Petrolhead heaven for Milton teen

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After spending years watching the action at Beachlands, new driver Braedon Johnston is finally getting behind the wheel. ‘ I have always been into cars. I have always wanted to get into it. ‘ — Braedon Johnston (14) Youth saloon grade Braedon (14) will race in the youth saloon grade, which is for drivers aged 12-16. He said it would be his first time racing and was looking forward to it. ‘‘I have always been into cars. I have always wanted to get into it.’’ He said he grew up watching his dad race and his family would often spend time watching the races at Beachlands. His dad thinks it’s ‘‘pretty cool’’ to have a second generation member racing, he said. ‘‘He’s looking forward to it. He’s just happy to see me out there and start racing.’’ Braedon, a Tokomairiro High School (Milton) pupil, will race a production car. Production cars are ‘‘off the street’’ cars with a fully stripped out interior and a roll cage, he said. ‘‘There is nothing too major modification-wise done to them . . . Just starting cars to get kids out racing.’’ He does not plan to travel to any other tracks this season but is aiming to make it to every meeting at Beachlands. He just wanted ‘‘just to get out there and have fun’’. – Braedon was due to race last weekend, but the Beachlands meeting was cancelled because of the bad weather.