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Chahda calls up Vaughan for enduro wildcard

Supercars
05 Jul
Brad Vaughan will become the latest rising star to make his Bathurst debut
4 mins by James Pavey
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  • Chahda squad calls up Brad Vaughan for enduro wildcard

  • Vaughan to race with Matt Chahda at Sandown, Bathurst

  • Chahda and Vaughan to race Triple Eight Camaro

Brad Vaughan will become the latest rising star to make his Bathurst debut, with Matt Chahda Motorsport calling up the young driver for this year’s enduros.

Tickford Racing junior driver Vaughan will race with Matt Chahda in a wildcard Chevrolet Camaro at the Penrite Oil Sandown 500 and Repco Bathurst 1000.

Chahda and Vaughan will race a Triple Eight Camaro Supercar, with the privateer Chahda squad purchasing chassis 888A-057 from the champion team.

The car in question was raced by Broc Feeney in 2023, with the Camaro taken to a famous victory at the Sandown 500.

The Chahda/Vaughan Camaro will sport the #118, which was carried by the Chahda squad’s previous wildcard at the 2022 Bathurst 1000.

Super2 stalwart Chahda will make his second Bathurst start, having raced to 18th with Jaylyn Robotham in an ex-Walkinshaw Commodore two years ago.

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As it was in 2022, the Chahda team was keen to hand a young driver a shot at the main game, with Vaughan — aged just 20 — getting his chance.

“This is going to be our second wildcard, and this time, we get to do Sandown and Bathurst,” Chahda said.

“Last time was a dream come true, and now we're just really expanding on it.

"I was always searching for a good driver, had to be out of Super2, that was a big thing for me. We've spent so long in Super2, that's where it had to come from, so yeah, I’m happy with the choice.

“Speed's obviously a big thing, and plus, he has a bit of experience being the Super3 champion, that's a huge deal. Obviously one of the front pack guys in Super2 at the moment, so that's where you want to grab them from.

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“It’s so special. Our whole family puts it together and puts everything into it. It's hard to explain really, because you spend so much time working on it, you don't spend much time really thinking about it.

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“Getting our hands on the car, we've got a Triple Eight car coming. We only get two test days, so they're a big deal. We've got to be well-prepared for them.”

Chahda and Vaughan will race against Super2 rivals Kai Allen (Dick Johnson Racing), Cooper Murray (Triple Eight) Cameron Crick (Matt Stone Racing) and Cameron McLeod (PremiAir Nulon Racing), with Vaughan, Murray, Crick and McLeod making their Bathurst debuts.

For Vaughan, who won the 2022 Super3 title, a maiden Great Race start is a “dream come true."

"Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to race in the Bathurst 1000,” Vaughan said.

“To do it as a wildcard as well, there’s a little less pressure, but I think we can still go out and get a good result.

"Matt said he wanted someone from Super2, so it's sort of good we've raced each other the last few years, so hopefully we can put that knowledge into the main game. To be doing it will be a 'pinch yourself’ moment."

Chahda and Vaughan will resume their Dunlop Series campaigns at this weekend's NTI Townsville 500, with track action commencing Friday.

2024 enduro line-ups: What we know so far (as of July 5, 2024)

Main driver

Co-driver

Team

Brodie Kostecki

Todd Hazelwood

Erebus

Jack Le Brocq

Jayden Ojeda

Erebus

Broc Feeney

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight

Will Brown

Scott Pye

Triple Eight

Andre Heimgartner

Declan Fraser

BJR

Bryce Fullwood

Jaylyn Robotham

BJR

Macauley Jones

Jordan Boys

BJR

Jaxon Evans

TBA

BJR

Cam Waters

TBA

Tickford

Thomas Randle

TBA

Tickford

Anton De Pasquale

Tony D'Alberto

DJR

Will Davison

Kai Allen

DJR

Ryan Wood

Fabian Coulthard

WAU

Chaz Mostert

Lee Holdsworth

WAU

Matt Payne

Garth Tander

Penrite

Richie Stanaway

Dale Wood

Penrite

Mark Winterbottom

Michael Caruso

Team 18

David Reynolds

Warren Luff

Team 18

James Golding

David Russell

PremiAir Nulon

Tim Slade

Cameron McLeod

PremiAir Nulon

Nick Percat

Dylan O'Keeffe

MSR

Cameron Hill

Cameron Crick

MSR

James Courtney

Jack Perkins

BRT

Aaron Love

TBA

BRT

Craig Lowndes

Cooper Murray

Triple Eight (wildcard)

Matt Chahda

Brad Vaughan

MCM (wildcard)

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