In just five short years of car racing at any level, Michael Crees has become one of the most popular drivers in UK motorsport and a title winner in the biggest category of them all – the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.
For 2022, former Jack Sears Trophy Champion ‘Creesy’ is back in the all-action BTCC and aiming to mount his biggest and most successful challenge yet at the wheel of a hybrid-powered Vauxhall Astra run by Power Maxed Racing.
While most drivers begin their racing careers at a very young age in the ranks of karting, Michael bucked that trend by entering his first ever car race in 2017 – at the age of 32 – in the Ginetta G40 GRDC Cup.
After winning the GRDC+ title at his first attempt, he graduated into the ‘AM’ Class of the BTCC - supporting Ginetta GT4 Supercup and continued his remarkable rise through the ranks, winning the crown to make it two championship victories in as many seasons.
In an almost unheard-of move, with just two years of racing under his belt Michael, with the support of some fantastic commercial partners, had the opportunity to realise his dream of joining the BTCC grid for 2019 atthe wheel of a Volkswagen CC. After switching to a Honda Civic Type-R FK8 for the 2020 campaign, he convincingly won the Jack SearsTrophy and then looked set to continue in the BTCC as a true front-runner last year. Instead, a change was on the cards with a move to the FIA Formula One World Championship-supporting Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.
Due to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Michael’s season in Porsche was truncated so he turned all attention to making it back onto the BTCC grid for 2022. Evidently, much more success beckons for thefan-favourite racer this year as he continues his meteoric rise.