Several Supercar drivers took the opportunity to prepare for the eSeries opener by competing in Week 4, Season 3 of the Just Send it Series at Monza, which featured the Holden ZB Commodore and Ford Mustang Supercars, and duly locked out the podium.
For spectators, the highlight was the race-long battle between Penrite Racing team-mates Brodie Kostecki and Anton De Pasquale, and Red Bull Holden Racing Team pilot Shane Van Gisbergen. Kostecki eventually took victory ahead of Van Gisbergen and De Pasquale, with Jackson Souslin-Harlow the highest-placed non-professional driver in fourth position.
Cooper Webster looked to be the driver to beat after qualifying on pole position and leading the opening stint. However, Webster opted to take his mandatory pit stop early, a move which left him vulnerable to his fresher-tyred opposition when the field was bunched by a late Safety Car. While fighting to hold onto his position, Webster was nerfed into the wall and fell outside the top 20.
Other real-life Supercar drivers enduring a tough run were Andre Heimgartner and Scott Pye, who tangled on the opening lap and spent lengthy spells in pit lane to repair damage.