Jaylyn Robotham will take on the 10-hour Idemitsu 600 Super Endurance race at Buriram International Circuit, Thailand 13-15 December with Mazda factory Thai-based race team, Innovation Motorsport.
The 17-year old will form an all-Australian line up with teammates, Michael Freeman and Philip Massoud in a Mazda 2 1.5 Turbo Diesel. The trio is set for success with Freeman who has had great achievements in Asia including 2018 TSS TA2 and 3rd place 2017 TSS Super Compact Runner Up. The talent continues with Massoud the 2018 TSS TA2 Champion and Robotham also familiar with the Buriram Circuit, having competed there in the TA2 Asia Series, where he finished up with two first place finishes.
Drivers from all around the world will compete in the Endurance race, with a total of 80 cars and three classes, certainly the young teens biggest event to date.
“I’m really pumped to be competing in this 10-hour event. It’s nothing like I’ve done before, so it will certainly be interesting and a massive learning curve,” said Robotham.
“I’m lucky that I’m no stranger to the Buriram Circuit, so that certainly helps. Hopefully it won’t take me long to get used to the car and fingers crossed we can come away with some positive results.
“It’s always good to add more experience and seat time under the belt, so this is a good way to continue to stay behind the wheel and keep up my driving over the summer season.
“A massive thanks to team owners, Michael (Freeman) and Ross (Holder) for giving me this opportunity. I’m truly grateful and I’m looking forward to getting out there and seeing what we can do.”
Team owner, Michael Freeman admits that when the opportunity arose for Robotham to join the squad in the Idemitsu Super Endurance – it was a no brainer.
“Jay drove our TA2 Mustang at Bira Circuit early in the year and the data showed that he was a very talented young lad,” admits Freeman.
“We also had the opportunity to watch him develop during the year as a competitor here in Thailand. As one of our key Mazda factory drivers is unavailable for the 10-hour, we had a discussion with Jay at the last round to see if he was available to join us and I’m most certainly pleased that he was!
“With two other Australians sharing the drive, it seems that we have become ‘Team Australia’, which is pretty special. I’m excited to have Jay join the team for this event and I can’t wait to get stuck into the weekend.”
Leading Thai racing oil and fuel supplier, Maxima Oils will feature across the trio’s Mazda, who are also the leading Thai and SEA Go Kart team.
“It’s great to have such a well-known and experienced company back us for this event,” admits the young racer.
“I feel like we’re really well prepared, we have a great team behind us and we are sponsored by a great establishment – now we just need to bring home the results.”
The weekend’s format will see practice commence on Thursday 12th December with 8-hours of track running before practice and qualifying on Friday and the 10-hour race set to start on Saturday at 10:30am local time.
To keep up to date with all of the action across the weekend and to livestream, head over to the Super Turbo Thailand Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Superturbothailand/.