Young simulator ace Harley Haber has starred in the fourth round of the carsales ARG eSport Cup at Monza, taking his first race win and snatching the series lead.
In the first round of the series using the single seat Formula 3 car, Haber was in scintillating form at the famous Italian venue. Representing the V8 Touring car field, the 17-year-old qualified third before taking victory in Race 1 and storming from 20th in the reverse grid race to cross the line second behind Dutchman Neils Langerveld in Race 2.
In Race 1, Haber withstood heat from Garry Rogers Motorsport representative Luca Giacomin, with the pair separated by just 0.5s at the conclusion of the race.
Former A1GP driver turned Honda TCR driver John Martin enjoyed a return to his open-wheeler roots with third, albeit 13s off the leaders, while fellow TCR driver Dylan O’Keeffe was fourth.
While the drivers at the front enjoyed a clean race, there was carnage at the back. Kiwi entrant Jaden Ransley qualified fourth both spun at the exit of the first chicane, cause a mass pile up.
Series leader Ash Sutton also had a shocking first race. The former British Touring Car champion qualified 27th and a late crash dropped him to the back of the field. He fought back to salvage 13th in Race 2, but his difficult round has dropped him back to second in the title chase.
The reverse-Top 20 race saw a dominant performance from pole-sitter Langeveld, who fought off an early challenge for S5000 regular Thomas Randle two scoot away to a 3.4s win.
Randle was left to fight for second with Nathan Herne, the pair trading places in a classic Monza slipstreaming battle.
With only a few laps remaining, Haber caught the pair, and managed to pull off a daring move at Turn 1 to move into second place that he would hold until the end.
Herne ended up in third, while Randle dropped back to fifth at the finish after spinning at the second chicane not long after being passed by Haber.
Round 5 of the carsales ARG eSport Cup will again feature the Formula 3 car, to be held at Barcelona in Spain next Thursday.
Provisional points after Round 4.
|Stan Van Oord||31|
|Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams||4|