23 MAR 2020
Kelly Racing excited for Eseries challenge
Kelly Racing today confirms it will compete in the exciting new Supercars All Stars Eseries – a virtual take on the Supercar racing that we all know and love. While the team, like many of its supporters and partners, is disappointed by the effects of COVID-19 on the Championship, the team is now looking forward to the new challenge of racing digitally.
The Eseries will take place weekly starting on Wednesday 8 April and will consist of around ten rounds. The structure of the events will change with each round to keep things exciting but each event will include two races. The team will race on local and international tracks from the iRacing platform and the inaugural round will be held at the Philip Island and Monza circuits.
The series is set to feature Kelly Racing's two fan-favourite Castrol Racing and NED Racing Ford Mustangs and their real-life liveries. The cars will be piloted by full-time drivers Rick Kelly and André Heimgartner who will be alongside the complete line-up of Supercars Championship drivers.
The Eseries will be broadcast across Fox Sports and Kayo, while Kelly Racing will also provide fans with behind the scenes live streams of its drivers across its team and partner social media pages.
Rick Kelly - the most experienced real-life racer in the field and one of the least-experienced sim racers - is in for a big challenge as he gets to grips with the virtual racing world and is sure to provide the fans with some laughs! Rick is cobbling together his own home-made simulator in his shed.
The aim of the series is to provide some much-needed entertainment for Supercar fans during this difficult time. Most teams and drivers are very new to the sim racing world which will certainly make for some interesting action on the race track!
Rick Kelly, #15 Castrol Racing
"The Eseries is going to be an interesting challenge for myself and some of the other drivers that have little or no experience at all with sim racing. My aim is to just have some fun with it, there's not much chance of me being competitive with some of the other guys that have been doing this stuff for years so we want to just go out have some fun, show the fans what's involved in sim racing and get them involved in this as much as possible."
"Obviously there are a lot of people doing it tough at the moment with everything that's going on so hopefully we can provide them with some entertainment, give them a laugh and a bit of a distraction from all of the negativity."
"I've never actually used a sim before, I don't own one, I'm a bit old school like that so we might have to build one bush mechanics-style over the next few weeks which will be fun. Hopefully all of our fans can come on the journey with us and get behind the Eseries and support the sport."
André Heimgartner, #7 NED Racing
"I'm definitely looking forward to getting stuck into the Esports series, it's not something that we're taking too seriously, like a lot of guys out there we just want to have some fun and give the fans some entertainment."
"I do a bit of sim racing myself, I generally use it to learn the tracks before race events but I'm not one of these guys that spends hours a day on it so racing against a complete field of cars and drivers will definitely be interesting, I think we're in for some carnage which should be pretty funny for everyone watching."
"I've started getting all my sim setup and doing some practice laps to try and get up to speed with some of the other experienced Sim racers. Hopefully we can get the NED Racing Mustang its first podium in the next few weeks even if it is in the virtual world!"