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Jaylyn Robotham

Super 2 driver, car #999

Jaylyn Robotham is a 19-year-old driver from Lancefield, VIC who enters his second year of Super2 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.

After taking out all four Super3 races in 2020, Robotham stepped up to Super2 last year alongside Erebus Academy affiliate, Image Racing. Although 2021 saw mixed results for the young driver, Robotham continually showed pace and is looking forward to competing in the category in 2022. 

Jay Hanson

Super 2 driver

Jay Hanson is an 18-year-old driver from Victoria who begins his Super2 career in 2022.

Hanson has raced in a variety of different categories including go-karts, Formula Ford and TCR. 

He has an already impressive resume having won 12 Victorian State championships and two Australian titles in karting, as well as holding the title of youngest TCR podium. 

While only racing in Formula Ford for one year, Hanson had an impressive run scoring a win on debut and a number of podiums throughout the year.

With his goal to always end up in Supercars, 2022 sees Hanson finally get the chance to race a Supercar alongside the Erebus Academy and Image Racing.

Harrison Gray

Toyota 86 driver, car #3

Putting on an impressive performance at the end of 2019, Harrison Gray attended Toyota 86 tryouts run by the Erebus Academy at Norwell Motorplex.

Prior to his debut in the TGRA category, Gray had a successful karting career where he finished 1st in the Rotax Indy 800 championship in 2016 and 2nd the year after.

Having driven Toyota 86’s since 2018, the 20-year-old from Sydney officially debuted in T86 alongside the Erebus Academy and Sieders Racing Team in 2020. 

2021 saw Gray’s racing improve in all areas with him regularly finishing in or around the top 10 mark. 

As he heads into the 2022 season, Gray is looking to continue improving his race craft and is hoping to find himself heading towards the pointy end of the pack.

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 since 2017. 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.

Stewart then progressed to the Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia series in 2020 debuting alongside his family team, Jobe Stewart Racing and the Erebus Academy.

Due to continued border restrictions, Stewart missed out on a number of events across the 2020 and 2021 TGRA seasons. However, he has not let this impact his racing development, consistently placing within the top five at the 2021 Bathurst season finale. 

He has also excelled in the virtual racing world throughout the past couple of years, competing in Erebus Motorsport’s very own Pro Eseries in 2020 as well as the Supercars Pro Eseries last year.

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 2022 Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia series.

Leading up to his T86 debut in 2020, 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 five 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.

2021 saw plenty of interruptions for Sweeny with mechanical gremlins seeing him miss out on the opening two rounds. However, when he returned to the series, he consistently placed in the top five and even scored his first podium in the category. 

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.

2020 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 being so young, Wharton spent 2021 in the FDA’s training program before he will take part in the European Formula 4 Championship campaign this year.

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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