The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is officially becoming an e-sport for the next three months.
With on-track racing sidelined due to the increasing COVID-19 risk, the full suite of championship drivers have confirmed they will take part in the Supercars All Stars E-series.
It was announced last week as an effort for Supercars to continue racing in some form with the series starting April 8 and set to run for about 10 weeks.
Drivers will log-in from home using the internationally-renowned iRacing platform. They will use current Holden ZB Commodore and Ford Mustang Supercars available with liveries of their own choosing.
Drivers will compete for points in each race and a Champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the Series.
Seven-time Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup says he's looking forward to taking part in his first ever competitive sim-racing series.
"We always want to put on a good show, so it's great for the sport and the fans knowing we can still race while the season is on hold.
"I usually back myself, but the young blokes have the advantage here. My money's on my teammate, SVG, to be up the front. I know he races against a few of the guys down Pit Lane, even some of the Formula 1 drivers, so hopefully he'll be representing the Red Bull Holden Racing Team on the podium.
"It will be a learning curve for me as I haven't used a sim in a very long time and don't use it as part of my training, but I'm looking forward to a new challenge and, most of all, I'm rapt that we can still provide some entertainment when everyone needs it most.
"I'm looking forward to having some fun with the Supercars All Stars Eseries and giving the fans something to cheer for until we can hit the track again."
Reigning Supercars 2019 Champion, Scott McLaughlin said the Eseries offered a great opportunity for drivers to maintain their focus during the break from the track.
"I'm a big fan of online racing, and you can often find me in my Simworx simulator keeping my eye in between races," said McLaughlin.
The iRacing platform provides detailed an accurate recreations of circuits.
McLaughlin said the Supercars were making the best of a bad situation for fans with a move to simulator racing.
"With this unprecedented situation meaning we can't race our real cars, I think this is as good a substitute as possible. We're pretty much the only sport that can still compete in the online space.
"This has the potential to introduce a whole new legion of fans to our sport. I'm really excited about this, and am looking forward to racing my Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang in the Supercars All Stars Eseries."
The competition will be broadcast on Fox Sports, Kayo and Twitch while Supercars CEO Sean Seamer confirmed this week there has been interest from overseas broadcasters and free-to-air as well.
"We expect to announce further broadcasters for the Supercars All Stars Eseries in the coming weeks," Seamer said.
"This is about entertaining content. While we expect a strong and robust competition, ultimately this is designed to keep Supercars fans entertained during the period when we can't race on the track.
"Fans watching from home will be able to hear the drivers during races, while a number of webcams will be set-up for broadcast as well."
Supercars fans will also get the chance to see drivers take on some iconic tracks including Monza, with other fun events to be announced.