The Supercars ESeries returned to action last night with the first of six rounds of the Cash Converters Supercars ESeries held for the All Stars and pro gamers.
In the Pro ESeries, IRWIN Racing’s Cooper Webster stormed through for a top-ten finish from 20th on the grid at the Red Bull Ring.
After a challenging qualifying session that saw the 18-year-old pro gamer start towards the back of the 23-car field, Webster showed his true speed from the outset, passing six cars by the end of the first couple of laps.
Webster took the chance to pit early for clean air, and moved up another four positions to finish in the top-ten.
DEWALT Racing Supercars driver Scott Pye was caught in the thick of the action at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the All Stars.
Pye started the race from 20th position after a technical issue in qualifying. The DEWALT driver was caught up in an incident early in the race and was forced to pit for repairs, before he emerged a couple of laps down on the field.
Nevertheless, Pye continued to battle with his Supercars main game rivals, finishing 19th, and enjoyed the return to online racing during the current break from Supercars Championship action.
The Cash Converters Supercars ESeries continues next Wednesday September 1, with Round 2 of the Pro ESeries to be held on the streets of Long Beach, while the All Stars will head to Pocono Raceway.
Qualifying will commence live from 7:00pm AEST on the Team 18 Facebook page, as well as the Supercars Facebook and YouTube pages, before the live broadcast begins at 7:30pm on Fox Sports 506, 7Plus and Kayo.
Results and Quotes
Scott Pye, ESeries driver – #20 DEWALT Racing Holden Commodore
Qualifying: 20th, Race 1: 19th (+2 laps)
“Qualifying was tough, it was difficult to get the right track position. I made a mistake and exited the server to join a new one, not realising it was the same session and I missed the first six minutes of qualifying, so that made my race a lot harder.
“The race was good fun, I had some great battles but for sure I’d like the opportunity to get back on the lead lap if something happens out of your control, which is pretty common in the oval races.
“I think going forward Supercars will consider reducing the damage and allowing us to get our lap back, as the disappointing thing was only five cars finished on the lead lap.
“I was battling with the leaders trying to get my lap back, and also have a bit of fun myself rather than moving over for them.
“It was cool, I had a really good time in the race and I’m looking forward to next week.
“It’s been good fun getting the twitch stream back up and running, we had plenty of fans jump on to chat. It’s been very friendly and a good laugh, and really that’s what it’s about.
“We’re having some fun and putting on a good show while we’re not racing, it was a successful night overall.”
Cooper Webster, ESeries driver – #18 IRWIN Racing Holden Commodore
Qualifying: 20th, Race 1: 10th (+13.368)
“It wasn’t a perfect first night, I had to start 20th in the race after an unlucky qualifying session.
“I made a mistake on my first lap and my second lap was average, on my third lap I was on for a good time but unfortunately there were cars lining up for another lap and they were almost stopped on the track and I ran into one, so I was unlucky not to get that lap done.
“We started near the back for the race, did what we could to get by some cars on the first couple of laps.
“I pitted early to get out of the traffic and get some clean air and we came out in 12th, so we made up five spots since the stop.
“I did my best move forward to tenth at the end to bag some points after a poor qualifying, so hopefully those points are valuable come the end of the ESeries season.”