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Eseries Recap: Round 10

Get the rEcap from your Eseries Champion SVG, teammate JDub & wildcard CL after the finale at Oran Park & Bathurst! 🏁

“It’s pretty awesome to end the Eseries with the championship. I qualified really well at Oran Park, but unfortunately couldn’t quite pull a fast lap together at Bathurst, and I managed to qualify fourth. The Oran Park race was heaps cool. I was only a teenager when I last raced there, so it brought a heap of cool memories back. I was able to extend my lead there before a crazy race a Bathurst. I was a bit angry at myself for pushing too hard for the win at Mount Panorama which caused me to spin out Anton (de Pasquale), but everything worked out in the end. I really have to thank everyone at Supercars for putting on a great show. The Eseries was a lot of fun and kept us busy during these crazy times. Thanks to the team, my crew who spotted me every week, Omen and HP for supplying me with my simulator gear, and Armor All for their donations to my designated charity, Wings for Life.”
Shane Van Gisbergen
“It’s been a tough 10 weeks for me in the Eseries, but I had a lot of fun. Overall, I’m proud of all the team at Supercars for bringing together a championship when we couldn’t compete on the real racetrack. So many people behind the scenes dug deep and made it happen, no more so than my fellow Supercars’ drivers that put in hours and hours of time on the sim each week getting ready for the competition. I quickly realised that the gaming world is very different to the real world, although both just as challenging and requiring the same amount of skill. I look forward to continuing using my simulator on a monthly basis racing my mates for fun from time to time. I thank everyone who tuned in to watch the competition and I hope it only makes everyone hungrier to enjoy the action from Sydney Motorsport Park at the end of the month.”
Jamie Whincup
“It was great to be a part of the Eseries again, especially for the final round, although my performance wasn’t as good as I would’ve liked it to be. Oran Park holds fond memories for me. The track is just as busy on the sim as it was in real life. It’s great Shane has taken out the Eseries championship. It’s been really close between Anton (de Pasquale), Scotty (McLaughlin) and Shane the whole way through. I got in SVG’s way unfortunately in qualifying at Bathurst but luckily enough he managed to get over it. The championship win for Shane is great for the team and all the sponsors involved, but now the Eseries has concluded they have to get their head back into the main game.”
Craig Lowndes

Eseries Round 10 Results

Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97

  • Race 1 (Oran Park) – First
  • Race 2 (Mount Panorama) – Fifth
  • Eseries Championship Final Standings – First (2426 points) 

Jamie Whincup – Car #88

  • Race 1 (Oran Park) – 27th
  • Race 2 (Mount Panorama) – 25th
  • Eseries Championship Final Standings – 22nd (862 points) 

Craig Lowndes – Car #888

  • Race 1 (Oran Park) – 30th
  • Race 2 (Mount Panorama) – 31st
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Eseries Recap: Round 9

Get SVG & JDub’s rEcap from the second-last stop of the Eseries at Michigan Speedway! 

“I had a lot of fun last night at Michigan. Fortunately, I had a heap of Omen gear waiting for me when I arrived back in Australia, so I spent the first few days of my quarantine setting up my simulator here which is quite different to my one back in New Zealand. It was a bit hard to get used to at first, but I think my sim is where I want it to be now – being an oval track last night made it a bit easier, but next week will be tough one. I think we’re at Oran Park & Bathurst next week, so I’ll be getting some laps under my belt ready for the final round. The first two races last night were good. I got caught in a bit of action in both but managed to come back through the field. The reverse grid race was a lot of fun coming from the back. In the last race, we definitely made a bit of an error by not understanding the new rule and we pitted twice, which really hurt us. We’ll get on top of that and make sure we make no further mistakes for the final round next Wednesday night. It’ll be a bit of a fight between Scotty (McLaughlin) and myself, but I’m really looking forward to it.”
Shane Van Gisbergen
“It’s been a pretty full on week for me this week. In between moving houses and numerous Supercars commission commitments, unfortunately I didn’t have a heap of time to practice on the sim this week, which obviously showed in my results. In saying that, I really enjoyed the Michigan Speedway oval. The racing is so technical and it’s all about positioning the car well. For last night’s races, you could say I was on for a couple of good results…but crashed out. The truth is, I think I started more trouble than I received – that was my bad. I copped a penalty for driving on the pit exit line which really cost me and ended up bleeding out at the front of the pack to end up a lap down. I decided to stay there and help SVG where I could although he didn’t need it. It would be nice to finish this crazy Eseries championship with a good result next week at Oran Park, back at a track I’m very familiar with. Bring it on.”
Jamie Whincup

