A field of 52 cars will take the virtual starting orders in the opening round of the carsales ARG eSport Cup, starting tonight.
The 10 week, online gaming series, borne out of the coronavirus pandemic, will feature a host of ‘real’ races under the Australian Racing Group’s stable of categories, competing on the iRacing software.
Tonight’s first round will be held held at Mount Panorama, with all drivers competing in the turbo-charged Audi RS 3 TCR car.
Drivers from TCR Australia, S5000, Touring Car Masters, V8 Touring Cars and Trans Am, with a smattering of special guests, will strut their stuff around Bathurst, broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube.
Subsequent rounds of the 10 consecutive week series will see the drivers use Formula 3 cars, depicting the VHT Australian S5000 Championship.
In the real world, the 52 car field is full of world-class talent, with Australian Touring Car champions, Bathurst 1000 winners, British Touring Car champions and other international drivers littering the grid.
Three-times Bathurst 1000 winner Garth Tander will compete, driving the #75 Audi. Tander scored pole in the ill-fated TCR Asia Pacific Cup event at the Australian Grand Prix last month, and will be looking to maintain his hot form in his Melbourne Performance Centre entry.
Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams is also a confirmed starter, and while the Victorian native is more at home on freestyle motocross tracks, he is sure to bring a new audience to the racing. The Victorian native commands a huge social media following, bringing an extra dimension of interest to the online event.
Another interesting addition to the field is Jaxon Evans. The 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia champion is the son of TCR Australia Cupra car owner John Evans, operating under the Garage1 entry. He will be part of a two-car Garage1 team alongside the team’s regular driver Tim Brook.
Chelsea Angelo is the sole female entrant, while carsales.com.au editor-in-chief Mike Sinclair is the media representative.
The broadcast of the carsales ARG eSport Cup will start at 8pm AEDT.
Full details on how and where to watch are available below.
|1||TCR||HMO Customer Racing||Will Brown||QLD||White/Blue|
|2||TCR||Melbourne Performance Centre||Chelsea Angelo||VIC||White/Blue|
|3||TCR||Melbourne Performance Centre||Lee Partridge||VIC||Black/Red|
|5||Trans Am||Retractable Tarps||George Miedecke||QLD||Red|
|6||TCR||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Jordan Cox||VIC||White/Green/Red|
|7||TCR||Team Valvoline GRM||Luca Giacomin||VIC||White/Red/Blue|
|8||Trans Am||Harris Racing Pty Ltd||Aaron Seton||QLD||Yellow|
|9||TCR||Ashley Seward Motorsport / AWC||Jay Hanson||VIC||White/Green/Red|
|10||TCR||Track Tec Racing||Niels Langeveld||NED||Orange/Silver|
|11||TCR||HMO Customer Racing||Nathan Morcom||NSW||White/Blue|
|12||Trans Am||RTC Motorsport||Peter Herd||NSW||Black|
|17||TCR||Burson Auto Parts Racing||Jason Bargwanna||VIC||White|
|18||TCR||Team Valvoline GRM||Aaron Cameron||VIC||White/Red/Blue|
|19||TCR||Milldun Motorsport||Matt Simmons||QLD||White|
|21||V8TC||United eSports||Harley Haber||NSW||White|
|22||TCR||Track Tec Racing||Jack Milligan||NZ||Orange/Silver|
|23||S5000||UCS Group||Tim Macrow||VIC||Black/Orange|
|24||TCR||Wall Racing||John Martin||NSW||White/Red|
|26||TCR||Track Tec Racing||Tom Alexander||NZ||Orange/Silver|
|27||S5000||Barton Mawer Motorsport||Barton Mawer||NSW||Black/White|
|28||TCR||Track Tec Racing||Rowan Shepherd||NZ||Orange/Silver|
|29||Trans Am||Gulf Western Oils||Nathan Herne||QLD||Orange/Silver|
|30||TCR||HMO Customer Racing||Sam Stratten||NSW||White/Blue|
|31||S5000||Team Valvoline GRM||James Golding||VIC||White/Red/Blue|
|33||TCR||Renault Sport GRM||Dylan O’Keeffe||VIC||Yellow|
|38||TCR||Wall Racing||Tim Mcreynolds||NSW||White/Red|
|47||TCR||Track Tec Racing||Jaden Ransley||NZ||Orange/Silver|
|48||Trans Am||Melbourne Performance Centre||Nic Carroll||VIC||Blue|
|49||S5000||ACT Fence Hire||Thomas Randle||VIC||Black/Orange|
|55||TCR||Signature Homes||Rhys Gould||NZ||Black/Red|
|64||TCR||Garage1 / Morris Finance||Tim Brook||NSW||White/Red|
|67||TCM||Bilstien/JMG Racing||Jeremy Gray||NSW||Blue|
|68||V8TC||Turbo Brisbane||Jonathan Beikoff||QLD||White/Blue/Red|
|75||TCR||Melbourne Performance Centre||Garth Tander||VIC||Grey/Red/Black|
|85||TCM||Garwood Motorsport||Adam Garwood||VIC||Yellow|
|88||TCR||Track Tec Racing||Tim Dossett||NZ||Orange/Silver|
|91||TCR||Garage1 / Morris Finance||Jaxon Evans||VIC||Red/White|
|92||S5000||Motum Simulation||Ricky Capo||VIC||Red|
|99||Trans Am||TPS Group||Brett Holdsworth||VIC||Red|
|116||TCR||Panta Racing Fuel||Ash Sutton||ENG||Black/White|
|117||TCM||Team Johnson||Steve Johnson||QLD||Blue|
|122||TCR||Monster Energy||Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams||VIC||Black|
|133||TCM||Juice Plus +||Cameron Mason||NSW||Green|
|222||TCR||Fast Track Comms||Luke King||NSW||Black/Red|
|777||TCR||Declan Fraser Racing||Declan Fraser||QLD||White|
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
Broadcast start time – 8pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time
Round 1 Commentators: Grant Rowley & Tony D’Alberto
TCR Australia – http://www.youtube.com/tcraustralia
Touring Car Masters
V8 Touring Cars
Trans Am Australia
Garry Rogers Motorsport
HMO Customer Racing
ROUND 1 SCHEDULE, BATHURST
7:00pm – Practice (60 mins)
8:00pm – Qualifying (20 mins) – *LIVE BROADCAST BEGINS*
8:25pm – Race 1 ‘Feature Race’ (30 mins)
9:00pm – Race 2 ‘Reverse Grid’ (15 minutes)
The Grid Determination for Race 1 ‘Feature Race’ will be Qualifying Order.
The Grid Determination for Race 2 ‘Reverse Grid Race’ will be reverse top 25, based on finishing positions in Race 1.