Mount Gambier racer cuts first laps with the big boys

Mount Gambier young gun Jobe Stewart completed first race car meeting on the weekend and raced door to door with some of the country’s rising stars at Tailem Bend.

Stewart raced in the Combined Sedans class, which was a support category to the ninth round of the 2020 Supercars Championship at The Bend Motorsport Park which combined around six different types of car ranging from V8 Utes, Monaros, V6 commodores, Falcons, turbo Japanese cars and HQ Holdens.

The Blue Lake City racer drove his Erebus Academy Toyota 86 Racing Series spec car and had to battle treacherous conditions early on.

Stewart overcame the slippery track surface and qualified 10th from 33 entries.

However, the track dried out for the opening race and Stewart struggled without the engine power of the faster v8, v6 and turbo cars.

He finished 12 in the opening race before slipping to 15th in the second heat.

However, Stewart suffered a gearbox issue in the final race and was forced to retire.

Despite the late setback, Stewart said he was buzzing after the unforgettable experience.

“I Had a heap of fun and learnt a lot,” he said.

“I was a bit nervous for the start of the first race, but got into it pretty quick.

“I made some good passes and put a couple dents in the car, which Dad can fix.”

With his debut car racing meeting under his belt, Stewart already has his eyes set on the next assignment, which is none other than Mount Panorama, Bathurst.

“I look forward to hopefully racing in the Toyota 86 Series event at Bathurst with the Supercars next month,” he said.

“Fingers crossed the NSW borders open up so we can go.”

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