Erebus Academy’s Super2 stars Jay Hanson and Jaylyn Robotham both overcame various track conditions to score top ten results at Sandown Raceway last weekend.
Debuting at the circuit for the first time in a Supercar, Hanson qualified P10 and P9 respectively and was determined to work his way through the field across the weekend.
After maintaining his qualifying position in Saturday’s race, Hanson gained three positions in Sunday’s action packed finale and found himself just outside the top five in P6.
“My weekend was great, it was my first time at Sandown in a Supercar and we were able to keep improving across the three days,” Hanson said.
“The weather conditions over the weekend meant that the track kept evolving but we were able to stay consistently within the top ten and are now looking ahead to that top five.
“We’ve shown that we have the potential to finish top five but we need to qualify better so our results can come easier, we’re definitely heading in that direction though which is the main thing.”
For Robotham, the weekend looked promising with Saturday’s race seeing the 19-year-old gain an impressive seven positions to finish P4.
Unfortunately, Robotham was unable to maximise his P8 qualifying in Sunday’s race after tricky track conditions saw a multi-car pile-up with the #999 driver crossing the finish line P14.
“It was a pretty up and down weekend for myself in terms of results,” Robotham said.
“I did feel really comfortable in the car across the weekend though, it was the most comfortable I’ve felt in a while so that was definitely a positive to take out of the weekend.
“Moving forward, I’m really just looking to maximise everything and not make the little mistakes, especially in qualifying where you don’t get much time.”
The Image Racing duo now prepare for the Bathurst 1000 which will see Hanson tackle the Mountain in a Supercar for the first time, while Robotham will compete in both Super2 and the main game.
“It’s quite overwhelming heading into Bathurst, I’ve raced there in TCR but nothing like a Supercar. It’s going to be about getting to grips with it nice and slow, building up to it and hopefully we finish on Sunday with a decent result,” Hanson said.
Robotham added, “I’m pretty excited heading into Bathurst, it’s going to be a big weekend doing Super2 and the wildcard in the main race but I’m ready for the challenge.”
The 2022 Bathurst 1000 will take place at Mt Panorama, October 6-9.