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Harper shines as Watson joins digital winners



Daniel Harper

Daniel Harper

Daniel Harper

It is not the real thing, of course, but Ulster drivers are making the most of opportunities to keep sharp by racing virtually in the plethora of simulator competitions which have been explored during the Covid-19 lockdown.

And as in the real racing world, they continue to punch above their weight with Daniel Harper moving up to second place in the British Racing Drivers' Club's eSports Championship and Andrew Watson taking a debut win in the Digital Motorsport Porsche Cayman Cup.

Harper, the 18-year-old British Porsche Carrera Cup champion who was forced to cut short BMW training camps in Italy and Germany as the virus spread, has emerged as one of the stars of the BRDC series, taking third place in the opening round at Silverstone and then finishing second in round two at Monza.

He followed up a solid third place at Silverstone by qualifying third fastest at Monza - where he was on pole position in the real Carrera Cup race in 2018 - and took second place behind Formula E racer Oliver Rowland after a tense battle with former British Touring Car champion Ash Sutton.

Rowland was second at Silverstone and leads the series with Harper up to second after first round winner Jonathan Hoggard ran into trouble at Monza and could only finish 10th.

Watson, meanwhile, had been missing out as he spent most of the past months at his parent's home in Donaghmore with no access to a simulator.

But the Aston Martin Junior team member has since returned to his London base and has quickly joined the digital racers, taking part in the third round of the Porsche Cayman Cup series at Brands Hatch.

He struggled to begin with, but made up an astonishing 36 places to claim a top eight place on the grid for the final. And he quickly pushed his way to the front to win the 20-lap race ahead of Adrian Campfield and Airijus Jomantas.

Belfast Telegraph