The eSeries has kicked off on iRacing with a field of 27 past and present Formula Vee Australia members taking part in two races at Phillip Island. The iRacing Skip Barber Race Series cars were chosen for their similarities a Formula Vee car and the availability of Australian tracks which have been laser scanned and modelled with great accuracy.
Qualifying was a battle of not just getting the best out of the car but drivers positioning themselves to take advantage of the draft along the fast sections of the circuit. Mark Pickett set the fastest time, followed closely by Adam Newton and Curtis Porter. South Australia was well represented with 3 cars in the top 10 with Adam Newton 2nd, Jackson Freer 4th and Sean Grimmond 8th.
Race 1 was a 15 minute race, most of the front running cars started well and as the race developed current and former SA 1600cc champions Adam Newton and Jackson Freer battled closely. The pair made slight contact running at full speed through the flatout turn 1 but both continued without losing time. Mark Pickett won the race by 2.1 seconds ahead of Freer in 2nd and Newton in 3rd. The other South Australian drivers finished with Sean Grimmond 6th, Jordan Bialek 13th and David Freer 19th.
A reverse grid made for a chaotic start to Race 2 with several accidents on the first lap. Jackson Freer’s car suffered severe damage after being slammed into by an out of control car, although fast repairs were enabled it took him out of contention. Sean Grimmond lost his rear wing but was able to continue, eventually finishing 5th after a clean but competitive race with James Nesbit. Adam Newton came within 0.011 seconds of victory but the race win was once again taken by Mark Pickett.