Sunday, Dec 1 12:19pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Jaylyn Robotham makes it one all in Toyota 86 Championship

It’s one apiece in the Best Bars Toyota 86 Championship after Jaylyn Robotham of Australia claimed top honours in Race 2 at Pukekohe Park.


In what was an all-Kiwi front row, Peter Vodanovich got the jump on pole-sitter Jaden Ransley to take the holeshot into Turn 1.


Overheating issues stifled Vodanovich in the season opener, but the Aucklander suffered no such issues in the second outing as he led the opening laps. Robotham held station in third with International Motorsport drivers Connor Adam and Brock Gilchrist in tow.


Vodanovich sustained ongoing pressure in the opening laps. Lap after lap the top three diced for position, which allowed Adam and Gilchrist to factor themselves into the battle.


The decisive move came on Lap 5 when Ransley lunged down the inside at Turn 4 – Craig Baird style – to get alongside the race leader.


In doing so, an uncompromised Robotham was able to get a strong exit out of the turn and get alongside the leading pair to make it three-wide into Turn 5. Robotham cleared out and left Vodanovich to fend off a spirited attack from Ransley.


Behind the leading trio, series debutante Ryan Wood managed to make his way past the International Motorsport duo to snag fourth, albeit briefly.


Ransley looked threatening throughout but ultimately couldn’t make his way past Vodanovich. Robotham, meanwhile, was untouchable and went on to claim his first win in only his second race.


The battle for the minor places saw a late pass by Gilchrist on Wood for fourth. M2 Competition recruit Campbell Stewart took advantage of a slowed Wood and nabbed fifth. Wood went on to finish where he started in sixth while Adam was seventh.


Richard Peasey was the second of the drivers out of Australia in eighth while Justin Allen and Leo Bult completed the top 10.


Flynn Mullany was the only significant casualty. He lost his rear bumper late in the race and pitted, completing 11 of the 14 laps.


Race 3 of the Best Bars Toyota 86 Championship gets underway at 4:00 pm.