Mygale

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Mygale Racing Car Constructor
Type Private
Industry Motorsport
Founded 1989
Founders Bertrand Decoster
Headquarters Magny-Cours, France
Products Chassis for:
Subsidiaries Mygale Inc.
Website Mygale's English website

Mygale Racing Car Constructor is a French racing car manufacturer that specialises in the production of single seater chassis for use in formula racing. It is most notable for its Formula Ford Chassis'. Mygale also produces the chassis used by in Formula Renault, Formula BMW and Formula Three. The company was established in 1989 by Bertrand Decoster and its factory is based in Magny-Cours, France.

Mygale is a contracted chassis supplier for single-marque formulae, including Formula Renault Campus and Formula BMW. It functions as a manufacturing contractor for BMW's series, with a subsidiary of BMW's US division being responsible for the design.[1]

It also produces cars for open formulae. The company has been involved in Formula Ford since 1989 and has achieved its best results in that category. More recently, it entered the Formula Three market in 2006 and the M-06 and M-07 F3 chassis have appeared in limited numbers in the British, German and European championships. It focussed its efforts on the British series in 2007 in a close partnership with Ultimate Motorsport that yielded fifth place in the teams' standings.[2] In 2012, Mygale supported the SCCA Formula F (Honda and Ford engines) class in the United States with new North American chassis distributor with 2011 Indianapolis 500 champion organization Bryan Herta Autosport as the importer.[3]

Mygale also runs a racing school at the Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry near Paris. The Formula Mygale centre was set up in 1991 and provides tuition and "driving experiences" in Mygale's own Formula Ford chassis.[4]

History[edit]

Mygale
Motor racing team
Founded 1989
Country France France
Team Principal(s) Bertrand Decoster
Former series French Formula Ford Championship
Drivers France David Pettinari (1990)
France Jean-Claude Borel (1992)
Canada Bertrand Godin (1992-1993)
France Soheil Ayari (1993)
France Cyrille Sauvage (1995)
Belgium David Saelens (1996)
Malaysia Alex Yoong (1996)
France Eric Dufour (1996)
France Julien Beltoise (1997-1998)
France Mathieu Zangarelli (1998-1999)
United Kingdom Matthew Davies (1998)
France Tristan Gommendy (1999)
France Simon Abadie (1999)
Drivers' titles 1995 Eurocup Formula Renault
1995 French Formula Renault
1998 French Formula Renault
Teams' titles

Initial Formula Ford success[edit]

Mygale was founded by 24 year old aerodynamics engineer Bertrand Decoster. Af his study at the École supérieure des techniques aéronautiques et de construction automobile (French wiki) he decided to build the first French Formula Ford car. With Van Diemen, Reynard Motorsports and Swift Cooper dominating the Formula Ford market, Mygale had a hard time breaking through. Mygale started their own racing school at Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry. The first success came for French-Canadian driver Bertrand Godin. In his factory fielded Mygale he achieved a second place in the championship, scoring two wins.[5] In the 1994 season Godin again was placed second. This time his teammate from the 1993 season, Soheil Ayari won the championship in a Van Diemen. More success for the Mygale chassis came the following season. Fielded by Graff Racing, Patrice Gay won the French and European championships. A Mygale chassis again won the French Formula Ford championship in 1996 with David Terrien. In 1997 two customer Mygales fielded by Haywood Racing entered the British Formula Ford championship. Driverd Ricardo Sperafico and Richard Tarling achieved a second and third place in the championship. The duo also finished second and third at the prestigious Formula Ford Festival. More success at the Formula Ford Festival came the following year with Jenson Button winning the title. Button also won the British championship driving a Mygale. Nicolas Kiesa had a very successful 1999 season. Driving a Mygale he won the British championship, was runner-up in the European championship and ended fourth in the Formula Ford Festival.

Formula Renault[edit]

Mygale first entered the Formula Renault market in 1995. Fielding a factory entry they won their first championship in Formula Renault. Cyrille Sauvage won the French Formula Renault Championship and the Formula Renault Eurocup. In 1996 Mygale fielded David Saelens and Alex Yoong in the Formula Renault Eurocup. Saelens ended on the podium four times and secured a second place in the championship. Dufour was Mygales best driver in the Eurocup ending up fourth in the championship. The following season Mygale did not enter the Formula Renault Eurocup which now was dominated by Tatuus and Martini. In the French Formula Renault championship Mygale fielded Julien Beltoise whom achieved three wins and a fourth place in the championship.[6] Mygale returned to the Eurocup and the French championship in 1998 with Beltoise and British driver Matthew Davies. It was a highly successful year. Davies and Beltoise finished one-two in the French championship with third driver Mathieu Zangarelli finishing fourth. In the Eurocup Davies finished second and Beltoise third. In the final year of the open chassis Formula Renault era Mygale fielded three drivers in the French championship. Zangarelli returned for another season alongside Tristan Gommendy and Simon Abadie. Zangarelli won six races and was the runner-up in the championship. Gommendy and Abadie were placed fifth and sixth. The Mygale chassis had its first success in the British Formula Renault Championship Carl Breeze, entered by Haywood, achieved a third place in the championship.

