'There's petrol in my veins' says 20-year-old Invercargill race car driver
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.
"It's really cool, I enjoy racing. I do it for myself."
Bagging prizes were just a bonus for Michels and his team of about five guys at Evolution Motorsport, he said.
"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 2017/2018 motor race season at Teretonga Park.
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 Three Hour Endurance Series, in their Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.
Chris Henderson of Dunedin won the opening round of the One Hour 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.