If you can’t race in the real world then virtual racing must surely be the next best thing. The first night of the eSeries saw twenty-five cars battle it out over three virtual races: two at Phillip Island and one at Monza.

Scott McLaughlin proved his class by winning the first race of the virtual eSeries, while Fabian Coulthard came in second to make it an historic one-two finish for the all-conquering Shell V-Power Racing Team.

The starting grid for Race 2, also at Phillip Island, was arranged by reversing the finishing order of Race 1. That meant than Scott started 25th on the grid and Fabian 24th. Despite their handicap, in a display of remarkable control and ability both drivers worked through the pack to post top ten finishes: Scott 4th and Fabian 8th.

The third race of the night was held at the famous Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, the first time Supercars have ever raced there – virtually or otherwise. Scott got off to another flyer to lead the pack into Turn 1. Behind him, Fabian had a setback when he was caught up in a massive crash that involved half the field.

After the safety car Scott eventually resumed the lead and won the race, claiming his second victory for the night to lead the Supercars All-Stars eSeries. Fabian overcame the early on-track carnage to finish seventh, a great effort.

The 10-week series started 8 April and will be televised live each Wednesday night from 7pm to 9pm on Fox Sports 506, Kayo, TEN Play, and Sky Sports in New Zealand. Round 2 will be held at Silverstone Circuit in the UK and the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.

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