Twenty one year old Whyteleafe racer Michael Gibbins (No 76) celebrates a first place in the 19 lap SRCC Sports 2000 Duratec event at the Brands Hatch circuit.
Former Caterham School pupil Michael who has just graduated from University of Birmingham with a 2:1 with honours in Mechanical Engineering (Automotive) began his racing career in cadet karts aged eight, the youngest age he could hold a MSA race licence.
From there he progressed to Mini-Max aged 11 and Junior Max aged 13, before getting his MSA Car licence at 16 (again the earliest age he could do so) and moving up to sports cars, driving a Lola T590.
Michael competed in the Lola for two years, becoming the youngest ever winner in his first year, then becoming the youngest ever champion in his second. In 2015 Michael moved up into the Sports 2000 Duratec championship and was a championship contender from the offset. Mechanical failure was the only thing that cost him the championship that year, meaning he had to settle for second.
Before the 2016 season got underway, Michael completed his ARDS instructors course, and is now a fully qualified instructor.
Michael was the 2016 Sports 2000 champion and came second last year.
After the Brands Hatch race the Croudace Homes, Protectall (London)Ltd and SSP sponsored driver said: “That was an awesome race. The car felt great throughout and it feels great to be back on the top step of the podium after a tough year. I am already looking forward to getting back out in the car at the next event at Silverstone on September 22-23”.