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He’s been touted as the favourite by some of his peers, but Penrite Racing’s Anton De Pasquale is unphased by any expectation and is looking forward to the challenge just hours away from the start of the inaugural Supercars All Star Eseries starting tonight.
Bunkered down at his home in Werribee like many in the country, De Pasquale, an avid e-racer has welcomed the challenge of the E-Series to relieve the boredom and won’t buy in to any gamesmanship.
“I have heard what some of the others have said and I know Scotty (McLaughlin) came out and tipped me as a hot favourite, but that was right after he won an IndyCar iRacing Challenge, so I think he’s probably trying to take some pressure off himself,” De Pasquale laughed.
“It’s always a good thing when people think of you as competition.
“I think myself, Scott, Shane and even Chaz have done a fair bit of this stuff in the past, so naturally we should be up there somewhere, but all the other guys have been putting in a massive amount of effort, so you can’t discount anyone because they are all super competitive people.”
With no on-track racing, De Pasquale has appreciated being able to fill the void created by the onset of the Coronavirus and has been actively involved in the background planning.
He and Brodie Kostecki have been a valuable resource not only for Supercars but also to iRacing itself, by creating a new tyre model for the Series based on real-life feedback.
“I’ve been spending most of my days on the sim. Let’s face it there’s not much else to do and we’ve all got plenty of time, and I have been happy to be involved.
“It’s just so good to have the opportunity to race and be competitive. It’s obviously never as good as the real thing but its cool to be able to do this and especially with all the effort that the teams and drivers have gone to.
“There are a handful of tracks I have physically raced on when I was in Europe and pretty much all I have been on in terms of on the sim, so I am pretty familiar with them all.”
Teammate David Reynolds isn’t quite so optimistic about his chances in the series but is looking forward to having some fun.
“I am totally out of my comfort zone even though I have been spending more time than I have ever in my life trying to master the simulator,” he said.
“It’s a new experience for me as a lot of the elements in real life are removed, you can’t feel the car underneath you.
“It’s a different world. All the young guys are good at it and they just hose us older guys.
“They are seconds faster than us and we look like some old fossils.”
In a first for Supercars, the ESeries will be shown on Fox Sports, Kayo, TEN Play, Sky Sports in New Zealand, Twitch and the team’s Facebook page.
Broadcast across a two-hour window from 7pm AEST time each Wednesday for the next 10 weeks, the Eseries will feature a total of 18 different tracks across the season’s 10 rounds, with Bathurst’s Mount Panorama the only track set for two visits.
The series kicks off tonight beginning with a nine-lap race at Phillip Island, followed by a 16-lap reverse grid race.
The round will be completed with a 19-lap race at Monza, with the grid set from a second separate pre-broadcast qualifying session.
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