2022 saw Super2 driver Jaylyn Robotham achieve his highest results yet, including his maiden win in the category as well as finishing 8th in the Championship. He also participated in his first Bathurst 1000 as a wildcard entry.
You started the season off with a win, how did that set up your expectations for the year?
JR: After the end of last year, I didn’t really know what to expect coming into 2022. I didn’t want to get too ahead of myself after that race win because I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to stay up there but our expectations sort of raised for top 10’s to hopefully some consistent top 5’s.
That was also your first win in Super2, how did that feel?
JR: The win was definitely the highlight of the season. It was very unexpected but we had the speed and we had luck on our side throughout the race. A whole lot of work went on during the off season so it was great to come out and win that first race.
This year saw you compete in the Bathurst 1000 as a wildcard, how was that experience?
JR: It was such a cool experience to race the wildcard at Bathurst. It’s been a lifelong dream of mine and not many people get to do it so I was really grateful for the opportunity. After such a big build up, the whole week went really quick and the race went so quick. It’s just a different level, you need to be on it 100% and you’re competing against so many great drivers. Our goal the whole weekend was just to finish the race and keep out of trouble so to finish 18th and on the lead lap was pretty rewarding.
Back to Super2, you finished 8th in the Championship. Are you happy with that result?
JR: Coming into the final race weekend in Adelaide, we were 12th in the Championship so I had realistic expectations about where I was going to finish after missing Bathurst and having a couple of bad races. I knew I could hopefully jump up a few spots but I didn’t expect to end up finishing 8th by the end of the weekend so I was really happy with that.
After such a big year of racing, what would you say is your biggest takeaway?
JR: One of the biggest takeaways from this year was the importance of consistency and trusting the car. Coming into Super2 last year, I was definitely overthinking too much about how to drive but I’ve learnt to trust my instincts, trust the car and focus on staying consistent.
What are your plans for next season?
JR: I’m not too sure what I’m doing next year or how everything is going to pan out as there’s a lot going on with the new cars coming into Super2, but I’d love to be out there racing again. After getting a taste of the main game this year, it’s made me want to work harder to do it again and hopefully work towards my goal of a full time seat.