Formula 1
28 Mar
FP1 in
26 days
R
Emilia Romagna GP
18 Apr
Race in
49 days
Formula E
27 Feb
Race in
01 Hours
:
31 Minutes
:
13 Seconds
MotoGP
28 Mar
FP1 in
26 days
R
Doha GP
02 Apr
Next event in
33 days
IndyCar
R
Birmingham
16 Apr
Next event in
47 days
23 Apr
Next event in
54 days

Files, Webster triumph in ARG Bathurst thriller

Josh Files and Cooper Webster emerged on top in a thrilling finish to the ARG eSport Cup race at Bathurst, as Jaden Ransley accrued enough points to lift the championship crown.

shares
comments
Files, Webster triumph in ARG Bathurst thriller

The first leg of the race was dominated by title rival protagonists Harley Haber and Ash Sutton, while polesitter Dylan O’Keefe and Files ran not far behind in the top five.

A safety car around the mid-race mark shook up the order at the front, leaving Brett Holdsworth leading from Will Brown, O’Keefe’s teammate Jackson Souslin Harlow, and Webster, who had taken over the #199 AirWalk Audi from Files.

At the restart, Webster quickly dispatched Souslin Harlow, took advantage of Brown’s troubles to move up to second, and then passed Holdsworth to assume the lead.

The order at the front remained the same until a second safety car was deployed later in the race, setting up a 18-minute dash to the flag.

After the safety car pulled into the pits, Webster and Souslin Harlow traded positions multiple times as they checked out from the rest of the field.

As the final lap began, Webster made a successful lunge on Souslin Harlow into turn 1 and then immediately set out to build a buffer for himself, doing just enough to secure victory in the two-hour enduro.

Souslin Harlow just finished 0.88s behind in second, while Scott McLaughlin pulled off another last-lap move on Supercars rival Andre Heimgartner to steal the final spot on the podium.

Fourth place, however, was enough for Heimgartner's teammate Ransley to wrap up the ARG eSport title on a day his title rivals Haber and Sutton faltered.

Haber was hit with a drive through penalty early on in the race and his teammate Fawzan El-Nabi was unlucky when Michael Clemente spun in front of him at the first restart, tagging his United eSports entry.

Sutton led the race early on but was shuffled down the order at the first pitstop, and his teammate Jake Blackhall later was later punted off the track. The two eventually retired from the race. 

Meanwhile, Ed Williams and Aaron Setun finished fifth ahead of Thomas Randle and Lochie Hughes, while real-life Supercars enduro teammates Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander were classified seventh after a topsy turvy race.

Tander was involved in an early crash that left his car severely damaged, but he and van Gisbergen rose high up as third, before finish seventh at the flag.

Perez and Gasly to debut in Virtual Azerbaijan Grand Prix F1

Previous article

Perez and Gasly to debut in Virtual Azerbaijan Grand Prix F1

Next article

Hoggard takes BRDC Esports title after dominant Suzuka win

Hoggard takes BRDC Esports title after dominant Suzuka win
Load comments

About this article

Series Esports
Author Rachit Thukral
How an unlikely tie-up won sim racing's biggest prize Prime

How an unlikely tie-up won sim racing's biggest prize

An unlikely partnership between World Endurance Championship LMP1 privateers Rebellion Racing and Williams Formula 1's highly-successful sim racing team yielded victory in the inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual. Here's how it triumphed in the biggest sim race ever staged

Esports
Jun 15, 2020
How seriously should Esports be taken? Prime

How seriously should Esports be taken?

As interest in Esports has increased during the coronavirus lockdown, the lines have become blurred between what's real and what's virtual - especially when some high-profile participants seem to be playing for laughs, says Luke Smith

Esports
Jun 10, 2020
Why Abt's deception left Audi with no choice Prime

Why Abt's deception left Audi with no choice

Daniel Abt's suspension by the Audi Formula E team - and possible loss of his drive - for fielding a ringer in an Esports event could be considered an overreaction. But in a wider context, his employers had little other alternative

Esports
May 26, 2020
How Leclerc is embracing his new mission Prime

How Leclerc is embracing his new mission

The emergence of Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc as a Twitch streaming star has been one of the pleasant surprises of lockdown so far. He says it is giving fans a greater insight into his nature, but that's not his primary purpose

Formula 1
Apr 23, 2020
Leclerc's Virtual GP annihilation deserves great credit Prime

Leclerc's Virtual GP annihilation deserves great credit

The introduction of Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon, George Russell and Antonio Giovinazzi to Formula 1's Virtual GP last weekend meant it was a step above the franchise's debut two weeks ago. But a dominant performance from Esports newcomer Leclerc stole the show

Esports
Apr 6, 2020
How the hidden side of being fast has been exposed Prime

How the hidden side of being fast has been exposed

The lack of real track action so far this year hasn't stop drivers from keeping their racing brains 'fresh', as former F1 star Stoffel Vandoorne suggested last weekend.

Esports
Apr 2, 2020
Why entertainment isn't Esports greatest virtue right now Prime

Why entertainment isn't Esports greatest virtue right now

MotoGP's virtual #StayAtHomeGP was a sad reminder of some of the storylines that could be unfolding had the real-life season not been delayed indefinitely by the coronavirus pandemic. While we can bemoan Esports as being a poor relation of the real thing, it has an even more important function to perform

MotoGP
Mar 30, 2020
F1’s pantomime Virtual GP is fun but unsustainable Prime

F1’s pantomime Virtual GP is fun but unsustainable

F1 Esports' inaugural Virtual Grand Prix last weekend provided brilliant entertainment to those tuning in to watch a mix of F1 drivers and celebrities battle on track, but was a missed opportunity for marketing its own Esports stars. A change of approach is needed if it is to successfully fill the void until the resumption of proper racing

Esports
Mar 24, 2020