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Bathurst-winner leads three-car Aus GT team

BATHURST 6 Hour winner Jayden Ojeda is set to return to GT World Challenge Australia this season, spearheading a three-car Tigani Motorsport fleet.

Ojeda, 24, will share a Pro-Am Class Tigani Mercedes-AMG GT3 with Paul Lucchitti, who steps up from GT Trophy.

Tigani is also fielding two Am Class entries; a Mercedes for James and Theo Koundouris and an Audi R8 LMS GT3 for Sergio Pires/Marcel Valloua.

Ojeda has plenty of experience aboard AMG GT3s.

He contested the 2023 GTWCA with Harrolds Volante Rosso Racing before linking with Craft Bamboo Racing for the Asian Le Mans Series and 2024 Bathurst 12 Hour.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Ojeda of the 2024 GTWCA season, which kicks off at Phillip Island on April 12-14.

“I’ve known Nathan (Tigani, team owner) for a long time back when he used to race in karting, so when the opportunity came about to continue in Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia it was a no-brainer for me.

“I really enjoyed my year with Volante Rosso and to stay in a Mercedes-AMG is good. It’s a car that I’ve got to drive and experience a lot over the past 12 months, so I’m looking forward to continuing my learning.

“I’ve really enjoyed the international GT scene with Asian Le Mans at the end of last year and the Repco Bathurst 12 Hour alongside Craft Bamboo Racing was an awesome experience for me.”

Ojeda on the Bathurst 6 Hour podium with winning co-drivers George Miedecke and Simon Hodges. Pic: Supplied

Ojeda last Sunday spearheaded a wining assault on the Bathurst 6 Hour production car race aboard a BMW M4 for the second consecutive year.

“For me, if I’m driving a lot, I feel like I’m at my best,” he added.

“To come off the back of a Bathurst 6 Hour win, you do a fair few miles and to drive really, really well was a big confidence boost for the rest of the regular calendar year of racing.

“It puts me in good stead to continue the momentum.

“I think it’s going to be one of the most competitive seasons of Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia ever both in the Am and Pro-Am sides of the field.

“There is plenty of depth, which is good and at the end of the day we want to be tested against the best, so it will be a good year.”

Ojeda’s 2024 is also set to include the Repco Supercars Championship’s endurance races, co-driving at Erebus Motorsport.

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