Sunday, Dec 1 05:04pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Jaylyn Robotham goes two up in Toyota 86 Championship

It’s advantage Australia after Jaylyn Robotham claimed his second straight in the Best Bars Toyota 86 Championship at Pukekohe Park.


Having claimed Race 2 honours, Robotham from pole position for the on the inside with Jayden Ransley of Neale Motorsportalongside him.


It was a drag race between the race winners – Robotham and Ransley – to Turn 1. However, The inside line ensured Robotham got the advantage to lead.


There was drama on the first lap for Connor Adam who went off the road at Turn 6. Only moments later and Brayden Phillips made contact with Leo Bult at the hairpin. Bult spun around and the trailing pack of cars scattered left and right to avoid the carnage. Fortunately, everyone escaped unscathed.


At the end of Lap 1, it was Robotham who led Ransley. Peter Vodanovich was third with International Motorsport duo Brock Gilchrist and Justin Allen in fourth and fifth respectively.


Drama struck on Lap 5 when M2 Competition young gun Connor Davison spun on his own at Turn 2. He was lucky not to get collected by CareVets Scholarship winner Ryan Wood and Brayden Phillips.


On that same lap, Vodanovich managed to usurp Ransley. An awkward exit by Robotham out of hairpin balked Ransley, which allowed Vodanovich up the inside at the left-hand kink to take the second spot.


Lap 6 saw Campbell Stewart have a spin on approach to Turn 4, Railway, after what looked like contact from the trailing Justin Allen.


By Lap 7, Ransley managed to get one back on Vodanovich into Turn 5. In their battle for second, Robotham managed to stretch his legs out to a one-second lead.


Eventually, Ransley brought that gap down. However, the fight for first was brought to a premature end with five laps to go.


The battle for the minor places saw James Wilkins, Leo Bult and Flynn Mullany come to blows. The trio went three-wide and stuck on the outside, contact between Bult and Mullany saw the latter in a spin.


The young gun ended up spinning and hitting the wall at pit entry. His Toyota 86 suffered damage, front and rear, and with his car buried in the gravel trap he went nowhere.


The race finished under Full Course Yellow. Robotham duly crossed the line to take the win ahead of Ransley and Vodanovich. Brock Gilchrist was impressive in fourth ahead of Richard Peasey for Australia.


Justin Allen, Campbell Stewart, Andrew Jackson, Ryan Wood and Connor Adam completed the top 10 running order.