STONE BROTHERS RACING’S LAST FALCON RACE CAR TO GIVE KIWI HIS V8 DEBUT

The Lucky 7 Falcon has since become a handy car for Image Racing, giving a range of young drivers a taste of Super2 and Super3 racing. Photo: an1images.com / Justin Deeley.

THE last Stone Brothers Racing Falcon built and raced in V8 Supercars will give a young Kiwi his first Supercars race later this month at Sandown.

24-year-old Jordan Michels will make his Dunlop Super3 Series debut in the next round on August 19-21 at the wheel of an Image Racing-run Erebus Motorsport Academy Team FG Falcon.

The same car was the last SBR Falcon V8 Supercar that was built and raced by the team before the legendary Kiwi team owners, Ross and Jim Stone, sold their team to Betty Klimenko, from which Erebus’ Supercars team was formed.

The Falcon was built new for the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship and driven by Tim Slade as the Lucky 7 car for the full season. Slade finished fifth in that year’s championship, the best non-Triple Eight or Ford Performance Racing car in that year’s pointscore.

Michels recently took part in an Erebus Academy Supercar test at Winton, sampling the team’s Mercedes-powered Commodore ride car. It was his first taste of a Supercar.

The 2019 New Zealand Formula Ford Champion and 2021 NZTCR runner-up also hopes to race the Image Falcon he’ll drive at Sandown in the following Super3 round at the Repco Bathurst 1000 in October.

The Kiwi will test the Ford tomorrow (August 9) at Winton and will take part in this weekend’s Victorian Formula Ford Championship round at Sandown with G Force Motorsport.

“I’m pretty excited to be racing for Greg, I’ve done plenty of racing with him and it is great to get a chance to learn my way around Sandown,” Michels said.

“It will be my first jump back into racing wheel to wheel and a great opportunity to learn the track.

“After the weekend I will spend a couple of days helping Greg and the team tidy up before a couple of days off and then into my Super 3 debut race weekend.

“I can’t wait, I’ve been smiling since we did the deal, and the smile gets bigger by the day. It is a nice, cool track, a cool car, and the team is very welcoming. It reminds me of the way Dad (Rick Michels of Evolution Motorsport) runs his business.

“As part of it all we are giving six of my Team Michels supporters hot laps at Teretonga Park at home in an NZV8 and we will do the draw live from Australia.”

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.