Team DAN was originally setup in the winter of 1994 to compete the 12-race grass circuit racing championship of 1995. Consisting of two drivers, number 27 Daniel King on the red, white and blue Team DAN 195a S-tek McLaren, and Richard King on the number 28 194a Puch Lucky-Strike Suzuki, Team DAN won 8 of the twelve races to win the constructors championship. Daniel King won 7 races to take the world championship by 3 points from Andrew Foley on the Lotus AF1. Daniel King also went on to win the non-championship Autumn Grand Prix on the 195b.
The team then spent the winter in preparation for the 16 race 1996 championship. Richard King had left to start his own team, and so was replaced by Robert King. The team produced two yellow bikes to compete in the series - the number 1 196a BMW S-tek to be driven by Daniel King and the number 2 196a Lotus driven by Robert King. Pre-season testing went well at the Spen GP circuit, the Central Superspeedway and the Cemy-Monaco Track. Daniel King qualified second by 0.13 seconds to Andrew Foley at the non-championship grass based Spring GP at the Cemy-Montreal Circuit, and finished second in the race. Unfortunately, the season was cancelled before the first round of the championship at the Road Course Oval.
In May 1997, Team DAN competed successfully in the Ridge Racer time-trials with the DEK197GT Team DAN Carrot, setting the lap record of 55.93 seconds on the time trial circuit, as well as setting the fastest laps on the two advanced circuits.
Team DAN first entered F1 simracing on the F1GP platform in 1994, which provided us with an opportunity to learn the basic driving skills and car setup. After a short time, both Daniel King and Gina Wilson established themselves and the team into competitive challengers in several non-championship events
The DEK195A & the DEK195B competed in F1GP during 1996
The team was able to carry the knowledge it had learned over to Grand Prix 2, with its more realistic simulation of car behavior. Later, Team DAN entered into the first ever F1GP2 Championship in 1997, following successes in pre-championship races with the DEK197A.
The DEK197A - Our first GP2 designed car
Daniel King drove the for the team, recording 11 pole positions from 16 races, and won the Pacific, San Marino, British, German and Australian Grand Prix. As a result, Daniel King won the championship for Team DAN by 7 points from Richard King in a Lamborghini powered KING.
Model DEK197B - The 1997Championship Winner
In 1998, Team DAN continued to go from strength to strength, Daniel King winning the preliminary 1998 North American Grand Prix at Montreal from pole position. Later in the year, Andrew Foley joined the team for Round 3 at Monaco, and followed this with the teams first 1-2 finish at Imola for the following race. By the half way point, Melanie King joined the team as a test driver, and even competed in a third car at the German Grand Prix, were she qualified second. The team ended the year with two consecutive front row starts for both cars, and a win for Daniel at Interlagos which secured his second championship for the team.
The DEK198A, which won a second championship for Daniel King
In October, 1998 Team DAN announced that it would compete in the Internet GP2 Racing League, LFRS, thus commencing another chapter in the history of this highly competitive and successful team. The team competed for 8 races of the 1998-99 LFRS season in the class G category, with the highlight been a ninth place at the Karjala circuit for Daniel King. The team then withdrew from the LFRS championship for the remaining 8 races in order to concentrate solely on the F1GP2 championship for 1999.
The DEK198B, an updated version of the 98A
participated in 8 rounds of the LFRS championship.
The 1999 F1GP2 season began well for the team. 1998 champion Daniel King put his Team DAN - Jaguar DEK199A on pole position for the first race at the Mount Panorama circuit in Australia. The race went well, but we just lost out on a win by half a second to Robert King in the ACE - BMW. This situation was to be repeated at the next round at Interlagos, with Daniel again finishing behind Robert having started from Pole. At the A1-Ring, Daniel was determined to fight back, but early car problems caused him to drop back and he was knocked off the circuit by Robert as he was been lapped after a lengthy pitstop. Andrew Foley came through to win, dropping Daniel down to third in the championship. Two months later, it was decided that the season would be unable to continue, so Robert King was crowned the new champion.
Team DAN - Jaguar DEK199A, finished third in the 1999 championship
In April 1999, Team DAN entered the West Yorkshire Karting Series with Daniel King and Gareth Stocks as drivers. Daniel started the season on a high, winning the Spen Grand Prix by two laps with team mate Stocks finishing in fifth position. The following race saw the teams first 1-2 finish, King ahead of Stocks. This initial success prompted the team to field an additional race team into the series, under the name 'Mirage'. After several trials, Lee Tearle and Alan Wilde were selected to drive for the second team. At the next race, Daniel consolidated his championship lead with his third win in a row, while both Mirage team drivers finished in a fine third and fourth positions. In preparation for the next race, Team DAN entered their drivers into several endurance races, which resulted in a win at the Wakefield Circuit. In the 4th WYKS race, Lee Tearle won for the Mirage team, followed across the line by Daniel King, who secured the Drivers and Teams Championship for Team DAN.
Our championship winning 2000 F1GP2 cars
During December, 1999 Team DAN Competition successfully aquired the King Racing Team. For the 2000 season, Team DAN entered the re-established F1GP2 championship, with Richard King now joining Daniel King and Melanie King as drivers of the DEK200A, powered by our own Mirage engines. After a disappointing race at the Nurburgring where both cars where involved in accidents, the team bounced back to record four successive victories at Kyalami, Beunos Aires, Melbourne and Sepang. Team DAN won the Constructors Championship and our two drivers were first and second in the Drivers Standings.
Team DAN entered two teams into the 2000 West Yorkshire Karting Series. Daniel and Richard King competed for King Team DAN, whilst Andrew Foley and Lee Tearle made up Mirage Team DAN. Between them, our drivers absolutely dominated the series, recording 1-2-3-4 finishes in four of the six races, securing both the Teams and Drivers Championships for a second year.
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