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30 April 2020 | News

Oscar Piastri stars in carsales ARG eSport Cup at Barcelona

Renault Junior driver Oscar Piastri has played a starring role in Round 5 of the carsales ARG eSport Cup during his one-off appearance in the online series at Circuit de Catalunya tonight.

The young Australian Formula 1 hopeful qualified second before claiming a strong Race 1 win and a hard-charging third in the two Formula 3 races in Spain.

The 19-year-old made a perfect start, with a comfortable lights-to-flag win in the 20-minute opener while pole-sitter and early race threat Luca Giacomin, representing the Garry Rogers Motorsport team, spun at the first corner to drop himself out of contention.

Piastri seemlingly cruised to victory, with his his final margin over National Trans Am Series driver Nathan Herne more than three seconds.

TCR Australia regular Dylan O’Keeffe finished a third, with S5000 leading driver Thomas Randle taking fourth. Rounding out the top 10 was young TCR Australia driver Jay Hanson, Jordan Cox, wildcat entrant Luke King, S5000’s Ricky Capo, Peugeot TCR star Aaron Cameron and Kiwi Jayden Ransly.

Points leader Harley Haber endured a difficult first race. A clash with former series leader Ash Sutton threw the V8 Touring Car driver into the fence at Turn 2, leaving him in a lowly 14th at the finish.

Haber used the disappointing result to his advantage in the reverse grid Race 2, storming through for a commanding win. In a stunning first lap, Haber roared his way to the lead on the first lap – a lead he would not surrender.

Randle and Piastri played starring roles in the second race, charging from the back of the Top 20 to round out the podium.

Trans Am racers George Miedecke and Brett Holdsworth rounded out the first five, while Herne could only make it up to 12th.

Haber continues to the lead the series (288) from Herne (272), O’Keeffe (248), Ransley (238) and Sutton (236) who dropped to fifth after a less than ideal night.

Round 6 brings the carsales ARG eSport Cup back to Australia and to the famous Victorian circuit at Phillip Island. The race will be broadcast live and free on Facebook and YouTube, May 7 from 8pm AEST.

Points after Round 5

POS

Car #

Category

Driver

Series Points

1 21

V8TC

Harley Haber 288
2 29

Trans Am

Nathan Herne 272
3 33

TCR AU

Dylan O’Keeffe 248
4 47

TCR NZ

Jaden Ransley 238
5 116

TCR AU

Ash Sutton 234
6 6

TCR AU

Jordan Cox 207
7 75

TCR AU

Garth Tander 182
8 18

TCR AU

Aaron Cameron 174
9 7

TCR AU

Luca Giacomin 171
10 38

TCR AU

Tim Mcreynolds 169
11 64

TCR AU

Tim Brook 166
12 39

ARG

Ben McMellan 158
13 48

Trans Am

Nic Carroll 158
14 49

S5000

Thomas Randle 155
15 68

V8TC

Jonathan Beikoff 154
16 26

TCR NZ

Tom Alexander 151
17 89

S5000

Braydan Willmington 147
18 31

S5000

James Golding 146
19 8

Trans Am

Aaron Seton 140
20 5

Trans Am

George Miedecke 136
21 99

Trans Am

Brett Holdsworth 134
22 92

S5000

Ricky Capo 120
23 2

TCR AU

Chelsea Angelo 107
24 15

TCR AU

Michael Clemente 107
25 117

TCR AU

Ben Bargwanna 107
26 9

TCR AU

Jay Hanson 107
27 23

S5000

Tim Macrow 97
28 27

S5000

Barton Mawer 94
29 10

TCR NZ

Niels Langeveld 91
30 11

TCR AU

Nathan Morcom 81
31 24

TCR AU

John Martin 81
32 81

S5000

Oscar Piastri 72
33 35

V8TC

Jason Gomersall 66
34 133

TCM

Cameron Mason 64
35 777

TCR AU

Declan Fraser 63
36 41

TCR AU

Trent Harrison 60
37 55

TCR NZ

Rhys Gould 52
38 22

TCR NZ

Jack Milligan 45
39 4

TCR AU

Mike Sinclair 44
40 222

TCR AU

Luke King 43
41 77

TCR NZ

Stan Van Oord 39
42 19

TCR AU

Matt Simmons 38
43 12

Trans Am

Peter Herd 38
44 67

TCM

Jeremy Gray 38
45 28

TCR AU

Rowan Shepherd 37
46 91

TCR AU

Jaxon Evans 37
47 17

TCM

Steve Johnson 36
48 1

TCR AU

Will Brown 22
49 3

TCR AU

Lee Partridge 16
50 17

TCM

Jett Johnson 15
51 30

TCR AU

Sam Stratten 10
52 148

TCR NZ

Andrew Waite 7
53 122

TCR AU

Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams 4
54 50

TCR AU

Tony D’Alberto 4
55 88

TCR AU

Tim Dossett 3
56 85

TCM

Adam Garwood 2
57 14

TCR AU

Aaron Borg 2
58 117

TCR AU

Jason Bargwanna 1