Tickford Racing team principal Tim Edwards believes the BP Supercars All Stars Eseries will be an ideal opportunity to showcase the category to non-motorsport fans.
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Featuring all 25 real-life Virgin Australia Supercars Championship drivers, the Eseries will kick-off 7pm Wednesday night and be broadcast on Fox Sports, Kayo, 10 Play and Sky Sports New Zealand.
Online streaming will also be available via Supercars’ Facebook and Twitch channels.
With precious few options around when it comes to live sport, Edwards believes Supercars has a window to show itself off to the broader community.
“This is certainly different from what we’re used to, but it’s great to have some racing to talk about again,” he said.
“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.”
Tickford driver Lee Holdsworth said the sport was in a fortunate position to be able to replicate its usual self on the iRacing platform.
“This is as close as it gets to what we do in the race car, there are so many aspects that are identical,” he said.
“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.”
The Eseries commentary team, fronted by Jess Yates, and Round 1 race formats were revealed earlier this morning.