Kiwi Supercar driver all set for Virtual Eseries
An all new virtual racing platform, BP Supercars All Stars Eseries has been initiated by Supercars as the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship calendar is put on-hold due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The online simulator platform, through iRacing will allow drivers to continue in some form of racing, whilst also giving fans and sponsors something to engage with. For Kelly Racing driver Andre Heimgartner, online racing is something he is familiar with, having used a race simulator in recent seasons to help with his on-track efforts.
“I have used simulator racing before and do use it quite frequently for my pre-race prep, so I’m no stranger to the online racing world,” said Heimgartner.
“However, there are some other guys in pit lane that are all over it and are pretty experienced at it, so I think we’re set to see some good racing.”
In preparation of the Eseries, the 24-year old has made some upgrades to his usual sim set-up in the hope of best replicating his real-life NED Racing Mustang. Some of the upgrades include direct-drive Simagic Dynamic steering wheel base with the steering wheel out of last year’s Supercar, plus the acquisition of both Supercars-style gear shifter as well as a Racetech seat.
“I’ve enjoyed prepping the sim and upgrading some of the gear. It’s starting to feel pretty realistic and it does take a fair bit of skill to keep the car on the race-track, so we’ll see what comes of it!”
The BP Supercars All Stars Eseries will kick off on 8th April and will be broadcast on TEN play and Sky Sports New Zealand as well as Fox Sports 506 and Kayo. Streaming will also be available via Supercars’ twitch channel and Facebook page.
In other news, it was announced this morning that Heimgartner has also been given a dream come true opportunity to take part in the Formula 1 Eseries Grand Prix at Albert Park, Melbourne this weekend alongside global motorsport stars.
Heimgartner will take on current F1 drivers including Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, Red Bull's Alex Albon, McLaren protégé Lando Norris and Williams duo George Russell and Nicholas Latifi.
The virtual race replaces what would’ve been the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix around the streets of Hanoi, which is also on hold due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The race will take place on the Australian Circuit, although will be officially named the Virtual Vietnam Grand Prix.
“I think it’s every young driver’s dream to race in Formula 1 and to get to do it online against some of the best in the world will be something I’ll never forget,” Heimgartner said.
“Although I’m familiar with iRacing, it will be interesting to see how different it is compared to Supercars.
“I’m grateful to BP-Castrol for putting my name forward and hopefully I do Supercars and everyone at Kelly Racing proud; I’m looking forward to it.”
The race will begin at 6am AEST Monday, 6th April and will be broadcast live in Australia on Fox Sports and Kayo, as well as on Sky Sports in New Zealand.