Inaugural TCR Australia Series Champion and Erebus Motorsport driver Will Brown is set to contest this week’s carsales ARG eSports Cup finale with Erebus Academy recruit Jobe Stewart.
Brown currently sits 30th in the series as they head into the tenth and final round at Mount Panorama.
“I haven’t performed very well in this series… I think round seven at Oran Park where I finished sixth overall is the best I have done as far as results go,” Brown said.
‘’I have qualified in the top 10 in the last two rounds, so hopefully that’s a good omen for this week. I have had some bad luck getting wiped off the track so I will be looking to Jobe to keep us steady.
“Jobe being young and good at iRacing is a bonus, so I will need to put in a bit more practice this week so we can have a good run.”
Brown was a novice when he first entered the online series, though has since had two virtual attempts at Australia’s most iconic circuit – once in round one, and again when he made a one-off appearance in the Supercars All Stars Eseries.
With the final round presenting a unique race format, Brown is eager to pair up with one of Erebus Academy’s rising stars.
“I briefly met Jobe up at the Erebus Academy at Norwell on one of the Toyota 86 days last year, so I know he was an up and coming talent.
“We don’t know each other that well, but we’ve had a few phone chats this past week and he is really keen so I’m looking forward to racing with him.”
Stewart, who is set to debut in the Toyota 86 class later this year, is no stranger to online racing.
In recent weeks he has competed in Erebus Academy’s inaugural Jr Esports Competition, taking a podium in his age group, before boasting back-to-back round wins in the Speedcafe.com GT3 ESeries.
“I’ve had a really great time the past few weeks getting a lot of practice on the sim with some really good results,” Stewart said.
“Will is such a good driver having won the TCR Championship and also heading for Supercars next year. I am sure I can learn a lot from him and hopefully I will be a big help in the eSeries. It would be cool for us to have a win or make podium at Bathurst.”
Stewart will share Brown’s #1 car in the race though despite being team-mates, the pair will be competing from different parts of the country. Brown will take part from his family home in Toowoomba, while Stewart resides in Mount Gambier.
The final round of the ARG eSports Cup at Bathurst will be broadcast live on the TCR Australia Facebook and YouTube from 8pm this Thursday.