Erebus Academy driver Jobe Stewart has again paired with All Star driver Jordan Cox for the penultimate round of this year’s Eseries at Mt Panorama.
With Jobe qualifying P13, Cox took control of the opening stint with the goal to complete his compulsory nine laps and bring the car back clean. With a couple of near misses, Cox managed to remain close to where his teammate qualified and returned the car to Jobe in P14.
Entering the pits at the end of lap 9, Jobe took over the #33 Swyftx entry and made up four positions across the next four laps. Continuing the hunt, Jobe chased down Corey Shepherd looking to slot inside the top ten, right before the safety car was deployed on lap 15.
When racing resumed two laps later, Jobe quickly made a spot to move into P10. However, his gains were lost shortly after he whacked the wall at the Grate, losing a tonne of momentum in the process.
Unfortunately, his bad luck continued with additional contact on lap 19 leaving his car with straight line damage that saw him limp to the finish line in P16.
Jobe Stewart said: “It was a frustrating night overall. I was going alright but at the end of the race I locked up at the Chase and went off, I lost a couple of positions from that and then the lap after I had contact that caused me quite a bit of straight line damage so I had no speed whatsoever and kept dropping back. Jordan did really well tonight, he had a few close moments but managed to pull the car up and he had decent speed. We were going pretty well until that safety car came out and once the field was bunched up and I made that mistake, it all went downhill after that. Heading into next week, I’ve raced at Oran Park on the sim before so I know the track. It’s really tough to pass because it’s so tight and the straights are really short so qualifying is going to be really important but it’s a fun track and I’m looking forward to it.”
The final round of the Eseries will take place at Oran Park next Wednesday, August 24.