They say a man is only as good as his machine, so with round one of Supercars All Stars Eseries around the corner, we called in the big guns.
The Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s official technology supplier, HP Australia, has gifted both Jamie ‘JDub’ Whincup & Shane ‘SVG’ van Gisbergen the latest tools to ensure the Bulls are on the front of the virtual grid.
No pressure boys…
HP’s Omen gaming equipment provides power that’s reliable enough to get the drivers there, with performance that’s sure to astound, and designed to help our guys get win after win.
After unboxing his brand-new Omen goodies, including the Omen X 35” curved display and Obelisk Desktop PC, JDub was eager to test out his latest toy.
“Omen make and sell the best gaming PC’s and displays going around, and we’re fortunate we can represent the Omen brand through Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s strong partnership with HP.
“From what I’ve been told the software is unbelievable and the hardware is as realistic as it comes. I think once you get a feel for the simulator, it will be extremely accurate. If I do enough hours and enough testing, I can’t see why I shouldn’t be at least competitive,” JDub said.
Although he has all the gear (…and no idea?), JDub will spend the next few days getting his hours up learning various tracks of the e-world.
“I haven’t done much driving in a simulator before. For me it’s always been in a car on track, but I’m looking forward to the challenge to be honest.
“I don’t do much simulator racing but I’m very competitive as well, so I’m hoping after three or four rounds I’ll have a bit more pace and can run with the younger blokes.
“At the end of the day if it provides great racing then that’s what it’s all about.”
For SVG, the Supercars All Stars Eseries is a great way for him to stay connected with the racing community, while currently isolated at home in New Zealand.
“It’s really important to ensure racing continues for our partners and fans because there’s obviously no sport being played in the world right now, so we’re fortunate enough to still race.
“Everyone’s obviously starved for sport, so it’s cool to get everyone back and race against the entire Supercars field,” SVG said.
SVG explained how it’s all about entertaining the audience and providing humour during this difficult period.
“Hopefully we can make everyone laugh while having some good racing at the same time.
“I’ve been doing a few laps on the sim getting as much practice as I can – obviously we all have a bit of time up our sleeves. At the moment I’m a little off the pace but I should hopefully be up the pointy end once the series begins.”
If you think JDub was the only driver to get looked after by our friends at Omen, think again.
“Omen have supplied me with a wicked curved gaming screen – it’s absolutely awesome. They also sent me a laptop which I’ll use to review data and timing from races to help me improve from week to week. It’s a cool little set up.”
The Supercars All Stars Eseries begins Wednesday April 8 with drivers racing at Phillip Island and Monza. All the action will be streamed on the Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Facebook page, as well as broadcast on Fox Sports & Kayo.
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