TICKFORD RACING – eSERIES ROUND 1 PREVIEW
7 April, 2020
With its 2020 season on hold amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship has quickly redirected to establish the BP Supercars All-Star eSeries, a 10-week online championship featuring the stars and cars of the Supercars Championship in the world-leading iRacing platform.
All 25 full-time drivers will take to their racing simulators on Wednesday evening for the first event, with races at Victoria’s Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and Italy’s Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, home of Formula One’s Italian Grand Prix.
Tickford Racing drivers Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang), Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang), and Jack Le Brocq (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang), as well as customer team 23Red Racing’s Will Davison (No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang) will all compete in the familiar colours of their Ford Mustang Supercars when the action kicks off Wednesday night from 7:00 p.m. AEST.
Coverage of the BP Supercars All-Star eSeries can be found live on Fox Sports 506, Kayo, Sky Sports NZ, and Supercars’ channels on Twitch and Facebook.
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang
“I think we’re very fortunate as a sport that we can jump on the simulator and simulate what we do in real life. This is as close as it gets to what we do in the race car, there are so many aspects that are identical. Your concentration level, your braking markers, your turn-in points, your apexes, your throttle control, brake control, race craft, there’s so many things that relate, and we’re not like AFL. The AFL players would have to jump on and get on a joystick, and that’s not going to be much fun for the punters to watch. I think your skills will still come out, the talent will still come out, it’s going to be great for the spectators to watch, and I think you’ll see some personalities come out as well.”
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
“Obviously with the current situation with the world it’ll provide a little bit of a laugh for everyone. All of us drivers being competitive and running into each other, we’ll have some fun with it. Great chance to get back behind the wheel, it’s not the real thing, but next best thing at the moment, and we’ll have a bit of fun with it.”
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
“The eSeries is going to be pretty unreal, it’s, I suppose a good filler for us while we’re not racing and it’s pretty cool that we’re probably one of the only sports in the world that can do what we’re doing. Everyone’s getting in there, making the most of it, having a good time, and I’m looking forward to the challenge. A bit of banter going on as well, and it’s going to be pretty full on, it’s going to be interesting to see who’s going to take people out and cause mischief.”
No. 23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang
“I’m certainly excited to kick off the eSeries this week, what with everything going on in the world at the moment it’s a weird time for everyone, so even though it’s not the real thing for us it’s nice to have something a bit more normal to take on. Certainly it’s kept me busy the past week or so, I’ve been on the sim as much as possible trying to get up to speed on it. It’s going to be total madness, we’re all pros in the real world and some are total gurus when it comes to iRacing while some are rookies at it, and we’ve got nothing to lose, so I’m sure it’ll be pretty crazy to watch.”
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“This is certainly different from what we’re used to, but it’s great to have some racing to talk about again. Motorsport is the only live sport on in Australia right now, so it’s a great opportunity to expose our sport to people who may not be familiar with it. The boys have been having some fun on iRacing, and even though it’s not the real thing the competitive juices are flowing, it should be a real spectacle to watch.”