Chahda lands second LDM Supercars seat

Tom Howard

Thursday 9th February, 2017 - 12:01pm

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Matt Chahda

Matt Chahda will make his Virgin Australia Supercars Championship debut this year after landing the second seat at Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport.

The former Dunlop Series regular joins the Melbourne team a day after 16-year-old Alex Rullo was confirmed at LDM, becoming the youngest full-time Supercars pilot in history.

Rullo was granted special dispensation and given a provisional licence after failing to meet the age and points criteria for the Superlicense.

Chahda’s appointment is also shrouded in controversy with the 23-year-old, like Rullo, also failing to meet the criteria of the newly introduced CAMS Superlicense to qualify for a spot on the Supercars grid.

Speedcafe.com is awaiting confirmation from CAMS that Chahda has been granted special dispensation.

The Albury driver falls short of the required minimum of 13 points accrued over a five-year period, one of the key conditions of the Superlicense.

As it stands he has five points having finished third overall in state-level Formula Ford and fourth in the 2014 Kumho V8 Touring Car Series.

Last year he finished 20th in the Dunlop Series but was disqualified from the Sandown round after triggering a multi-car pile up at the start of the second race.

Chahda will make his Supercars race debut at the Clipsal 500 opener on the Adelaide streets from March 2-5.

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