Despite lacking access to a world-class track, 13-year-old Brayden Stewart has achieved some fantastic results in his go-kart this year.
He recently finished third in the Victorian 6 round Golden Power Series where he had to race on six tracks that he’d never used before.
Brayden was the only South Australian racer to take out a series podium, making it a great achievement not only for himself but for his family, Karting SA and the Whyalla Kart Club. Some results:
- South Australian 2 round State Championships - 2nd Place
- 1st round was Whyalla, the 2nd round in Adelaide
- Adelaide River City Titles - 1st Place
- Whyalla Kart Club 8 round junior championships - 1st Place
- Barossa Night Titles - 3rd Place
- Whyalla City Titles - 2nd Place
- Melbourne City Titles - As high as 13th position form 31 drivers
- Australian Kart Championships
Brayden had the opportunity to compete at the highest level of karting in Australia at the Australian Championships.
He travelled to for of the five rounds and raced as far away as Emerald in Queensland, gaining valuable knowledge and experience while competing against the best junior karters in the country, New Zealand and Singapore.
The race was tough for Brayden having not had access to an unlimited budget with new equipment.
Brayden will now step up to the KA3 Junior category which will be a full-size senior kart with the same engine but with unrestricted specifications and a lot more horsepower. The young star will have a different schedule next year and the following year 2020 might be a different story as Brayden will be 14 and would be eligible to advance to the senior category of racing.
At a young age this would be a big step, with the potential to race in the 2020 National Championships.
Brayden would like to thank the following people and businesses for their incredible support this year:
- A big thanks to His Dad, Dave Camwell and mum Melissa Stewart
- His siblings Joshua, Jessica and Carmen for their support and understanding
- Granny and Par for travelling to one of my biggest and best resulted meeting in Victoria
- All of his friends in and out of karting for their kind words and support
- Dave Brewer from Adelaide - mentor
- Shayne Piper race engines
- Avid Engineering - Tony Angel
- Signarama - Neil Schmidt
- Chadwick Fabrication - Dave Chadwick
- A1 Welding - Craig Redding
- Whyalla Kart Club and their members
“We covered 35,000 kilometres by car, drove for hours at a time and slept in many cheap motels, but I wouldn’t change anything,” Brayden said.
“The rest of the year concludes with a club meeting in Broken Hill and one in Whyalla, off to Adelaide for the end-of-year South Australian Championship Presentation night and the very next night the Victorian Golden Power Presentation night in Melbourne.
“Thanks again, Mum and Dad – you are the best!”