Toyota 86 racer Robotham one of Sydney’s big V8 winners

| Photographer Credit: Bruce Jenkins

Best Bars Toyota 86 championship contender and up and coming Aussie young gun Jaylyn Robotham turned more than a few heads at the weekend with an impressive debut in the Super3 series at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Three wins and three pole positions over the weekend’s races capped a fine weekend debuting in the support races for the Supercars main game where Robotham raced in a combined Super2 and Super3 field competing against the likes of Jack Perkins and Will Brown.

The youngster from Melbourne – who still hopes to find a way to compete in the 2019-20 Best Bars Toyota 86 Championship final at Hampton Downs in September – was delighted with his form.

“I was definitely surprised how fast the old Ford Falcon was compared to some of the current Super 2 cars! There was strengths and weaknesses of course but it was awesome to mix it with them. Competing in Toyota 86s in Australia and New Zealand has definitely helped prepare me by teaching me how to race closely and in packs which is how it is in a Supercar field. And yes, I’m still super keen to sign off my New Zealand campaign on a high note if we can get there and race.

“The feedback from the weekend has been awesome, a lot of people were surprised with how quick the front Super3 guys were against the Super2 guys, I think a lot of people weren’t really expecting us to be mixing it with them.”

It was a great weekend for Toyota 86 drivers, with Robotham’s fellow NZ competitor Connor Adam dominating on his debut in the Pirelli Porsche Championship over the weekend at Taupo’s Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park.

Best Bars Toyota 86 Championship Category Manager Geoff Short was delighted, but not surprised by the outstanding form of the series’ drivers in faster machinery, commenting: “Our championship is extremely competitive and close and to win in it, or even run near the front proves a driver has a high level of skill and talent.

“Will Brown, Broc Feeney and Jaylyn have all excelled in Toyota 86 racing and there are more coming through, proving the category on both sides of the Tasman is a natural pathway to the main game.”

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