Penrite Racing has looked to their junior Academy program for their entry into the Supercars Pro Eseries with 16-year-old Jobe Stewart confirmed to contest the six-round virtual series.
Stewart, who was drafted into the Erebus Academy in 2017, was set to make his Toyota 86 debut earlier this year but due to COVID-19 he has instead become well acquainted with sim racing.
He placed in the top three of the Erebus Junior Esports Competition earlier this year, before defeating some highly credentialed drivers to win the Speedcafe.com GT3 Eseries.
“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to represent the Academy and Penrite Racing in the virtual world,” Stewart said.
“I have got a fair bit of sim experience and it’s a cool opportunity to race against some really good sim racers.
“I will be putting in a heap of miles in the sim and hope I can do well for the team.”
CEO Barry Ryan said the opportunity to bring Stewart into the team’s sim program was a no brainer.
“It is no secret that we have put a lot of effort into our young driver program,” Ryan said.
“After the year that Jobe has had with some wins in the sim, it was the perfect opportunity to continue his learning with the team’s engineering department.”
The same team that worked with David Reynolds and Anton De Pasquale during the first All Star Eseries earlier this year will continue to work behind the scenes with Stewart.
De Pasquale, who claimed second in the online series, will also make a guest appearance with the team fielding a wildcard entry at selected rounds.
Stewart has also confirmed his involvement in the upcoming Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia 86 Series Bathurst Cup on 15-18 October.
The Pro Eseries kicks off the following week, with the season opener on October 28.