Michael MoyersMichael Moyers made his long awaited comeback in the UK Formula BMW Championship at the weekend and wasted no time in demonstrating his ability.

Moyers, 22, raced for series newcomers Hyperion Motorsport in Rounds 3 and 4 of the championship at the Rockingham Motor Speedway on Sunday, his first Formula BMW appearance since showing great promise driving for Team Filsell at Croft last July.

On Saturday, Silverstone-based Moyers had out-qualified Valle Makela, the Finnish former World Touring Car driver who had won Round One of the Championship at Brands Hatch three weeks ago, for the first of Sunday’s two races. In doing so, he claimed 12th position on the grid, just behind the likes of title contenders Kimiya Sato and Jonathan Legris. Even then, that position was deceptive in that there was just 0.244 seconds between 8th and 12th places on the grid and Moyers was just seven tenths of a second off of the pole position laptime of 1:20.286. Considering that he had participated in just one test over the winter – compared to the dozens that many of his competitors had – and that it was Hyperion’s first outing in Formula BMW, the fact that he was so close to the pace was a great credit to both team and driver. Moyers qualified P13 for Race 2, this time just behind Makela, the Australian Sam Abay and Colombian Carlos Huertas.

Round Three of the Championship was the first race of Sunday’s timetable and saw Moyers finish 13th of 18 as he struggled with rear grip towards the end of the race and lost a place to Jonathan Legris in the closing stages. Round Four was again a P13 finish as Moyers battled bravely throughout, lapping consistently but without being able to get the tow from the quartet in front of him to make a challenge. Moyers had been out of action for some time due to budgetary problems, but thanks to support from Building Services Design, a firm of consulting engineers from nearby Corby and Westhall Estates, the Aylesbury-based commercial property developer, he was able to make a successful return to competition. He said “I’m extremely grateful to both BSD and Westhall for their support this weekend and I hope that my performances on the track, combined with the great hospitality that they were able to offer to their clients off of it means that they will have got some great brand exposure and goodwill and will see a healthy return on their investment”. Karbon Racing, Michael’s sponsorship and marketing agency, recently announced that the two sponsors had already benefited from their relationship with him as they had signed an agreement to work together on a new joint venture.

Hyperion, who were British and European Caterham Superlight Champions in 2007 and are the World’s most successful single-make race team, decided to make the switch to single-seaters at the end of last season and their Team Manager, Steve Hindle, was quick to spot Moyer’s ability. After the Rockingham races, he said “Michael really showed his talent this weekend and getting himself so close to the pace so quickly is really pleasing. It was our first race in Formula BMW as a team and so to have no performance or reliability issues at all was also hugely satisfying. There is more to come from both Michael and the car and our experiences at Rockingham have really whetted our appetite and we can’t wait to show what we can do later in the season after a bit of testing and some more seat-time for Mike”.