Fourth Bathurst wildcard announced

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 01/07/2022
  • By James Pavey

A family-run entry will spearhead the fourth wildcard for this year's Repco Bathurst 1000.

It was announced Friday that Super2 stalwart Matt Chahda will steer a Commodore in October.

Albury-born Chahda is the most experienced driver in the Dunlop Series field with nearly 100 races to his name.

The 28-year-old will steer a Commodore leased from Walkinshaw Andretti United.

The entry will be run under the Matt Chahda Motorsport banner.

Matt’s father Amin Chahda will be Team Principal of the entry.

The experienced Wally Storey, a decorated engineer, will be Team Manager.

It will be the fourth wildcard for the Great Race, joining the Triple Eight and Erebus Commodores, and Anderson Mustang.

Matt and Amin Chahda

Craig Lowndes will share the Triple Eight wildcard with Chahda's Super2 rival Declan Fraser.

Kiwi duo Greg Murphy and Richie Stanaway will race a third Erebus Motorsport Commodore.

Super3 squad Anderson Motorsport will campaign a Dick Johnson Racing Mustang.

The Chahda wildcard takes this year's Bathurst grid to 29 cars, which is the largest for a Bathurst 1000 since 2019.

Chahda is 12th after two Super2 rounds in 2022. He finished a career-best fourth overall last year.

"As drivers we aspire to take part in Australia’s great race,” Chahda said.

“To have the opportunity this year is an absolute highlight for me.

"My sincere thanks to my MCM family, sponsors, Supercars and WAU for helping make this a reality for me.”

Chahda on track in Sydney in March

Amin Chahda thanked WAU and Team Principal Bruce Stewart for their support.

“We are delighted that Supercars has granted us a wildcard for Bathurst,” Chahda senior said.

"Our family has shared Matt’s dream of driving in the main game.

“After six seasons in Super2, we will do everything in our power to make his debut a success.”

Stewart added: “We commend Amin and his team on the acceptance by Supercars of their Bathurst wildcard entry.

"WAU is pleased to support MCM’s efforts, providing one of our chassis and engines."

MCM will announce its second driver and naming rights partner in the coming weeks.

Chahda will resume his Dunlop Series campaign in Townsville next week.

Tickets for this year's Repco Bathurst 1000 are on sale now.

2022 Repco Bathurst 1000 combinations

Driver/Co-driver Team
Broc Feeney/Jamie Whincup Red Bull Ampol Racing
Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander Red Bull Ampol Racing
Anton De Pasquale/Tony D'Alberto Shell V-Power Racing Team
Will Davison/Alex Davison Shell V-Power Racing Team
James Courtney/Zane Goddard Tickford Racing
Cam Waters/James Moffat Tickford Racing
Thomas Randle/Zak Best Tickford Racing
Jake Kostecki/Kurt Kostecki Tickford Racing
TBA/Warren Luff Walkinshaw Andretti United
TBA/Fabian Coulthard Walkinshaw Andretti United
Will Brown/Jack Perkins Erebus Motorsport
Brodie Kostecki/David Russell Erebus Motorsport
TBA/Michael Caruso Team 18
TBA/James Golding Team 18
Tim Slade/Tim Blanchard CoolDrive Racing
David Reynolds/Matt Payne Penrite Racing
Lee Holdsworth/Matt Campbell Penrite Racing
Andre Heimgartner/Dale Wood Brad Jones Racing
Bryce Fullwood/Dean Fiore Brad Jones Racing
Macauley Jones/Jordan Boys Brad Jones Racing
Jack Smith/TBA Brad Jones Racing
Chris Pither/TBA PremiAir Racing
TBA/TBA PremiAir Racing
Jack Le Brocq/TBA Matt Stone Racing
Todd Hazelwood/TBA Matt Stone Racing
Craig Lowndes/Declan Fraser Triple Eight (wildcard)
Richie Stanaway/Greg Murphy Erebus Motorsport (wildcard)
Matt Chahda/TBA Matt Chahda Motorsport (wildcard)
TBA/TBA Anderson Motorsport (wildcard)
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