Madeline Stewart is no stranger to Perth, Arise Racing or Wanneroo Raceway but her return to Perth as part of the support card for the Supercars Championship will be in a Radical car for Arise Racing.
Stewart previously raced in Perth for the Arise Racing team in a F1000 while her sister Ashleigh raced in a Radical. Her return comes after COVID interrupted cross country motorsport plans for many competitors.
Madeline has been racing on the east coast of Australia for Earl Bamber Motorsport in the Porsche Sprint Challenge. She’s also recorded double podiums at the GT World Challenge event.
No stranger to the Supercars circus Stewart has also raced for Brad Jones Racing’s Super3 outfit where she placed 14th in the championship.
“I’m very excited. I really love the Radical cars,” said Stewart in an interview with Supercars.com
“I find it so much fun to drive and it will be cool to be back at Wanneroo.
“I’m back racing with Arise, who my sister Ashleigh and I did a season in the Aus Formula 1000 with in 2019.”
“Ashleigh also raced a Radical and I did a few days coaching in a Radical with BD [Soutar-Dawson] in my first year of car racing.
“We bumped into the team at Phillip Island when I raced a GT there a few weeks ago, and they got in touch and asked if we would be keen to go to Perth.
“For me, the biggest thing is doing a full race meeting before my first round of Porsche Sprint Challenge at the end of May.
“It’s good to get some race starts and get your eye back on a little bit.
“Racing is always different from testing. You can kind of do as many practice laps as you want, but it’s good to do testing as well as some racing.”
Despite never having a Radical before, Stewart will only arrive in Perth in time for Friday practice to get to grips with the car.
“We are just rocking up for practice on Friday,” Stewart said.
“We haven’t done any kind of laps before then and I haven’t been to the circuit in a couple of years, but BD is a great coach.
“We’ll probably go through a bit of footage and then just send me out in practice and keep evaluating it over the weekend.
“I’m quite used to being thrown into the deep end in different ways.
“The first-ever race car I drove was a Super3 car, so it’s something I’ve always done.
“I think it’s really good practice, to try and get your head around a car and a track quickly, it’s a good skill to have.
“Everything we are doing at the moment is still about building up skills and learning more, so hopefully we will get some strong results.”
Radical Cup joins Super2, V8 SuperUtes and Historic Touring Cars Friday April 29th til May 1st at Wanneroo Raceway for the 2022 Bunnings Perth Supernight