Eseries Round 9 Results

Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97

  • Race 1 (Michigan Speedway) – First
  • Race 2 (Michigan Speedway, reverse grid) – First
  • Race 3 (Michigan Speedway) – 14th
  • Eseries Championship Standings – First (2165 points) 

Jamie Whincup – Car #88

  • Race 1 (Phillip Island) – 30th
  • Race 2 (Interlagos) – 31st
  • Race 3 (Interlagos, reverse grid) – 25th
  • Eseries Championship Standings – 22nd (816 points) 
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Holden and Triple Eight Agree to Settlement

GM Holden and Triple Eight Race Engineering have reached an amicable agreement in the wake of Holden’s announcement that the manufacturer will be closing later this year.

The settlement, the details of which are commercially confidential, will see the Red Bull Holden Racing Team remain on the grid in its present guise until the end of the current Virgin Australia Supercars Championship season. The existing contract had been due to expire at the end of 2021.

The two powerhouses of Australian motor racing joined forces in 2010, winning on debut in Abu Dhabi and going on to claim a one-two finish in the Bathurst 1000 in the same year. In total, Holden and Triple Eight together have claimed eight teams’ championships, six drivers’ titles and four Bathurst 1000 victories.

The future branding of Triple Eight’s Supercars team is yet to be determined, with the current contract between co-title partner Red Bull and Triple Eight in place until at least the end of the 2021 season.

The whole team at Triple Eight extends their heartfelt thanks to Holden, all Holden employees past and present with whom we’ve interacted, and the dealer network  for their incredible support and friendship over the past decade. The team is totally committed to delivering the best possible results, both on and off the track, for the remainder of the season.

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The Race to Diversify

There’s no denying the Covid-19 pandemic hit the sporting world for six.

One day we were claiming double-pole positions on the streets of Albert Park, the next we were back at home-base wondering when we’d see the Bulls charge down a racetrack again.

In the interests of keeping our highly skilled team of engineers in check, Red Bull Holden Racing Team boss Roland ‘RD’ Dane decided to turn the team’s attention to a different kind of heart-pounding machine – ventilators.

Speaking on the Business Australia ‘The Company You Keep’ podcast about The Conrod Project, Triple Eight Race Engineering’s emergency ventilator, RD said that the thought of not utilising the skills of our engineers during the current health crisis didn’t sit well with him.

“When you’ve got a group of really highly motivated and skilled engineers, which an appreciable portion of our team is made up of people like that, then [I] wanted to try and make sure our brains didn’t go stale, first and foremost,” he said.

“It was very clear early on that one of the issues in a lot of countries was going to be the number of people who are available to operate such machines (ventilators). Don’t forget at that time, we were all seeing some pretty horrific pictures of warehouses, for want of a better word, in Italy, with camp beds, the sort of thing that you’ve gone to a camping shop and bought, with people like lying there with almost no assistance.”

Utilising similar technology found in our supercars, the team was well equipped to not only make a fully functioning emergency ventilator, but create a world-class machine that exceeds the TGA’s specifications.

“We came up with the concept of using a system we use in racing – telemetry – which is a way of transmitting data, live data from multiple sources. So on a race car, for instance, there can be 100 different sensors on the car at any one time that are transmitting data back to a central point in a pit lane, in a race circuit.

“Applying that principle to ventilators, you could then have 10, 20, 30, ventilators in a room or in a warehouse that had patients attached to them that then could be monitored from a single position, and warnings, et cetera come up on that monitoring screen that then would allow the potential to operate with maybe fewer people.”

Offering his pearls of wisdom, RD concluded that it’s important to recognise the skills and opportunities within businesses that can be leveraged if a crisis like this were to strike again.

“It’s a very trendy expression these days to say ‘think outside the box’, but honestly, think of, very broadly to begin with, about what possibilities that could be in other areas for your business.

