Coulthard/D’Alberto pair up for ARG eSport Cup
Sunday 31st May, 2020 - 2:03pm
One of DJR Team Penske’s real world Pirtek Enduro Cup pairings in Fabian Coulthard and Tony D’Alberto will also tackle this week’s ARG eSport Cup finale at Bathurst together.
Coulthard is part of the initial batch of names confirmed for this week’s two-driver enduro, although this time he will be the hired gun alongside TCR Australia regular D’Alberto.
The duo has favourable history at Mount Panorama having finished third in the 2017 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
“The best bit is there is no seat insert required,” joked D’Alberto on the Parked Up podcast.
“Fabian Coulthard, my team-mate at Shell V-Power (Racing Team), will be joining me for the Bathurst two-hour enduro.
“(I’m) Very excited about this. He’s been doing a lot of online racing recently in Supercars, he’s been giving me a few little tips, so I’ve sort of put out the challenge now, (to) come and join me at this race and actually drive a TCR car and see what they’re like.
“It is nice just to connect because obviously we haven’t seen each other for a little while and they’re up in the Gold Coast, I’m down in Melbourne, borders are closed, so it’ll be good to just have a bit of fun during the night and get the team interaction also.
“I got the word from (DJRTP Managing Director) Ryan Story today; he gave us the OK to do it, but he said we had to win.”
Another Virgin Australia Supercars Championship full-timer in Kelly Racing’s Andre Heimgartner is back after a recent wildcard appearance to join fellow Kiwi Jaden Ransley.
Multiple Kumho Tyre V8 Touring Car Series winners in Justin Ruggier and Broc Feeney are also on the entry list, partnering Peter Herd and Declan Fraser respectively.
ARG eSport Cup series leader Harley Haber has landed the services of Fawzan El-Nabi, who earned the fan wildcard berth for last week’s BP Supercars All Stars Eseries round.
As previously reported, the field also includes father-and-son combinations in Steve and Jett Johnson, and Jason and Ben Bargwanna, the latter of which was also slated for the Bathurst International TCR enduro before that was scaled back to a sprint round for 2020 due to anticipated travel restrictions.
The ARG eSport Cup finale takes place this Thursday night and will be streamed on Speedcafe.com.
Entry list: Round 10, Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit Provisional
|Chelsea Angelo||Sam Stratten|
|George Miedecke||Beau Albert|
|Michael Caruso||Andrew van Leeuwen|
|Aaron Seton||Ed Williams|
|Peter Herd||Justin Ruggier|
|Steve Johnson||Jett Johnson|
|Harley Haber||Fawzan El-Nabi|
|James Golding||Brad Newton|
|Dylan O’Keeffe||Jackson Souslin Harlow|
|Jaden Ransley||Andre Heimgartner|
|Thomas Randle||Lochie Hughes|
|Tony D’Alberto||Fabian Coulthard|
|Rhys Gould||Rowan Shepherd|
|Tim Brook||Oli Myers|
|Stan Van Oord|
|Braydan Willmington||Riley Preston|
|Jason Bargwanna||Ben Bargwanna|
|Cameron Mason||Lachlan Mason|
|Declan Fraser||Broc Feeney|