Victorian-based driver management company, Push Talent Management will see three of their six drivers’ compete in this weekend’s Cryo Cycle Excel Enduro Cup at Phillip Island, battling it out against a 52-car field.
In an endurance set up round, the format will see two qualifying sessions, followed by two sprint races of 5-laps each, which will determine the starting position for Sunday’s 40-lap race.
Number #29 entry will see 15-year old Jaylyn Robotham, who is currently competing in the Toyota 86 Series, partner up with Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge driver, Chelsea Angelo.
No stranger to these cars and a runner up in the recent 2018 Excel Series, young Robotham is looking forward to getting out on the track – hopeful of having experience on his side… certainly not in age though.
“I’m really looking forward to racing with Chelsea and with all of the other competitors this weekend,” said the 15-year old.
“It’s refreshing to know that I have experience in racing the Excel, so I’m looking forward to having a fun weekend and seeing what we can do!”
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge driver, Chelsea Angelo will share the wheel with Robotham and although the pair have a combined age of majority of the drivers alone, there is hope these young whippets have got what it takes to turn some heads this weekend.
Angelo, currently sitting fifth in the Michelin Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Championship is eager to cut some laps and add another notch under her belt of experience.
“I’m really excited to be racing in the Excel this weekend. I’ve never driven anything like a Hyundai before so it will definitely be an interesting but also fun weekend,” said Angelo.
“It’s great to see what some of the other young drivers do when it’s not Supercars, GTs or Porsches. This is a great stepping stone for young drivers who are looking to progress further in their motorsport career, encouraging them to cut more laps all whilst doing it alongside some big names!”
The second entry will see NISSAN V8 Supercar driver, Andre Heimgartner step out of his usual Plus Fitness 5-litre V8 and into the likes of the 4-cylinder Excel.
The born and bred Kiwi admits it’ll certainly be a change of pace from his usual 600HP, but is looking forward to having a bit of fun this weekend and ragging it in around Phillip Island against 51 other drivers.
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend. It’s certainly going to be different from the Supercar – it should be a lot of fun!” said Heimgartner.
“Sunday’s 40-lap race will be interesting and I can’t wait to share the wheel with Fraser against a field of 52 other cars!”
To complete the #93 entry with Heimgarter, Fraser Ross will complete the duo. Currently leading the Championship in the Australian GT Championship with just one round to go, the 27-year old will exchange his McLaren GT ahead of this weekend.
“I’m really looking forward to co-driving with my good friend Andre this weekend,” admits Ross.
“It’ll be a great way to enjoy driving in a stress free environment – it’ll be a lot of fun and good to get my mind off everything Australian GT, but of course we are going there to fight for the win!
“A big thanks to the Robotham family for providing the opportunity to Andre and I.”
The first qualifying session kicks off on Saturday 18th August at 10:20am, with Sunday’s 40-lap race at 3:25pm.
Keep up to date with all the news from the weekend via Blend Line TV on Facebook as well as Cryo Cycle Excel Enduro Cup 2018.