Matt Chahda Motorsport reveals plans for 2024 wildcard campaign
MCM set to race in Penrite Oil Sandown 500, Repco Bathurst 1000
Chahda debuted in 2022 Great Race, finished eighth in 2023 Dunlop Series
Matt Chahda Motorsport has announced plans for a 2024 Supercars wildcard campaign, including both endurance races, alongside his Dunlop Series commitments.
Pending Supercars Board approval, Chahda is set to race in the Penrite Oil Sandown 500 and Repco Bathurst 1000 as a wildcard next year.
The Albury-based team entered in the 2022 Repco Bathurst 1000, with Chahda and Jaylyn Robotham finishing 18th in a leased Walkinshaw Andretti United Commodore.
MCM will return to the Dunlop Series in 2024, with Brian Cottee carrying on as engineer and Chahda racing in a Brad Jones Racing-built ZB Commodore.
"Basically this season we will be much more prepared than we ever have been, just knowing that we have the same car for the season already,” team boss Amin Chahda said.
“In previous years for whatever reason a lot of prep time in the off season was lost due to the uncertainty over which car we would use.
“We have announced these wildcard plans early and although discussions are well down the road with a few teams, we want to take our time and tick every box.
“It’s a sizeable amount of work to be done, getting sponsors to commit, finding a driver the right driver, even down to booking accommodation. Everything goes up a notch when you think about it.”
The 30-year-old driver finished eighth in the 2023 Dunlop Series, but was sixth heading to the Adelaide final before an untimely — and rare — DNF.
"We weren’t able to do everything we wanted to do car-wise this year for one reason or another, and struggled with consistent pace although at times we were very fast, like in Townsville,” Chahda junior said.
“But, over the off-season, we are going through it all to give ourselves the best chance.
“I sat back and thought the other day, this year was the first time in a while we haven’t brought home any silverware and that pissed me off after the trajectory we had been on.
“For sure, I’m really looking forward to our wildcard programme next year.
“We proved that we can run well presented team at Bathurst last year and we are keen to have another chance with the big boys.
“This time we feel we can push harder rather than have the goal of just finishing.”
The new Supercars and Dunlop Series seasons will commence at the Thrifty Bathurst 500 on February 23-25. Tickets are on sale now.