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Jaylyn Robotham

Super 2 driver, car #999

Jaylyn Robotham is an 19-year-old driver from Lancefield, VIC who begins his Super2 career this year. At the age of 6, he began competing in BMX races nationwide, claiming state and national titles by the age of 10.

2018 saw Robotham transition from Excels, which he had been driving for the previous two years, into the Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia series where he finished 2nd in his debut race. The following year, he placed 6th in the T86 championship and won the Asian TA2 championship on debut.

Last year was an extremely successful year for Robotham that saw him win all four Super3 races alongside Matt White Racing and gain the attention of the Erebus Academy. 2021 will see Robotham join the Erebus Academy ranks alongside Image Racing to debut in his first Super2 championship.

Reef McCarthy

Super 3 driver, car #61

Reef McCarthy is a 18-year-old driver from Warrandyte, VIC who debuted in the Super3 series at Bathurst this year. Having primarily focused on the Victorian Formula Vee series for the past three years, McCarthy has dominated within the category leading the series in both 2020 and 2021.

After impressing Image Racing owner Terry Wyhoon back in February, McCarthy has been fast tracked to the Super3 series, skipping traditional pathways such as Toyota 86 or Formula Ford. His Super3 debut took place at Mt Panorama and marked his first time at the track, as well as his first race in a Supercar.

Despite his minimal experience in a Supercar, McCarthy managed to be second fastest in practice as well as qualify P3 and P2 in Saturday and Sunday’s races respectively. 2021 sees McCarthy join the Image Racing team and the Erebus Academy as he takes another step towards his goal of a main game seat.

Harrison Gray

Toyota 86 driver, car #3

Putting on an impressive performance at the end of 2019, Harrison Gray, who has previously raced go-karts, attended Toyota 86 tryouts run by the Academy at Norwell Motorplex.

Having driven Toyota 86’s since 2018, it was inevitable that Harrison Gray would partake in the Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia series at some point in his career. Last year was that point, with the 20-year-old from Sydney officially debuting in the 2020 series alongside the Erebus Academy and Sieders Racing Team. Prior to his debut in the TGRA last year, Gray had a successful karting career where he finished 1st in the Rotax Indy 800 championship in 2016 and 2nd the year after.

As a result of Covid-19, last year’s TGRA season was dramatically impacted with just one round going ahead, meaning Gray’s debut was to occur at Bathurst. Consistently finishing in the early teens, Gray utilised the experience as a time to learn and prepare for the 2021 season that would likely be less impacted by the pandemic.

After spending his off season practising on his simulator and putting down laps at Sydney Motorsport Park, Gray will compete in the 2021 TGRA series for the second year in a row.

Jobe Stewart

Toyota 86 driver, car #30

Jobe Stewart is a 17-year-old driver from Mount Gambier, SA who has been part of the Erebus Academy for the past 2 years. Having begun his career in karting over eight years ago, 2016 saw Stewart finish 7th in the Australian Kart Championship in the Cadet 12 category and gain numerous podium finishes.

More recently, Stewart competed in the Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia series in 2020, racing alongside his family team, Jobe Stewart Racing and the Erebus Academy. With the TGRA series being significantly impacted by Covid-19, Stewart made sure to utilise his limited track time as an opportunity to learn and gain as much experience as possible in order to prepare for the 2021 season.

After last year saw sim-racing rise in popularity, Stewart also partook in a number of i-Racing events, including Erebus Motorsport’s very own Pro E-Series, where he gained two podium finishes out of the six rounds run. 2021 will see Stewart compete in the TGRA series for the second year in a row, as well as compete in a number of karting categories, including Victorian Country Series in the X30 category.

Bailey Sweeny

Toyota 86 driver, car #33

After being recruited to the Erebus Academy in late 2019, 18-year-old Bailey Sweeny will be representing the academy in the 2021 Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia series.

Leading up to his T86 debut last year, Sweeny has had a highly successful karting career that has seen him take a podium finish at the Race of Stars International event, claim Best in the West at the South Pacific Titles and claim a number of national Australian karting wins.

After racing go-karts for the past 5 years, Sweeny was first introduced to cars in 2019 at Erebus’ first “Karts to Cars” program. Quickly after, he applied for the Toyota 86 tryouts at Norwell Motorplex where he was selected to join the Erebus Academy.

After debuting in the TGRA series last year, Sweeny is looking forward to hopefully completing an uninterrupted TGRA season in 2021, as well as competing in the Australian Karting Championship in the KA3 Senior category.

Holly Espray

Toyota 86 driver, car #777

Holly Espray is an 19-year-old driver from Queensland who will be debuting in her first full season of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia series this year. Having primarily focused on driving Excels for the past three years, 2020 saw her hard work pay off as she claimed the Track Attack Australia Excel Cup.

After developing a strong relationship with Paul Morris over the last couple of years, Espray spends a large amount of her free time refining her driving skills in the T86 cars at Norwell Motorplex, where she also instructs in the super school cars.

Last year saw Espray participate in the T86 Bathurst round, which was a huge learning curve for her. It was her first time driving at Bathurst, as well as her first time in a T86 car. Whilst the experience was initially nerve-wracking, it helped inspire her to begin her T86 campaign and take her driving to the next level.

2021 will see Espray join the Erebus Academy, who will provide support and assistance for her throughout the year.

James Wharton

Ferrari Driver Academy recruit

James Wharton is a 15-year-old from Bundoora, VIC who was recognised by the Erebus Academy at the end of 2019. Beginning his karting career in 2013 and spending the majority of his childhood karting, Wharton has continually stood out amongst his national competition.

Last year saw him obtain global recognition as he claimed top position in the Ferrari Driver Academy’s (FDA) Scouting World Finals. The FDA programme has fostered some of the most recognisable motorsport talent, including Charles Leclec, Mick Schumacher and Sergio Perez.

However, due to Wharton being so young, he will spend 2021 in the FDA’s training program before he can take part in the European Formula 4 Championship campaign in 2022.

Wharton has officially made the move to Italy with his family to pursue his dream of becoming a Formula One driver. The Erebus Academy is proud to support Wharton who has clearly demonstrated he is a talent to look out for over the next couple of years.

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