Nigel Melker

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Nigel Melker
Nigel Melker.jpg
Nationality  Dutch
Born (1991-01-25) 25 January 1991 (age 23)
Rotterdam, Netherlands
2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Debut season 2012
Current team Tech 1 Racing
Car no. 2
Former teams Lotus
Starts 19
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 2
Best finish 6th in 2013
Previous series
2012
2011
201011
2009
200809
2008
GP2 Series
Formula 3 Euro Series
GP3 Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Formula Renault 2.0 Italy

Nigel Melker (born 25 January 1991 in Rotterdam) is a Dutch racing driver.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Melker began his motorsport career in karting in 2001, winning in the Dutch Mini Junior Cup. In 2005, he won the German Junior championship and finishing as runner-up in the European ICA Junior championship.

Formula Renault[edit]

After sitting out the 2007 season, Melker moved up to single-seaters in 2008. He participated in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup with Van Amersfoort Racing. He finished in twelfth place in the standings with eleven point-scoring positions that gave him 120 points.[1] He also took part in ten races of the Italian Formula Renault Championship. He finished eighteenth with 37 points.[2]

The following season, Melker competed in both the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championships with MP Motorsport. He finished eighteenth in the NEC standings, taking points in all six races he contested.[3] In the Eurocup, he took part in the first five rounds, finishing 23rd with five points for sixth place at Spa.[4]

GP3 Series[edit]

In 2010, Melker became the first driver to join RSC Mücke Motorsport for the 2010 GP3 Series season.[5] His team-mates were compatriot Renger van der Zande and German Tobias Hegewald. He started the season by taking the first pole position of his open-wheel racing career in the opening round at Barcelona,[6] but in the race he was involved in an accident on the opening lap and retired.[7] In the sprint race he started from the back and rose to fourteenth place.[8] He took another pole in Turkey, but did not finish in the points until the final race of the season at Monza, restricting him to 23rd place in the championships.

Melker remained in GP3 with the Mücke team for the 2011 season, alongside Michael Christensen and Luciano Bacheta (who was later replaced by Daniel Mancinelli). With the benefit of a year's experience in the category, his form was much stronger and he won the first race of the season in Turkey. This gave him the early championship lead, and he took a further four podium finishes, but he ultimately slipped to third place behind the Lotus ART duo of Valtteri Bottas and James Calado after his team appeared to lose its competitive edge following mid-season testing at Barcelona.[9]

Formula 3 Euro Series[edit]

As well as his 2011 GP3 campaign, Melker competed in the season's Formula 3 Euro Series, also with Mücke, finishing in fourth position in the drivers' standings with four wins.[10] He finished ahead of his team-mates Felix Rosenqvist, Marco Sørensen and Facu Regalia, but was unable to consistently challenge dominant champion Roberto Merhi, his Prema Powerteam colleague Daniel Juncadella, or Signature driver Marco Wittmann.

GP2 Series[edit]

After participating in the non-championship 2011 GP2 Final with DAMS, Melker switched to Ocean Racing Technology for the 2012 season, initially alongside Jon Lancaster.[11][12] With a best race finish of fourth at Silverstone, he ended the season 19th in the championship.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2008 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Van Amersfoort Racing 15 0 0 0 0 120 12th
Formula Renault 2.0 Italy 10 0 0 0 0 37 18th
2009 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup MP Motorsport 10 0 0 0 0 5 23rd
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 6 0 0 0 0 77 18th
2010 GP3 Series RSC Mücke Motorsport 16 0 2 0 0 5 23rd
2011 GP3 Series RSC Mücke Motorsport 16 1 0 2 5 38 3rd
Formula 3 Euro Series Mücke Motorsport 24 4 2 2 9 251 4th
GP2 Final DAMS 2 0 0 0 0 0 20th
2012 GP2 Series Ocean Racing Technology 24 0 0 0 0 25 19th
Formula Renault 3.5 Series Lotus 2 0 0 0 1 15 19th
2013 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Tech 1 Racing 17 0 0 2 4 136 6th

Complete GP3 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 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2010 RSC Mücke Motorsport ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

14
TUR
FEA

23
TUR
SPR

17
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

15
GBR
FEA

12
GBR
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

23
HUN
SPR

14
BEL
FEA

12
BEL
SPR

15
ITA
FEA

8
ITA
SPR

13
23rd 5
2011 RSC Mücke Motorsport TUR
FEA

1
TUR
SPR

3
ESP
FEA

6
ESP
SPR

2
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

19
GBR
FEA

Ret
GBR
SPR

8
GER
FEA

10
GER
SPR

3
HUN
FEA

8
HUN
SPR

4
BEL
FEA

3
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

9
ITA
SPR

Ret
3rd 38

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Points DC
2011 Mücke Motorsport Dallara F308 Mercedes LEC HOC ZAN RBR NOR NÜR SIL VAL HOC 251 4th
1 12 4 7 11 5 1 11 3 5 Ret 2 1 11 10 4 6 3 1 8 3 6 5 2

Complete GP2 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 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2012 Ocean Racing Technology MYS
FEA

16
MYS
SPR

14
BHR1
FEA

20
BHR1
SPR

18
BHR2
FEA

19
BHR2
SPR

11
ESP
FEA

14
ESP
SPR

24
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

12
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

13
GBR
FEA

4
GBR
SPR

6
GER
FEA

6
GER
SPR

8
HUN
FEA

14
HUN
SPR

18
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

DNS
ITA
FEA

11
ITA
SPR

Ret
SGP
FEA

12
SGP
SPR

12
19th 25

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

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

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2012 Lotus ALC
1
ALC
2
MON
1
SPA
1
SPA
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
MSC
1
MSC
2
SIL
1

3
SIL
2

Ret
HUN
1
HUN
2
LEC
1
LEC
2
CAT
1
CAT
2
19th 15
2013 Tech 1 Racing MNZ
1

5
MNZ
2

11
ALC
1

6
ALC
2

6
MON
1

17
SPA
1

3
SPA
2

6
MSC
1

3
MSC
2

15
RBR
1

2
RBR
2

2
HUN
1

6
HUN
2

4
LEC
1

Ret
LEC
2

4
CAT
1

Ret
CAT
2

8
6th 136

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2008". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 Italy 2008". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  3. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2009". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  4. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2009". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  5. ^ "GP3 series with RSC Mücke Motorsport! key for the 2010 season.". Nigel Melker (Totaalnet Internet Services). 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2010-02-12. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Nigel Melker takes first ever GP3 Series pole". GP3 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 2010-05-08. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  7. ^ "Varhaug storms to victory in Barcelona". GP3 Series. GP2 Motorsport Limited. 2010-05-08. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  8. ^ "Rossi leads from start to finish". GP3 Series. GP2 Motorsport Limited. 2010-05-09. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  9. ^ Freeman, Glenn (2011-12-15). "The 2011 GP3 Series review". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  10. ^ "Melker startet 2011 für Mücke". Motorsport-Total.com (in German) (Motorsport-Total.com GmbH). 5 February 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "Haryanto and Melker will drive for DAMS". GP2 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 2 November 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  12. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (14 November 2011). "Nigel Melker graduates to GP2 full time with Ocean Racing". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 14 November 2011. 

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