Harley Haber has extended his lead at the top of the carsales ARG eSport Cup standings after two brilliant performances in the series’ penultimate round at Imola.
With the virtual series set at the Italian based circuit, Haber was unstoppable in the Audi touring car during the opening race, converting his pole position to a race win and never relinquishing his lead throughout.
In the second race, the youngster was just as a solid behind the wheel of the Dallara Formula 3 car, claiming a well-deserved second place behind British Touring Car ace Ash Sutton.
Following his victory in the first outing, Haber believed it was a difficult race to win but was happy to gain a good collection of points.
“The tow is quite powerful around here, there’s a few decent straights where you can get a bit of a gain,” Haber said.
“So even if you pull away in the corners, within two seconds you’ll get a tow and it bought the boys closer and closer. But it was good to break that gap in the end and after I was able to drive away.”
Finishing behind the series leader in the opening race was Sutton, while James Golding held onto third after enduring a tough battle with Jaden Ransley and Sutton throughout the whole race.
It was a similar affair in the second race, with Sutton having to face challenges from wildcard racer Cody Burcher who eventually fell down the order after contact between the pair.
Burcher’s fall allowed Haber to come in second and TCR Australia driver Jordan Cox to snap up the final place on the podium.
Despite picking up an impressive eight-second win in the F3 car, Sutton admitted he was facing technical issues beyond his control, which has caused him problems throughout the whole competition.
“Unfortunately [it was] a bit of netcode,” he said.
“Netcode seems to be the devil for me, it seems to have ruined this championship campaign and you just saw a prime example of it. It’s a real shame because it was a good battle to that point.
“But to break the F3 curse is nice. It’s just a little bit too late in the championship, the damage has already been done.”
The series now heads to Mount Panorama for the final round with a double point, two-driver two-hour enduro race to cap off the entertaining season.