- May 03, 1949
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Boy Hayje is a former racing driver from the Netherlands who was active from the early 1970s to the mid-1980s, participating in different racing disciplines.
The peak of his career was a short stint in the Formula One in 1976 and 1977. He participated in seven F1 Grand Prix events, recording three starts. His most notable result in a career was C2 class podium at 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1984.
Born in May 1949 in Amsterdam, Johan Gerard Hayje started his racing career in the early 1970s. His first competition was the Dutch Formula Ford, in which he won the championship title in 1974.
In the same year, he made a debut in the European Formula 5000, expanding his F5000 commitments in 1975, driving a March-Ford for Hezemans Racing. He also tried touring car racing, driving a Ford Capri RS 2600 at Zandvoort Trophy.
In 1976, Hayje raced in different Formula 3 championships (Europe, Great Britain, Italy) but the highlight of that season was his Formula 1 debut. In August, he entered the F1 Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort, driving his own Penske PC3-Cosworth, sponsored by F&S Properties.
He was 21st on the grid among 26 starters. He was in the race for 63 laps when a broken halfshaft stopped him. James Hunt (McLaren) won the race.
In 1977, Hayje made a deal with RAM Racing, bringing his sponsors, to drive the #33 March 761-Cosworth in selected Formula 1 events. His first race was the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami in March. In the race that was remembered by a horrific accident in which Tom Pryce and one track marshal lost their lives, Hajye started 21st and retired after 33 laps with a broken gearbox.
He then failed to qualify for Spanish Grand Prix and Monaco Grand Prix, making his second start in the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder. He ended the race, seven laps behind race winner Gunnar Nilsson (Lotus), so he wasn't classified in the official results. After that race, Hayje recorded two more DNQs in Swedish Grand Prix and Dutch Grand Prix.
Outside F1 Championship, Hayje also participated in the non-championship Race of Champions at Brands Hatch, finishing in the seventh place.
Outside Formula 1, Hayje recorded one start in the World Sportscar Championship and one start in the European Touring Car Championship. In the WSC, he driving a Vogue SP2-Cosworth for Lester Ray at Dijon 500 km race. He didn't finish the race. In the ETCC, he reached a podium by finishing third at Zandvoort, together with Albert Vanierschot in a BMW 3.0 CSL.
In 1978, Hayje made a step back from F1, spending a season with Fred Opert Racing in the European Formula 2 Championship. He was driving a Chevron B42-Hart in nine events, not scoring points.
He raced with the same car in the one-off attempt in the inaugural season of the Aurora AFX British Formula 1 Championship. He was a guest driver in the Dutch round at Zandvoort, finishing the race in the third place, behind Bob Evans and Divina Galica.
Hayje made one more F2 start in 1979, driving a March-Hart at Zandvoort and not finishing the race.
Hayje was out of racing in 1980 and then continued his career in 1981 in the Renault 5 Turbo Eurocup. He was pretty successful, scoring five wins and finishing fourth in the points.
He spent two more seasons in the same competition, scoring no wins, just one podium in 1982. He was ninth in the points in 1982 and 19th in 1983.
In 1983, Hayje moved his career to North America, racing in the IMSA Camel GT championship with several different teams and cars. He first raced in GTU class, driving the #16 BMW 320 for William Karges. He finished 12th at Riverside and won the race at Laguna Seca. His second win came in the #98 Toyota Celica which he was driving for All American Racers at Charlotte. His partner in that race was Wally Dallenbach Jr.
Hayje participated in two more races with Toyota Celica and then joined Patrick F. Brown's team to drive a BMW M1 at Portland 3 Hours. Sharing a car with Paul Davey, he finished 21st.
In 1984, Hayje joined BF Goodrich to drive Lola T616-Mazda in major endurance events, making a debut both at Daytona 24 Hours and Le Mans 24 Hours.
At Daytona, he didn't finish the race due to a broken engine. At Le Mans, Hayje climbed to a podium, finishing 12th overall and 3rd in C2 class. In both races, he was sharing a car with Jim Busby and Rick Knoop.
At the end of that season, Hayje retired from racing.
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