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YOUNG GUNS TAKE THE SPOILS IN VIRTUAL RETURN TO ORAN PARK

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carsales ARG eSport Cup series leader Harley Haber and wildcard entrant Lachlan Mineeff have taken a win a piece in Round 7 of the online racing series tonight.

Haber, representing the V8 Touring Car class, was unstoppable in the opening race. After claiming pole position, he scored a lights-to-flag win, taking advantage of an opening lap clash between  Brit Ash Sutton and TCR Australia contender Jordan Cox.

A brief challenge from Garth Tander was the only real threat to Haber, who went on to score a big 9 second win.

Haber told Velocity Magazine, “I have been to Oran Park Raceway as a very young kid, too young to remember, although Dad reminisces about the time he changed my nappy in the Stone Brothers Garage. It seems I was always destined to be involved in motorsport.”

“Oran Park is one of my strong tracks, I absolutely love the place and winning there last night was nothing less then ideal. Since last round there has been some tension between myself and Tander so it was a bit of a cliche with him and I both qualifying on the front row. I wanted to make a statement and with qualifying on pole, getting the fastest lap and race win, I think I achieved exactly what I set out to do.”

“I’m Super excited looking forward to F3 at Silverstone [next week], one of my strong tracks and a combination that I absolutely love.”

“Chris Radisich my engineer has done a great job putting together a testing program, I have no doubt we will be competitive. Here on in its all about championship focus and we will do our best to achieve that goal with just 3 rounds to go 🏁

Harley Haber’s Simulator setup at home – Photo: supplied

“I couldn’t be happier with that, pole and the race win,” said Haber to TCR Aus.

“It’s as ideal as it gets.

“We’re putting in the effort, and effort equal results. We’ve got a testing programme that we run through and we’re doing the best that we can.”

Sutton finished Race 1 in second place, with Tander third ahead of Cox and James Golding, who ran out of fuel on the final lap.

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The Top 20 was reversed for the second race, and TCR Australia newcomer Declan Fraser made a fast start from the outside of the front row to take an early lead.

It was short-lived, though, an off at Turn 1 on the second lap gifting the lead to Formula Ford wildcard starter Lachlan Mineeff.

Once in front, Mineeff cruised to victory, his winning margin 3.6s over real-world TCR Europe title winner Josh Files.

“It’s awesome to do a few laps here an re-live a bit of history,” said Mineeff, who was just eight years old when Oran Park was closed down.

“My dad and pop raced trucks here, so to take a win here in this field of drivers who I’ve look up to growing up is awesome. I can’t believe it.”

Haber just missed out on a second podium for the night, his charge from 20th in the grid getting him to within a second of Jaden Ransley at the finish.

That was partly thanks to some late bad luck for Chelsea Angelo, though, the TCR Australia driver running out of fuel on the final lap and dropping to fifth.

Cox could only work his way to 14th in the second race, while an early problem saw Sutton plummet all the way to 42nd.

The next round of the carsales ARG eSport Cup will be held in Formula 3 cars at Silverstone next Thursday night.

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