Full field of Supercars drivers to tackle Eseries
The full suite of Virgin Australia Supercars Championship drivers have confirmed they will race in the upcoming Supercars All Stars Eseries.
Announced last week as part of Supercars’ plan to continue racing in some form over the next three months, the Eseries will begin on April 8 and run for around 10 weeks.
Drivers will log-in from home using the internationally-renowned iRacing platform.
They will use current Holden ZB Commodore and Ford Mustang Supercars available with liveries of their own choosing.
The competition will be broadcast on Fox Sports and Kayo and be live streamed across Twitch and Supercars’ digital channels.
Supercars CEO Sean Seamer also confirmed there has been interest from overseas broadcasters and free-to-air as well.
“We expect to announce further broadcasters for the Supercars All Stars Eseries in the coming weeks,” Seamer said.
“This is about entertaining content.
“While we expect a strong and robust competition, ultimately this is designed to keep Supercars fans entertained during the period when we can’t race on the track.
“Fans watching from home will be able to hear the drivers during races, while a number of webcams will be set-up for broadcast as well.
“We expect to run a variety of different race formats across the series to ensure this stays fresh and entertaining.
“Expect traditional two-race formats in earlier rounds, however all variety of formats including enduros, mystery rounds, night races and reverse grid races are all expected.
“We are still finalising the entire list of tracks we will race on and can confirm Round 1 will be Phillip Island and Monza.”
Phillip Island will feature in Round 1
Drivers will compete for points in each race and a champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the series.
Seven-time Supercars champion Jamie Whincup says he’s looking forward to taking part in his first ever competitive sim-racing series.
“We always want to put on a good show, so it’s great for the sport and the fans knowing we can still race while the season is on hold,” he said.
“I usually back myself, but the young blokes have the advantage here. My money’s on my teammate, SVG, to be up the front.
“I know he races against a few of the guys down pitlane, even some of the Formula 1 drivers, so hopefully he’ll be representing the Red Bull Holden Racing Team on the podium.
“It will be a learning curve for me as I haven’t used a sim in a very long time and don’t use it as part of my training, but I’m looking forward to a new challenge.
“Most of all, I’m rapt that we can still provide some entertainment when everyone needs it most.”
Reigning Supercars 2019 Champion, Scott McLaughlin said the Eseries offers a great opportunity for drivers to maintain their focus during the break from the track.
“I’m a big fan of online racing, and you can often find me in my Simworx simulator keeping my eye in between races,” said McLaughlin.
“With this unprecedented situation meaning we can’t race our real cars, I think this is as good a substitute as possible.
“How cool is it that we can do this? We’re pretty much the only sport that can still compete in the online space.
“This has the potential to introduce a whole new legion of fans to our sport.
“I’m really excited about this, and am looking forward to racing my Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang in the Supercars All Stars Eseries.”
The All Stars Eseries will run prior to the third instalment of the Supercars Eseries using sim-racing experts, which will begin later this year.