Michael Herck

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Michael Herck
Michael Herck.JPG
Michael Herck at the 2011 Nürburgring World series by Renault round
Nationality Romania Romanian
Born (1988-08-04) 4 August 1988 (age 26)
Bucharest (Romania)
Previous series
2008-2011
20082011
2007, 2009
200607
2005
2005
2005
2005
2004
2004
2004
2003
GP2 Series
GP2 Asia Series
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Formula 3 Euro Series
Austrian Formula Three
British Formula Three
German Formula Three
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia
FR1600 Belgium
Formula Junior 1600 Spain
Formula Renault Monza
FRenault Monza W. Series
Championship titles
2005
2004
2004
Austrian F3
Formula Junior 1600 Spain
Formula Renault Monza

Michael Herck (born 4 August 1988 in Bucharest, Romania) is a retired[1] Belgian-Romanian[2] racing driver.

Career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Herck was adopted at the age of one and a half years by millionaire André Herck, a Belgian citizen born in Bucharest.[3] Herck grew up in Monaco, and began his racing career in karting in France.

Formula Renault[edit]

After karting, Herck moved to the Formula Renault Monza Winter Series in 2003 and competed in the full series the next year. He won the 2004 championship with five wins and 375 points. He also competed in the Belgian and Spanish 1.6-litre series in 2004, winning the latter championship.

In 2007 he drove in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series for the Comtec Racing team, but failed to score any points.

Formula Three[edit]

Herck moved to Formula Three for 2005, winning the Austrian championship. He also made selected appearances in that year's British and German championships. In 2006 he competed in the Formula 3 Euro Series with backing from compatriot Bas Leinders, scoring twelve points to finish fifteenth in the championship.

GP2 Series[edit]

Herck competed in the first eight races of the inaugural GP2 Asia Series in 2008 for the FMS International team before breaking his wrist in an accident, missing the last round of the season.[4]

He was scheduled to drive in the main GP2 Series for 2008 as well, but was initially replaced by Giacomo Ricci in the David Price Racing team until his wrist healed.[5] After two rounds of the championship, Ricci was dropped in favour of Andy Soucek as Herck continued to recover.[6] He finally made his GP2 début at Magny-Cours. He continued with DPR for the 2008–09 GP2 Asia Series season,[7] and also the 2009 GP2 Series season. At the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Herck finished sixth on the road during the feature race. However, his first GP2 points were stripped from him due to irregularities with his DPR machine. His first points eventually came during the 2009–10 GP2 Asia Series, finishing seventh in the feature race of the second Abu Dhabi round. After overtaking Max Chilton at the start of the sprint race, Herck was heading to his first podium and victory in the series, but Davide Valsecchi passed him just before the race's conclusion. Herck ultimately finished thirteenth in the championship standings.

Herck continued his improved form in the 2010 main series, finishing in the points on a number of occasions. He also qualified on pole position for his "home" race in Belgium, but lost it due to an infringement.[8] He finished sixteenth in the drivers' championship.

Following the withdrawal of DPR from GP2, Herck switched to the Coloni team for 2011. In the Asia series, we was partnered variously by James Jakes and Luca Filippi, and finished eighth in the championship after scoring points in three of the four races. In the main series, he scored only a single point and finished 21st in the standings.

Retirement[edit]

Following a disappointing 2011 season in the main GP2 Series, Herck decided not to compete in the 2011 GP2 Final non-championship race in Abu Dhabi, and retired from professional motor racing in order to focus on his studies, as later confirmed by adoptive parent André Herck.[1]

Racing record[edit]

Herck driving for David Price Racing at the Magny-Cours round of the 2008 GP2 Series season.

