Michael Benyahia

Profile

Profile

Michael Benyahia is a Moroccan-American racing driver and a DDP Driver for McLaren in the 2021 British GT Championship.

Michael started racing karts at the age of 6. He won multiple SCCA Karting Championships before moving into single-seaters.

In 2015, Michael became the youngest driver in Autosport Academy history to compete in the French Formula 4 Championship. He finished 3rd in the championship.

Michael's highlight’s in Formula car racing have come in the 2017 Formula Renault Northern European Cup where he became in champion in his debut season.

He got the opportunity to be a Development Driver for the Venturi Formula E Racing Team in 2018. Simultaneously he stepped up to Formula F3 where he competed in 3 races with 2 podium finishes.

In 2019, Michael made his move to GT racing taking multiple podiums in Monza, Nurburg Ring and Red Bull Ring.

He was selected by the end of 2019 as McLaren DDP driver.2020 was a quiet season, following McLaren DDP program postponing racing due to the COVID-19 pandemic - therefore Michael dedicated most of his season to gym training and Racing Simulator duties.

For more information and the highlights of Michael's racing career, view each of the key’s periods in his racing story via the Timeline below.

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Michael Benyahia

Career

Career

Karting

Michael won his first title of US Champion in 2010 in the Micro Max category at the age of 9 and in 2011 in the Mini Max category.
Moving up into the Juniors for the 2013 season, Michael took 5th place in the Junior Max World Championships.

Formula 4

Michael made his debut in single-seaters and became the youngest driver in the history of the Autosport Academy to compete in the French Formula 4 Championship.
He finished 2nd, becoming Vice-Champion in the 2016 Autosport Academy F4 Championship.

Formula Renault

In 2017, Michael partnered with the French racing team ‘Race GP’ and won the 2017 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Championship; becoming the first driver from the MENA region to win such a championship.

Formula E Test Driver

Michael was recruited as a test driver for the Venturi Formula E team for the 2018 season.
At the age of 17, he drove his first Formula E Rookie test at the International Circuit of Moulay El Hassan in Marrakech, Morocco.

EuroFormula Open

2018 saw Michael step up to EuroFormula Open with RP Motorsport.
He competed in 3 races where he had 2 podium finishes - further demonstrating his potential and talent, despite much less experience in the car compared to his rivals.

ADAC GT

In the 2019 season, Michael made the switch to GT racing. After an intensive two-day assessment, Michael secured one of the most desired race seats under the Mclaren DDP program.

Karting

Michael won his first title of US Champion in 2010 in the Micro Max category at the age of 9 and in 2011 in the Mini Max category.
Moving up into the Juniors for the 2013 season, Michael took 5th place in the Junior Max World Championships.

Formula 4

Michael made his debut in single-seaters and became the youngest driver in the history of the Autosport Academy to compete in the French Formula 4 Championship.
He finished 2nd, becoming Vice-Champion in the 2016 Autosport Academy F4 Championship.

Formula Renault

In 2017, Michael partnered with the French racing team ‘Race GP’ and won the 2017 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Championship; becoming the first driver from the MENA region to win such a championship.

Formula E Test Driver

Michael was recruited as a test driver for the Venturi Formula E team for the 2018 season.
At the age of 17, he drove his first Formula E Rookie test at the International Circuit of Moulay El Hassan in Marrakech, Morocco.

EuroFormula Open

2018 saw Michael step up to EuroFormula Open with RP Motorsport.
He competed in 3 races where he had 2 podium finishes - further demonstrating his potential and talent, despite much less experience in the car compared to his rivals.

ADAC GT

In the 2019 season, Michael made the switch to GT racing. After an intensive two-day assessment, Michael secured one of the most desired race seats under the Mclaren DDP program.

2019
MClaren Driver Development Program
2018
Venturi Formula E - Development DRiver
2017
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC - Champion
2016
FIA French F4 Championship - 3rd

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