Nine Virgin Australia Supercars Championship teams have confirmed their place in an expanded 2020 Repco Supercars Pro Eseries field.
Repco recently announced it will take naming rights sponsorship of the Supercars Championship and the Bathurst 1000 from 2021-2025 and is the new naming rights partner of the popular eseries that will again feature a number of the world’s best online racers.
The competition was hotly contested last year with Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Josh Rogers taking out the title.
The online racing scene surged in popularity earlier this year as the BP Supercars All Stars Eseries – involving every current Supercars driver – took centre stage during the COVID-enforced absence of real-life racing.
For 2020, the pro grid will increase from 12 to at least 19, competing on the iRacing platform, in six weekly rounds.
Each round will be held on a Wednesday evening and broadcast live on Fox Sports, Kayo and Supercars Facebook, YouTube and Twitch pages from October 28 to December 2.
In addition to standalone entries, Triple Eight, Tickford, Penrite Racing, WAU, Brad Jones Racing, Kelly Racing, Team 18, Matt Stone Racing and Team Sydney have all secured places.
Current Championship drivers including inaugural Champion of the All Stars Eseries Shane van Gisbergen and close online racing rival Anton De Pasquale will have the ability to also compete as wildcards in the pro eseries.
Three drivers can already be confirmed as full-time entrants to the pro series, headlined by Team 18’s James Golding, who will tackle the real-life Bathurst 1000 alongside Mark Winterbottom.
BP Ultimate Racing meanwhile will field a pair of professional sim racers in Fawzan El-Nabi and Emily Jones.
El-Nabi rose to prominence with his wildcard appearance for BP in the All Stars Eseries, starring in qualifying to grab pole position at Phillip Island.
“I am looking forward to it,” El-Nabi said of the 2020 series.
“There is a lot to show from my point of view for what I can do and what I should have done, so I think there’s a lot more to come from me for sure.
“In Australia we’ve got some of the top sim racers around so it will be tough but I don’t see why we can’t get a win or two maybe.”
Jones meanwhile is a returnee from the 2019 competition.
“It should be a heap of fun with a new team and more drivers so I think there will be more on-track battling. I’m really excited,” she said.
“BP is a massive partner of Supercars racing and racing in Australia, so to be racing for such a big well-known brand is pretty surreal.”
Further driver/team combinations will be announced in due course. The Eseries is open to Australian and New Zealand citizens, with Supercars regulars set to feature as wildcards.
Supercars will be running a three-part draft for teams who are yet to nominate a driver; that is expected to fill five seats. Fans will be able to join the draft by posting their fastest lap times on a virtual Phillip Island circuit. Registration and more information will be released shortly.
More than $26,000 worth of prizemoney will be attached to this year’s competition.
Repco Supercars Pro Eseries dates:
(Wednesday nights 7:30pm – 9:30pm AEST broadcast live on Fox Sports, Kayo, Supercars Facebook, Twitch and YouTube pages)
• Round 1 – 28th October
• Round 2 – 4th November
• Round 3 – 11th November
• Round 4 – 18th November
• Round 5 – 25th November
• Round 6 – 2nd December
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