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Bathurst 1000 debutant’s Super2 future uncertain

PROMISING Supercars talent Jaylyn Robotham is still weighing up his options for a 2023 program.

Robotham marked himself as one to watch when he won four races from as many starts in a COVID-shortened 2020 Super3 Series, driving a MW Motorsport FG Falcon.

His initial graduation to the second tier came with its challenges, but the Victorian mustered some starring performances last year in the #999 Erebus Academy/Image Racing VF Commodore.

Chief among them was a race win at Sydney Motorsport Park set up by a spectacular double overtake, and a front-row start in Perth.

The now 20-year-old also delivered a solid display on his Repco Bathurst 1000 debut as part of the Matt Chahda Motorsport wildcard.

However, what 2023 holds in store appears up in the air, with Erebus believed to have no Super2 seats nor enduro co-drives (barring any potential wildcards) available to offer.

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Robotham feels he could yet pop up in Super2 but is also open to exploring other categories.

“The main goal is to try get a co-drive or a wildcard,” he told V8 Sleuth.

“There’s a few people that are looking around, it’s just that the teams are still trying to get their two (Gen3) cars on the track so they’re not too focused on wildcards just yet, but that’s sort of the main goal.

Robotham in action at the Adelaide 500. Pic: Nathan Wong

“There’s some opportunities overseas as well which we are looking at doing as well as something in Australia.

“Super2 is good but it’s six rounds a year and we didn’t have a lot of laps last year because of Safety Cars so it’s a bit frustrating at times, we spend all this money and effort to prepare ourselves and then we get five laps a race, so trying to do a little bit more.

“We built an Excel at the end of last year so I’ll be doing a bit more in that, anything just to keep my bum in a seat because that’s obviously a key to moving forward, is being in the car more and driving anything I can basically.

“But obviously the main goal is to try to stay in the Supercars scene.”

Speaking to those other possible avenues, Robotham added: “So there’s a few GT opportunities. We did TA2 (in Asia in 2019).

“There’s a whole lot of options for that sort of stuff, it’s just that we were purely focused on doing Super2 so we didn’t pursue that stuff for the last few years and with COVID and everything.

“There’s a whole lot of stuff we can do to get in the seat a bit more.”

At least 17 cars are expected to be on the 2023 Super2 Series grid.

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