Supercars has confirmed all championship drivers will compete in the upcoming Supercars All Stars Eseries.
Last week, the category announced it would stage an online championship in some form across the next 10 weeks following confirmation the Tasmania, New Zealand and Perth events had been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Eseries will commence on April 8, with drivers to use the iRacing platform, which was used in last year’s Gfinity series.
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Drivers will compete from home, and will race the current Holden ZB Commodore and Ford Mustang available on the platform.
The series will be broadcast on Fox Sports and Kayo, and will be live streamed across Twitch and Supercars’ digital channels.
The first round will feature two races at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
“This is about entertaining content,” Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said.
“While we expect a strong and robust competition, ultimately this is designed to keep Supercars fans entertained during the period when we can’t race on the track.
“Fans watching from home will be able to hear the drivers during races, while a number of webcams will be set-up for broadcast as well.
“We expect to run a variety of different race formats across the series to ensure this stays fresh and entertaining.
“Expect traditional two-race formats in earlier rounds, however all variety of formats including enduros, mystery rounds, night races and reverse grid races are all expected.
“We are still finalising the entire list of tracks we will race on and can confirm Round 1 will be Phillip Island and Monza.”
With points up for grabs after every race, a champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the series.
Drivers will compete for points in each race and a champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the series.
Many drivers already opt for sim racing to fine tune their skills between events, while others – like Jamie Whincup – will be taking part in their first online competitive series.
Regardless, seven-time series champion Whincup said it’s important fans can still enjoy a live product with their favourite drivers while the real thing is on hold.
“We always want to put on a good show, so it’s great for the sport and the fans knowing we can still race while the season is on hold,” he said.
“I usually back myself, but the young blokes have the advantage here. My money’s on my teammate, SVG, to be up the front.
“I know he races against a few of the guys down pit lane, even some of the Formula 1 drivers, so hopefully he’ll be representing the Red Bull Holden Racing Team on the podium.
“It will be a learning curve for me as I haven’t used a sim in a very long time and don’t use it as part of my training, but I’m looking forward to a new challenge.
“Most of all, I’m rapt that we can still provide some entertainment when everyone needs it most.”