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MADELINE STEWART FINISHES WINTON ON A HIGH

Half Price Parts Velocity Magazine Media Driver Madeline Stewart ended her Winton campaign on a high with a top 10 finish in a crash marred final race for the Super 3 category.

“I had a great day today finishing race 3 in 8th after starting 18th. We spent a lot of time going over the footage and data from races 1 and 2 to see what I could improve on and help me get my head around what I needed to be doing in the races. I felt that I was able to put that in to practice in race 3,” Madeline told Velocity Magazine.

“Overall we’re really happy with the progress we made throughout the weekend and I’d like to say a massive thank you to the whole team at Brad Jones Racing for all of their hard work. I’d also like to say a special thanks to BD Souter-Dawson for his coaching and Macauley Jones for his help throughout the weekend.”

The progressive grid throughout the weekend saw Madeline start the final race of the weekend from further back in the field than she had hoped for and placed her right in the firing line as she was confronted with a multi-car incident at turn 1. Josh Fife and Tony Audino made heavy contact after Fife had been spun by Hamish Ribartis. Stewart chose the right line and avoided contact as cars veered to avoid the stranded cars and debris. A Safety Car intervention immediately after compressed the field once more. Madeline showed tremendous pace in her BJR Freightliner Commodore to clear traffic and then close the gap to the group ahead.

The Bingle at the start of the Race that Madeline managed to avoid. Photo: Velocity Mag (John Morris)
All the fun of the circus, well Supercars thats is 🙂 – Photo: Velocity Mag (Darin Mandy)

“I got a good start and I could see there was an accident starting to happen on the outside of turn 1. I went left to the inside and managed to get through the carnage to make up some places. The crash brought out the safety car. After the restart I put my head down and moved forward another few positions before the second safety car was brought out. After the second safety car I made up another few positions before the race went time certain and I finished in 8th.” 

Madeline Stewart’s strong showing on Sunday, after her dnf the day before, gave her renewed confidence as she comes to terms with circuit racing and the technical aspects of the unique Holden Commodore V8 Supercar.

“Overall we’re really happy with the progress we made throughout the weekend and I’d like to say a massive thank you to the whole team at Brad Jones Racing for all of their hard work. I’d also like to say a special thanks to BD Souter-Dawson for his coaching and Macauley Jones for his help throughout the weekend.” 

Round 3 of the 2019 Super 3 Series takes place at the Century Batteries Ipswich Supersprint from July 26-28.

Main Photo: Velocity Magazine (Darin Mandy)

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