Kiwi youngster Callum Hedge has been confirmed as the second driver in Earl Bamber Motorsport’s two-car squad in the Australian Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge.
Supported by the Official Porsche Centres of New Zealand, he joins fellow Kiwi Madeline Stewart. Together the pairing will race under the ‘Team Porsche New Zealand’ banner.
“It’s an honour and a privilege for me to be representing the ‘Team Porsche New Zealand’ and EBM brands. It’s going to be surreal to roll out at Phillip Island wearing colours I have watched since I started racing,” he said.
“Callum has already shown that he can compete with the best in Australia in the 2019 ‘Australian Formula Ford Championship’, he will be a strong competitor for the title this season,” added team co-director Bamber.
“There are going to be a number of challenges for Callum in the coming season, on and off the track, and were looking forward to seeing him grow as a driver.”
Hedge had been slated to take on the series in 2020. But, the impacts of Covid-19 and numerous sets of travel restrictions and event restrictions meant the category was put on hold. It’s hoped that it will be able to go ahead in full in 2021.
The Auckland-based racer takes on the series as a former Best Bars Toyota 86 Series champion and New Zealand Formula 1600 champion. He’s also competed in numerous endurance events in a similar 991-generation Porsche 911 Carrera Cup car.
The calendar for the 2021 Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge has yet to be confirmed, although it will kick off at Phillip Island. Last year’s season was scheduled to have six rounds.