“Then if you’ve identified opportunities, hone in on them. Don’t use a shotgun approach to everything. Hone in on what you might be good at, where your skill sets, where your equipment… whatever else, where your assets… whether they’re people or whether they’re physical assets can be used best, and then concentrate on a small number of potential opportunities.”

To listen to the full podcast, click here.

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Eseries Recap: Round 8

Get the rEcap from SVG & JDub’s Races last night at Phillip Island and Interlagos! 🇦🇺🇧🇷

"We had another awesome night last night. I was able to continue the momentum from last week into the first race at Phillip Island. It wasn’t an easy race as everyone has improved from Round 1 so much, but I was able to hold off Anton (de Pasquale) again at the finish line to get the win. We then headed to Interlagos which is a pretty cool track. I was able to get a podium in the first race there which put me at the back for the reverse grid race. The start of Race 3 was hectic. Somehow, I managed to weave my way through all the carnage on the first lap and gained a fair few spots. I had another great battle with Scotty (McLaughlin) towards the end after I did my last pit stop. I think our strategy worked well for that race and was able to claim another win, and another cheque for Wings for Life."
Shane Van Gisbergen
"To be honest, I felt like I made a massive improvement last night. I got some help from Brodie Kostecki during the week who helped tune my sim, as I realised there were so many things I was doing wrong. Simple things like not enough resolution on the screen, tyre noise was turned right down and a few other small things that made a huge difference. I was much happier driving the car last night – it was much more realistic, but unfortunately for me the whole field stepped up last night and we were all much quicker. If you look at the times last night compared to the first week, it’s crazy different – everyone’s really competitive now. We generally moved forward in the races which was good, and to finish 14th and 13th in the last two races was a good gain from the week before. I’ll keep cracking on this week with some more laps and see if we can improve again next week. Well done to SVG too, he’s looking really good out there."
Jamie Whincup

Eseries Round 8 Results

Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97

  • Race 1 (Phillip Island) – First
  • Race 2 (Interlagos) – Third
  • Race 3 (Interlagos, reverse grid) – First
  • Eseries Championship Standings – First (1949 points) 

Jamie Whincup – Car #88

  • Race 1 (Phillip Island) – 28th
  • Race 2 (Interlagos) – 14th
  • Race 3 (Interlagos, reverse grid) – 13th
  • Eseries Championship Standings – 20th (770 points) 
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Crew in View: Tanya McClure

Crew in View: Tanya McClure

What is your role at the Red Bull Holden Racing Team?

My role is Team Coordinator. The key things I am responsible for is looking after all the logistics for the team, making sure everyone gets to and from each event, that they all have a seat on the plane and in a car and everyone has a bed to sleep in. I put together our race weekend schedules too. It’s a little book that goes out to everyone prior to the upcoming race weekend and it contains EVERYTHING the crew and drivers need to know about the weekend. I pack the drivers’ kits for every race weekend, test day, etc. and make sure each team member is kitted out in the correct team uniform and looking presentable at all times.

How long have you been part of the team?

3 ½ years (three full seasons)

What does a normal working day for you look like at the track, as well as back at the workshop?

We will start at the workshop – I will spend my days booking flights, accommodation, and car hires. I am normally working on several events at a time over various series that we compete in. I work closely with our team manager on the performance side of the race weekend schedule and closely with our media manager and commercial guys for the promo side of the schedule and then integrate both elements together.

The week before we head off to a race is always the craziest. I must get our schedule finalised and issued to all crew on the Friday before the next race week. This is also the week that we have to pack the trucks which means packing our drivers’ kits for the race weekend. If they turn up to a race weekend and they are missing something they need to go racing, that’s on me.

At the track I wear a few different hats alongside being Team Coordinator and each day is a little different. I attend merchandise and autograph sessions and corporate visits with our drivers and work alongside our media manager taking drivers to media ops.

Pre-race I will either accompany one of our drivers to the grid or I’ll have the role of tyre spotter – whichever needs filling on the day – I’m there.

Once the on-track sessions and all driver commitments are done for the day it’s back to working on the next event. Towards the end of the night I will always pop into the garage and see what can be done to get the crew home earlier. Sometimes something as simple as sweeping the floor means they can be out of there 10 or 15 mins early.

