Supercars Eseries: Odds and Expert Tips

The Supercars Eseries will be taking place in the absence of the Supercars Championship, with a range of the sport’s top drivers competing via computer simulation.

Our resident Supercars expert will be sharing his thoughts ahead of each round to help find you a Supercar Eseries winner on the Exchange.

This round heads to North America once again, a track Supercars fans would be familiar with, Circuit of the Americas in Texas. Having raced there back in 2013 most drivers in the field with have some experience on the track. Winners in the four races almost 7 years ago to the day were Fabian Coulthard and Jamie Whincup. The latter winning three races and claiming three pole positions. Both have had mixed success in the Eseries so far but could present some value to punters looking to avoid the big three.

Every week the same three, the big three, sit atop the market and quite often the results. Those three are Scott McLaughlin, Anton De Pasquale and Shane Van Gisbergen. All of whom seem to be finding consistent form after each having their struggles early in the series. All three being around the $3 may scare punters away.

Spoilt for choice this week with wildcards. Six wildcard drivers will take their place on the grid tonight. Lando Norris returns and will be looking to improve on his performances last week, the best of which was a 3rd in the first race. Veterans Garth Tander and Craig Lowndes make appearances for the first time in the Eseries, their return is sure to excite longtime fans, but they are likely to struggle just as fellow veterans have in previous weeks. Aussie Indy Car favourite Will Power returns having competed in round three. With mid pack results at Mount Panorama he’ll be looking to move his way up through the standings at a more familiar circuit.

Austin Cindric, a NASCAR Team Penske representative will also be looking to make an impact in his debut. If fellow NASCAR driver Joey Logano’s performance a few weeks ago was anything to go by, he may struggle to even get the car off the line without causing a major pile up. The final wildcard is Josh Fife, who follows the trend of Super 2 drivers stepping up to the main game, virtually. After the success of last week’s Super 2 wildcard Broc Feeney, Fife will be filled with confidence he can replicate it and find a place at the summit of the podium, even if it is in the reverse grid race (race 2).

With nearly half the field having raced at the Circuit of the Americas in real life it throws up an interesting dynamic only seen at Mount Panorama previously in the series. Coupled with some consistent runs of form starting to show, I wouldn’t be surprised to see success from one of the more experienced guys on the grid. Jamie Whincup, Fabian Coulthard, Will Davision, Andre Heimgartner, Mark Winterbottom, Scott Pye all come to mind.

I think Jamie Whincup will present some value this week and will be looking to see him reproduce his 2013 success.

Betting Strategy

BACK (WIN) – Jamie Whincup for 1 unit

The Supercars Eseries heads to Belgium for Round 5. The iconic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps hosts three races on Wednesday night. Home of the Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix, it will provide unique challenges never before seen in a Supercar.

As has almost become practice the three front runners of the market are Scott McLaughlin, Shane Van Gisbergen and Anton de Pasquale. With De Pasquale finally living up to the hype surrounding him pre-series in last week’s North American round, it should now be expected of him to make these performances more consistently, but punters should still be wary of the short price.

McLaughlin and van Gisbergen have proven their ability to maintain consistency throughout the series with the short prices justified.

Cam Waters consistency throughout the series is proven, taking out the round win across all four races last week and maintaining a spot in the top 3, however, he has been struggling to convert this into wins.

Chaz Mostert finally got a win last week and shouldn’t be written off. A surprise name in the winners column last week was Jamie Whincup, the Supercars veteran finally found success on the online platform, surprising many. If this win leads to more success punters will be pleased with the veteran paying around the $51 mark.

There is no shortage of wildcards this week, with five entrants throwing their hat in the ring. Lando Norris is undoubtedly the biggest name of the five. Currently holding a seat for McLaren in Formula 1 and an avid iRacing competitor, he will undoubtedly be a competitor towards the front of the pack.

All eyes will be on the star as he looks to return to action after a controversial race over the weekend in the IndyCar Eseries. James Courtney makes a surprise return to the grid after a messy split from his team at the beginning of the year.

