Renault Junior driver Oscar Piastri has played a starring role in Round 5 of the carsales ARG eSport Cup during his one-off appearance in the online series at Circuit de Catalunya tonight.
The young Australian Formula 1 hopeful qualified second before claiming a strong Race 1 win and a hard-charging third in the two Formula 3 races in Spain.
The 19-year-old made a perfect start, with a comfortable lights-to-flag win in the 20-minute opener while pole-sitter and early race threat Luca Giacomin, representing the Garry Rogers Motorsport team, spun at the first corner to drop himself out of contention.
Piastri seemlingly cruised to victory, with his his final margin over National Trans Am Series driver Nathan Herne more than three seconds.
TCR Australia regular Dylan O’Keeffe finished a third, with S5000 leading driver Thomas Randle taking fourth. Rounding out the top 10 was young TCR Australia driver Jay Hanson, Jordan Cox, wildcat entrant Luke King, S5000’s Ricky Capo, Peugeot TCR star Aaron Cameron and Kiwi Jayden Ransly.
Points leader Harley Haber endured a difficult first race. A clash with former series leader Ash Sutton threw the V8 Touring Car driver into the fence at Turn 2, leaving him in a lowly 14th at the finish.
Haber used the disappointing result to his advantage in the reverse grid Race 2, storming through for a commanding win. In a stunning first lap, Haber roared his way to the lead on the first lap – a lead he would not surrender.
Randle and Piastri played starring roles in the second race, charging from the back of the Top 20 to round out the podium.
Trans Am racers George Miedecke and Brett Holdsworth rounded out the first five, while Herne could only make it up to 12th.
Haber continues to the lead the series (288) from Herne (272), O’Keeffe (248), Ransley (238) and Sutton (236) who dropped to fifth after a less than ideal night.
Round 6 brings the carsales ARG eSport Cup back to Australia and to the famous Victorian circuit at Phillip Island. The race will be broadcast live and free on Facebook and YouTube, May 7 from 8pm AEST.
Points after Round 5
|Stan Van Oord||39|
|Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams||4|