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23 April 2020 | News

V8 Touring Car driver stars in open wheel battle at Monza

Young simulator ace 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.

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.

POS

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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