Driver profile, interview and achievements.....
Michael Vergers - Lap record holder of the Nurburgring
Like most racing drivers Michael's career started out in world of karting. See the picture of him in 1984 where he won his first race and became the Southern Junior Spanish champion with 5 wins in total. 1985 saw him finishing second overall in the Southern Senior Spanish championship with 3 wins. In 1986 he continued to race in the Senior championships winning 6 races finshing 4th overall in the National Spanish championships.
In 1987 Michael completed the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School course at Snetterton. Next he finished 3rd in the Dutch & Benelux Formula Ford 1600 championships with Cirrus MS. He as also voted the KNAF Rookie of the year too. In 1989 saw Michael continue in the Formula Ford class racing in three different championships. He finished 7th overall and had a maiden win in the RAC Formula Ford 1600 championship. He finished 9th in the Esso Formula Ford championship with John Village Automotive and was awarded the LUK RAC Rookie of the year. Finally he finished 2nd in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch. In 1990 Michael was voted KNAF single-seater driver of the year after winning the RAC FF 1600 and becoming Champion with Duckhams Van Diemen with 4 wins. He finished 2nd overall in the Motorcraft Formula Ford 1600 championship with 2 wins and finished 4th overall at the Formula Festival at Brands Hatch.
In 1991 he started racing in the Opel Lotus Euroseries championship with Eagle Racing Management. In 1992 he continued racing in the Opel Lotus Euroseries championship but this time with Vanderwall Racing. He won 7 races and finished 4th at the Barcelona GP race. The year ended with Draco Racing completing 5 races and finishing 3rd at the Dutch race. In 1993/4 Michael entered the Barber Saab Pro Series with 1 race in Miami, USA. He completed 1 Formula 3 race in Jerez, Spain.
Michael started racing in the Slick 50 Formula Ford Zetec championship with Andy Welch Racing finishing 3rd Overall with 3 wins. He was also awarded the Motoring News Ace of the Race.
1996 was the start of the testing the Ford Mondeo Touring Car with West Surrey Racing at Brands Hatch. He also competed in the Formula Asia championship with Sonenscher Motorsport with 4 races and 1 win. Next was the Pro-Sport 3000 with Gibson MS with 2 races and 1 third place. The Renault Spider championship with Morgan Walker Motorsport followed with 5 races and 1 third place at Donington Park. Following this was the Vauxhall Supersports championship with Morgan Walker Motorsport where he won 2 races. In the British GT championship with Morgan Walker Motorsport Michael won 1 race. He came 3rd overall in the Formula Ford Zetec Festival with Andy Welch Racing and finally achieved the recorded fastest ever speed of 173mph at Snetterton in the Ford Supervan 3.
Michael took second place in the British GTs championship with Orion Motorsport driving a Harrier LR9C at the British Grand Prix. He also did testing work for West Surrey Racing driving the F97 Ford Mondeo BTCC car.
In 1998 he raced in the British GTs championship with Orion Motorsport driving a Dodge Viper GTS-r for one race.At Castle Combe he ran in the special GT championship driving the Radical Clubsports 1100 with 1 race and one win. This year also saw him race in the Spanish Formula Super Toyota with Azteca MS.
In 1999 Michael raced in the British GTs championship with Mike Haines Racing driving a Venturi LM400 for one race. He also drove in the BRSCC Open sports car championship driving a Radical Pro-sport 1200 with 2 races and one win. Next was Castle Combe special GT championship driving a Radical Pro-sport 1200 with one race and one win. Finally he race in the Spanish GTs driving a Radical Pro-Sport 1200.
2000 was the start of the Radical Enduro Champion driving with Tim Greaves in a Radical Pro-Sport 1300 where they won 8 races.He came 4th overall in the Formula Ford Zetec Festival with Andy Welch Racing. He had one race in the British GTs Championship with NCK Motorsport driving a Marcos LM600.
In 2001 he raced in the ASCAR championship with West-tec Motorsport winning 3 of five races. Next he raced in the US for Radical Motorsport in a Radical Supersport 1500 winning 4 of the 5 races. Following this, Michael competed in the BRSCC Radical Enduro Championship. Castle Combe GT Championship driving a Radical Supersport 1500 was the finale to the year with 2 wins and an outright GT lap record.
