Erebus Motorsport has announced the Erebus Academy will support up and coming kart sensation Jobe Stewart for the 2017 Australian Kart Championship.

12-year old Stewart joins the program having been awarded Rookie of the Year in his debut season.

“I’m excited to be a part of the Erebus Academy and for what the future holds, I am very grateful for the opportunity” Stewart said.

Racing for the Melbourne Kart Centre team, Stewart took 7th overall in last year’s Championship.

“To better that (this year) is the aim,” he said.

“I have learnt a lot racing with James Sera and his MKC team the last year.”

For 2017 Stewart moves up to the KA4 Junior Light category, in which he has already raced the first round in Newcastle last month.

“Newcastle was a new track for me and things didn’t go my way, I finished just out of the top ten,” he said.

The next round of the Australian Kart Championship will be held this weekend at Geelong Kart Club in Victoria.

“I raced at Geelong end of last year in KA4 and had pretty good speed; I think I am able to be in the top three if everything goes right,” Stewart said.

Four-time Australian Champion James Sera says Stewart has what it takes.

“Jobe is an aspiring young talent who has grown a lot in the last year, he’s got a lot of determination and the willingness to want to be at the track,” Sera said.

“He’s a really good listener and puts everything into practice.”

Erebus Motorsport’s General Manager – Motorsport, Barry Ryan, also commented, “Jobe already has a wealth of knowledge and clearly has the potential, with the right guidance and given the opportunity, to make a mark.

“Having guidance from someone as experienced as James certainly brings comfort in knowing Jobe can just drive the kart and race to win.”

Ryan says the Erebus Academy has lent support to many notable drivers.

“Every Supercars driver started in karting and our team has always strived to support young talent in the tough world of motorsport.

“Jack Le Brocq, Richard Muscat and Adam Majoram have all received support through our program and are now at a high level in the Super2 Series.

“Amongst our team, there are several junior team members and the Academy is more than just supporting drivers, we will continue to support and nurture motorsport professionals in all aspects.”