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Michelle Hayward, the 'Michmissile' Clubmans racing driver from Wrexham, hopes to defend her CSP2 Championship title in 2022.

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Michelle will test Roger Watton's Mallock Mk20/21 at Oulton Park on Friday, in preparation for the next round of the Clubmans Sports Prototype Championship, 13 August

Michelle and the GT Radial ladies team finish 9th in the 4 hour Funcup Endurance race at Snetterton on 23 July.

Michelle and the all ladies GT Radial team made history at Snetterton on 23rd July, as the first ever all-female team to compete in the incredibly competitive UK Funcup Endurance Championship. 

“The grid is chosen at random, so when the draw put us on the pole position I couldn’t believe it. Funcup use rolling starts, which is different to Clubmans, plus many teams use their pro drivers in the first and last stints. With these guys having raced these cars all year, the pressure was really on for me not to mess it up.”

Michelle successfully fended off the attacks for the first lap, and then held on to the lead pack for while, before a small mistake lost her the slipstream tow.

“Once I had lost the tow, I struggled to close up the growing gap.”

The safety car never appeared so at some point the GT Radial Ladies Team lost the lead lap during pitstops.

“With a podium out of reach, we had to dig deep in the latter stages of the race to improve our race position. We had all hoped to achieve a top10 finish, which Zoe held on to in the final laps of the race to take the chequered flag in P9. We were really pleased with the result, and it was incredible fun. Grateful thanks to GT Radial for funding a superb weekend.”

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Michelle was absolutely flying at Snetterton putting her no.84 Mallock Mk23 on the class pole by nearly a second. Mathieu Gauthier-Thornton seized an opportunity to make a move around the outside in race 1 and Michelle had to defend position for the majority of the race from Tom Bellamy whilst trying to launch an attack for the lead. It was a great race. “I thought I had it done going under the bridge into the Brundle-Nelson chicane, turned in, only to feel Mat’s car coming at the side of me. We were very lucky to not make contact. I had to settle for 2nd, but I knew there was a lot more pace in me and the car.”

On the Sunday, Michelle made great starts in both races and held onto the back of the CSP1 pack. She gradually pulled away from her competition, and took a second off the class lap record.

View PDF Results of the weekend, and watch all the race videos online here.

Michelle put in a great lap to qualify on the class pole at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, P7 out of 27, amongst the higher powered CSP1 cars and 3 grid slots ahead of her closest competitor Mathieu Gauthier-Thornton. With a good start she held onto the CSP1’s for the majority of the race. Gauthier-Thornton chased hard after passing Pete Richings but was denied an opportunity to attack in the dying laps as backmarkers came into play and Michelle took the first victory of the weekend.

Race 2 Gauthier-Thornton started ahead in P8, with Michelle in P11, and Bellamy in P14. Bellamy made a late lunge to the inside of Graham Hill demoting Michelle to third in class. Seeing Mathieu disappearing up the road, she had to make a brave move around the outside of Bellamy at Clearways after dropping a wheel in the gravel the lap before. Thereafter she set about hunting down Mat to take the chequered flag and her second victory of the weekend.

Read more: http://michmissile.co.uk/clubmans-brands-hatch-gp-2022/

After qualifying on the class pole Michelle was slow off the line in Race 1 dropping to 4th in class behind a fast starting Paul Freeman, Tom Bellamy and Morris Hart. Putting in an early brave attack around the outside of Brooklands which successfully elevated her to 2nd, Michelle proceeded to have an absolutely epic battle all race long with Tom Bellamy, who defended the class lead emphatically. Click the onboard video of Michelle Hayward Clubmans Silverstone 2022 Race 1 to watch.

Sunday proved a little easier for Michelle, after making good starts in both races, she got into the lead from the offset and didn’t look back. Read: http://michmissile.co.uk/clubmans-silverstone-2022-michelle-hayward/

After qualifying on the class pole a wheel bearing failure and the resulting DNF meant Michelle Hayward had to start from the back of the grid on the Sunday. It was an incredible race to watch with great overtaking throughout the field. The Race Tv coverage picked up Michelle, car 84, as she proceeded to steadily pick off her competitors one by one, but unfortunately missed the final high speed lunge overtake on Morris Hart at Macleans to take a well earned class win on the last lap. Round 3 she started P6 overall, amongst the higher powered CSP1 cars and in the class pole position, with Hart and Gauthier-Thornton alongside. Hart got away quicker of the two, but Michelle made a decisive overtake early on and proceeded to pull away from the field to take her second win of the day. Read: http://michmissile.co.uk/clubmans-donington-park-2022/

In 2018, Michelle Hayward, known on track as the ‘Michmissile’, dominated the time sheets and won her first ever Championship in Clubmans Sports car racing. Narrowly missing out on another championship victory in 2020 due to downpours that cancelled the final race meeting Michelle returned with great determination in 2021 to re-take the CSP2 title.