Australia[edit]

Mygale entered the Australian Formula Ford market in 1996. Dugal McDougall entered a Mygale and finished fifth in the championship standings. Mygale won their first Australian Formula Ford race in 1998. Dugal McDougall won the race at Lakeside International Raceway. The following year the French constructor won their first championship in Australia. Greg Ritter, in his third year of Formula Ford, won the championship. In a close championship Ritter beat Steve Owen driving a Spectrum and Alex Davison driving a Van Diemen by two points. Luke Youlden won the championship driving a Mygale in 2000. Between 2001 and 2006 Mygale played a marginal role with only a few entries. 2007 was a strong season when it provided the Sonic Motor Racing Services with chassis. Tim Blanchard won the championship and James Moffat was placed second. Both drove 2007 model Mygale Formula Fords. The following years Mygale and Spectrum were the only chassis with full-time entries. Van Diemen played a marginal role. The French car maker won the championship in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and the final 2013 Australian Formula Ford Championship. After the 2013 season the national championship was canceled to be replaced by Australian Formula 4 in 2015.

USF2000[edit]

In 1999 Mygale produced a USF2000 car for the American market. DSTP Motorsports fielded two Mygales, for Bobby Oergel and Ian Lacy. Oergel achieved three podium finishes and Lacy one. The first half of the season was particularly strong. Oergel finished sixth and Lacy 17th in the championship.[7] In 2000 the Mygale chassis were entered in the American Continental Championship class, for cars built before 2000. Tonis Kasemets drove a Mygale at Road America, here he captured a podium finish in class in the second race. Another Mygale was entered by Jeff Sakowicz at Road Atlanta. At Homestead-Miami Speedway was an unsuccessful season for Mygale in the USF2000.[8] Bryan Sellers and Daniel Muniz were fielded by DSTP Motorsports.[9] But after a disappointing opening race the team switched to Van Diemen. For 2002 Jonathan Urlin was fielded by OTM Motorsports in a new Mygale. It was Mygales most successful season in USF2000 yet, Urlin scored two pole-positions and four podium finishes. The Canadian driver finished behind Sellers and Jeffrey Jones third in the standings.[10] Sakowicz drove a Mygale car at Sebring International Raceway in 2002 and 2003 but without success.

Further Formula Ford success[edit]

After Mygale's departure from Formula Renault Mygale continued in Formula Ford. Mygale scored a one-two finish at the Formula Ford Festival in 2000 with Anthony Davidson and Danica Patrick. Mygale chassis filled the podium in the French championship with Jérémie de Souza winning the title. By now Van Diemen and Mygale dominated the Formula Ford market. In 2001 Mygale chassis again won the French championship and the Formula Ford Festival. Mygale even become more successful in the British Formula Ford after 2004. Mygale won nine consecutive championships in the worlds oldest Formula Ford class. When the British Formula Ford switched to the Ford EcoBoost engine Mygale was the sole chassis supplier during the 2012 British Formula Ford season. For the 2013, when the British Formula Ford was introduced to aerodynamic aids, Mygale was joined by Fluid Motorsport entering Sinter LA12 chassis. This season was dominated by Mygale. Radical Sportscars Formula Ford team started the season in Sinter chassis but due to poor results they switched to Mygale after three rounds.

Spec racing cars[edit]

In 2000 Mygale was contracted to build the cars for the Portuguese Formula Novis. For 2001 Mygale was contracted by BMW to build the cars for the spec Formula BMW. The chassis was used between 2001 and 2012 in various official BMW championships. In total 38 Formula BMW champions were crowned throughout the world.

The Spider THP is a sportscar produced by Mygale in 2007. This open sportscar was built for Peugeot Sport for the THP Spider Cup. Later came a French and a Danish variant of this European series. The car was a sportscar version of the Peugeot 207 powered by a 1,6L Peugeot engine. The Danish championship ran until 2011 and the European series until 2012.

Formula 3[edit]

Mygale constructed their first Formula 3 car in 2006, the M-06. Its successor the M-07 was used in at the 2007 Masters of Formula 3 by Esteban Guerrieri and Michael Devaney without success. They also entered select races of the Formula 3 Euroseries in 2007 and 2008. More success came in the Italian Formula 3 in 2009. Mexican driver Pablo Sánchez López, fielded by Alan Racing Team, scored four wins and secured the third place in the championship. For the 2010 season more teams switched to the Mygale chassis. But after a disappointing season with no wins for the Mygale chassis most teams returned to the Van Diemen chassis. The height of success for Mygale in Formula 3 was achieved in 2012. Riccardo Agostini driving the only Mygale chassis won the Italian championship winning 5 races. As the European market diminished Mygale began to export cars to Australia. In 2012 a Mygale was driven by Jon Mills and Roman Krumins. The Mygales were found in the rear of the field. The following year more Mygales were entered. A Mygale was entered by Harvest Motorsport with Erebus Academy for Jack LeBrocq in the first two rounds and Andre Heimgartner in round three. Nick Foster drove for Team BRM. Foster achieved two wins and a third place in the 2013 Australian Formula 3 season. Mygale will construct a new chassis for the Formula 3 ranks in 2016.[11]

F1600 Championship Series[edit]

With some modifications Mygale entered the American F1600 Championship Series. The Mygales were fitted with Honda L15A7 engines. Bryan Herta Autosport was appointed as the official importer for Mygale North America and fielded a factory supported team. In their inaugural season, 2012, BHA driver Brandon Newey achieved four wins and a second place in the championship. BHA repeated this achievement in 2013 with Adrian Starrantino. For 2014 BHA was joined by Pro Mazda team Team Pelfrey to run factory supported Mygales. Mygale chassis were also raced in the Canadian Formula Tour 1600 and Toyo Tires F1600 Championship Series.