2002 Michael raced in the ARCA Re/Max Championship (Ovals/USA) with 10 races, best result 4th at Atlanta. He also competed in the BRSCC Radical Enduro Championship with 6 races and 1 win. This was followed by racing in the US for Radical Motorsport in a Radical Supersport 1500 with 3 races and 2 wins.
2003 saw Michael race in the Days of Thunder Championship with Team West-tec gaining 2 wins. Swiftly followed the BRSCC Radical Enduro Championship where he competed in 8 races with 4 wins. Next was the BRSCC Radical Bi-Duro Championship where he entered 2 races snapping up 1 win. The V8STAR Championship in Lausiztring Germany was next with 3 races. Finally Michael entered 1 race in the VdeV Championship in a Radical SR3Turbo at Magny Cours.
In 2004 Michael continued racing with Team West-tec in the Days of Thunder Championship snapping up one victory. Spa beckoned next, driving the Porsche 996 GT3 RSR owned by IN2Racing. This yeat also sees the return of the Radical SR3Turbo at the epic 12 hours rac in Interlagos, Brazil. More Radical racing was on the cards with 6 races in the BRSCC Radical Enduro Championship. A slight change from his normal type of race car at Snetterton where he competed in a 24 hours race in a 2CV and came 6th overall. The close of 2004 Michael raced with Team West-tec at the Star of Mallory in the FF1600 and finally in the Britsports Championship in a Radical SR3 for 1 race which the successfully took the win.
2005 started with 3 wins which enabled Michael to become the SCSA Champion with Team West-tec. The LMES race at Istanbul with Barazi-Epsilon LMP2 Courage racing the C65 was next. This year saw Michael drivning the LMP2 class at Silverstone and Monza with Kruse Motorsport. Michael returned to Spa with IN2Racing and their 996 GT3 RSR. The VLN at the Nurburgring with Manthey Racing in the GT3 cup cam next where he had two races finishing 3rd in one. The 24 and 12 hour races were next. The Britcar 24hrs of Silverstone with Mardi Gras Motorsport driving the Honda Accord V-tec came 2nd in the class. Next came the Sebring 12Hrs ALMS racing with IN2Racing in their Porsche 996 GT3 RSR. This year was the first year Michael set the lap record in the Radical SR8 on the Nurburgring.
In 2006 Michael again became the LMS Champion with Team Barazi-Epsilon in the LMP2 class driving the Courage C65. The Le Mans 24 hour race was next with Team Barazi-Epsilon Courage C65. This was followed by the ALMS Sebring 12 hour race with Team Barazi-Epsilon . With a change of pace Michael brought the Jaguar E-type Lightweight with Juan Baraziwinner to victory at the Goodwood Revival TT race. Next was the BRSCC Radical World Cup in a SR4 where he partnered with Jake Greaves and won. The Britcar 24 hour race at Silverstone with Mardi Grass Motorsport in the Porsche GT3 was next, finishing the year in the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone with Medina Motorsport driving the Van Diemen RF90
2007 Michael came 3rd in the LMS championships with Team Barazi-Epsilon drinving the LMP2 Zytek 07S. Le Mans 24 hour race was next with Team Barazi-Epsilon in the LMP2 Zytek 07S .2007 was the second year that Michael won the Goodwood Revival TT race in the Jaguar E-type Lightweight with Juan Barazi. Two Britcar races were next, one driving a V8Star Opel Omega and the other driving a Moseler GT3RS . The Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone cam e around again with Medina Motorsport driving the Van Diemen RF90. He finished the year with the Spa 12 hour Historic Race with Mark Taylor in the Aston Martin DB6.
The Le Mans 24 hour race came around again with Team Barazi-Epsilon LMP2 driving the Zytek 07S. A couple more Britcar events driving the V8Star Opel Omega and a Moseler GT3RS colminating in the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone with Medina Motorsport Van Diemen coming 3rd in the final.
2009 to 2011 Michael raced in the Le Mans 24 hours with Team Virgo in the Ferrari F430GT2 followed by the Dubai 24 hours race in 2011 with the Saudi Falcons Team driving a Porsche GT3 Cup. This was the year that he set a new lap record in the SR8 LM at the Nurburgring in 2009.