The Supercars Eseries is back in 2022, with Team 18 set to field an entry in both the Pro and All Stars Eseries commencing Wednesday 20 July.
19-year-old Victorian Cooper Webster will return for a second campaign with Team 18 in the Pro ESeries in the #18 IRWIN Racing Supercar taking on Australia’s best pro gamers, while 19-year-old New South Welshman Jackson Walls will represent Team 18 in the All Stars as a guest driver for the first round in the #20 Nulon Racing Supercar.
Since placing seventh in the 2021 Supercars Pro Eseries for Team 18 with four top-ten finishes, Webster’s Esports credentials have been on the rise. He was picked up by the powerhouse Oracle Red Bull Racing Esports Team for the Porsche Esports Super Cup, finishing eighth outright and the top rookie in the 2022 series, and competed in the Virtual Le Mans Series for the team.
Webster’s real-word racing career has also gone from strength-to-strength, placing third in the 2022 S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship with race wins at Sydney Motorsport Park and Hidden Valley.
Walls is a young gun on the rise and while an accomplished junior racer, the Carrera Cup racer utilises sim racing as a valuable training tool for his racing preparation.
After a stellar junior karting career, Walls stepped up to single seaters in Formula 4 in 2018 and 2019. Walls ventured across the ditch to race in New Zealand’s Toyota Racing Series in 2019 and 2020 with Team 18 Team Manager Bruin Beasley’s MTEC Motorsport outfit, taking a race win ahead of the likes of future Formula 1 driver Yuki Tsunoda and F1 reserve driver Liam Lawson.
Walls scored two podiums in the Asian Formula 3 Championship in 2019 at Suzuka and Shanghai, before his European dream was postponed by the COVID pandemic. He then turned his attention closer to home in Porsche Carrera Cup Australia and scored his first race win at the most recent event in Townsville.
The 2022 Cash Converters Supercars Eseries takes place on the iRacing platform, racing on consecutive Wednesday nights from 20 July through to 24 August.
This year’s competition will feature predominantly Australian circuits for the first time, following the recent addition of Winton Motor Raceway and Sandown to iRacing.
The series kicks off at Winton, followed by an endurance race at Sandown, a Fans’ Choice circuit, Phillip Island, another enduro at Bathurst, followed by the finale at Oran Park.
All races will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 506, streamed on Kayo and 7Plus, and available on the Supercars’ Twitch, Facebook and YouTube channels.
Cooper Webster, Pro ESeries driver, #18 IRWIN Racing Team 18 Holden ZB Commodore
“Super excited to work with Team 18 in the Supercars Eseries for a second year. I love being a part of this series and I’m looking forward to building on our progress last year and aim for better results this time around.
“This year we’re targeting to win the championship, but I’m sure that’s the same as everyone else at the start of the series but I’ll give it my all each round and see how it all works out.”
Jackson Walls, All Stars ESeries guest driver, #20 Nulon Racing Team 18 Holden ZB Commodore
“Working forward from COVID it was a long two tears of waiting around, but we’re finally back into Carrera Cup and the competition is the toughest it’s ever been. I’ve improved every round and most recently finished second in Townsville for the round and got my first race win which was an awesome achievement and a massive confidence boost.
“At the moment we’re looking towards just doing our best here in Australia and working towards winning a championship here and seeing where things take us.
“Last year I was very active in the sim racing world, you couldn’t get me off it. I’ve been back into it a fair bit recently and I love it, it’s such a handy tool to have to prepare for a race weekend.
“I watched the whole Eseries over the last two years, I think it’s an awesome championship that Supercars put on and it’s really good for some young drivers to show what they’ve got against the Supercars regulars.
“I’m excited and thankful for Team 18, Charlie Schwerkolt and Bruin Beasley for giving me this opportunity.”
2022 Cash Converters Supercars Eseries Calendar
Round 1 – 20 July, Winton Motor Raceway
Round 2 – 27 July, Sandown Enduro
Round 3 – 3 August, Fans’ Choice
Round 4 – 10 August, Phillip Island
Round 5 – 17 August, Bathurst Enduro
Round 6 – 24 August, Oran Park