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
2003 Formula Renault Monza Winter Series Dynamic Engineering 2 0 0 18 8th
2004 Formula Renault Monza Dynamic Engineering 16 3 5 375 1st
Formula Junior 1600 Spain  ? 9 6 4 119 1st
Formula Renault 1600 Belgium  ? 4 0 1 65 11th
2005 Austrian Fomula Three Championship Junior Racing Team 7 6 3 75 1st
British Formula Three 5 0 0 0 NC
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia 0 0 0 0 NC
Recaro Formel 3 Cup Jama Investments 3 1 0 0 NC
2006 Formula 3 Euro Series Bas Leinders Junior Racing Team 19 0 0 12 15th
British Formula Three 2 0 0 0 NC
Masters of Formula Three 1 0 0 N/A 13th
2007 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Comtec Racing 14 0 0 0 NC
Formula 3 Euro Series Bas Leinders Junior Racing Team 2 0 0 0 NC
2008 GP2 Asia Series FMS International 8 0 0 0 23rd
GP2 Series David Price Racing 13 0 0 0 30th
2008–09 GP2 Asia Series David Price Racing 11 0 0 0 33rd
2009 GP2 Series David Price Racing 20 0 0 0 23rd
Formula Renault 3.5 Series Interwetten.com 6 0 0 7 23rd
2009–10 GP2 Asia Series David Price Racing 8 0 0 7 13th
2010 GP2 Series David Price Racing 20 0 0 12 16th
2011 GP2 Asia Series Scuderia Coloni 4 0 0 9 8th
GP2 Series Scuderia Coloni 18 0 0 1 21st

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2008 David Price Racing ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
TUR
FEA
TUR
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
FRA
FEA

Ret
FRA
SPR

15
GBR
FEA

23
GBR
SPR

DNS
GER
FEA

17
GER
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

17
EUR
FEA

12
EUR
SPR

14
BEL
FEA

14
BEL
SPR

11
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

17
30th 0
2009 David Price Racing ESP
FEA

13
ESP
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

16
MON
SPR

16
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

9
GBR
SPR

8
GER
FEA

14
GER
SPR

12
HUN
FEA

15
HUN
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

13
VAL
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

9
ITA
FEA

20
ITA
SPR

13
POR
FEA

DSQ
POR
SPR

Ret
23rd 0
2010 David Price Racing ESP
FEA

17
ESP
SPR

21
MON
FEA

16
MON
SPR

Ret
TUR
FEA

6
TUR
SPR

5
VAL
FEA

8
VAL
SPR

3
GBR
FEA

22
GBR
SPR

14
GER
FEA

9
GER
SPR

8
HUN
FEA

7
HUN
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

13
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

Ret
ABU
FEA

16
ABU
SPR

10
16th 12
2011 Scuderia Coloni TUR
FEA

14
TUR
SPR

12
ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

13
MON
SPR

15
VAL
FEA

10
VAL
SPR

6
GBR
FEA

24
GBR
SPR

18
GER
FEA

11
GER
SPR

10
HUN
FEA

12
HUN
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

16
BEL
SPR

15
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

DNS
21st 1

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2008 FMS International DUB1
FEA

Ret
DUB1
SPR

17
IDN
FEA

9
IDN
SPR

12
MYS
FEA

11
MYS
SPR

11
BHR
FEA

15
BHR
SPR

14
DUB2
FEA
DUB2
SPR
23rd 0
2008–09 David Price Racing CHN
FEA

16
CHN
SPR

16
DUB
FEA

15
DUB
SPR

C
BHR1
FEA

18
BHR1
SPR

18
QAT
FEA

15
QAT
SPR

Ret
MYS
FEA

13
MYS
SPR

Ret
BHR2
FEA

13
BHR2
SPR

Ret
33rd 0
2009–10 David Price Racing ABU1
FEA

13
ABU1
SPR

9
ABU2
FEA

7
ABU2
SPR

2
BHR1
FEA

23
BHR1
SPR

13
BHR2
FEA

18
BHR2
SPR

Ret
13th 7
2011 Scuderia Coloni ABU
FEA

13
ABU
SPR

5
ITA
FEA

4
ITA
SPR

5
8th 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dumitru, Mihai. "Michael Herck s-a retras din motorsport". http://rallyeracing.wordpress.com (in Romanian). Rally Racing. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  2. ^ "Michael Herck: Biography". michaelherck.com. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  3. ^ Dumitru, Mihai. "Omul nostru din GP2". topgear.ro (in Romanian). MSG Romania. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  4. ^ "Injury blow for Herck". crash.net. 2008-04-10. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  5. ^ "Ricci to replace Herck at DPR". autosport.com. 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  6. ^ "Soucek to stand in for Herck at DPR". autosport.com. 2008-05-19. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  7. ^ "Sekiguchi joins DPR for Asia campaign". crash.net. 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  8. ^ Beer, Matt (2010-08-27). "Herck penalty gives D'Ambrosio pole". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 

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