Michael Stewart joins ‘Team Australia’

Michael Stewart

Full story at www.totallyspeedway.com.au/open-wheelers/speedcars/3852-stewart-to-represent-australia-in-nz
Australian Midget racer Michael Stewart will get the chance to represent his country in New Zealand when he pilots the Blair Bertram-owned Midget in the International Midget Series over the Christmas-New Year period.
Not only will Stewart be taking on the best drivers that New Zealand has to offer, he will also go up against some of America’s finest, with the hotly-contested series being fought out over six rounds throughout New Zealand’s North Island, commencing on Boxing Day (December 26) at Auckland’s Western Springs Speedway and concluding on January 5 at the same venue.
In an effort to get some laps under his belt aboard Bertram’s car, the 22-year-old racer is gearing up to make his maiden New Zealand appearance next month, with a shakedown run in the Auckland Championships at Western Springs Speedway on November 25.
“I’m extremely grateful to Blair for presenting me with the opportunity to race his car, and I’m really looking forward to taking on some of the world’s best drivers in the International Midget Series,” expressed Stewart, who is currently contesting his sixth season in the class
The Canberra, ACT-based driver will certainly be in good stead to come away with some strong results during his New Zealand campaign, having commenced his 2017-18 season in flawless fashion with two wins from two starts at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.
Paying close attention to the Australian racing season, car owner Bertram, who is currently taking some time off from racing, was pleased to offer Stewart the opportunity to fly the flag for his country.
“I was looking for someone to fill my driver’s seat for the International Midget Series and Michael was definitely on my radar,” said the son of 10-time New Zealand Modified Champion Roger Bertram, who last season had multiple Australian Champion Adam Clarke in his car.
“I’ve been keeping my eye on him and after such a great start to the Australian season, it will be great to see what he can achieve when he first takes to the track in November. Hopefully we can build some momentum in the Auckland Championships which will hold us in good stead for the series.”
With a number of drivers having previously travelled south-east to participate in the International Midget Series, this season’s three-man Australian team will have a whole new look, with 28-year-old Dayne Kingshott and 17-year-old Kaidon Brown completing the young team.
“We wanted to change up the Australian team and give some younger drivers the opportunity to gain experience by representing their country and going up against the best,” said Western Springs Speedway Track Promoter Greg Mosen.
“Participating in the International Midget Series is a big step for each of the drivers and Michael will certainly complement the Australian team.”
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