Chahda eager to not be a one-hit wonder

Matt Chahda aboard the Caltex Commodore. Pic: Nathan Wong

LATE bloomer Matt Chahda is already targeting a return to the Repco Bathurst 1000 grid next year.

Chahda made his Great Race debut last weekend at age 29, partnering fellow Super2 regular Jaylyn Robotham in a privateer entry.

The Caltex-backed paired stayed out of trouble to finish on the lead lap in 18th aboard their #118 ZB Commodore leased off Walkinshaw Andretti United.

“Biggest week of our lives,” Chahda reflected to V8 Sleuth.

“Obviously that was a big target, to finish on the lead lap, it’s massive. Just a big achievement. It’s a dream.

“Not many people in the team have even done a Bathurst before, so to be able to get a result like that is awesome.”

Chahda, who was infamously denied the chance to drive for Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport in 2017, hopes more top-tier opportunities are on the horizon.

Matt Chahda. Pic: Nathan Wong

“I’m not really thinking about that yet but see how we go, whether we do it as a team again or whether I can find myself a co-drive,” he said.

“I’d sort of be happy to do it any way really.

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“But coming here with my own team was the biggest thing, because not many people have ever done that, let alone people who have done it in the modern era.

“I’ve only ever driven for my own team; that’s pretty crazy. There’s absolutely not many people in the world who have ever done that and then have brought that team up to the biggest level of motorsport that there is. It’s pretty huge.”

Connor O’Brien joined V8 Sleuth in 2022 as website Editor. He won the Supercars Media Award in 2017 while working as a sports reporter at the Gold Coast Bulletin, before stints at Supercars and Speedcafe. During his time at V8 Sleuth he's twice (2022, 2023) been named Journalist of the Year at the Supercars Media Awards.