By Lawrence Machado
From a very young age, Cody Brewczynski loved thrills and speed. The Acacia Gardens local started competitive karting when he was eight-years-old and was a natural. He was soon bringing home trophies and championships, his first being at his local club, North Shore Kart Club in 2011.
Cody powered past his rivals, not only in NSW but even in Victoria and South Australia. His breakthrough year was in 2016 when he was crowned Australian champion and finished as the maximum round winner at the 2016 New Zealand Rotax. Cody then claimed seventh out of 86 at the Rotax World Championship.
Now Cody, 20, has changed gears to join the Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series, making a terrific debut, securing runnerup spot in Sydney. Judging by his incredible performance last weekend – he also won his practice and qualifier – he could be one of the brightest prospects this season. His next super series race is on March 26-27 in Tasmania.
“After competing in go-karts for 13 years, I am very excited for the new venture,” Cody said. “I was given this great opportunity by the Topgun Racing Team and FCL transport in the Aussie racing car series. I’m looking forward to the new challenge though I have never raced these cars before.”
“I still do the national series in karting,” Cody said. “I couldn’t do both sports without all my sponsors and partners to help prep cars and karts. Aussie racing car championships is one of the natural progression choices you have to choose from.”
Compared to his 175kg kart, his racing car weighs 595kg, has a 1300cc Yamaha engine and can reach 230kph, almost double the speed of his kart.
“There is more to karting than just going fast , there are many areas that you need to be good at like chassis setups, engine tuning and race tactics,” Cody explained. “So hopefully what I have learnt from karting will help me progress into car racing. My main goals are to be the highest-placed rookie in the championship of the racing cars and to hopefully get podium finishes. On the international front I may have a chance to represent Australia at the world’s again if I do well at the karting championships.”
Cody is sponsored by Shell Rimula, FCL transport, Hornsby Diffs and Gearboxes, North Shore Bearings, PJ Bartlett Transport, MIR Racewear and Shred fitness Blacktown. “We have sponsorship packages and huge giveaways plus fantastic opportunities to drive my race car and be a passenger,” Cody said.