Fol­low­ing in his fa­ther’s foot­steps

The Invercargill Eye - - SPORT - REBECCA MOORE

You’ve got to be in it to win it.

That’s all too true for race car driver Jor­dan Michels, who en­tered ev­ery cat­e­gory at the open­ing of the 2017/18 mo­tor racing sea­son at Tere­tonga Park, near In­ver­cargill, on the week­end.

As the only racer to en­ter in ev­ery sec­tion, it paid off for the 20-year-old who with co-driver Ed­die Bell won Class C in the three-hour race de­spite some ‘‘me­chan­i­cal woes’’.

He also fin­ished the one-hour race on Satur­day, and ran near the front of the Noel McIn­tyre Drainage Club­mans Saloons all day on Sun­day in one of the smaller en­gined cars in the field, and he won four from four in the Sports & Racing Car races.

‘‘I’m ab­so­lutely over the moon with how it went.’’

The 20-year-old is fol­low­ing his race car driver dad Rick Michels’ foot­steps.

‘‘You grow up and want to be like your par­ents ... there’s petrol in my veins.’’

He has been work­ing on cars his whole life, started go kart racing as a 10 year old, and started race car driv­ing about two years ago.

Bag­ging prizes was just a bonus for Michels and his team of about five guys at Evo­lu­tion Mo­tor­sport.

‘‘I just en­joy racing. That’s what I want to do, any­where in the world.’’

As well as Michels, rac­ers came from all over the coun­try for the start of the sea­son races.

Se­ries spon­sors Matt and Dwayne Carter of Auck­land won the fea­ture race on Satur­day, the open­ing round of the 2017 Carter’s Tyre Ser­vice South Is­land three­hour en­durance se­ries, in their Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.

Chris Henderson of Dunedin won the open­ing round of the one­hour se­ries in his V8 pow­ered Toy­ota Corolla AE86.

Liam MacDon­ald of In­ver­cargill won the first Club­mans Sa­loon race in his Fal­con and led the sec­ond be­fore pulling out with me­chan­i­cal prob­lems leav­ing Adam Cullen, of Dunedin, to win in his Nis­san GTR.

Cullen and MacDon­ald were non-starters in the re­main­ing races, both won by Jeremy Skeggs of In­ver­cargill in his Mazda RX7. Skeggs also won the 2501cc and over class in the class race, with Rachel Beck of In­ver­cargill tak­ing the 1601-2500cc class, An­drew Muir of Gore the 1301-1600cc class, and Todd Black­mun of In­ver­cargill the 0-1300cc class.

REBECCA MOORE/STUFF

Race car driver Jor­dan Michels en­tered ev­ery cat­e­gory at the open­ing of the 2017/18 mo­tor racing sea­son at Tere­tonga Park.

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