So far in the Supercars All Stars eSeries, we’ve seen a range of wildcards competing, with varying degrees of success.
Max Verstappen, Brodie Kostecki, Jack Doohan, Jayden Ojeda, Broc Feeney, Lando Norris, Alexander Rossi, Simona De Silvestro, Will Power, Marcos Ambrose, Angelo Mouzouris, Will Brown, Thomas Randle, James Courtney and Joey Logano have all popped up on the entry list at some stage during the first five rounds, and Garth Tander will line up on the grid for this Wednesday round at Circuit of the Americas.
There are plenty of other drivers who we would love to see in the field over the remaining weeks of the series, so we put our thinking caps on and compiled a list of 10 wildcards we’d enjoy watching behind the wheel of virtual Supercars.
He’s one of the most successful drivers in Australian Touring Car Championship/Supercars history, and an excellent TV commentator to boot. Seeing as he’s not doing commentary for the eSeries, why not give him a steering wheel, pedals, monitor and computer, and see how he fares?
The seven-time Bathurst winner and popular motorsport personality has already hinted that he’d like to have a crack at an eSeries round, and our spies have spotted him completing quite a few laps on iRacing recently.
So far, Garth has been completing the bulk of simulator duties in the Tander household; as well as his upcoming Supercars eSeries appearance, he’s also been racing in the ARG eSports Cup. But we reckon Leanne should have a turn as well.
So far, Max Verstappen and Lando Norris have represented the Formula 1 brigade in the eSeries, but the rising Ferrari star is quite the simulator gun as well. Leclerc along with Alex Albon have been spotted in the Thursday night Global Grid Fillers Series, organised by Shane Van Gisbergen.
If the internet connectivity at Larko’s farm is good enough for him to make TV appearances on the Monday night Supercars Sidetracked show, surely it’s also good enough for him to connect to iRacing and have a crack at a Wednesday evening race?
Dale Earnhardt Jnr
One of the most popular racers of the US oval scene, Dale Earnhardt Jnr has been competing in some virtual NASCAR and Indycar races recently. So he might as well jump in a Supercar for the special oval event, to be held during Round 7 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
He’s an Aussie international racer who has done us proud with his exploits behind the wheel of various Porsches, and judging by his appearances in online races such as the Tuesday night Just Send It events, he goes pretty well on a sim too. He’s a Bathurst 12 Hour winner and he deserves a shot.
Daniel Ricciardo has admitted he’s not a huge participant in the whole online racing thing, but how about Australia’s second-most recent Formula 1 driver…
…or potentially the next Aussie to make it to F1? Oscar Piastri has had some excellent sim racing results, and recently linked up with the established Altus eSports team to ensure he’s in the right environment to maximise his race performances in the virtual world. And an entry in the Supercars eSeries would be a great way of giving Oscar some valuable publicity on the home front.
OK, so the Supercars eSeries is not about the professional sim racers, but for the sake of providing some exposure for the wider sim racing community in Australia, it would be good to throw Josh Rogers – one of the world’s best – into a race, start him at the rear of the field and let him demonstrate his abilities.