The week before we head off to a race is always the craziest. I must get our schedule finalised and issued to all crew on the Friday before the next race week. This is also the week that we have to pack the trucks which means packing our drivers’ kits for the race weekend. If they turn up to a race weekend and they are missing something they need to go racing, that’s on me.

Where does your passion for motorsport and working within Supercars come from?

I have grown up with motorsport my whole life. I never raced anything myself, but my Dad and extended family have always been involved in motorsport, in particular speedway. I attended my first race when I was three months old and have been hooked ever since. My Dad also raced touring cars back in the early 80s, racing at Bathurst a few years in a row and scoring Rookie of the Year in ’84. I have always been around race cars and racetracks and I am at my happiest watching cars go round in circles.

Although my previous work experience was all music industry-based, the transition to motorsport when I moved back home to Brisbane was a no-brainer. As clichéd as it sounds – for me, motorsport, it’s the “dream job”.

What’s your favourite track on the Supercars calendar and why?

Each track, event and city we go to has little things that make you look forward to returning the following year. However, I think my favourite track on the Supercars calendar would have to be Mount Panorama, Bathurst.

There is such an air of nostalgia that surrounds the track and the event. I get butterflies in the stomach as you come over the hill into town and see the “Mount Panorama” sign for the first time on that October Tuesday. It’s a special week on the calendar.

What’s your favourite memory in motorsport?

We create a lot of memories within our RBHRT family each and every time we attend a race event, the wins and the losses, the good and the bad, but without a doubt my favourite memory to date would have to be when JDub clinched his seventh Supercars championship in Newcastle in 2017. It was my first full season with the team, the championship was close, the final race was a rollercoaster of emotions. I still get chills when I re-watch the footage of the final lap and the moment we all found out he won it. It will definitely take a lot to top that one.

What would your advice be for someone interested in a career in Supercars?

Immerse yourself in motorsport – learn about all categories, not just the one you want to work in. Learn a trade, upskill yourself, be willing to be adaptable and multi-task. Be a team player. You need to have a love and passion for motorsport because it is hard work and long hours, but it is all worth it.

Funniest thing you’ve seen on the road?

What goes on tour – stays on tour.

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Eseries Recap: Round 7

Get SVG & JDub’s rEcap from last night’s races at Charlotte & Daytona! 🇺🇸

"It was a pretty awesome night last night to bag 300 points. The oval at Charlotte was fun. I had a heap of mint battles throughout the race. Jamie was leading the race which was awesome, but unfortunately he got caught up which ruined his race. Luckily, I was able to hang on for the win on the outside line, held it flat and finished side by side with a few other cars – it was really fun. We then went to Daytona which I’ve raced at quite a few times in real life. I didn’t have to do as much practice there during the week as I know the track, but we had some good racing there too. I had a good battle with Anton (de Pasquale) in the first race. We really fought it out, but I managed to sneak past for the win. In the last race, there were a couple of guys out of position, so we had an easier run but still had to manage it to the end. It’s cool to be leading the Eseries championship, although there’s still three rounds to go so anything can happen. I just have to stay out of trouble, keep scoring points and keep having fun. A huge shout out to Armor All as well for donating $1000 to my designated charity, Wings for Life. Bring on next Wednesday."
Shane Van Gisbergen
"I had quite a good time on the sim last night – it was a bit of fun. I didn’t get a huge amount of time beforehand to practice, so I was a little bit nervous going into the races, but I was excited to qualify P6 in Charlotte. The biggest issue I had with my sim last night was braking again. Usually I would lean on the engineers to help resolve this problem, but they’ve been too busy getting the real race cars ready back at the workshop, so we just haven’t had time to fix those slight problems. At places like Watkins Glen and Charlotte, there’s no braking so I’m actually reasonably competitive. I started P6 and was leading the race with six or seven laps to go. I got a good restart under safety car then started getting passed by a couple of cars and then boom, got caught in an accident and finished almost last, again. Race 2 was reasonable, I ended up P12 which was an improvement considering the laps. Unfortunately, in the last race I got involved in an incident where I couldn’t pull up in time and that was that. All in all, it was a reasonable night. Now we’ve announced the revised calendar, my role within the Supercars Commission has been extremely busy, so I’m not going to have a huge amount of time to e-race in the coming weeks. I might call around and lean on one of the other lads to fill my spot for car #88, but we’ll no doubt make a decision in the coming days."
Jamie Whincup

