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Eseries Recap: Round 5

Eseries Recap: Round 5

Podiums, prangs & penalties (maybe)… Spa really had it all! 🇧🇪 

“We had great night at Spa, although we still don’t know if I’ll be getting a penalty for the first race yet as they’re still talking about it, but overall, some great results and I was able to bank a few points. We had a good second race which was reverse grid. I haven’t had any luck with the reverse grid races so far so I was happy with a fifth place. I basically fluked my way up into the top five which is pretty good. Before and after each race I was communicating with Jack (Doohan) trying to get him up to speed with everything. I was mainly giving him a few tips so he could stay out of trouble during the races. His pace wasn’t too bad sitting in the top 20, but unfortunately when you’re back there especially in the Eseries it’s just crazy carnage which he was involved in a bit. Racing against Lando was also cool. We race together a bit online and he’s always super-fast, but again it looked like he was caught up in a few crashes and ended up driving backwards into pit lane which was really funny. I’m looking forward to Circuit of the Americas and Sebring next week, and I’m still really enjoying this Eseries racing. It’s extremely competitive and full-on but entertaining at the same time.”
Shane Van Gisbergen
“It was another tough night of Eseries racing, although I actually really enjoyed driving around Spa as it’s one of the best tracks in the world. During testing I really enjoyed trying to get the most out of the car. Once again, I felt really good. I felt like I was driving heaps better and maximising the car, although I’m just missing some key fundamentals on how to be fast on a simulator. I like to think I’ve got skills to go fast in a real race car but it’s very different driving a simulator car and actually going quick. I’m going to keep chipping away at trying to understand how to go fast on the game. I’ll try a few things this week, although not sure if they’ll work or not – hopefully they do. If the things I try this week don’t work, I’ll try some other thing next week – it’ll be trial and error. All in all, I’m really enjoying the Eseries and loving driving around the different tracks of the world, but it’s just going to take a bit more time to understand the car and the world of sim racing fully.”
Jamie Whincup
“My qualifying wasn’t too great as I wasn’t able to put in a clear lap and when I did I had quite a bit of traffic, so I wasn’t really in a good position from the start. Regardless, I don’t think my pace was good enough for the Top Ten Shootout, but I definitely would’ve liked to have started further up the grid. I unfortunately got caught up in the lap one, race one carnage up the top of the hill, so I ended up having to pit early due to the damage but I was too far behind at that point to be competitive. The second race was reverse grid and I got caught up again in the first lap carnage, but this time I was able to hang on. It still wasn’t a great race for me and I finished 15th and received a mid-race black flag to top it all off. My starting position for race three was a combination of my results from the first two races so I started 27th. I had quite a good start and was able to make up a few positions on the opening lap but lost out in my pit stop strategy, which I was doing myself along with the engineering and the spotting, so I’m the only one to blame. I managed to finish 16th from 27th, but overall, I definitely wasn’t where I wanted to be. Although my results were not what I hoped for, I really enjoyed the night – it was a cool experience. A huge shout out to the Red Bull Holden Racing Team for letting me be a wildcard too.”
Jack Doohan

Eseries Round 5 Results

Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97
Race 1 (Spa-Francorchamps) – Fifth*
Race 2 (Spa-Francorchamps, reverse grid) – Fifth  
Race 3 (Spa-Francorchamps) – First
Eseries Championship Standings – Third (1102 points) 
*penalty received after post-race investigation 

Jamie Whincup – Car #88
Race 1 (Spa-Francorchamps) – 20th 
Race 2 (Spa-Francorchamps, reverse grid) – 25th 
Race 3 (Spa-Francorchamps) – 18th 
Eseries Championship Standings – 20th (489 points) 

Jack Doohan – Car #33
Race 1 (Spa-Francorchamps) – 25th 
Race 2 (Spa-Francorchamps, reverse grid) – 16th 
Race 3 (Spa-Francorchamps) – 17th 

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