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16 April 2020 | News

Sutton and Haber win epic slipstream contest at Watkins Glen 

British Touring Car star Ash Sutton and Kumho V8 Touring Car racer Harley Haber have shared two closely-fought wins in Round 3 of the carsales ARG eSport Cup at the historic Watkins Glen circuit.

The former BTCC champion continued his impressive sim racing form to earn his second consecutive eSport Cup pole position, but it was Haber that took a narrow 0.79 second win over Sutton in Race 1.

The Brit turned the tables in Race 2 to take another fascinating victory, giving him a sizeable lead in the series.

Trans Am racer Nathan Herne made his way to the lead in Race 1 before he pitted with Haber for their compulsory pit stop with 18 minutes remaining. Sutton elected to run longer, using a similar strategy to GRM-representative Luca Giacomin, making their stop with six minutes remaining. 

Starting 12th, ACT Fence Hire S5000 racer Thomas Randle forged into the battle for the lead in the last third of the race, and was on for a strong result before the trio checked up entering the final complex and was spun by Herne coming onto the pit straight. Randle finished the race down in eighth. 

Sutton took the win, fending off Herne and Team Valvoline S5000 racer James Golding.

With the top 20 of the first race reversed in Race 2, Sutton and Haber charged through the pack and made it to the lead within four laps. The pair resumed their slipstream battles from Race 1 as Sutton took the lead on the penultimate lap and defended hard for a tight 0.13 margin at the chequered flag.

ARG eSport Cup Series leader Dylan O’Keeffe had a night to forget after a poor qualifying session, he received a black flag for causing an incident in Race 1 while bump drafting with Garth Tander and Brayden Willmington.

O’Keeffe salvaged a result in Race 2, avoiding incidents in front and fighting his way up 26 spots from 30th to finish fourth. His disappointing evening dropped him to fourth in the standings.

The carsales ARG eSport Cup is now lead by Sutton on 191 points ahead of Herne (168) and Haber (166).

Round 4 heads to the ‘Temple of Speed’, Italian Formula 1 circuit Monza in the Formula 3 cars next Thursday, April 23 from 8pm AEST, live on the TCR Australia Facebook page and Youtube channel.

Series points

POS

Car #

Category

Driver

Rd 1 Bathurst

R2 Zolder

R3 Watkins Glen

Series Points

1

116

TCR AU

Ash Sutton

57

63

71

191

2

29

Trans Am

Nathan Herne

63

52

53

168

3

21

V8TC

Harley Haber

46

47

73

166

4

33

TCR AU

Dylan O’Keeffe

61

68

29

158

5

47

TCR NZ

Jaden Ransley

51

49

55

155

6

68

V8TC

Jonathan Beikoff

31

50

39

120

7

75

TCR AU

Garth Tander

31

50

38

119

8

48

Trans Am

Nic Carroll

43

63

20

116

9

6

TCR AU

Jordan Cox

10

52

52

114

10

7

TCR AU

Luca Giacomin

53

0

53

106

11

31

S5000

James Golding

54

14

45

103

12

15

TCR AU

Michael Clemente

25

33

40

98

13

18

TCR AU

Aaron Cameron

36

29

29

94

14

64

TCR AU

Tim Brook

13

33

48

94

15

39

ARG

Ben McMellan

27

37

27

91

16

38

TCR AU

Tim Mcreynolds

50

34

5

89

17

89

S5000

Braydan Willmington

24

24

39

87

18

8

Trans Am

Aaron Seton

38

25

27

85

19

117

TCR AU

Ben Bargwanna

0

45

36

81

20

99

Trans Am

Brett Holdsworth

42

17

17

76

21

26

TCR NZ

Tom Alexander

33

0

41

74

22

5

Trans Am

George Miedecke

3

42

24

69

23

92

S5000

Ricky Capo

10

28

28

66

24

41

TCR AU

Trent Harrison

25

29

11

65

25

27

S5000

Barton Mawer

21

20

21

62

26

9

TCR AU

Jay Hanson

28

15

26

59

27

2

TCR AU

Chelsea Angelo

34

21

3

58

28

10

TCR NZ

Niels Langeveld

40

0

18

58

29

49

S5000

Thomas Randle

1

13

41

50

30

11

TCR AU

Nathan Morcom

9

28

10

47

31

133

TCM

Cameron Mason

9

24

14

47

32

22

TCR NZ

Jack Milligan

13

26

6

45

33

777

TCR AU

Declan Fraser

20

2

23

45

34

23

S5000

Tim Macrow

9

22

24

45

35

19

TCR AU

Matt Simmons

6

0

32

38

36

28

TCR AU

Rowan Shepherd

37

0

0

37

37

91

TCR AU

Jaxon Evans

37

0

0

37

38

17

TCM

Steve Johnson

24

0

10

34

39

35

V8TC

Jason Gomersall

0

20

8

28

40

4

TCR AU

Mike Sinclair

2

18

7

27

41

24

TCR AU

John Martin

5

18

7

20

42

77

TCR NZ

Stan Van Oord

0

19

0

19

43

12

Trans Am

Peter Herd

1

17

0

18

44

3

TCR AU

Lee Partridge

16

0

0

16

45

55

TCR NZ

Rhys Gould

0

0

16

16

46

17

TCM

Jett Johnson

0

12

0

12

47

30

TCR AU

Sam Stratten

10

0

0

10

48

1

TCR AU

Will Brown

2

7

1

10

49

67

TCM

Jeremy Gray

0

3

6

9

50

222

TCR AU

Luke King

6

0

0

6

51

122

TCR AU

Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams

4

0

0

4

52

88

TCR AU

Tim Dossett

3

0

0

3

53

85

TCM

Adam Garwood

2

0

0

2

54

117

TCR AU

Jason Bargwanna

1

0

0

1