Eseries Round 7 Results

Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97
Race 1 (Charlotte Motor Speedway) – First
Race 2 (Daytona International Speedway) – First
Race 3 (Daytona International Speedway) – First

Jamie Whincup – Car #88
Race 1 (Charlotte Motor Speedway) – 24th 
Race 2 (Daytona International Speedway) – 12th
Race 3 (Daytona International Speedway) – 16th 

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Crew in View: Martin Short

There are many elements that form this fantastic team.

Believe it or not, it takes an army of soldiers to get JDub and SVG in a Red Bull Holden Commodore, fanging it around tracks all over the country to battle it out for line honours.

So, Bulls fans, we’ve heard your cries to show you some of the unknown stars of our team.

Our first cab off the rank? Introducing…(drum roll please)…Data Engineer, Martin Short!

What is your role at the Red Bull Holden Racing Team?

Data, Systems, and Design Engineer. Basically, I look at squiggly lines and try to make sense of them.

How long have you been part of the team?

I started with RBHRT in the beginning of 2018 after graduating from the Auckland University of Technology in 2017.

What does a normal working day for you look like at the track, as well as back at the workshop?

First up, I normally drive the car for pitstop practice. This also allows me to monitor the radio systems are working correctly which I oversee.

We will then have a meeting with the engineers and drivers to discuss the day format, weather, car-to-car setups, etc.

After that we will do a warmup procedure where the no 1 mechanic will start the car, run through the gears, etc. This is a perfect time for me to check calibrations, sensors, and car systems.

During a session I will monitor the live data we receive from the cars (telemetry) and look for any reliability issues, temperatures, pressures, damper traces, etc. I am also the guy who calculates how much fuel we need in the cars to finish the race with ½ a kilogram in the tank.

After the session I will download the data and cameras, then upload to our network so all our engineers and drivers can look at it.

We will then have a debrief of with the drivers and engineers to find out what setup changes worked and what didn’t work, I will analyse the data (the squiggly lines) to find any abnormalities or issues.

Also, I do all the drivers’ dash configurations and I look at things like what RPM the drivers are changing gears at to see if we can maximise that more by changing their shift lights.

Back at the workshop I am normally preparing for the next event, re-programming radios, implementing new systems into the car, making dash configurations which are track dependent.

When I am lucky to have some spare time (not often), I also do some designing such as the prat perch where the three musketeers stand (Cauchi, Dutto, and Shippy).

Where does your passion for motorsport and working within Supercars come from?

My passion definitely came from my grandad Jim and my dad Geoff, they both raced while I was growing up, and I grew up at the motorsport track. I was lucky enough to get involved in driving from the age of seven in go karts and then latter moving into cars when I was 16.

I always have followed Supercars since I started racing. The door-to-door racing and passing ability is one of the best in the world. I also am from New Zealand and loved watching guys like Paul Radisich, Greg Murphy, and the late Jason Richards, who raced against my dad when I was growing up.

What’s your favourite track on the Supercars calendar and why?

Mount Panorama has to be my favourite. As an ex-driver I love how committed you have to be and how fast the track is. Definitely a bucket list track to race one day, maybe with my dad (hint hint). As an engineer it’s probably the hardest week on the calendar. It’s one of those events where at the time all you want is to go to bed, but after six months or so you can’t wait to get back there.

What’s your favourite memory in motorsport?

I have many good memories in motorsport. I think, looking back at my driving, it was representing NZ and winning at the World Rotax Championships in Portugal (2006) and coming fifth out of 64 competitors and also winning the NZ Formula Ford Championship in 2009.

I also like to tell SVG and JDub that I out-qualified Scotty Mac (McLaughlin) by one second in my first ever NZV8 race at Pukekohe so they better be on their A-game or I will steal their drive!

