Aussie Racing Cars TCR

HARLEY HABER STARS IN OPEN WHEEL BATTLE AT MONZA

Young simulator ace and ex Aussie Racing Car driver (amongst other classes) Harley Haber has starred in the fourth round of the carsales ARG eSport Cup at Monza, taking his first race win and snatching the series lead.

Velocity Magazine asked Haber to give us his run down on winning the round and racing in the Formula 3 cars, along with his past real life racing as a comparison.

How long have you been racing Sims?

“So I’ve really been sim racing for as long as I can remember, I started very young, although I only joined the iRacing platform 3 years ago, and began taking it very seriously over the past year. Joining a professional team, with engineers, data, and lots of testing on setup work has been great to be apart of and crucial in my efforts to improve and better myself as a racing car driver. ”

Tell us about the differences driving the TCR Audi to the Formula 3?

“The Audi and F3 are two very different cars to drive, how they achieve their speed is completely different and you have to adapt very quickly. Thankfully the cars in the ARG series all share the same setup, so no time has to go towards tuning the car, the focus is very much all on yourself as a driver to improve. Everyone has the same equipment, the same car, on the same track at the same time, its a very equal playing field.

Who do you see as your biggest rival?

“Ashley Sutton I feel is my biggest rival, as a former BTCC Champion, he definitely knows how to extract the most out of a race car on a track. Weather it be virtual or real. ”

Tell us a bit about your Racing Simulator.

“My simulator is a mix and match of equipment, all of which gives me the closest feeling to what a real Supercar drives and feels like. The design comes from Hybrid Racing Simulations, Brett has done an amazing job in helping me build exactly what I need to win, and this I feel has been the most crucial part of simulating a real car. If you want a simulator done right, contact HRS! Thanks also to Jinx Shifters and Pagnian Imports for all their help.”

Harley competed in the now defunct CAMS (Motorsport Australia) Formula 4 Championship – Photo: Haber FB

Harleys real world racing began in the Aussie Racing Cars – Photo: Velocity Magazine

Harley last raced a V8 Supercar back in 2018, competing in the Kumho Tyre V8 Touring Car Series – Photo: Haber FB

Whats your Favourite Track?

Favourite track so far of course has to be Bathurst! Its the Australian answer 🙂

What was your last Real Life Racing.

“I last raced a V8 Supercar back in 2018, competing in the Kumho Tyre V8 Touring Car Series with Image Racing (supported by Erebus Motorsport) ”

COVID-19 has us all locked up at home, how are you going?

“One of the very few positives of Covid-19 has been the fact that I have had more time to do more laps! When you are competing at such a high level in Esports, this is really really important, exactly as it is in real life. Testing equals results. ”

Do you still have a desire to get back in a real Racecar?

“Always looking to get back on track, I would love to have a full season in a Supercar and see what results I can achieve over a season. Of course I would never turn down the opportunity to drive something different such as a TCR or S5000 car. As a driver that is 100% sponsor funded, it has been very difficult to secure a seat, although I have had some amazing offers and opportunities put in front of me, without the financial backing it is simply impossible to accept these and chase my dreams. ”

Do you have a favourite Racing Category?

“Choosing a favourite racing series is almost impossible I feel, they are all amazing in their own way. I thoroughly enjoyed Aussie Racing Cars because it was a category that Dad and I both got to be apart of, we prepped and worked on the car together, travelled to racing events and got the results together as a team. Dad was on the radio, we were working together and equally passionate about getting results. When I look back now, we were a father and son team from Western Sydney competing in a National Class as a support category for the V8 Supercars, they were some very cool and memorable times!”

You can watch the last round of the ARG TCR Australia in full here:

MEDIA RELEASE/TCR Australia – after Harleys Win Main Photo: TCR Aus website

In the first round of the series using the single seat Formula 3 car, Haber was in scintillating form at the famous Italian venue. Representing the V8 Touring car field, the 17-year-old qualified third before taking victory in Race 1 and storming from 20th in the reverse grid race to cross the line second behind Dutchman Neils Langerveld in Race 2.

In Race 1, Haber withstood heat from Garry Rogers Motorsport representative Luca Giacomin, with the pair separated by just 0.5s at the conclusion of the race.

