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1999 KARTING NEWS ARCHIVE

19th December, 1999 - Team DAN win at final round of season

Daniel King drove to the fourth win of his championship season today at the Bradford Grand Prix, held on the challenging Pole Position circuit. From the moment he took the lead from fourth on the grid into the first corner, Daniel made his intentions clear as he pulled out a seven lead at the end of the first lap while those behind stumbled over one another. Lee Tearle in the Mirage kart was also running well, moving ahead of Andrew Foley early on to take second place, which would secure his position in the championship. However, ten minutes into the race, Lee span at the bottom hairpin, losing two laps before been able to rejoin the race in last place. All looked lost for the Mirage driver, until on the 26th lap Peter Rightson, about to be lapped by Richard King, spun in front of his Castrol-Benetton team mate at the S-Curves who then collided head on with the spinning kart at full speed. The force of the impact was sufficient enough to cause Richard to fall unconscious, and the race was red flagged to allow the marshals to attend to the injured driver. Richard eventually recovered unharmed and the race restarted without the Castrol-Benetton team. The remaining few laps were relatively uneventful, with none of the drivers making any significant gain on the remaining others. Daniel King took the chequered flag to end the season with a Team DAN victory, but significantly, Andrew Foley finishing second from Lee Tearle resulting in Lee dropping to third in the championship, but securing just enough points to ensure the Mirage team finished third in the Team Championships.

Race Results
Pos Driver Number Team Qualified Time Points
1st Daniel King 3 Team DAN 4th 30m 00.00s 10
2nd Andrew Foley 0 Arundel 3rd -1 Lap 6
3rd Lee Tearle 7 Mirage 5th -2 Laps 4
4th Richard King 6 Castrol-Benetton 2nd -32 Laps (Accident) 3
5th Peter Wrightson 5 Castrol-Benetton Pole -33 Laps (Withdrawn) 2

 

Drivers Championship
Pos Driver Points Wins
1st Daniel King 46 4
2nd Andrew Foley 19
3rd Lee Tearle 18 1
4th Richard King 16
5th Darren Arundel 11
6th Gareth Stocks 10
7th Alan Wilde 3
8th Peter Wrightson 2

 

Teams Championship
Pos Team Points Wins
1st Team DAN 56 4
2nd Castrol-Benetton 27
3rd Mirage 21 1
4th Arundel 21

13th December, 1999 - Team DAN aquires new team

Team DAN Competition have aquired a majority shareholding in Team King Racing, incorporating the King F1GP2 team and the Castrol-Benetton Karting team. Negotiations are underway with the existing management of Team King Racing to integrate their existing teams into the current structure of Team DAN Competition. As a part of the merger, Team DAN are delighted to announce that Richard King has agreed a deal which will see him race for Team DAN Competition in the 2000 season. He joins Lee Tearle, who recently extended his contract to the end of 2001, and Daniel King. Positions for a fourth driver and an offical test driver are still available. Team DAN Competition operate a range of flexable contracts to best suit the needs of our drivers. All potential applicants should apply to Daniel King.

9th December, 1999 - Tearle signs contract for Team DAN

Team DAN Competition are proud to announce that an agreement has been signed with Lee Tearle which will see the driver race for the team until the end of 2001. Details of which Team DAN team Lee will race for next year are yet to be determined as a decision on running the Mirage team again has not been made, however the signing puts Team DAN Competition in a strong position for the next two seasons of the WYKS championship.

