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COTA on the cards as eSeries heads to Texas


12 May, 2020
The BP Supercars eSeries heads into its second half this week, with Round 6 of the 10-round series taking place at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, home of Formula One’s United States Grand Prix. The eSeries races will take place on COTA’s West Circuit, which stretches 3.7 kilometres with 19 corners.

It will be effectively Supercars’ second visit to the American circuit after the championship visited Texas in 2013. Roughly half of the drivers scheduled to compete Wednesday night competed in the 2013 event, including Tickford Racing’s Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) and Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang).

Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) enters Wednesday’s event second in the championship following finishes of second, eighth, and fourth in Round 5 at Spa-Francorchamps. Waters is among a three-horse race that has emerged above the rest in the eSeries standings.

Coincidentally, Davison was driving for Tickford when the championship last visited Texas seven years ago with a best finish of fourth across that weekend’s four races. Scoring a race runner-up last week at Spa, Davison sits ninth in the eSeries championship ladder.

Lee Holdsworth recorded his most consistent eSeries event to date last week, elevating him to 12th in the championship as the Truck Assist Racing driver continues to build his confidence in the virtual world.

It was also an improvement for Jack Le Brocq (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) in Round 5, who now sits 13th in the eSeries standings at the halfway point.

Coverage of Round 6 of the BP Supercars All-Stars eSeries begins Wednesday, May 13 with qualifying from 6:00 p.m. AEST on Fox Sports, Kayo, and Sky Sports. Additional live coverage on 10 Play and Supercars’ digital channels begins at 7:00.

No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang

Lee Holdsworth
“Circuit of the Americas, it’ll be cool to go back there. We have actually raced there before in the Supercar, so I have knowledge of the track, knowledge of the car there. It was a difficult track for a Supercar because there are some high-speed, flowing sections where there’s direction change. Our cars, because they’re heavy, they don’t like the direction change sort of stuff, you can have some big moments through there, but I think we’ll all enjoy that one.” 

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Cameron Waters
“I know probably the first four, five corners of Circuit of the Americas, and then I’m pretty lost after there, so the more practice I can get the better. Hopefully I can keep out of the wars this week and continue to bring home strong results and chip away at the points lead as we get into the last few rounds.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
“I’ve never been to Circuit of the Americas, the Supercars round there was a couple years before my time. I’ve been banking as many laps as I can to keep up with the guys who have been there before, hopefully we can keep out of trouble and bag some decent points.”

No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
Will Davison
“Man, what a trip Texas was all those years ago, great facility and a tough track to master. It’ll definitely be a challenge tomorrow but I’ve found some good pace in the last few weeks, I just need to put it all together when it counts. If I can do that and we can avoid getting cleaned up by someone else then we should be able to score some solid results.”

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“It seems like ages ago that we raced in Austin, it certainly brings back memories of what a fun week that was. COTA can a pretty tricky track so the drivers will have their hands full, but all of our guys have been making steady gains lately and it’s shown on track. Hopefully we can keep it clean this week and have some more battles at the front.”