Sunday, May 26 02:40pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Madeline Stewart eighth as Jayden Ojeda wins Super3 Series final

Brad Jones Racing driver Madeline Stewart has scored her best result in the Kumho Tyre Super3 Series at the Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint.


It was a wild 13-lap race around Winton Motor Raceway that ultimately ended with a single seater champion taking his first win.


For the third race in a row the pole position sitter Zak Best took the lead into Turn 1. Paul Morris Motorsport driver Broc Feeney got swamped from the second row.  


There was drama as Hamish Ribarits and Josh Fife banged doors into the first turn. Fife ended up in a spin. Almost everyone managed to make it around the stricken Brad Jones Racing car, all except for Tony Auddino who clattered into the passenger side door. Both cars suffered big damage and duly retired from the race.


The safety car was brought out for a brief intermission and the race restarted on lap three. Best held the lead with Matt White Motorsport teammates Nic Carroll and Ribarits in tow.


Francois Habib got stuck in trouble down at Turn 2 after what looked like contact with Madeline Stewart. By that point she was up to 14th in the order.


Carroll got a good run out of the final corner and managed to blow by into Turn 1 on lap four. Best got him back a lap later through. An awkward run out of Turn 4 dropped Carroll back into the clutches of Ribarits, Jayden Ojeda and Jon McCorkindale.


Best began to lose time to Ribarits on lap nine and lost out at Turn 6. Ribarits took the position and then all of a sudden Best slowed. He parked his car by the gum tree and the safety car was called out.


There was drama on the restart as Carroll and McCorkindale made contact out of Turn 2. They banged doors and both ended up with damage to their cars and out of the race.


With a little over a lap to go Ribarits made a mistake at the penultimate corner and allowed the reigning Australian Formula 4 Championship winner take the lead.


Ribarits put pressure on Ojeda for the lead and gave him a nudge for good measure, but fortunately he held on to win it.


The Super3 Series heads to Queensland Raceway for the Ipswich SuperSprint in late July.