Just when the Supercars Eseries couldn’t get any more entertaining, they’ve upped the entertainment factor.
Monday night will host the first Supercars Celebrity e-race where 28 icons will battle it out virtually on Australian motorsport’s holy grail – Mt Panorama.
Flying the flag for the Red Bull Holden Racing Team will be three-time Supercars champion Craig Lowndes, and five-time Moto GP World Champion Mick Doohan.
Both Lowndes and Doohan will race in identical liveries to our 2020 Red Bull Holden Commodores, and will share the grid with Red Bull athlete and two-time Dakar Rally champion Toby Price, who will sport a Red Bull inspired livery.
Although Lowndes may have a slight advantage against the star-studded field, he explains that the world of sim racing is a completely different ball game to the real deal.
“I’m really looking forward to the celebrity e-race. Sim racing is definitely something that’s come on strong and being a part of the All Stars Eseries during the week was definitely an eye opener,” Lowndes said.
“It will be great to get back to a track I know really well and racing against some names I’ve had some great battles with over the years – Neil Crompton being one of them.”
“Racing with Mick Doohan and Toby Price who will be completely out of their comfort zone will also be a lot of fun. I’m really looking forward to the challenge and maybe having some panel rubbing.”
Doohan, whose son Jack competed in Round 5 of the Supercars All Stars Eseries in Spa, says he isn’t expecting to be competitive, but banter and fun is essential.
“To be honest, my expectations are very low. My sim experience is very little.
“I’ve had a quick glance at the whole grid, and it looks like there’s some younger guys there that may have a bit more sim and computer game experience than I will ever have, but at the end of the day it’s a bit of a laugh.
“I’ve raced at Bathurst a couple of times. I raced there with Yamaha in 88’ and in 87’ on a production bike – I think I finished second in that race. I’ve also done a few Mercedes Benz corporate days at the mountain after the Bathurst 12 Hour, so I know the circuit, but the circuit is one thing and the computer is another.”
Simulator racing is a very foreign sport for Toby Price, but the competitive beast expects plenty of carnage between drivers on Monday night.
“I’m stoked to be a part of Monday night’s Supercars Celebrity Eseries. I think my Red Bull Supercar looks mega, and hopefully it’s fast too,” Price said.
“Sim racing is a completely different ball game compared to what I’m used to, but I’m keen to give it a crack and have a bit of fun along the way.
“I don’t own a sim and have had to call on a few mates to help me out, but hopefully I can get a few good results under my belt and stay away from all the carnage you see in the All Stars Eseries.”
Get the popcorn ready folks, it’s going to be an entertaining race.
Monday’s Celebrity Supercars e-race at Mt Panorama will begin at 7pm, streamed live on Supercars’ Facebook and Twitch pages and broadcast live on Fox Sports 506 following the Supercars SideTracked program.
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