Jacob Tofts

Number: 116

Country: Great Britain

Hometown: Hatfield Heath

Hobbies: Sim-racing, Formula Ford race mechanic, car desgin, animation, RC car building and racing, cycling, YouTube and go-karting

Occupation: SIMSPORTNews Editor

Favourite iRacing Series: iRacing Grand Prix Series, Mazda MX-5 World Tour and VRS GT

Current League: Mazda MX-5 World Tour

Other Facts: My dad races cars and I am his mechanic, I have been sim-racing for a year. I enjoy making animations which I put on my youtube channel and my favourite drivers are my dad (Neil Tofts), Daniel Riccardo, Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso.

 

David Roffe

Hometown: Seattle, Washington, USA

Hobbies: Sim-racing, karting, mountain-biking, hiking

Occupation: Web Developer

Other Facts: Favourite drivers are Dan Gurney and Mark Donohue

 

Luis Emerton 

Hometown: Coventry, UK

Hobbies: Simracing, shooting and whitewater kayaking

Occupation: Applications Engineer

Other Facts: Really enjoyed the WEC last season, Nicki Thiim has to be my favourite driver.

 

Sara Dove

Hometown: Bristol

Hobbies: Sim racing, video gaming, nail polish, computers, Warhammer, reading, photography, driving my new car!

Occupation: Unemployed

Other: I plan to try getting a racing licence this year, and maybe become a real racing driver!

 

John Keefe

Hometown: Ansonia CT USA

Hobbies: Sim Racing, Cycling, Drumming & Karting 

Occupation: Self Employed

Other Facts: 

I have been a life long motorsports fan. My father took me to the Indianapolis 500 in 1991, and my life was forever changed. I began Karting in the late 1990’s, and continued on through 2014. I was the Polesitter for the Indy Karting Classic in 2011 beating the likes of Joseph Newgarden, AJ Almendinger, Alex Tagliani

and many other real world drivers in that event.

As for Sim racing, it all began on a snowy weekend in 1995. Papyrus Nascar 95 was released and my stepfather just happened to work for IBM, so we had the good stuff that would run that program back then!! Next came another Papyrus release, IndyCar Racing 2!! HOOKED! Then ofcourse came Grand Prix Legends…. Mind blown at that point!! Fast forward to 2008 and iRacing here i come! Been active there ever since, Winning multiple championships in Grand Am. Since the release of the Nissan GTP

I have been exclusively competing in the Kamel GT series. I look forward to working within the SIMSPORTNews Race Team.

 

Austin Brewer

Hometown: Ipswich, Suffolk UK

Hobbies: Motorsport, amateur photography, exploring everything.

Occupation: Civil Engineer

Other Facts: I learnt to walk before I could crawl, I eat anything but peas and I daily-drive a Volvo 480 Celebration.

 

Chris Skinner

Hometown: Rochester NY USA

Hobbies: SimRacing, Fishing, Anime,and playing with my kids.

Occupation: Assistant Manager Tim Hortons

Other Facts: I am a hard working Father of 3. Married to my loving wife for 7 years now.  Born and raised in western NY. I like working on my cars and hanging outside during the summer months. I did 1 WKA race in 2005 at summit point. I can’t remember what the kart was but it was not a shifter. (endouro something) I have a cousin Rick he raced a few ARCA races, 2000 ish. That is how I got to do the Kart race. 

 

Mirko Dautanac

Hometown: Endeavour Hills Victoria, Australia

Hobbies: iRacing 

Occupation: Diesel Mechanic

Other facts: Really enjoy all that iRacing has to offer. I’m a member of the ANZCAR league on iRacing, an oval league in the Aus/NZ community with races broadcast on RRTV

 

Luke King (Full Name: Rodney Luke King)

Hometown: Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa

Hobbies: Flying radio-controlled aircraft, gym, gaming (CGSO and Sim Racing), working on race cars and drag racing

Occupation: Full time computer programming student, part time real estate agent

Other facts: Quite a few years of Sim Racing experience. Started way back in Gran Turismo 3 and F1 2001. Moved to Gran Turismo 4 and Assetto Corsa before discovering iRacing. Real life motorsports interests include Formula 1 (favourite driver – Kimi Raikkonen, ranked also as my all-time favourite driver), WEC (favourite driver – Kamui Kobayashi) and Formula Drift (favourite driver – ‘Mad’ Mike Whiddett)

 

Santtu Mäkinen

Hometown: Tampere, Finland

Hobbies: Fishing, Cooking and Gaming

Occupation: Student

Other facts: My favourite F1 drivers are Kimi Räikkönen and Daniel Ricciardo. I have watched F1 as long as I can remember. I don’t even remember missing a race for at least 15 years. Also big fan of Motogp and WRC.

 

Brain Corwin

Hometown: Pinckney, MI

Hobbies: Sim Racing, Sim Aviation, Sports Manager games (i.e. OOTP and Football Manager series), Disc Golf, Softball (fast and slow pitch), playing guitar.

Occupation: Currently training to become a certified (and licensed) driver’s education instructor in the state of Michigan. Self-employed locksmith (par-time).

Other facts: I have a degree in Sports Management from Madonna University. I have a background and in Law Enforcement and Fire Fighting although no longer work in either field. I fly for several virtual airlines on my free time including the Virtual United States Army Aviation Organization and DeltaVA.org. My favourite fixed wing aircraft is the Boeing 767-300ER and my favourite rotary aircraft is the UH-60L Blackhawk. I’ve been sim racing for 10+ years, six of which being on iRacing.

 

Ex-Drivers

Gianni Quintelier

Current Team: Torque Freak Racing

Number: 37

Country: Belgium

Hometown: Puurs

Hobbies: Sim-racing, running, cycling and X-Duathlon

Occupation: SIMSPORTNews Editor and Podiatry at Artevelde University College Ghent

Favourite iRacing Series: Advanced Mazda and iRacing Porsche Cup

Current League: Mazda MX-5 World Tour and GOT Porsche Supercup

Other Facts: My favourite type of racing is endurance racing because I like the physical aspect of it, its also less aggressive than sprint racing. My favourite drivers are Stoffel Vandoorne, Nicki Thiim and Fernando Alonso. I am also a LMP1 model car collector.