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JAYDEN Ojeda will return for his second Repco Bathurst 1000 start this December, teaming with Zane Goddard at Matt Stone Racing.

The 22-year-old Dunlop Super2 Series driver received a late call-up to make his Bathurst debut in 2020, co-driving a Garry Rogers Motorsport with Tyler Everingham.

Ojeda is currently in his second Super2 season with MW Motorsport and sits third in the standings after three rounds, one place ahead of where he finished his rookie season.

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The Super2 Series will resume at the last of four consecutive Supercars events in Sydney before finishing its season at Bathurst.

Ojeda has already driven the MSR Commodore that he’ll co-drive in the Great Race and is keen to get to Bathurst for his double-duties weekend.

Ojeda with Zane Goddard. Pic: Supplied

“I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Zane for the Bathurst 1000 in the #35,” said Ojeda, who scored pole position for the second Super2 race at Mount Panorama in February.

“It has been a chaotic year so far, so I am looking forward to heading to Bathurst and turning some extra laps.

“I completed a co-driver evaluation in September and really gelled with the #35 ZB Commodore and the whole Matt Stone Racing crew.

“I think we have a strong package and can be in for a strong result at the end of 161 laps.”

Team owner Matt Stone stressed that Ojeda’s role will be to back-up regular driver Goddard, who is also making his second start in the race.

“After a solid performance in Super2 so far this year, and the advantage of having done his first Bathurst 1000 race last year, we decided that the time was right for Jayden to deliver a solid enduro performance this year with our team,” said Stone.

“We think that the combination of Zane and Jayden can deliver a very good result in the Yellow Cover Racing car if everything goes to plan.”

Ojeda celebrates a Super2 pole at Bathurst in February. Pic: Supplied

MSR’s second car is now the only entry without a confirmed co-driver for Bathurst, although its driver has already been locked in.

Jake Kostecki is expected to be joined by brother Kurt, who is undertaking his final wildcard of 2021 with Walkinshaw Andretti United this weekend.

Bathurst will mark the last MSR outings for Goddard and Jake Kostecki ahead of Todd Hazelwood and Jack Le Brocq joining the team next year.

Kostecki has already inked a deal to join Tickford Racing while Goddard appears to have missed out on a seat in the Repco Supercars Championship.

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