21 MAY 2020
High stakes on high banks in eSeries Round 7
A wild night on America's east coast saw a thrilling first Supercars-sanctioned virtual oval race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and an action-packed doubleheader on the roval at Daytona International Speedway across Round 7 of the BP Supercars All-Stars eSeries.
In the opening race of the night, Race 21 on Charlotte's 2.4-kilometre oval, Tickford Racing's three cars ran 1-2-3, but were hampered by a competition caution and eventually broken up by a late crash involving competing cars, with Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) finishing second, just 0.017s from the top spot. It was Waters' only positive result of the night, as an in-game penalty in Race 22 shuffled the 25-year old to a 25th-place finish, and he mustered little better in Race 23 following contact from Car 12 in the finale of the night, having climbed from the rear of the grid into the top 10.
With finishes of seventh, eighth, and seventh, Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) has now recorded ten consecutive top 12 finishes, and climbs into the top ten of the eSeries championship following Wednesday night's results.
Jack Le Brocq (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) showed impressive oval racing prowess for a novice at Charlotte, qualifying third and running amidst the front pack all race, until an out of control Car 88 slammed into him in the final laps, relegating him to a 17th-place finish. However Le Brocq followed that up with sixth and eighth place finishes at Daytona, capping another night of improvement for the Victoria native.
The BP Supercars All-Stars eSeries is scheduled to cross continents for Round 8 on May 27, with visits to San Marino's Imola circuit and Sao Paulo's Interlagos on the cards. Coverage of qualifying for Round 8 can be found on Wednesday, May 20 from 6:00 p.m. AEST on Fox Sports, and from 7:00 on 10 Bold and Supercars' digital channels.
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang
Race 21: 10th | 7th
Race 22: 9th | 8th
Race 23: 8th | 7th
"I took another step forward with speed tonight, it was my best night yet and I had a lot of fun. The oval was out of control but I bloody loved it, we need more of it! We were on for a Tickford 1-2-3 with a few laps to go but Jack and I got tangled with another car that got out of shape, I recovered to seventh there. Eighth and seventh in the next two races made for a good consistent round and a solid points haul to get us in the top ten of the championship which is great."
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Race 21: 9th | 2nd
Race 22: 7th | 25th
Race 23: 25th | 20th
"The oval race was a lot of fun, but that was really all the good from tonight. It was cool battling side-by-side with the other cars, and even with my team mates, we had a great strategy and fought hard, even with a Safety Car and other guys wrecking I almost pulled off the win. In race two (of the night, Race 22) I copped a 45-second penalty for not yielding quickly enough and that put me a lap down, then race three (Race 23) I got fired into the wall at 270 kays an hour and had to pit for damage. Bad end to the night but it is what it is, and we'll move on."
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
Race 21: 3rd | 17th
Race 22: 17th | 6th
Race 23: 6th | 8th
"Good run for us tonight. Was pretty stoked to qualify P3 for the oval race but shattered to be fenced at the end, we were on for a good one! The last two races were strong, I had good speed and finished in the ten which was good for points, we'll try to keep it up next week."
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
"Firstly I think we're all surprised how well Supercars oval racing went over, the only way that could have gone better is if we held onto our 1-2-3! All in all the racing was pretty good tonight, Cam had a tough run at Daytona which is hard on his championship, but Lee and Jack were very solid again, it's good to see all three of them on the pace towards the back end of this eSeries."