Courtney scores virtual Supercars wildcard

James Courtney has joined a five-strong fleet of wildcard entries for this week's round of the BP Supercars All Stars Eseries.

Courtney scores virtual Supercars wildcard

The 2010 Supercars champion will make his debut appearance in the successful virtual series, driving a Boost Mobile-backed Holden in the three races on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

It will mark a return to Supercars competition for the star driver, who split with the Team Sydney outfit just a single-round into his highly-publicised tenure with the squad.

In a throwback to his days in karting and European open-wheeler racing, Courtney will run the #44 on his Eseries entry.

“I'm very happy to back on track this week behind the wheel of the #44 Boost Mobile Commodore,” Courtney said.

“I’ve been practicing on my Next Level Racing simulator since the Eseries began so will be interesting to see how I go against some familiar competition.

“The Eseries has been great to watch, I’ve been itching to get back into it.

“Spa is a very technical circuit plus this week there is a new format, so I think it will be a great night of racing.

“I’ve raced in Europe before, but not from my lounge room so will be interesting to see how I go. I'm really looking forward to testing myself in a Supercar again.”

Courtney was poised to be making real-world wildcard starts in Supercars this year after his Team Sydney split, with a deal all but in place to run a third Erebus entry.

It's unknown whether the coronavirus-induced break in racing will affect those plans.

Courtney will be one of five wildcards racing in the Eseries at Spa, with Formula 1 ace Lando Norris and FIA F3 rookie Jack Doohan already locked in.

Read Also:

Supercars has now also confirmed that Super2 rookies Broc Feeney and Jayden Ojeda will complete the 30-car field.

Feeney will drive a Ford Mustang under the Tickford Racing banner, while Ojeda will race a Holden Mustang, given the Nissan Altima he races in the second-tier isn't available in virtual form.

“It’s great to make my virtual Supercars debut. I’m really looking forward to it, hopefully I learn a few things I can put back into my real-life racing," said Feeney.

“It should be really good fun. I finally get to jump on the grid with the other Supercars competitors. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time.

“I think it’s great we’re going to Spa, it’s probably one of the most famous tracks in world motorsport, with Eau Rouge probably one of the most famous corners as well."

Ojeda added: “I’m excited to see how we go against the Supercars guys, as well as Lando Norris”

“I’ve been enjoying watching the Eseries racing a lot, it’s something I’m really keen to have a crack at and I am so grateful Supercars has given some of the Super2 racers a go.

“I have not raced on iRacing before, but I have spent lots of time in the simulator at EurOz Performance at Sydney Motorsport Park in preparation for Wednesday, so hopefully that will transfer across to the new platform."

Qualifying for the fifth round of the Supercars All Stars Eseries will kick off at 6pm AEST on Wednesday, with the race broadcast – available live and free through Motorsport.tv – starting at 7pm AEST.

Broc Feeney

Broc Feeney

Photo by: Supercars

Jayden Ojeda

Jayden Ojeda

Photo by: Supercars

shares
comments
F3, TCR double for next ARG eSport Cup round
Previous article

F3, TCR double for next ARG eSport Cup round

Next article

Supercars All Stars Eseries Round 5 schedule

Supercars All Stars Eseries Round 5 schedule
Load comments
How an unlikely tie-up won sim racing's biggest prize Prime

How an unlikely tie-up won sim racing's biggest prize

An unlikely partnership between World Endurance Championship LMP1 privateers Rebellion Racing and Williams Formula 1's highly-successful sim racing team yielded victory in the inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual. Here's how it triumphed in the biggest sim race ever staged

Esports
Jun 15, 2020
How seriously should Esports be taken? Prime

How seriously should Esports be taken?

As interest in Esports has increased during the coronavirus lockdown, the lines have become blurred between what's real and what's virtual - especially when some high-profile participants seem to be playing for laughs, says Luke Smith

Esports
Jun 10, 2020
Why Abt's deception left Audi with no choice Prime

Why Abt's deception left Audi with no choice

Daniel Abt's suspension by the Audi Formula E team - and possible loss of his drive - for fielding a ringer in an Esports event could be considered an overreaction. But in a wider context, his employers had little other alternative

Esports
May 26, 2020
How Leclerc is embracing his new mission Prime

How Leclerc is embracing his new mission

The emergence of Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc as a Twitch streaming star has been one of the pleasant surprises of lockdown so far. He says it is giving fans a greater insight into his nature, but that's not his primary purpose

Formula 1
Apr 23, 2020
Leclerc's Virtual GP annihilation deserves great credit Prime

Leclerc's Virtual GP annihilation deserves great credit

The introduction of Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon, George Russell and Antonio Giovinazzi to Formula 1's Virtual GP last weekend meant it was a step above the franchise's debut two weeks ago. But a dominant performance from Esports newcomer Leclerc stole the show

Esports
Apr 6, 2020
How the hidden side of being fast has been exposed Prime

How the hidden side of being fast has been exposed

The lack of real track action so far this year hasn't stop drivers from keeping their racing brains 'fresh', as former F1 star Stoffel Vandoorne suggested last weekend.

Esports
Apr 2, 2020
Why entertainment isn't Esports greatest virtue right now Prime

Why entertainment isn't Esports greatest virtue right now

MotoGP's virtual #StayAtHomeGP was a sad reminder of some of the storylines that could be unfolding had the real-life season not been delayed indefinitely by the coronavirus pandemic. While we can bemoan Esports as being a poor relation of the real thing, it has an even more important function to perform

MotoGP
Mar 30, 2020
F1’s pantomime Virtual GP is fun but unsustainable Prime

F1’s pantomime Virtual GP is fun but unsustainable

F1 Esports' inaugural Virtual Grand Prix last weekend provided brilliant entertainment to those tuning in to watch a mix of F1 drivers and celebrities battle on track, but was a missed opportunity for marketing its own Esports stars. A change of approach is needed if it is to successfully fill the void until the resumption of proper racing

Esports
Mar 24, 2020