Erebus Academy’s Jaylyn Robotham climbed four positions to secure 8th in the Super2 Championship at last weekend’s final round in Adelaide, meanwhile teammate Jay Hanson rounded out the top ten after a weekend of bad luck.
With both drivers tackling the street circuit for the very first time, Robotham was fast right out the gate finishing 4th in opening practice and topping the following session on Friday.
By the end of the weekend, Robotham had secured two top ten finishes crossing the line P6 and P7 respectively and had claimed an impressive points haul to boost his Championship position.
“Adelaide was really good for me, it was nice to have a pretty consistent weekend along with a fast car,” Robotham said.
“I didn’t really know what to expect heading to a new track so I was a little nervous to see how tight everything was but by the 3rd or 4th lap, I was feeling pretty comfortable.
“To have had some good battles and to finish the weekend with no damage felt great and I was really happy to have come out 8th in the Championship especially after some difficult weekends throughout the year.”
Unfortunately, luck wasn’t on Hanson’s side and although Saturday’s race looked promising with the #49 driver gaining five positions in the opening laps, last minute contact resulted in a left rear puncture and saw him drop to P9.
The bad luck continued into Sunday with Hanson barely making it through the opening lap before engine dramas resulted in a DNF for his final race of the season.
“It was a tough weekend for me in Adelaide,” Hanson said.
“After the puncture in Saturday’s race, we were really looking forward to Sunday’s race and were hoping to push forward but unfortunately that wasn’t the case.
“It wasn’t the way we wanted to finish the year, but otherwise I feel like we had a pretty successful debut in the series and I’m really looking forward to next year.
“Hopefully we can continue to work our way up and start knocking on the door of the top five.”
The Image Racing duo will now spend their off season preparing for next year with both drivers planning to tackle the 2023 Super2 grid.