Argentina report: Meeke ends British win drought The problem was believed to be the same and culminated in a lack of fuel going through the injectors and the car running on three cylinders. “It seems we have problems with the power steering and fuel [injectors] and that’s not normal,” Ogier told AUTOSPORT. “It looks like we have something [...]

Meeke hadn’t even expected podium

April 27th, 2015

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Rally Argentina winner Kris Meeke says he never expected to even get near the podium on the South American event, having pledged to be cautious following recent accidents. Meeke knew his career was on the line after crashing on all three previous World Rally Championship rounds this season, and that he had to get his Citroen to the finish in Villa Carlos Paz last weekend. “All I wanted was points,” he told AUTOSPORT. “I was thinking of fifth or sixth something like that – just keep out of trouble and bring her to the finish. “Winning was not something I’d even considered! “I haven’t been able to get to the finish line [previously in 2015] and for the manufacturers’ [championship] it is so important to get to the end and [...]

Meeke claims maiden WRC victory

April 26th, 2015

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Kris Meeke scored his maiden World Rally Championship victory on Rally Argentina and became the first Brit to win in 13 years, heading Citroen team-mate Mads Ostberg and first-time podium scorer Elfyn Evans. Meeke survived a puncture, spin and restarting his car after an alarm scare to hold an under-the-weather Ostberg at bay by 18.1 seconds, becoming the first British driver to win a WRC event since Colin McRae on the 2002 Safari Rally. “This one is for Colin,” an emotional Meeke said of the Scot, a mentor in his early career, after jumping out of his DS 3. Meeke was helped by the cancellation of SS9 on Saturday evening – because of a crash in which spectators were injured – as it took valuable stage time away from Ostberg’s [...]

WRC spectator in intensive care

April 26th, 2015

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One man remains in intensive care following Saturday’s Rally Argentina crash in which Hayden Paddon’s Hyundai i20 WRC collided with spectators. Six people were taken to hospitals in the Cordoba area – two by helicopter and four by road. A 25-year old man is in under observation in intensive care having suffered multiple fractures. One of the six fans has been discharged, but the remainder are under observation or have received surgery for a variety of broken bones. “The accident happened in a fast right over a crest,” Paddon told AUTOSPORT. “We were flat out over the crest in the morning and the car lifted, but with some more ruts in the road after all the cars had gone through, when we went flat over there this afternoon, the car [...]