Milwaukee Racing stalwart Will Davison has declared the wider field is catching up to the expected BP Supercars All Stars Eseries frontrunners.
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The virtual iRacing championship kicks off 7pm AEST tonight with races at Phillip Island and Monza, and Davison enters just days after going wheel-to-wheel with IndyCar’s finest in an Elite Racing League event.
Anton De Pasquale, Scott McLaughlin and Shane van Gisbergen have been extensively touted as the favourites for Supercars’ version, given their vast simulator experience.
Davison though feels the trio will have to work for their place at the pointy end before long.
“We’re all catching up, there’s no doubt about that,” the two-time Bathurst 1000 winner told Supercars.com.
“There’s some guys that had a huge headstart on us and there are some certain traits in the simulator that are a little bit different style to the real thing, understanding how to get the most out of your wheel and your pedals.
“The field is getting closer and closer.
“But of course, for the guys who have lived in these things for every night of their life for years and years, they have got a bit of a headstart.”
Davison does have some prior iRacing experience, though he had to source a simulator for the Eseries having passed on his former equipment to older brother Alex a while back.
“It’s a pretty crazy world, it has come a long way since I last played it,” said Davison.
“There’s some serious laps going on. The level of competitiveness is going to be really high for our Eseries, I’m actually really looking forward to it, everyone is taking it quite serious so it’s going to be really cool.”
To get through the three-race opening round without mistakes is Davison’s aim for tonight.
“It’s quite tricky to drive consistently,” the 37-year-old noted.
“I’d be happy just to finish in the top 10 just in the first few races and then get quicker and quicker as the season goes on.”
The Eseries will be broadcast on Fox Sports, Kayo, 10 Play and Sky Sports New Zealand, with streaming also available on Supercars’ Facebook and Twitch channels.