Racing cars[edit]

Year Car Engine Formula/Series Region
1995 Mygale FR95 Renault F3R 2L Formula Renault 2.0  Europe
1995 Mygale SJ95 Ford Zetec 1,8L Formula Ford  Europe
1996 Mygale FR96 Renault F3R 2L Formula Renault 2.0  Europe
1996 Mygale SJ96 Ford Zetec 1,8L Formula Ford  Europe
1997 Mygale FR97 Renault F3R 2L Formula Renault 2.0  Europe
1997 Mygale SJ97 Ford Zetec 1,8L Formula Ford  Europe
1998 Mygale FR98 Renault F3R 2L Formula Renault 2.0  Europe
1998 Mygale SJ98 Ford Zetec 1,8L Formula Ford  Europe
1999 Mygale FR99 Renault F3R 2L Formula Renault 2.0  Europe
1999 Mygale SJ99 Ford Zetec 1,8L Formula Ford  Europe
2000 Mygale Formula Campus Renault K4M Formula Renault Campus France France
Formula Novis  Portugal
2000 Mygale SJ00 Ford Zetec 1,8L Formula Ford  Europe
2000 Mygale F2000 Ford Zetec 2L USF2000  United States
2001 Mygale FB2 Formel BMW ADAC 2006 EMS.jpg BMW K1200RS 1,2L Formula BMW Worldwide
Formula LO Switzerland Switzerland
JK Racing Asia Series Asia
2001 Mygale SJ01 Ford Zetec 1,8L Formula Ford Worldwide
2002 Mygale SJ02 Ford Zetec 1,8L Formula Ford Worldwide
2003 Mygale SJ03 Ford Zetec 1,8L Formula Ford Worldwide
2004 Mygale SJ04 Ford Zetec 1,8L Formula Ford Worldwide
2005 Mygale SJ05 Ford Zetec 1,8L Formula Ford Worldwide
2006 Mygale M-06 Formula 3  Europe
2006 Mygale SJ06 Ff-alastaro-2009.jpg Ford Duratec 1,6L Formula Ford Worldwide
2006 Spider THP Peugeot THP Spider - Flickr - exfordy.jpg Peugeot THP 1,6L Peugeot Spider THP Cup  Europe
Peugeot Spider Cup Denmark Denmark Denmark
Peugeot Spider Cup France France France
2007 Mygale SJ07 Ford Duratec 1,6L Formula Ford Worldwide
2008 Mygale M-08 Esteban Guerrieri 2008 British F3 Croft.jpg Mercedes HWA 2L Formula 3  Europe
Opel 2L
2008 Mygale SJ08 Mygale SJ08a of Garry Jacobson.JPG Ford Duratec 1,6L Formula Ford Worldwide
2009 Mygale SJ09 Ford Duratec 1,6L Formula Ford Worldwide
2009 Mygale M-08 Mercedes HWA 2L Formula 3  Europe
Opel 2L
2010 Mygale SJ10 Ford Duratec 1,6L Formula Ford Worldwide
2010 Mygale M-10 Fiat Formula 3  Italy
2011 Mygale SJ 2011 Mygale SJ011a of Nick Foster.JPG Ford Duratec 1,6L Formula Ford Worldwide
2012 Mygale M12-SJ Formula Ford Ecoboost 2012 4.jpg Ford EcoBoost 1,6L British Formula Ford United Kingdom Great Britain
2012 Mygale SJ 2012 Honda Honda L15A7 F1600 Championship Series  United States
2013 Mygale M13-SJ Ford EcoBoost 1,6L British Formula Ford United Kingdom Great Britain

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chassis technology" formulabmwusa.com. Retrieved 2007-10-03.
  2. ^ 2007 "British F3 points standings" speedsportmag.com. Retrieved 2007-10-03.
  3. ^ Mygale Race Cars Launches New Partnership in North America Bryan Herta Autosport. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  4. ^ Spurgeon, Brad. "Put Yourself in the Cockpit...." International Herald Tribune, 2000-03-10. Retrieved 2007-10-03.
  5. ^ "Formula Ford 1600 France 1993". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Championnat de France Formule Renault 1997". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "USF2000 1999 Final Point Standings". usff2000.com. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "US F2000 at the "Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami" - Race #1 Results". usff2000.com. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "2001 Registered Drivers". usff2000.com. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "FF2000 Zetec Championship Point Standings". usff2000.com. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Mygale confirms Formula 3 return". Racecar Engineering. Retrieved 20 January 2014.