Callum Hedge will return to Australia later this year for a number of firsts.
He’ll make his debut in the Porsche Carrera Cup as well as debut racing at Mount Panorama.
The quick Kiwi teenager is racing with Earl Bamber Motorsport in the next round of the Carrera Cup championship in early December.
Hedge’s participation creates an all-Kiwi trio at EBM. He’ll share the pit garage with Team Porsche New Zealand drivers Madeline Stewart and Matthew Payne.
“I am super excited to be able to return to Australia and finish what we started with EBM and Team Porsche New Zealand,” Hedge said.
Hedge last drove a Porsche race car in early May for the Michelin Sprint Challenge in Australia. The series is basically the feeder category for the Carrera Cup.
Hedge will then stay on with the team after Bathurst for the final Carrera Cup round at Tailem Bend.
“I am really looking forward to just seeing the team again and catching up with them, as well as driving the 991.2 at Bathurst and The Bend for the first time.
“Having spent months in lockdown in New Zealand meant it was very hard to prepare for this event. Everything was shut, which lead to having very limited track time during this break.”
To counter for the lack of seat time, Hedge recently headed north to Italy to race in the Formula Regional European Championship in Monza.
“I knew going over there that being with a small team was going to be a challenge,” he said.
“Although our results didn’t reflect it, we easily had the pace to be well within the top-ten and fight near the front.”
Hedge is completing his Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) stint in a Rotorua hotel and will head to Australia in the coming weeks.