Working in Supercars, I would have to say my best memory was also my worst – Newcastle 2018 where SVG won the first race on the last lap because we got our fuel strategy perfect. I got to go up on the podium and receive the trophy and we were in the hunt for the title. Then that win got taken away from us.

I think my best memories though are with my family and team members at the track sharing the wins and the losses.

What would your advice be for someone interested in a career in Supercars?

To be an Engineer, first off you need to study hard, and get a degree in some sort of engineering. I think then you just need to get involved in a junior category, as a mechanic or a wheel cleaner and work your way up. Nothing beats experience and it’s very hard to get into Supercars without it. While I was studying, I worked on race teams on my weekends and over summer, first off as a mechanic and then engineer in my last year of uni.

Funniest thing you’ve seen on the road?

What happens at the track, stays at the track.

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JDub’s GT-inspired Steering Wheel

Here at the Red Bull Holden Racing Team, we like to tackle the wheely big issues.

After we asked Jamie ‘JDub’ Whincup to step in front of a camera and explain the difference between the standard Supercars steering wheel and his preferred ‘GT style’ wheel, we thought we’d dig a bit deeper and discover what it takes to design, build and test one of the most important components of our supercars.

A racing car steering wheel is an assembly that typically includes three parts: an armature and grip (rim), or the part that the driver holds to steer the car (this is typically made from a strong aircraft grade aluminium); the hub and quick-release mechanism, which connects the armature to the steering column; and various switchgear and lights that are mounted to the armature or hub and allow the driver to exert control and receive information about the state of the car.

The team collaborated with partners HP 3D Printing and EVOK3D to produce three main pieces for the race car steering wheel: a two-part mould to form the soft polyurethane exterior that wraps around and cushions the steering wheel; lightweight cores that sandwich the armature plate and form the bulk of the steering wheel rim; and the housing for the mounting of switchgear and lights to the hub.

Having played a significant role in the design and execution of JDub’s GT-style steering wheel, we caught up with #88 race engineer Dave Cauchi to explain the finer details of the entire process.

“A lot of time was spent optimising the grip shape of the steering wheel. This involved 3D printing the grips, getting the drivers to hold them, and then optimising the surfaces until we achieved the ergonomic and comfortable grip for the driver,” Cauchi explained.

“Next we worked on the material the grip was manufactured from. This involved finding the right mix of material stiffness and thickness which is a compromise between feel/feedback and comfort.

“The buttons and dials were then positioned around the grips to minimise movement of the driver’s hands/fingers for the most commonly used buttons and dials. The dial knobs are plastic printed, and all of the electronics are housed in plastic parts printed by EVOK3D.”

Driver comfort and switch accessibility is paramount when designing and building a supercar steering wheel, which were primary factors throughout this process, explained Cauchi.

“The grips have been designed to suit the driver’s natural hand grip in order to maximise comfort and give the best feel for the car.

“The buttons have been placed so that the driver can reach them without removing his hand from the grips, ensuring he can focus on controlling the car as much as possible.

“The bottom of the steering wheel has been removed to save weight and aid driver changes at endurance races.”

Having developed a prototype JDub was comfortable with, the team then set out to test whether his new generation steering wheel could handle the harsh elements inside the #88.

“We did a number of tests at the Triple Eight workshop with 3D printed steering wheels. Once the basic layout and shape was decided we made several prototype versions of the steering wheel so we could prove the manufacturing process and decide final material spec for the grips.

“The first on track test was carried out at Sandown 2019 in Practice 1 and 2 where both Jamie and Craig used the wheel. As the GT steering wheel was significantly different to the standard wheel, we decided to not use it for the remainder of the 2019 season and it was next used at the first test at Tailem Bend in 2020. The GT steering wheel has since been used at Adelaide and AGP in car 88,” Cauchi said.

If you thought you had to wait until the Supercars Championship commences again to see JDub’s GT steering wheel in action, think again! He’s ripped it out of #88 and attached it to his new Omen Super-sim as part of the Supercars All Stars Eseries. All the action is live streamed on the Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Facebook page every Wednesday night from 7:00pm AEST, as well as broadcast on Fox Sports 506, Kayo and Sky Sports NZ from 6:00pm AEST.

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RBHRT announce celebs for Supercars E-Race

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.

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.