Another year, another opportunity. Wade was given the chance to drive the #33 car for top Canadian team Brian Stewart Racing. With no pre season testing Cunningham became a model for consistency and speed. He finished the year with 13 top 5 finishes in 14 starts, and every race inside the top 10. Wade wrapped up the title in style by clinching the race win at California Speedway.
In the early 2005 off-season, before a deal had been inked for Wade to compete in the IPS with Brian Stewart Racing, he competed in the newly formed New Zealand based Toyota Racing Series. Approached to drive the Wynn's Oil, Midas backed Tatuus car powered by Manukau Toyota Wade dominated the second round at Teretonga Raceway Park to pole and lead the first race flag to flag.2004
Wade's debut year in formula car racing was in the Cooper Tires Zetec Championship (F2000), with no pre season testing Cunningham climbed to pole position at the opening round at the 12 Hours of Sebring. He went on to claim another four consecutive poles before officials cancelled one due to 'tire irregularities'... '04 yielded 7 podiums, fifth place in the championship and the circuit's Rising Star Award, an industry accolade for a driver who shows the determination to become a future champion.2003
For 2003 Wade was racing in the World's premiere category, Formula A. Under the guidance of World Champion Terry Fullerton Cunningham steadily improved to become the World's best.
In October 2003 where in unequivocal fashion, Wade lead from lap 5 of the 35km final and claimed the World's most prestigious kart race - the CIK-FIA World Karting Championships. In doing so he not only became New Zealand's first and only World Karting Champion, but he became New Zealand's second World Champion in a legitimate FIA World Championship. The first was Denny Hulme - 1967.
Cunningham beat many of motorsports top drivers. The class of 2003 is a who's who of karting - 1998 / 2000 / 2004 World Champion Davide Fore, 2001 World Champion, 2004 F3000 Champion and now Red Bull F1 driver Tonio Liuzzi, 2000 World Champion Reuben Carrapatoso, World Cup winner and F1 driver for Jordan Giorgio Pantano, British FF Festival winner Jan Heylen and Japanese F3 Champion driver Ronnie Quintarelli.