CALTEX will make a grand return to the Repco Bathurst 1000 as naming rights partner of the Matt Chahda Motorsport privateer wildcard.
After a period in which it took a backseat in the Australian market, Caltex is back, gradually replacing Puma (purchased by parent company Chevron in 2020).
Caltex has featured on six Great Race-winning cars; now it is getting behind rookies Matt Chahda and Jaylyn Robotham with its Caltex Young Stars program.
“To have the support of a global brand like Caltex is a huge boost for our first Bathurst 1000 campaign,” said Chahda.
“The car looks fantastic and knowing that we’re carrying the same branding as some of the most famous names of this race is exciting.
“It’s an honour for us to represent Caltex, giving us the best possible opportunity to take on the challenge ahead of us this week.
“Our preparation has been fantastic, and Jaylyn and I are as ready to go as we can be. We can’t wait to get on track.”
Added Robotham: “It’s surreal that we have the support of a brand like Caltex for our Bathurst campaign this year.
“I’m excited to be representing the Caltex Young Stars as Matt, the team and I go to Bathurst to tackle the Great Race for the first time.
“The build-up, testing and preparation have already been great, but to see the car in its Caltex with Techron livery, alongside all our great supporters, makes it seem much more real. I couldn’t be more ready to go.”
Chevron Australia Downstream head of marketing Cris Gillespie spoke with excitement, with the livery launched this morning at Lane Cove in Sydney.
“This is an incredibly exciting way to be involved with Australian Motorsport, at the biggest race of the year and with an ambitious team really looking to challenge the sport’s big names in their Bathurst debut,” said Gillespie.
“It’s an event that features heavily in Caltex’s history of motorsport sponsorship with famous names who have carried our colours in the past.
“We’re proud to be supporting two young stars making their mark in the sport and building on the rich history the Caltex brand has in Australia’s most famous motor race.”
The #118 Caltex Commodore will hit the track on Thursday for opening practice at Mount Panorama ahead of Sunday’s race.