Max Stewart

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Max Stewart in the Mildren Racing Mildren Waggott TC4V at Lakeside International Raceway in 1971

Malcolm Clarke Stewart (born 14 March 1935,[1] Orange, New South Wales, died 19 March 1977, at Calder Park, Victoria) was an Australian racecar driver. Known as the Jolly Green Giant from his disposition and height.

Stewart began his motorsport career racing motorcycles, being selected to represent Australia at the 1955 Isle of Man TT, but withdrew due to work commitments. After racing Karts and touring cars he moved to open wheelers in 1965, with much success, leading to him being selected for Alex Mildren team, first to race a 1.6 litre F2 car and then in 1970 a 2 litre Waggot powered car which he ran strongly in the 1970 Tasman series with a number of podiums and finished 2nd to his world champion namesake in the Japanese formula libre GP. After racing a Lola T330, he developed an initially troublesome Lola T400 to be the fastest version of the LT400 in Australia and possibly the world, peaking with wins in the 1974 and 1975 Australian Grand Prix,[2] and leading the 1976 Australian GP from Schuppan and Goss until he retired a few laps from the end.

He also won the Singapore Grand Prix in 1972 and the Toby Lee Formula 5000 Series in 1975.

Max Stewart lost his life while practicing at Calder Park Raceway in a Formula 5000 car.[3]

Career results[edit]

Championship / Series Position Car Entrant
1965 Australian Formula 2 Championship 2nd Rennmax Ford
1967 Australian Drivers' Championship 5th Rennmax BN1 Ford Max Stewart Motors
1967 Australian 1½ Litre Championship 1st Rennmax BN1 Ford Max Stewart Motors
1968 Australian Drivers' Championship 6th Rennmax BN2 Ford Max Stewart Motors
1968 Australian 1½ Litre Championship 1st Rennmax BN2 Ford Max Stewart Motors
1969 Tasman Series 13th Mildren Alfa Romeo Alec Mildren Racing
1969 Australian Drivers' Championship 3rd Mildren Waggott TC4V Alec Mildren Racing
1969 Australian Formula 2 Championship 1st Mildren Waggott TC4V Alec Mildren Racing
1970 Tasman Series 3rd Mildren Waggott TC4V Alec Mildren Racing
1970 Australian Drivers' Championship 2nd Mildren Waggott TC4V Alec Mildren Racing
1970 Australian Formula 2 Championship 1st Mildren Waggott TC4V Alec Mildren Racing
1971 Australian Drivers' Championship 1st Mildren Waggott TC4V Alec Mildren Racing
Max Stewart Motors
1972 Tasman Series 9th Elfin MR5 Repco Holden Max Stewart Motors
1972 Australian Drivers' Championship 6th Elfin MR5 Repco Holden Max Stewart Motors
1973 Tasman Series 6th Lola T330 Chevrolet Lola Cars Ltd
1973 Australian Drivers' Championship 7th Lola T330 Chevrolet Seiko Service Centre
1973 SCCA L&M Championship 12th [4] Lola T330 Chevrolet [4] Stewart Motors [4]
1974 Tasman Series 2nd Lola T330 Chevrolet Max Stewart Motors
1974 Australian Drivers' Championship 1st Lola T330 Chevrolet Max Stewart Motors
1974 Australian Formula 2 Championship 12th March 722
1975 Tasman Series 10th Lola T400 Chevrolet Max Stewart Motors
1975 Australian Drivers' Championship 3rd Lola T400 Chevrolet Sharp Racing Team
1975 Toby Lee Formula 5000 Series 1st Lola T400
1976 Australian Drivers' Championship 2nd Lola T400 Chevrolet
1977 Rothmans International Series 4th Lola T400 Chevrolet Max Stewart
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Leo Geoghegan
Winner of the Australian Drivers' Championship
1971
Succeeded by
Frank Matich
Preceded by
Frank Matich
Winner of the Australian Drivers' Championship
1974
Succeeded by
John McCormack
Preceded by
Graeme McRae
Winner of the Australian Grand Prix
1974 and 1975
Succeeded by
John Goss

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