Michael Wattton

Age: 29

Nationality: British

Occupation: Automotive Engineer

Team:

Hobbie: Football 5 aside

Favourite Circuit: Oulton Park International

Links: Facebook / Website


Michael started driving at 8 years old after numerous requests to his Dad to try a go-kart. His first steps took place at Silverstone's newly formed junior kart club. The first 2 years were spent attending the regular arrive and drive events under the tutelage of their group of professional instructors. In 2000 he competed in Silverstone’s own racing championship scoring multiple wins and podiums on their indoor and outdoor circuits and winning a place in the end of year scholarship to win a test in an 2 stroke kart on a full MSA circuit. After narrowly missing out on the scholarship prize Michael and his father decided to make the move into MSA karting with the purchase of a 100cc TKM kart.

From 2001 – 2003 Michael competed at local club events at the Little Rissington, Shenington and Whilton Mill kart circuits as well as taking in the yearly TKM festival at Kimbolton. Running on a small budget as a father and son team there were more individual race wins and podiums

In 2004 Michael moved up to the Super 4 British Junior Gearbox championship. After adapting quickly with a podium finish first time out in Scotland Michael had an inconsistent year struggling against better funded rivals eventually taking 11th in the championship. For 2005 the plan was to make the move to senior karting in the 125cc gearbox class but with the deal falling through and a lack of budget there was no more racing. During that year Michael did test a racing car for the fist time in a 600cc Formula Jedi.

After a taking a break from racing to focus on his engineering studies Michael was ready to make a racing comeback in the Formula Jedi championship after the completion of his engineering degree. Although his debut was a disappointment with an engine blow up in qualifying over 2010 & 2011 Michael showed his speed with several class wins and pole positions. In 2012 Michael dominated the club class championship scoring 8 wins from 9 finishes in his family run car.

Another year out followed whilst he upgraded his club class car to full championship specification in order to challenge for overall honours. A front row qualifying on his first race weekend back vindicated the decision. Despite missing the first race meeting Michael finished the year 5th in the championship scoring several overall podium finishes. In 2015 Michael enjoyed his most competitive year to date with his 1st overall win alongside 7 further podiums on his way to 3rd in the championship. 2016 was a year of disappointment with many rounds wasted as a result of electrical issues but 3 poles and 4 podiums proved the speed was still there.

2017 was the year where Michael was finally able to fully deliver on the speed shown in the previous years by securing the overall honours in the newly re-branded F1000 championship. The first part of the year was built largely on consistency with 2 wins and 3 other podiums in the first 10 races but a run of 7 wins in the next 8 races saw the championship wrapped up with a race to spare. Possibly the finest performance of the season was the championship securing win at the challenging Oulton Park circuit where Michael stormed to a 22s on the road win with a fastest lap over 2s quicker than the rest of the field!

Returning to defend the championship in 2018 the season picked up where 2017 finished with 4 straight wins to kick off the year. An engine blow up at the 2nd meeting at Snetterton slowed the championship momentum but Michael bounced back taking a further 6 wins and 5 podiums to again sow up the championship with a race to spare having lead the championship for the entirety of the season.

For 2019 Michael is currently working with Chiron World Sports Cars to put together a budget to return to the F1000 championship and become the first driver to secure 3 championships back to back and is looking for commercial partners to join him. With over 20 years of racing experience and a track record of success Michael is able to offer partners the opportunity of significant brand exposure through the F1000 media channels as well as drive experiences / coaching as a qualified motorsports race instructor.


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