Former A1GP driver turned Honda TCR driver John Martin enjoyed a return to his open-wheeler roots with third, albeit 13s off the leaders, while fellow TCR driver Dylan O’Keeffe was fourth.

While the drivers at the front enjoyed a clean race, there was carnage at the back. Kiwi entrant Jaden Ransley qualified fourth both spun at the exit of the first chicane, cause a mass pile up.

Series leader Ash Sutton also had a shocking first race. The former British Touring Car champion qualified 27th and a late crash dropped him to the back of the field. He fought back to salvage 13th in Race 2, but his difficult round has dropped him back to second in the title chase.

The reverse-Top 20 race saw a dominant performance from pole-sitter Langeveld, who fought off an early challenge for S5000 regular Thomas Randle two scoot away to a 3.4s win.

Randle was left to fight for second with Nathan Herne, the pair trading places in a classic Monza slipstreaming battle.

With only a few laps remaining, Haber caught the pair, and managed to pull off a daring move at Turn 1 to move into second place that he would hold until the end.

Herne ended up in third, while Randle dropped back to fifth at the finish after spinning at the second chicane not long after being passed by Haber.

Round 5 of the carsales ARG eSport Cup will again feature the Formula 3 car, to be held at Barcelona in Spain next Thursday.

Provisional points after Round 4

POS

#

Category

Driver

Points

1 21

V8TC

Harley Haber 239
2 116

TCR AU

Ash Sutton 216
3 29

Trans Am

Nathan Herne 213
4 33

TCR AU

Dylan O’Keeffe 204
5 47

TCR NZ

Jaden Ransley 200
6 7

TCR AU

Luca Giacomin 164
7 75

TCR AU

Garth Tander 159
8 6

TCR AU

Jordan Cox 151
9 38

TCR AU

Tim Mcreynolds 146
10 68

V8TC

Jonathan Beikoff 145
11 39

ARG

Ben McMellan 137
12 31

S5000

James Golding 135
13 48

Trans Am

Nic Carroll 133
14 64

TCR AU

Tim Brook 127
15 18

TCR AU

Aaron Cameron 125
16 8

Trans Am

Aaron Seton 118
17 89

S5000

Braydan Willmington 113
18 26

TCR NZ

Tom Alexander 108
19 15

TCR AU

Michael Clemente 101
20 5

Trans Am

George Miedecke 96
21 10

TCR NZ

Niels Langeveld 96
22 27

S5000

Barton Mawer 93
23 2

TCR AU

Chelsea Angelo 93
24 49

S5000

Thomas Randle 90
25 99

Trans Am

Brett Holdsworth 88
26 92

S5000

Ricky Capo 83
27 23

S5000

Tim Macrow 82
28 117

TCR AU

Ben Bargwanna 81
29 11

TCR AU

Nathan Morcom 72
30 133

TCM

Cameron Mason 63
31 41

TCR AU

Trent Harrison 60
32 9

TCR AU

Jay Hanson 59
33 24

TCR AU

John Martin 52
34 35

V8TC

Jason Gomersall 50
35 22

TCR NZ

Jack Milligan 45
36 777

TCR AU

Declan Fraser 45
37 55

TCR NZ

Rhys Gould 44
38 19

TCR AU

Matt Simmons 38
39 28

TCR AU

Rowan Shepherd 37
40 91

TCR AU

Jaxon Evans 37
41 17

TCM

Steve Johnson 34
42 4

TCR AU

Mike Sinclair 32
43 77

TCR NZ

Stan Van Oord 31
44 12

Trans Am

Peter Herd 29
45 67

TCM

Jeremy Gray 20
46 3

TCR AU

Lee Partridge 16
47 17

TCM

Jett Johnson 15
48 1

TCR AU

Will Brown 12
49 30

TCR AU

Sam Stratten 10
50 222

TCR AU

Luke King 6
51 117

TCR AU

Jason Bargwanna 6
52 122

TCR AU

Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams 4
53 88

TCR AU

Tim Dossett 3
54 85

TCM

Adam Garwood 2
55 14

TCR AU

Aaron Borg 2

 


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