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Half Price Parts Velocity Magazine Media Driver Madeline Stewart took to the track at Barbagallo Raceway recently in an open wheel F1000 as she continues to fast track her circuit racing education. The young Kiwi driver, fresh from her debut at Phillip Island in the Super 3 Series, flew to Perth for a test session, having already tasted the wings and slicks category in March.
“I raced it in March but that was pretty much a turn-up and race thing,” Madeline explained. “I had a seat fitting on Thursday, half a day to get used to the car on Friday then straight into qualifying and racing on Saturday. The test day was great in that we were able to focus more on the details of my driving rather than just getting familiar with it and going racing. I picked up quite a lot of time over the day. BD Soutar-Dawson from Arise Racing is a really great coach and he helped me a lot with learning how to drive the car on the edge and getting comfortable with the car moving around at the limit.”
Whilst the F1000 is a very different machine to the Holden Commodore Supercar, Madeline Stewart considers that there are lessons to be learnt from both categories of racing.
“Racing the F1000 will help boost my experience racing cars, Stewart said. “(F1000s) are quite different to drive to a Supercar but there are a lot of techniques that are the same across all racing cars. Bad techniques are amplified in the very fast and direct F1000.”
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The West Australian F1000 series was viewed by Madeline’s team as the most effective way to gain experience in a category with high levels of aerodynamic grip.
“We are kind of compressing the typical single seater to touring car progression into a parallel effort, Madeline explained. “The F1000 is a really cost-effective way to get experience racing a fast single seater with wings and slicks. It is really great learning the techniques required to drive a high downforce car.”
“I race F1000 again on 23 June and we are planning on doing the remaining 5 rounds of the Western Australian F1000 series which concludes in November.”
Madeline Stewart’s results have already given her a profile in the Australian motorsport community and was a guest at the Albury Wodonga & Districts Car Club Women and Junior Driver Development day with her sister Ashleigh. She spoke about her motorsport journey and helped to run a number of development activities throughout the day.
Madeline’s next race in the Super 3 Series takes place at Winton Raceway from May 24-26 alongside the Supercars Super Sprint. Checkout Madelines Facebook Page here and the Stewart Sisters racing Facebook page here.
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