Name: Michael Broadhurst
Date of birth: 24th July 1988
Birthplace: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Lives: Northampton, Northamptonshire
Occupation: Professional Racing Driver & Driver Coach
From the age of five, Michael had set his heart on a career in Formula One and following in the footsteps of his hero, Damon Hill. His first racing experience came from the local indoor karting track on his eighth birthday party, where he demonstrated a clear natural ability. In 1997, Michael joined the Castle Combe Kart Club racing 200cc four-stroke karts and instantly made a big impression, winning races and taking the ‘Best Improver’ award at the end of the year. Michael returned the following year as one of the youngest in the field (for drivers up to 16 years) to finish 6th in the championship.
In 1999, Michael entered his first MSA kart event at Dunkeswell Kart Club in the Cadet class (60cc). In only his second ever race start, Michael finished 2nd in the wet while still on novice plates!
In 2004 Michael passed his national racing license course and headed for his first ever test in a racing car the next day at Bedford Autodrome; taming a 300bhp Formula Palmer Audi car! He shocked the team by shattering all targets they set for him!
In 2005, the decision was taken to enter the Star of Silverstone (SOS) Championship in the Formula First class, following Michael’s completion of license and five-day race-intensive courses at the British Grand Prix venue. Racing on the Stowe and Grand Prix circuits, Michael stormed to the championship, claiming four wins, two 2nd and two 3rd places from ten starts. In a one-off appearance, Michael moved up to the more powerful Zeus class, claiming pole, two wins and two fastest laps from two races, having never driven the car before!
After evaluating options for 2006, Michael tested with Falcon Motorsport in a BARC specification Formula Renault at Donington Park in November for the first time. Despite the difficult conditions and having never driven the circuit before, Michael posted a best time just half a second shy of the lap record, stunning team principle Nick Streatfield.
Michael started the 2006 BARC Formula Renault Championship with Falcon Motorsport, taking an incredible 4th at Silverstone from 3rd on the grid; amazing the whole paddock. After a 5th place at Snetterton, Michael switched to the Hillspeed Racing team, taking a brace of top ten finishes before running out of budget before the final rounds at Brands Hatch. During the season, Michael also developed the team’s Radical SR3 and set breathtaking times at both Donington Park and Silverstone to the Astonishment of team principle Richard Ollerenshaw.
With limited financial options available in 2007, Michael was sidelined for the majority of the season, making a one-off testing appearance in Formula Renault for Hillspeed in the spring. Weeks before the annual Walter Hayes Trophy meeting at Silverstone, a one-off race deal was made with Speedworks Motorsport to drive one of their Ginetta G20 cars in the Ginetta Winter Series. After only a limited amount of testing before the meeting, Michael qualified fifth for both races in a field of 23 seasoned drivers. Having taken third place and the fastest race lap in race one, Michael wowed the Ginetta and Speedworks camps by taking an impressive win in race two, narrowly missing out on the honour of being the first Ginetta Walter Hayes Trophy Winner by one point!
In 2008, a deal was made with RPM Motorsport, the reigning British GT Champions, to run a brand new Ginetta G50 in the newly created GT4 class. Having impressed the team and paddock with their early season testing pace, Michael and team-mate Joe Osborne headed to the season opener at Oulton Park with sights fixed on claiming the GT4 title. The season got off to a fantastic start, with the young pairing claiming a win in the opening round, landing them in the history books as the first Ginetta GT4 race winners. What looked to be a strong and talented partnership was thrown into crisis when Michael was once again thwarted by funding difficulties. The dream was over.
For 2009, Michael is aiming to return to the British GT Championship for a full assault on the GT3 title.
Current road car: Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport. Perfect long distance cruiser while touring round race tracks!
Favourite car: Ferrari 458 Italia. Lightening fast and very well balanced; guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Racing hero: Damon Hill. He worked from scratch to earn his place on the grid. A fast, smooth and intelligent racer, while remaining a thoroughly down to earth person.
Helmet design concept: I've been scribbling down helmet designs for as long as I can remember. I wanted something that was simple and memorable. Green has always been my favourite colour and I'm half Irish so it had to be included! The red cross is pretty self-explanatory but I wanted to integrate it into the design, rather than just sticking a flag on the side! The design hasn't changed since I began my career.
Favourite Circuit: Silverstone Grand Prix. The old (Bridge) circuit was better. It's always felt like a home-from-home.
Best racing memory: Taking a 2nd place and a win in the opening rounds of the 2009 GT4 European Cup. The Silverstone weekend gave us a massive lead in the championship.
Worst racing memory: Being unable to complete the 2009 season due to budget constraints.