Wall Racing has signed New Zealand driver Jordan Michels to drive its third Honda Civic Type R at Round 4 of the carsales TCR Australia Series this weekend.
The 21-year-old will drive the #38 Honda Civic that Jordan Cox drove with great effect at the last round at The Bend Motorsport Park.
“It’s very exciting. It’s all a bit last minute, but I’m genuinely looking forward to the weekend,” said Michels.
“The amount of hype around the category has been unreal, so to have an opportunity to be on the grid is just amazing.
“I’ve done a couple of races in a Hyundai TCR in New Zealand, so I have a few miles in a TCR car, but they were different circumstances, completely different tyre, so this weekend will still be a steep learning curve.
“The opportunity to be a part of Wall Racing in this category is awesome, so I want to soak it all up, enjoy the experience and see how we go.”
Michels, from Invercargill, joins the other two Honda Civics of Tony D’Alberto and The Bend race winner John Martin for the TCR category’s debut at the Ipswich venue.
“At this stage, it’s just a one-off, but we are keen to see how Jordan goes in our car and the series,” said David Wall from Wall Racing Honda.
“He has been racing a TCR car in New Zealand and has been doing well in the endurance series over there.
“We met Jordan at the launch of TCR New Zealand. He had a long discussion with (Wall Racing team manager) David Fyfe and we all felt that he’d be a good addition for our team.
“Our team is looking forward to Queensland Raceway. I feel like that if we can get the car right, the rest will take care of itself. John Martin has a pep in his step after The Bend, Tony D’Alberto has a point to prove and it’s always nice to have some fresh blood in the team.”
While this marks Michels’ first race meeting on Australian soil, he is not a TCR rookie. The reigning New Zealand Formula Ford champion raced a Mark Petch-owned Hyundai i30 N in two NZ endurance series races alongside Gene Rollinson.
Round 4 of the carsales TCR Australia Series at Queensland Raceway kicks off with two practice sessions on Friday, followed by qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday and two 30 minutes races on Sunday.