Team 18 starred in the first round of the 2022 Cash Converters Supercars ESeries with a podium finish in the Pro Eseries.
Pro gamer and S5000 racer Cooper Webster put in a clinical drive to score a strong third-place finish for IRWIN Racing in the Pro Eseries, while Porsche Carrera Cup young-gun Jackson Walls put in a strong showing but missed out on a top ten finish on debut in the All Stars ESeries for Nulon Racing.
Webster qualified sixth for the Pro Eseries and only 0.176 away from the pole position time. Webster got a great start and moved up to fourth through Turn 1 and 2 and then got up the inside of Andrew Gilliam into Turn 3 for third.
Webster settled into third before making an early pit stop to cover a potential undercut from his competitors who eventually opted for a longer first stint. Webster’s pace was strong enough to hold on to a third-place finish as the late stoppers closed in during the final laps, finishing 1.4 seconds off the win after 17 laps.
In his first All stars Eseries race, Walls started 13th and made ground early, moving up to tenth before his pit stop on Lap 5. Walls made further ground up to ninth before the safety car was called with four laps to go.
After a messy restart, Walls had a moment while going for an overtake at Turn 3 and dropped back to 13th at the chequered flag.
The 2022 Cash Converters Supercars ESeries continues next Wednesday 27 July for an endurance race at Sandown featuring both the Pro and All Star driver in a single entry. The Eerie action will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 506, Kayo Sports, 7 Plus and the Supercars Facebook and Youtube page.
QUOTES & RESULTS
Cooper Webster, Pro Eseries driver – #18 IRWIN Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“I’m really happy with how my race went.
“I did the best I could in Qualifying with a P6, I was hoping for a better lap time but happy to start on the third row.
“Got a good launch, capitalised on a few mistakes from the other drivers and got up to third and stayed there for the rest of the race, but it wasn’t as simple as that.
“I pitted early to cover the drivers behind, but they decided to run longer and go for the overcut strategy and they closed in late in the race. The overcut was really strong at the end but I felt like my pace was strong and I was able to gap them in the first stint and was competitive with the front two.
“Hopefully we can carry these results for the rest of the championship as you cannot afford to have a bad round.”
Jackson Walls, All Stars Eseries driver – #20 Nulon Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“The first round of the Eseries was really fun with Nulon Racing.
“I didn’t make the most of qualifying which hurt me a bit in the race. I pitted early which definitely proved an advantage and gained a few positions from that. It was a good race up until the safety car restart. I was in ninth when I tried to overtake Jack Le Brocq into Turn 3 and just squeezed myself too much and had an incident which fortunately avoided a pile up with other cars, but recovered with a bit of damage to 13th.
“I can’t thank everyone at Team 18 for the opportunity and hopefully I can be back for Round 2.”