What you need to know: Round 3 Supercars Eseries

  • Supercars Eseries
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  • 08/09/2021
  • By Charlie Bullis

This year’s Cash Converters Supercars Eseries will feature a hybrid format of the competition, with two championships within the series.

The All Stars consists of main game Supercars and Dunlop Super2 drivers, while the Pro Series features elite gamers representing Supercars teams.

In a first for the online competition, All Stars drivers will compete in Next Gen NASCAR hardware for Round 3 of the series.

The All Stars drivers will shift from their regular Ford and Holden Supercars to Next Gen NASCAR-spec Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaros around the iconic Daytona oval circuit.

FAVOURITES

New Zealand racer Richie Stanaway remains the man to beat, having won at Charlotte and Pocono.

Brodie Kostecki isn’t making it easy for the Kiwi, with just 0.01s between the two drivers across the line last week at Pocono.

Kostecki claimed his second Swyftx Pole Position but is yet to convert to victory.

Cameron Waters has been a consistent podium finisher in the series.

Expect the Monster Energy driver to be hot on the heels of Stanaway and Kostecki, with Waters just 0.04s behind the pair at Pocono.

Chaz Mostert is also a consistent frontrunner, despite not recording a podium finish at Charlotte and Pocono.

Defending Pro Series champion Dayne Warren continues to dominate the Pro Series, with the Walkinshaw Andretti United ace remaining undefeated this season.

Erebus Motorsport’s Jarrad Filsell had a strong showing last Wednesday, with Jackson Souslin-Harlow and Madison Down consistent top-five contenders.

THE WILDCARDS

A famous surname will feature in Wednesday night's round at Daytona, with James Davison to tackle NASCAR machinery in the All Stars category.

Davison, the cousin of Shell V-Power Racing Team veteran Will Davison, is somewhat a veteran in American motorsport.

He has made six Indy 500 starts as well as a number of NASCAR Cup Series starts.

He is also a successful online NASCAR driver, Davison steering his way to two victories in the 2021 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series against NASCAR’s biggest names.

The Australian will be joined by Rick Ware Racing teammate Garrett Smithley.

The 29-year-old Pennsylvania native has experience in the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity and Truck Series.

He has been competing in online races in 2021 with great success and will be a favourite when the All Stars tackle Daytona.

THE FORM SEEKERS

Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison returns to the series this week, looking to better his efforts from Round 2.

Justin Ruggier and Scott Pye made large gains on Wednesday, both drivers scoring top-five finishes at Pocono.

Putting in hours of practice between events and working together to better their qualifying results, they will be ones to watch at Daytona.

Team 18 Bathurst 1000 co-driver James Golding will be looking to claw his way up the order following a strong showing in Pocono.

Kelly Grove Racing driver Andre Heimgartner recorded eighth at the 'Tricky Triangle', four seconds ahead of ninth-placed Thomas Randle.

THE ROUGHIES

Matt Stone Racing driver Jake Kostecki returns for Round 3, hoping to better teammate Zane Goddard’s result of 18th last week.

Jayden Ojeda received a post-race penalty demoting him from sixth to 14th at Pocono, a mistake he won’t be looking to repeat at Daytona.

Super2 talent Zak Best is subbing in for Matt Chahda in the Shannons Racing Mustang.

THE CIRCUITS

Daytona International Speedway, home of the prestigious Daytona 500, should be a challenge for Supercars drivers with an average speed of 300km/h.

Drivers will tackle the high-speed tri-oval layout, with the famed venue featuring 31-degree banking in the turns, and 18-degree banking at the start-finish line.

The Pro Series field will tackle Road America, a 6.5km road course.

THE FORMAT

Round 3 sees the All Stars tackle Daytona International Speedway, with the Pro Series heading to the Road America in Wisconsin.

Both series will complete one 10-minute qualifying session that will set the grid for the races.

  • 19:00-19:10 - Qualifying for Pro Series Race 3, Road America
  • 19:15-19:25 - Qualifying for All Stars Race 3, Daytona International Speedway
  • 19:45 – Pro Series Race 3, Road America, 10 laps or 22 minutes, one pitstop, 150 points available
  • 20:30 – All Stars Race 3, Daytona International Speedway, 29 laps or 24 minutes, one pitstop, 150 points available.

TRACK CONDITIONS

Pro Series

Track state for qualifying and Race 3 will be set to 70 percent.

  • Weather conditions will be 22°c (72°F), Partly cloudy, humidity 68, wind 5mph South.
  • No dynamic sky or weather.
  • Time of day: Morning.

All Stars

  • Track state for qualifying and Race 3 will be set to 100 percent.
  • Weather conditions will be 18°c (65°F), Partly cloudy, humidity 55, wind 2mph North.
  • No dynamic sky or weather.
  • Time of day: Night.

COMPULSORY PIT STOPS 

  • Race 3 – 1 CPS
  • Race 3 – 1 CPS
  • Drivers are required to take four new tyres during each CPS
  • No fuel required

THE SAFETY CAR

The 2021 Cash Converters Supercars Eseries will feature an official BP Ultimate Safety Car and driver. The 2021 Safety Car is a Ford GTE.

The Ford is set to feature in both the All Star and Pro Series competitions throughout the six-event series.

The All Stars race will see the BP Ultimate Safety Car complete one mandatory competition caution in each race, to occur between laps 21 and 26.

The Pro Series will see the Safety Car deployed at race control’s discretion following on-track incidents, similar to how it operates in real life Supercars events.

WHERE TO WATCH

The Cash Converters Supercars Eseries will take place on the iRacing platform, running over six weekly rounds from August 25th to September 29th and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 506, Kayo, 7Plus, and Supercars’ Twitch, Facebook and YouTube channels.

Qualifying coverage for Round 3 begins at 7pm AEST and will be broadcast live on Facebook, YouTube and Twitch.

From 7:30pm AEST, racing will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 506, Kayo, 7Plus and Sky NZ from 9.30pm NZST.

Online fans from around the globe can watch races via the Supercars’ Facebook page, Supercars teams' Facebook pages, Twitch and YouTube.

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