28th November, 1999 - Lee Tearle wins at Wakefield GP

Lee Tearle won the Wakefield Grand Prix today for Mirage Team DAN Racing, finishing just ahead of Daniel King, who in turn sucured the WYKS Drivers and Teams championship for Team DAN Competition. Lee led the race from the first lap after passing pole-sitter Daniel King into the first corner. The two drivers then ran in formation for most of the race. Three laps from the end however, Lee spun at the top hairpin, giving Daniel the lead. After recovering, Lee was able to catch the crusing race leader, who moved over on the last lap to let Lee through to score his first victory and increase Mirage's position in the championship. After the race, Team DAN manager Daniel King commented "This is a fantastic result for the whole of Team DAN Competition. The race went more or less to plan from start to finish. Lee's win is excellant for Mirage team's final championship placing at the end of the season and i'm sure he has it in him to win again. Winning the drivers championship is a fantastic feeling and is something I've really worked hard to achieve. I also want to thank Gareth for his help in winning the Teams championship for Team DAN, he really did a great job all year under some difficult circumstances, and our 1-2 at Huddersfield will stand out in my mind as my greatest moment of 1999." Lee's win moves him to second place in the championship, just 1 point ahead of Richard King and Andrew Foley, while Mirage move up to third place in the championship with a five point gap to Castrol-Benetton in second place with one race to go.

Pos Driver Number Team Best Lap Qualified Time Points
1st Lee Tearle 7 Mirage 21.36 2nd 18m 32.29s 10
2nd Daniel King 3 Team DAN 21.00 Pole +0.64s 6
3rd Andrew Foley 0 Arundel 21.84 3rd +19.67s 4
4th Richard King 6 Castrol-Benetton 21.91 4th -1 Lap 3
5th Darren Arundel 2 Arundel 22.20 5th -2 Laps 2
6th Gareth Stocks 4 Team DAN 24.03 6th -7 Laps 1
7th Peter Wrightson 5 Castrol-Benetton 25.14 7th -12 Laps

 

3rd November, 1999 - Team DAN win 90 Minute Endurance

Team DAN drivers Lee Tearle and Daniel King are celebrating tonight following a sensational victory in an endurance race. The race, held on the ultra quick Wakefield F1 Karting circuit, was led from start to finish by pole position sitter Daniel King who built up an impressive 11 lap lead in 45 minutes before handing his kart over to his team mate. Lee then overcame a potentially serious brake problem to secure a further 6 lap lead, before handing the kart back to Daniel for the last 10 minutes. The lap record then came tumbling over the last few laps, with Daniel King taking the checkered flag 16 laps ahead of his nearest rival, setting a fastest lap 0.7 seconds quicker than anyone else. Both drivers were delighted with the result and each recieved a trophy after the race, with Team DAN been awarded a bottle of champagne for its efforts.

28th September, 1999 - Tearle quickest at Wakefield

Lee Tearle set a new Team DAN lap record for the Wakefield F1 Indoor Karting circuit today whilst testing a full race simulation alongside Daniel King. Lee was extremely satisfied with the result and is looking forward to the next race, were he believes he will be very competitive. Daniel King said afterwards: "This is a fantastic result for the team. Lee was very quick from the word go, and this was definately the hardest I have been pushed all year. I'm sure the next few races are going to be a lot closer."

Test Results

Pos Driver Number Team Best Lap Laps Completed
1st Lee Tearle 7 Team DAN Mirage 20.84 80
2nd Daniel King 3 Team DAN Competition 20.95 82

25th September, 1999 - Meltham Testing

Lee Tearle and Daniel King have been testing today at the Huddersfield Indoor Karting 2000 track in Meltham. Lee concentrated on qualifying sprint laps, whilst Daniel ran a full race simulation. Both drivers felt that the test was successful, and believe the experiance will be benifical in future races. Both drivers will test again in 3 days at Wakefield.

18th September, 1999 - Team DAN win 3 in a row!

