The starting line-up for the 2020 V8 Supercars Online Premier Series (V8SCOPS) Endurance Cup is all-but-finalised ahead of this Sunday’s Phillip Island 500.
In addition to the Phillip Island race, the Endurance Cup will also consist of a 500km endurance race at Imola followed by the iconic Virtual Bathurst 1000.
On the eve of the Phillip Island event, the big news on the driver front has been the unification of long-time rivals Madison Down and Dayne Warren, who will drive together in the #77 Trans-Tasman Racing entry. Down and TTR delivered a strategic masterclass in the most recent round of the series at Virginia International Raceway, while Warren’s speed is undisputed.
Down and Warren are just one component of a multi-pronged TTR attack, which also includes Richard Hamstead/Jake Moloney, brothers Josh/Jarrod Muggleton (who frequently drive together on the black top in NSW Production Touring Cars), Kurt Stenberg/Leigh Ellis and Emily Jones/Andrew Fraser.
While the TTR squad is undisputedly a strong one, the team will face stiff opposition from other sim racing powerhouses, including Pursuit Sim Racing which will run a four-car team headed by the most recent addition to the V8SCOPS winner list, Andrew Gilliam (Round 7 winner) who will be joined by Michael Talijancich. The Blake Purdie/Jobe Stewart car must also be considered among the contenders, considering Stewart’s versatility across a wide range of vehicles.
United Sim Sports also has a classy driver roster spearheaded by the Fawzan El-Nabi/Harley Haber entry, while the ever-present Evolution Racing Team cannot be discounted, especially with the experienced Ethan Grigg-Gault joining forces with rising star Jordan Caruso.
Altus eSports’ best chance of race victories looks to rest with the James Scott/Cooper Webster machine, while other multi-car operations include Synergy Sim Racing and EXG Motorsports, the latter unveiling a spectacular livery (pictured) earlier this week.
Also not to be counted out after their recent upturn in form are the DPR Racing entries, with Phillip Worley and Andrew Dyson both finishing inside the top 10 at Virginia. Worley will be joined by Darryn Lobb while Dyson is partnered by Adam Briggs.
And of course there are some competitive privateer outfits as well, including the creatively-names Casual Meeting Place Racing outfit, which will be driven by talented racers Josh Anderson and Ethan Warren.
Check back in on Sim Racing Oz tomorrow for our expert panel’s predictions for this weekend’s Phillip Island 500!
V8SCOPS Endurance Cup entry list*
|Car No.||Team||Driver 1||Driver 2|
|02||Team Hyperdrive||Darren Mckenzie||Dion Peters|
|4||Premier Racing Team||Clint Smith||Corey Shepherd|
|7||ANZ Motorsports||Henry King||Liam Wild|
|9||ANZ Motorsports||Ben Christensen||Coby Jones|
|010||Tankt SRT||Rob Boaden||Craig Anspach|
|13||Evolution Racing Team||Luke Pink||Reilly Blyth|
|017||Premier Racing Team||Brian Borg||TBA|
|018||SSR – JK Signs Racing||Scott Nolan||Jordan Sinni|
|21||United Sim Sports||Fawzan El-Nabi||Harley Haber|
|024||EXG Motorsports||Jacob Knight||Jett Bennett|
|26||Evolution Racing Team||Hugh Barter||Brenton O’Brien|
|27||Texense FitzSty Motorsport Ares||Cameron Dance||Harald Stadler|
|027||United Sim Sports||Jamie McKnight||Kyle George|
|28||Trans Tasman Racing||Richard Hamstead||Jake Moloney|
|30||SSR – JK Signs Racing||Michael Schreyer||Daniel Ackland|
|32||Team Hyperdrive||Josh Morris||Joel Kenton|
|36||Casual Meeting Place Racing||Josh Anderson||Ethan Warren|
|40||SSR – JK Signs Racing||Todd Parkes||Bruce Keilly|
|42||SSR – JK Signs Racing||Damien Rasmussen||Damon Mulqueen|
|47||Trans Tasman Racing||Kurt Stenberg||Leigh Ellis|
|51||Trans Tasman Racing||Emily Jones||Andrew Fraser|
|062||Simrigs.com DPR Racing||Rhys Keene||Neil Pearson|
|71||VRS x Prologue React E-Sport||Jake Burton||David Sanford|
|72||Simrigs.com DPR Racing||Adam Briggs||Andrew Dyson|
|073||Simrigs.com DPR Racing||Daniel Misdale||Robin Kirk|
|74||Powerslide Motorsports||Adam Blocker||Arjuna Kankipati|
|77||Trans Tasman Racing||Madison Down||Dayne Warren|
|81||Trans Tasman Racing||Josh Muggleton||Jarrod Muggleton|
|88||SSR – JK Signs Racing||Brenton Hobson||Glenn Postlethwaite|
|088||Altus eSports||James Scott||Cooper Webster|
|91||Raceonoz||Andrew Mogridge||Benjamin J Smith|
|092||KRF The Driver’s Seat||Shaun Thomson||Rob J Harris|
|96||Simworx GB Galvanising Racing||Brad Ryan||Mitch Ciolac|
|098||EXG Motorsports||Bradley Rattew||Corey Preston|
|116||KRF Eye Candy Motorsport||Matthew Deer||Hayden Veld|
|117||Evolution Racing Team||Jordan Caruso||Ethan Grigg-Gault|
|127||Whitey’s Pies||Jeff Rahaley||Jarrod Farrawell|
|143||SSR – JK Signs Racing||Jordan Ross||Kyle Stokes|
|201||Pursuit Sim Racing||Andrew Gilliam||Michael Talijancich|
|208||Zuver Racing||Chris Coxhead||Michael Cracknell|
|209||Zuver Racing||Brett Loxton||Thomas Hinss|
|215||Altus eSports||Sam Blacklock||Simone Maria Marcenò|
|218||Team Hyperdrive||Kane Hewson||Matthew Norris|
|233||Simrigs.com DPR Racing||Phillip Worley||Darryn Lobb|
|333||Mach-1 eSports||Bailey Fridd||Bradley Vauaghan|
|400||United Sim Sports||Jackson Souslin Harlow||Nick Cummings|
|486||Texense FitzSty Motorsport Hades||Simon Mezzomo||Daniel Cheney|
|488||Pursuit Sim Racing||Blake Purdie||Jobe Stewart|
|543||Evolution Racing Team||Scott Gamble||Benjamin Smith|
|554||EXG Motorsports||Sean Lindsell||Kenneth Latter|
|707||Pursuit Sim Racing||Tom Freer||Jamie Stovold|
|717||Pursuit Sim Racing||David Kinmond||Reuben Goodall|
|787||Mach-1 eSports||Ian Bird||Aaron Dodd|
|868||Mach-1 eSports||Stephen Varga||Craig Jones|
|904||Fusion Sim Racing||Josh Burdon||Daryl Carter|
|923||Altus eSports||Zach Hanlin||Simon Feigl|
|947||Raceonoz||Tyler Blackburn||Justin Wallace|
|994||SE Motorsport||Kobi Williams||Dale Carpenter|
|TBA||Evolution Racing Team||Ryan O’Sullivan||Sean Evans|
*entry list is correct at time of publication, but subject to change