The Blanchard Racing Team has unveiled its driver line-up for the upcoming Cash Converters Supercars Eseries, with New Zealand racer Matthew Payne set to be joined by Aussie Racing Car talent Josh Anderson.
Payne steps up to fill the All Star seat in the hybrid format competition, that sees two championships within the series: the All Stars – consisting of main game Supercars and Dunlop Super2 drivers; and the Pro Series – with elite gamers representing Supercars teams.
Driving for Earl Bamber Motorsport in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Series, Payne most recently impressed at the NTI Townsville 500, claiming a pole position and a maiden victory in his first time at the street circuit.
The 2021 Toyota Racing Series Champion finished third in the New Zealand Grand Prix at Hampton downs earlier this year, alongside Supercars championship leader Shane van Gisbergen and Kelly Grove Racing’s Andre Heimgartner.
“I’m really excited to join CoolDrive Racing for the Eseries,” Payne said.
“Sim racing is an important part of our development these days, I am looking forward to the chance of representing CoolDrive Racing and SP Tools in a competitive environment.”
Payne completed testing at Queensland Raceway on Tuesday
Experienced sim racer Anderson will be filling the Pro Series role for the Melbourne-based squad, bringing his real-life racing credentials to the six-round competition.
Competing in the Aussie Racing Car Series since 2018, the 21-year-old has recorded 16 podium finishes, with three wins this season at Symmons Plains and Sydney Motorsport Park events.
“I’m pumped to be joining the Supercar Eseries again,” Anderson said.
“I want to build on what I learned last year and focus on getting some great results with CoolDrive Racing.”
Anderson with his Aussie Racing Car entry
The six-round series is based on the popular iRacing platform and features a $26,500 prize pool for the Pro Gamer portion of the Championship, with $10,000 going to the ultimate series victor.
The Eseries will take place on the iRacing platform, running over six weekly rounds from August 25th to September 29th, with the second round filmed inside the CoolDrive Racing workshop on Wednesday 1 September.