Daniel King has won his third consecutive WYKS race for Team DAN, giving him an almost uncatchable lead in the drivers championship. Team mate Gareth Stocks had to settle for 6th place after suffering early on with handling problems on his kart. Team DAN's second race team made an impressive debut, with Mirage drivers Lee Tearle and Alan Wilde finishing in 3rd and 4th respectively in their first ever championship race. The race results are listed below:

Pos Driver Number Team Best Lap Time Points
1st Daniel King 3 Team DAN 25.97 32:10.00 10
2nd Darren Arundel 2 Arundel 26.33 -1 Lap 6
3rd Lee Tearle 7 Mirage 26.47 -1 Lap 4
4th Alan Wilde 8 Mirage 27.24 -3 Laps 3
5th Richard King 6 Castrol-Benetton 27.58 -3 Laps 2
6th Gareth Stocks 4 Team DAN 28.28 -5 Laps 1

22nd July, 1999 - Confirmation of drivers and test results

Team DAN Competition are delighted to announce the confirmation of our second driver to compete in the Mirage team during the remaining races of the 1999 West Yorkshire Karting Series. Lee Tearle will join the works team test driver; Robert King, starting at the Batley GP on the 18th September. Lee sealed his place within the new team with some competitive lap times at a recent Team DAN practice session at our test circuit at the Race Ace track in Batley. The results of the test are listed below:

Pos Driver Number Team Total Laps Best Lap Best Speed
1st Daniel King 3 Team DAN 73 22.46 42 mph
2nd Lee Tearle 7 Mirage 68 23.65 40 mph
3rd Gareth Stocks 8 Team DAN 64 23.83 38 mph
4th Gareth Stocks 4 Team DAN 2 29.14 [PIT] 33 mph

 

28th June, 1999 - Formation of Mirage

Following our 1-2 finish at the Huddersfield Grand Prix, Team DAN are proud to announce the formation of a second team to compete in the 1999 West Yorkshire Karting Series. The new team will be known as Mirage and will be contested by Robert King, our current test driver, who will be joined by Lee Tearle in the second kart. Our existing team of drivers will continue to be known as Team DAN. Both Team DAN and Mirage will be testing at the Race Ace Karting Arena on the 11th of July. Any other teams or drivers wishing to join us are welcome to do so.

26th June, 1999 - 1st and 2nd at Meltham

Team DAN drivers Daniel King and Gareth Stocks led the field to a sensational 1-2 finish in an incident packed Huddersfield Grand Prix. Daniel led the race early on from Andrew Foley in the Castrol-Benetton from Gareth Stocks, who was comfortably holding third place. However, approximately 10 laps from the end, Andrew ran out of fuel, handing second to Gareth to give Team DAN maximum points from the race. The team is now 11 points clear of our rivals in both the drivers and team championship after just 2 rounds.

9th June, 1999 - Mid Season Testing Schedule

Team DAN drivers Daniel King and Gareth Stocks will be testing at the Race Ace karting arena on the afternoon of Sunday, July 11th. The purpose of the test will be to allow both drivers to practice advanced techniques and race strategy outside of the competitive enviroment of a championship event. The venue will also serve as recruitment test for future potential drivers who have stated an interest in joining the team. Any driver who establishes a consistantly quick pace will be considered for a place within the team.

23rd May, 1999 - Round 1 Results

Daniel King has won the inaurgual karting championship race at Ratty's Raceway, with team-mate Gareth Stocks finishing fifth to put Team DAN into the lead in both the drivers and constructors championship.

14th April, 1999 - Testing Results

Following a Team DAN test session at the Race Ace Karting arena, Team DAN are delighted to announce that Gareth Stocks will join Daniel King as our second driver for the 1999 Karting Championship. Robert King will also serve as our test driver, which the option of racing for the team should a place become available.

Test Results

Pos Driver No Best Lap Total Laps
1st Daniel King 3 21.8 64
2nd Gareth Stocks 4 23.0 58
3rd Robert King 8 29.4 -10 Mins

28th March, 1999 - Team DAN annouce entry to inaugural championship

Team DAN has annouced today that it will field a team of two drivers into the proposed 1999 Karting Championship. The championship will be raced once per month on six local karting arenas in the West Yorkshire area. Daniel King has been confirmed as the teams driver in our first kart. Our second driver will be announced in April, following a test at the Race Ace Karting Arena in Batley, West Yorkshire.