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Ojeda/Hodges back to defend Bathurst crown

JAYDEN Ojeda has confirmed he’ll vie for back-to-back Bathurst 6 Hour victories when production cars descend on the Mountain this Easter.

Ojeda and Simon Hodges combined to win the 2023 edition in a BMW M4, ‘Juice’ having pulled off a memorable ‘pass on the grass’ along the way.

Twelve months on, they’ll have a third steerer in their ranks, with George Miedecke joining the line-up.

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“It was a good opportunity to bring George into the program,” Ojeda, who recently completed a GT3 test at Hockenheim, told V8 Sleuth.

“He’s another experienced head, he has done a lot of endurance racing in his past and is obviously a really credentialed driver in his own right, so it will be good to have him a part of our team.”

Simon Hodges aboard his #21 Secure Wealth BMW M4 last month at Sandown. Pic: Supplied/Speed Shots Photography

Plenty has happened for Ojeda since last year’s Bathurst 6 Hour, including winning a GT World Challenge Australia race, taking his first Great Race top 10, scoring European GT3 opportunities, and testing with 2023 Supercars champions Erebus Motorsport.

“It was a big event for me,” he reflected of the 2023 6 Hour.

“I had a few cracks at the 6 Hour in the years leading up to that, all being with Simon… it never had been kind to us, that particular race.

“It wasn’t shaping up to go our way, we had a few reliability problems going through practice and with the BMWs the limp mode has been quite common.

“We encountered our fair share of those through practice and qualifying, so it wasn’t until we got to the warm-up on the Sunday that we actually knew that we were going to have a strong car and be a chance of having a shot at the win.

Jayden Ojeda. Pic: Ross Gibb

“It was obviously awesome to get it done for myself and Simon as well, it was a massive achievement for him.

“That’s the pinnacle of his year, is that particular event, so to do that with him after the development and time that we both put into that car and that project was really cool.”

Ojeda/Hodges/Miedecke’s 2024 tilt will come in last year’s winning M4.

Among others in the outright Class X will be Cameron Crick and Dean Campbell in a CHE Racing-built BMW M2 Competition.

The 2024 Bathurst 6 Hour will be held across March 29-31.

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