'Absolute chaos': Supercars Eseries rocked by humongous crash

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
Nick Percat, pictured here flipping and crashing in the Supercars Eseries.
Nick Percat is flipped and crashes during a large pile-up in the Supercars Eseries. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

This is definitely the biggest crash you’ve ever seen in the Supercars Eseries.

The virtual racing has only been around for four weeks but it got its first real carnage on Wednesday night as the start of race 12 was marred by a huge crash.

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Former NASCAR champion Joey Logano struggled in his Supercars debut, causing carnage after being slow off the starting grid.

The American managed modest finishes of second-last, 22nd, 23rd and 21st.

Nearly every car in the race was caught up in the chaos as Nick Percat’s virtual car rolled onto its side.

“Just about everyone who’s driven a Supercar since 1932 is upside down or in wall,” one TV commentator said.

Cameron Waters claims overall honours in round four

A Holden clean sweep of the fourth round didn’t stop Ford's Cameron Waters claiming overall honours on Wednesday night.

Waters failed to secure a round four victory in the simulated racing series after Holden won all four races on offer.

However, Waters collected enough points to earn driver of the round honours with finishes of second, 10th and two fifth placings in races held on Canada's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and Watkins Glen International Raceway, New York.

Two-time Supercars series defending champion Scott McLaughlin still leads the 10-round Eseries standings, 80 points ahead of Waters.

Holden's Shane van Gisbergen is third overall after starting round four with victory - his fourth win in six races on the Supercars virtual circuit.

The 29-strong field featured the return of two-time Supercars champion Marcos Ambrose and fellow wildcards, IndyCar star Alexander Rossi and NASCAR gun Logano.

Drivers, pictured here in a large crash during the Supercars Eseries.
There was absolute carnage in round four of the Supercars Eseries. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Ambrose raced in a Pirtek-sponsored Ford Mustang, similar to the Tasmanian's championship-winning Falcons from 2003 and 2004 before he went on to have a successful 10-year racing career in the United States.

He finished 21st and 17th in the first two races on the Montreal track before action switched to Watkins Glen where Ambrose secured both wins of his NASCAR career.

He fared better at his preferred track, finishing 14th and sixth before hinting that he may return to the Eseries.

“This is just like the real thing, it is quite incredible, and it's great to see all the drivers supporting it,” Ambrose, who last raced in Supercars in 2015, told Fox Sports.

“The stigma of online racing has gone away now. I believe online racing is here to stay.”

Best performing wildcard was ex-Indianapolis 500 champion Rossi who finished second in the final 14-lap race at Watkins Glen following placings of 15th, last and 16th respectively.

In race one, van Gisbergen won ahead of fellow Holden driver Anton de Pasquale and Ford's McLaughlin.

In the second 10-lap race at Montreal, Holden's Chaz Mostert emerged from reverse grid chaos to claim his maiden Eseries win ahead of Waters and Holden's Zane Goddard.

In the opening Watkins Glen race, de Pasquale emerged triumphant ahead of McLaughlin and van Gisbergen.

And seven-time Supercars champion Jamie Whincup completed the round with his first Eseries win ahead of Rossi and McLaughlin.

with AAP