This year is set to be a fiercely competitive Clubmans season with full grids. Michelle has the opportunity to drive the red and white Mallock Mk23, owned and prepared by multiple Championship winning Clubmans racer Barry Webb, and she hopes to be able to rise to the top step once again. Can she defend her 2021 Championship title and bring the triple crown back home to Wrexham?

NEXT EVENT

Oulton Park - 13th August

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Oulton Park circuit is renowned for being one of the most picturesque circuits in the UK, set in park grounds of the former country estate of Oulton Hall which burned down in 1926. Characterised by rapidly changing gradients, blind crests and several tight corners and chicanes. This fast and challenging circuit is quite narrow with little runoff, unforgiving and utterly thrilling.

Current lap record (CSP2): Michelle Hayward, 1:46.05

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THE CLUBMANS SPORTS PROTOTYPE CHAMPIONSHIP

Clubmans Sports Prototype CSP2 battle between Michelle and Morris
Michelle and Morris had an almighty battle at Croft in August 2021

What are Clubmans cars?

Clubmans cars have a long-standing history. A unique and distinctive formula of front-engined, rear wheel drive sports cars. With lightweight and aerodynamic bodywork, slicks and wings these cars are incredibly fast, capable of achieving Formula 3 lap times on a fraction of the budget.

The Clubmans Register promote the formula and organise the race events with MSV Racing. Many of the races sit alongside the GT Cup events and attract big crowds. The move from the BARC to MSV a few years ago has sparked new interest and promotion and the formula continues to grow in grid numbers and competition.

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Michelle becomes 2021 Clubmans Champion

In 2021, Michelle competed in a 1979 Mallock Mk23, owned and prepared by multiple Clubmans Championship winner Barry Webb. In stunning red and white livery, the CSP2 car proved to be both reliable and very quick in her hands.

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Michelle took 5 out of 7 pole positions and claimed 12 out of a possible 18 fastest laps, including 3 new lap records. This combination of  outright pace and consistency helped Michelle clinch the CSP2 Championship title once again with 8 race wins. She hopes to be able to raise sufficient budget to be able to defend her title and bring the triple crown back home to Wrexham.

"The 2021 Clubmans season was really fun, with some great racing, but it ended with Mathieu beating me at the final round at Donington Park. 2022 will be seriously competitive, with some new drivers also joining the grid. I will need to be at my absolute best to stand a chance of beating them."
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Photography: Special thanks to Joy Richings

THE FUNCUP CHAMPIONSHIP

MICHELLE HAYWARD TAKES THE CHEQUERED FLAG FOR VICTORY IN PORTIMAO

When Michelle met Chris Webster at Brands Hatch in 2015, whilst competing in her Mallock Mk27, she would never have envisaged that a few years later she would be firing champagne from the podium at Portimao in Portugal.

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Michelle and her mechanic Mikey were first to the flag in the Funcup night race at Portimao, Oct 2017.

Michelle Hayward had two incredible years racing in the UK Funcup Endurance Championship. She competed in the prestigious Spa-25hr race in Belgium, with team mates Chris Webster and James Harrison, joined by guest drivers Jade Edwards and Dennis Strandberg. Out of 11 UK teams, they finished 2nd in class and made it onto the Spa-Francorchamps podium.

What is FunCup?

Fun Cup was originally conceived in mainland Europe in 1997, and it has since spread through most major European countries. With an incredible 160 identical cars starting the Spa 25 hour race in Belgium, it is the most successful one make endurance championship in the world.

These distinctive ‘Herbie cars’ are race-designed using a unique and extremely strong space frame chassis, with a Beetle silhouette GRP bodywork. The cars are ultra tough and can withstand a huge amount of racing. You benefit from the slipstream effect which keeps the racing immensely close and competitive. It may be called endurance racing but in reality it is an all out sprint from start to finish.

Photography: Special thanks to Marvin Hall

THE FORMULA WOMAN CHAMPIONSHIP

MICHELLE WINS PLACE IN 2006 FORMULA WOMAN CHAMPIONSHIP

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