Round 6 – Oran Park
The Finale was quite special for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it is the only way to experience the long decommissioned Oran Park, which was in use for almost half a century until 2010. To have such a circuit still able to be used, even in such a non-traditional capacity, provides a nice nod to history for the traditionalists. The fact the championship finished there adds a special extra layer.
Madison Down led the Pro Series coming into the race. His third-place finish was enough to clinch the title, leading to a smile, a muted fist-pump, and some family members coming into his room to celebrate. It was a lovely moment that proved there is also a large human side to virtual racing.
- Pro Series Winner: Dayne Warren
- All Stars Winner: Brodie Kostecky
The future of the Eseries
This success of the Eseries was originally made possible by the need to replace a number of ‘real’ events during the pandemic. With a gap in the calendar, plenty of racers were available. Going back to the first ever Supercars Eseries race on the virtual Phillip Island track, we saw the likes of Shane van Gisbergen, Anton de Pasquale, and Chaz Mostert competing. It is worth watching that race, won by a very excited Scott McLaughlin. You might be shocked at the standard of the visuals.
The ‘fans choice’ which went to Michigan was an absolute winner, and one feels this feature will be kept for next year as well. Additionally, the layout and realism of the tracks are improving year on year.
Furthermore, the entire 2022 Supercars Eseries is available on YouTube, with full 2 hour coverage of each race. They are presented much like their real-life counterparts, right down to the camera angles and leaderboards in the corner. Of particular note is the approach drivers take to turning. It’s amazing how much more risk you can take safety is no barrier!
The interactive nature of the event also leads to some great moments. Many of the drivers are able to provide immediate interviews right after races from the comfort of their sim rigs.
The Eseries is covered by Fox Sports, 7Plus and, yet the majority of these races have in excess of 10 thousand views on youtube alone, so it is clear the event is very popular.
As for what to expect next year, on the All Star side, it really is hard to see anyone other than Brodie Kostecki taking it out, so long as he shows up. Five outright wins from seven races is difficult to look past. The Pro Series is far more unpredictable, and timing and tactics made a massive difference this year, with the guile of Madison Down getting him over the line. We expect to see Jake Burton take the next step next year, and potentially take it out.