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FROM RIVALS TO ALLIES FOR BATHURST DEBUTANTS

JAYLYN Robotham laughs there has already been plenty of banter between himself and Matt Chahda as they prepare to tackle the Repco Bathurst 1000 together.

The duo are regular combatants in the Dunlop Super2 Series, both having been frontrunners at various stages this season.

Come next month at Mount Panorama, they’ll hop between being Super2 rivals and main game co-drivers.

“Me and Matt have raced hard the last few years. I have a lot of respect for him,” Robotham told V8 Sleuth.

“He has come along really quick in the last few years.

“We’ve had a laugh saying imagine if we took each other out in the Super2 race (at Bathurst) and then we have to race together.

“We have good banter between us but we’re both there to do the job. It will be game face on when we’re racing in Super2.”

Given that the entry is being run by Matt Chahda Motorsport, Robotham is unfazed by the prospect of ceding primary driver status to Chahda.

“They are putting it all together, they’re doing all of the behind-the-scenes work,” said the 19-year-old.

Matt Chahda (left).

“We haven’t really spoken about it as of yet but I’m not too fussed. It will be a good experience for both of us, so whatever it is, we’ll work it out.

“It’s going to be cool to see how we go against the big boys.”

Not counting Erebus Motorsport’s Mercadore, Robotham got his first taste of a ZB Commodore Supercar at a post-event ride day last month at Sandown.

Having by his own admission underestimated the jump from Super3 to Super2 last year, he is pleased with how 2022 is progressing.

“I spent a little bit of time with Paul Morris over the break and he sort of got me thinking in a way that I didn’t really think of before,” said Robotham.

“He helped me get in the right mindset, get to know the car a bit more, so it’s all working out pretty good.”

Robotham won the opening race of the Super2 season and qualified on the front row at Perth.

The MCM Bathurst wildcard will have Brian Cottee onboard as engineer and Wally Storey as team manager.

Running #118, the squad will share a pit boom with the Blanchard Racing Team, leaving the path clear for the Boost Mobile/Erebus and Supercheap Auto/Triple Eight entries to be in the one garage.

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