Michael Bleekemolen

Born:
2nd October 1949 (Age 70)
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Nationality:
Dutch
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Michael Bleekemolen’s rise to Formula 1 was fast and spectacular. Unfortunately, once he got there, he was not. He was wild and ragged during his formative years – attacking the curbs without thought of consequence and seemingly always on the verge of an accident.

Bleekemolen's fast ascent to Formula 1

He was an impatient man in 1977 – his first full season in the sport. A total of just 10 races in Formula Ford 1600 and Formula Super Vee was scarce preparation for an F1 debut, but Bleekemolen hired RAM Racing’s second March 761-Ford for the Dutch Grand Prix. His quickest lap in practice was eight seconds slower than Mario Andretti’s pole time and he failed to qualify.

The inexperienced Dutchman started 1978 in European Formula 3. He showed some promise in a works Chevron – finishing second in two of the first three rounds and winning at Enna-Pergusa. He also started two Formula 2 races in Fred Opert’s Chevron B42-Hart before another optimistic F1 attempt. Bleekemolen tried to qualify the second ATS for the last four GPs of 1978. He eventually made the field at Watkins Glen but retired from his one and only world championship race.

Formula 3 once more and subsequent career

Bleekemolen continued in F3 for another three seasons. Occasional podium finishes in Europe for Roger Heavens and a German F3 win on a one-off appearance in 1979 led to a fully funded drive in the 1981 British series. That was with ambitious newcomers Barron Racing and a Ralt RT3-Toyota but he was replaced by Roberto Moreno after six disappointing races.

With his single-seater career now over, Bleekemolen began a 15-year spell in Renault’s various one make touring car championships. Three years in the F1-supporting Alpine V6 Eurocup were followed by a period in national racing.

He returned to international racing in 2001 with Carsport Holland’s Chrysler Viper GTS-R in the FIA GT series and proved a success. Second at Silverstone with son Sebastiaan was one of three podium finishes. The younger Jeroen is a double champion in the Porsche Supercup.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2001 FIA GT Championship 11th 18
1981 European F3 Championship
Bertram Schafer Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1980 European F3 Championship
Michael Bleekemolen
4 0 0 0
0% win rate
15th 4
1980 BMW M1 Procar
GS Team
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
23rd 3
1979 European F3 Championship
Roger Heavens Racing
10 (1) 0 4 0
0% win rate
2nd 28
1979 BMW M1 Procar
BMW Motorsport
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1978 F1 World Championship
ATS Racing Team
1 (3) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1978 European F2 Championship
Fred Opert Racing
2 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1978 European F3 Championship
Chevron Racing Team
13 (1) 3 4 1
8% win rate
5th 30
1977 F1 World Championship
RAM Racing
0 (1) 0 0 0 0