The 2010 series winner will provide more experience to the grid but could struggle with the iRacing format as former legends have in the past. The three other wildcards are all young guns, two from the Super2 series Broc Feeney and Jayden Ojeda, as well as son of MotoGP legend, Mick Doohan, Jack.

While presenting value in the market the inconsistency of previous young drivers means punters should steer clear of these drivers.

Betting Strategy

This week I’ll be backing Lando Norris.

BACK (WIN) – Lando Norris for 1 unit

The Supercars Eseries heads to North America in Round 4 which can only mean one thing – NASCAR. With two exciting tracks that will test the regular drivers, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal and Watkins Glen in New York State.

Once again Scott McLaughlin is undoubted favourite but now has a genuine competitor in Shane Van Gisbergen. Gissy is chasing his compatriot hard, with the two having won 6 of the ten races so far sharing 3 a piece. With both being very short in the market it could become a flip of the coin. Once again Cam Waters seems to be flying under the radar despite sitting second in the overall championship and has proved a genuine contender, especially in the reverse grid races.

The wildcards this week follow the same theme, NASCAR. Aussie veteran Marcos Ambrose returns to the circuit where he has won racing in a NASCAR a whopping 6 times, Watkins Glen. As shown by other veterans in the category, ERacing is a different challenge and may prove to be too great a hurdle to overcome. NASCAR stalwart Joey Logano also joins the grid as a wildcard from the ever-successful Team Penske stable. Track knowledge has proven to be a key ingredient to success for previous wildcards and will be crucial to Logano’s success in the unfamiliar car. Alexander Rossi will also bring an interesting mix to the round having a wealth of North American racing experience with a dash of Supercars experience having made an appearance at last year’s Bathurst 1000.

Anton De Pasquale has struggled so far to live up to hype surrounding him coming into the Eseries, having just one race win (awarded on review) and sitting 8th overall. For me he’s a miss once again. Chaz Mostert and Andre Heingartner sit firmly in the top 5 and are both still looking for that maiden Eseries victory, if they can avoid trouble, they could present value for punters.

Betting Strategy

This week I’ll be backing Cam Waters, presenting some serious value around the $15-$16.

BACK (WIN) – Cameron Waters for 1 unit

Round 3 of the Supercars Eseries heads to the iconic Mount Panorama, home of the Bathurst 1000. With such a well-known track coming into the virtual series, it is sure to get fans excited. As reigning Bathurst 1000 winner and current Eseries leader, Scott McLaughlin is no doubt the favourite heading into Wednesday’s action. However, a poor performance last week though may lead punters to look elsewhere.

Shane van Gisbergen, an early favourite for the outright series championship, leads the chase, currently sitting third on the leaderboard after a very strong showing last week, beating out wildcard contender Max Verstappen on numerous occasions.

This week’s wildcard entrant, Supercars favourite Simona de Silvestro, returns to the grid for the first time since the end of last season after taking up a role with Porsche in Europe. Although not traditionally the quickest in real life, with an on-par car the Eseries presents, she could be a surprise contender at the famous circuit.

Young gun and early favourite Anton de Pasquale has struggled to make his mark so far in the Eseries, sitting 7th overall. He’ll be looking to show what he’s capable of in what could be the biggest race of the Eseries.

Cameron Waters and Andre Heimgartner both sit within the top 4, seemingly going under the radar a little so far in the series. Both will represent some value in the market.

Chaz Mostert rounds out the top 5 of the leaderboard. A previous Bathurst 1000 winner in his own right, he may have what it takes to his Eseries performances to the next level on a familiar track. Currently at $7.80 on the Exchange, he’s good value in my eyes.

It will also be interesting to see how veterans and past Bathurst 1000 winners, who have struggled so far throughout the Eseries fair come Wednesday evening. Mark Winterbottom, Jamie Whincup, Rick Kelly and Nick Percat will all be out to find their place on the podium amongst the younger competitors.

Betting Strategy

BACK (WIN) – Chaz Mostert for 1 unit

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