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Sutton and Shepherd share spoils in ARG eSport Cup

Simon Chapman

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Friday 3rd April, 2020 - 10:00am

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Sutton leads O’Keeffe

BTCC champ Ash Sutton and Kiwi Rowan Shepherd managed to survive mayhem on The Mountain to share the spoils in the inaugural carsales ARG eSport Cup.

At the end of the night, it was Trans Am racer Nathan Herne who came out the other side of two chaotic races atop the standings.

A bumper grid of 52 virtual Audi RS 3 LMS TCR cars lined up for the first event at the Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit.

The field consisted of competitors from TCR Australia, S5000, Touring Car Masters and V8 Touring Cars as well as team personnel, media representatives and other members of the motorsport community.

The first 30-minute race of the night was initially led by TCR Australia racer Dylan O’Keeffe.

The early proceedings saw the iRacing regular stretch his legs, however, he was soon caught by Sutton who made a pass up Mountain Straight and managed to hold station to take a narrow win over O’Keeffe.

Herne was third with leading V8 Touring Cars competitor Harley Haber fourth while Nic Carrol was the second of the Trans Am runners in fifth.

Former Supercars full-timer James Golding was sixth ahead of Luca Giacomin, WTCR driver Niels Langeveld, TCR mechanic Tim McReynolds and leading Kiwi Jaden Ransley rounded out the top 10.

The first race saw several casualties, including S5000 driver Thomas Randle on Lap 1. Jason Bargwanna was also caught up in the chaos and finished several laps down in 45th.

The second race saw the top 26 finishing order from the first race reversed to set the grid. That put Rowan Shepherd on pole position who was largely untroubled in the race and cruised to a two-second win.

More accustomed to a V8-powered Trans Am, Brett Holdsworth hustled his turbocharged four-cylinder to second place having started the race in eighth.

TCR Australia race winner Aaron Cameron put the pressure on Holdsworth throughout the 30-minute affair, but couldn’t complete a pass and had to settle for third.

Ransley finished shy of the podium in fourth with fellow countryman and Porsche Supercup driver Jaxon Evans in fifth after a race-long battle with Herne, McReynolds, and Giancomin.

Golding, O’Keeffe, and Aaron Seton completed the top 10 running order.

After the first two races, Herne leads the standings on 63 points ahead of O’Keeffe (61), Sutton (57), Golding (54) and Giacomin (53).

The second ARG eSport Cup event will take place at Zolder in Belgium on April 9. Live coverage of the event will take place at 20:00 AEDT.

ARG eSport Cup organisers addressed issues with the live stream stating, “We acknowledge that the streaming of the opening round of the carsales ARG eSport Cup was flawed and faulty.

“We are taking steps to ensure that there is not a repeat in Round 2 next week. We thank you for your patience and continued love for motorsport.”

ARG eSport Cup, Race 1

Pos Driver Time/Interval
1 Ashley Sutton 30 minutes
2 Dylan O’Keeffe +0.324
3 Nathan Herne +12.566
4 Harley Haber +12.725
5 Nic Carroll +17.628
6 James Golding +21.123
7 Luca Giacomin +21.55
8 Niels Langeveld +28.981
9 Timothy McReynolds +29.156
10 Jaden M Ransley +32.089
11 J Hanson +37.685
12 Jonathan Beikoff +39.149
13 Trent Harrison +41.218
14 Aaron Seton2 +55.786
15 Chelsea Angelo +1:07.932
16 Braydan Willmington +1:24.128
17 Barton Mawer +1:31.506
18 Tom Alexander2 +1:31.773
19 Brett Holdsworth +1:53.128
20 Garth Tander +2:09.575
21 Jaxon Evans +2:13.257
22 Steve R Johnson +1 Lap
23 Ben McMellan +1 Lap
24 Aaron Cameron2 +1 Lap
25 Michael Clemenre +1 Lap
26 Rowan Shepherd2 +1 Lap
27 Lee Partridge +1 Lap
28 Timothy Brook +1 Lap
29 Declan Fraser +1 Lap
30 Nathan Morcom +1 Lap
31 Jack Milligan +1 Lap
32 Luke King2 +1 Lap
33 John Martin7 +1 Lap
34 Blake Williams3 +2 Laps
35 Tim Dossett +2 Laps
36 Adam Garwood +2 Laps
37 Leanne Brown +3 Laps
38 Glen Serra +3 Laps
39 Michael Sinclair2 +3 Laps
40 Mathew Simmons +3 Laps
41 Jeremy Gray2 +4 Laps
42 Cameron Mason2 +5 Laps
43 Timothy Macrow +5 Laps
44 George Miedecke +6 Laps
45 Jason Bargwanna +8 Laps
46 Peter Herd +10 Laps
47 Samuel Stratten +11 Laps
48 Ricky Capo +13 Laps
49 Thomas Randle Lap 1
50 Simon Black Lap 1

 

ARG eSport Cup, Race 2

Pos Driver Time/Interval
1 Rowan Shepherd 30 minutes
2 Brett Holdsworth +2.163
3 Aaron Cameron +2.817
4 Jaden Ransley +4.616
5 Jaxon Evans +7.696
6 Nathan Herne +11.206
7 Timothy McReynolds +12.483
8 Luca Giacomin +12.909
9 James Golding +14.752
10 Dylan O’Keeffe +18.563
11 Aaron Seton +19.703
12 Garth Tander +24.69
13 Tom Alexander +31.008
14 Michael Clemente +32.299
15 Ben McMellan +35.631
16 Chelsea Angelo +38.001
17 Declan Fraser +40.032
18 Samuel Stratten +42.323
19 Ricky Capo +46.96
20 Timothy Macrow +47.622
21 Cameron Mason +48.135
22 Steve Johnson +56.161
23 Glen Serra +56.419
24 Tim Dossett +58.188
25 Ashley Sutton +1:12.525
26 Jack Milligan +1:18.230
27 Niels Langeveld +1:24.516
28 Jonathan Beikoff +1:33.586
29 Lee Partridge +1:46.795
30 Harley Haber +1:50.271
31 Mathew Simmons +1:50.429
32 Timothy Brook +2:07.109
33 Nic Carroll +2:16.433
34 Adam Garwood +1 Lap
35 Braydan Willmington +1 Lap
36 Thomas Randle +1 Lap
37 Nathan Morcom +1 Lap
38 George Miedecke +1 Lap
39 Peter Herd +1 Lap
40 Jason Bargwanna +1 Lap
41 Barton Mawer +1 Lap
42 Michael Sinclair -2 Laps
43 John Martin -3 Laps
44 Blake Williams -3 Laps
45 Luke King -4 Laps
46 Jay Hanson -5 Laps
47 Jeremy Gray -5 Laps
48 Trent Harrison -5 Laps
49 Leanne Brown -6 Laps
50 Simon Black -7 Laps

 

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