Richie Stanaway and Fawzan El-Nabi will be sporting a new livery for Team Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland in the fifth round of the Cash Converters Supercars Eseries.
The two drivers will carry the distinct colours of Game Tan.
This week’s instalment of the Eeries will see Supercars drivers and pro gamers pair up for a virtual endurance race in Bathurst for the first time.
The Auckland Unlimited-backed Commodore will feature an orange and black colour scheme for Wednesday night’s showdown.
The new-look Holden will support Game Tan's initiative to encourage Māori and Pacific young people to consider careers in creative technologies.
Game Tan, the delivery arm of the Māori and Pacific Tech Careers Activation Trust, creates programs and opportunities for rangatahi (young people) to game while learning about technology and career pathways into creative tech industries.
El-Nabi and Stanaway are set to tackle the virtual enduro at Mount Panorama together when the Eseries returns on September 22.
Ray Cocker, Founder of Game Tan, says he is proud to have Game Tan represented on the Team Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland car at Mount Panorama.
“Technology provides a positive outlet for being a 'tutu', a tactile inquisitive trait that got heaps of us in trouble as kids. It's a no brainer, technology has caught up with us. Now we need to harness it to create positive change,” said Cocker.
“Māori and Pacific people represent less than 5 percent of those working in the creative tech sector yet are 39 percent of the diverse Tāmaki Makaurau population.”
Auckland Unlimited, the region’s economic and cultural agency, is working to help Tāmaki Makaurau recover from the impact of COVID-19 and future-proof the region.
It focuses on the sectors with the potential to provide high-skilled jobs to the region’s people, like tech and the creative industries.
“In our support of the Eseries, we saw the opportunity to promote our partners and the important work happening in our communities to open career pathways to the creative tech sector,” said Pam Ford, Director Investment and Industry Auckland Unlimited.
“The Eseries has a large audience, and we are excited to share that with Game Tan and hope that it results in further opportunities for their work.”
“We believe there is huge potential and economic opportunity for Auckland’s creative tech sector - including gaming – and inspiring our rangatahi into tech careers is an important aspect of this.”
The Cash Converters Supercars Eseries will be broadcast live on Fox Sports, 7plus, Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and Sky Sport NZ from 7pm AEST and 9pm NZST.