Tawa resident 14 year old Madeline Stewart has proved herself on KartSports National Stage with not one but two top 10 maddystewart2.jpgfinishes at the KartSport New Zealand National Championships held over Easter weekend at Palmerston North’s, Manawatu Toyota  Raceway.


The young Queen Margaret College pupil placed 5th in the Junior Yamaha class on Saturday and 5th again in the Junior Rotax class on Easter Sunday.


KartSport’s premier event attracted 177 entries across 10 classes with Madeline’s classes attracting strong fields of 14 and 24 respectively with girls and boys competing in the same races.

Madeline’s two fifth places were a nice reward for a lot of hard work. It positioned her as the top performing female at the meeting and backed up her 6th place in the National Schools Championships raced last July.

“We have raced or practiced most weekends over the past 18 months both in Australian and in New Zealand”, says Madeline, “The racing is extremely competitive with differences measured in tenths and hundredths of seconds so it was nice to come away with some good results at the National Champs even though it wasn’t the number one spot”

Madeline won’t be resting on her laurels with her 5th places though, her race programme continues over the coming weeks with the Bayley’s Goldstar series in Hawkes Bay, the New Zealand Rotax Challenge at Tokoroa and the Australian Rotax Pro-Tour at Warwick in Queensland.  “The objective is to ultimately achieve a first place. In the mean time we’ll keep putting in the miles and working to improve.”

Madeline started racing at KartSport Wellington based at Kaitoke in Upper Hutt 6 years ago. Many of today’s top drivers including Greg Murphy and Scott Dixon started their careers in karts. Karting caters for all ages and ambitions from club day racers to international competition.


Madeline is racing thanks to Intergen, Praga Karts and IP Karting. “Without their support we wouldn’t be able to race as often as I do”.


KartSport Wellington offers have a go drives and full race day packages and encourages the public to come and view racing in action. More information about the club can be found at


CAPTIONS: Madeline racing in Australia recently.

Release and pics from Andrew Donohue, KartSport Wellington Media Officer




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