Driving in memory of his dad
AFTER a third successive runner-up finish in the Queensland Motor Racing Championships, Warwick driver Michael Dawes has his fingers crossed he will soon be able to win a state title in memory of his father.
The weekend championships were held in conjunction with the final round of the Aussie Racing Car Championships which attracted some of the nation’s best drivers, including V8 Supercars driver Jack Perkins.
Michael competes in the Gemini class and went into the final race of the championships needing a victory and the fastest lap time to secure the state title.
He finished second in the final round and second overall.
Michael first went to the Morgan Park circuit with his father Gavin and drove for the first time in kart events at the age of 11.
His father died two years ago after a long illness.
“He got me into motor racing,” Michael said.
“While winning a title is not something Dad and I talked about, he would have known that I was trying to win.”
At 33, Michael said he spent eight hours a week working on his car in the lead-up to meetings.
“I still want to race next year, but not as much as I want to spend more time with my family.
“If I don’t push hard for the Gemini title next year, I might try to win it the year after.”
Michael and wife Charmaine have an 11-week-old son, Kaiden.
“I can’t wait for Kaiden to take over from me in the driver’s seat; I can be the mechanic,” Michael said.
While he has plenty to do with spanners during the week in his job at John Dee, Michael said he enjoyed the mechanical side of motor racing.