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Boy Hayje

Full Name:
Johan Gerard Haijje
Born:
3rd May 1949 (Age 70)
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Nationality:
Dutch
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

This Dutchman started his career in national saloons before switching his limited budget to Formula Ford in 1973. With Toine Hezemans now advising, "Boy" Hayje won that year’s Dutch FF1600 Championship with a Lotus 61. He jumped straight to Formula 5000 in 1975 with James Hunt’s old March 731 that was now fitted with a Cosworth V6 engine.

Formula 1 with F&S Properties

That proved to be a frustrating campaign so he started 1976 in Formula 3. But the year also included his Formula 1 debut in the Dutch Grand Prix when he qualified his F&S Properties-sponsored Penske PC3-Ford in 21st position before retiring from the race.

Encouraged by the experience, F&S arranged for Hayje to drive RAM Racing’s year-old March-Ford in six GPs during 1977. However, he struggled and only qualified in South Africa and Belgium before a final DNQ in Holland signalled the end of Hayje’s F1 ambitions.

Further career in Formula 2 and one-makes

He chose to rebuild his career in Formula 2 by driving Fred Opert’s Chevron B42-Hart in 1978. Seventh at Rouen and Hockenheim were the best results in what was his last full season in major single-seaters. The 1979 Zandvoort F2 race was his final such race but Hayje later enjoyed success in the F1-supporting Renault Five Eurocup.

He raced in the IMSA Championship in 1983 and 1984. Winner of a GTU-only event at Laguna Seca that first season with a BMW 320i, he switched to a B.F.Goodrich Lola T616-Mazda in 1984.

He now lives in Holland and runs a garage specialising in off-road and 4 x 4 vehicles.

Championship seasons