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F1GP3 NEWS & RESULTS
21st November, 2001 - Richard set to leave at the end of the year
It has been announced today that Richard King will leave the team at the of this season. Richard will enter his own team in the 2002 championship which will be powered by Bentley and run on Bridgestone tyres. Richard joined Team DAN for the 2000 F1GP2 championship campaign after stuggling for two years to be competitive with his own team. He finished second in the 2000 standings in a year of Team DAN domination. This year, he raised his game further still, leading the championship for the first half of the year and is only 4 points away from his team mate who took the championship lead from him after the previous race.
21st October, 2001 - Perfect race for Daniel King as he takes the Championship Lead at Melbourne
From our second front row in a row, Daniel King ran a dominating race from pole position to win the Oceanic Grand Prix in changable weather conditions. Daniel initially came into contact with his team mate at the third corner of the race, dropping to third place, but drove superbly back to the front by lap 3. Richard King recovered from an early moment in the gravel to run a strong third. Just after the half way point of the race, the track was soaked in a downpour. After a change to wet tyres, Daniel retook first place from Robert King who had stayed out on grooved dry tyres and was not challenged again. Richard King spun at the Marina under braking for the chicane and broke the rear suspension on his Team DAN - BMW, resulting in his second retirement in a row. Daniel's victory gives him the lead in the drivers championship from team mate Richard. Team DAN now have a 27 point lead over our nearest rivals for the constructors championship.
5th August, 2001 - Team DAN take front row for the Asian Grand Prix
Richard King headed an all Team DAN front row of the grid after qualifying for the Asian Grand Prix. Both Team DAN drivers held their positions at the start of the race, with Richard capitalising on his pole position to pull out an early lead over his team mate. On lap 5 Daniel was hit from behind by the ACE of Robert King at the Chicane and was forced to retire. Richard King continued to lead until his pit stop on lap 11. Lee Tearle's Snail-Ferrari led by 2 seconds from Richard on lap 14, with the Team DAN driver 0.7 seconds a lap quicker. Unfortunately however, the car suffered a transmission failure half way round the lap resulting in our second retirement from the race. Lee Tearle scored his first ever race win ahead of Robert King in second. Despite both cars dropping out of the race, Team DAN still lead the constructors championship by 16 points with four rounds to go.
21st April, 2001 - Daniel wins race 2
Team DAN consolidated our position at the head of the Constructors Championship today with a tactical victory for polesitter Daniel King at the Interlagos circuit for the second round of the F1GP3 championship. The race began in appalling conditions, which saw all the drivers electing to start on monsoon tyres, except for Daniel. Richard King's Team DAN - BMW began a lead battle with Lee Tearle's Snail - Ferrari while his team mate dropped behind on standard wet tyres. After the first round of pit stops on lap 12, the conditions began to improve and Daniel, who was running a long first stint, was able to close on the leaders who had pitted for a second set of Monsoon tyres. By lap 20, conditions had stablised and all the runners headed for the pits. Daniel opted to stay on wet tyres while the other competitors changed to standard wets, apart from Robert King who risked intermediates. By lap 26, a dry line was developing and Lee Tearle took a gamble to change to dry tyres. Richard King pitted a lap later when Lee's lap-time improved, but disasterously, the rain came again a lap later, forcing a change back to wet weather tyres which allowed Robert to take second place. Richard was able to close upon Robert at a second a lap over the remaining seven laps but was still over twelve seconds behind in third place at the end of the race. Richard retains the lead of the drivers championship by 1 point from team mate Daniel. Team DAN have a 20 point lead in the constructors championship.
7th April, 2001 - Updated car released for round 2
Team DAN have released an updated car for the remaining races of the F1GP3 championship. The DEK201B features updates which correct several design flaws in the DEK201A which presented themselves in testing and allows for the addition of sponsorship from Guinness. The new car will eventually be succeeded by the DEK201C later in the year, which will feature enhanced aerodynamic properties and modifications to the intake system. Current estimates suggest the car will be ready for round 5 of the championship.
4th March, 2001 - Richard takes victory in first race of the year
Richard King won today's inaugural F1GP3 championship race at Silverstone in the new Team DAN - BMW after an incident packed race which saw only 2 finishers take the chequered flag. Richard was able to handle the wet conditions which presented themselves during the closing stages of the race better than the remaining competitor, electing to remain on dry weather tyres for 4 laps in the rain. Richard took the win by four and a half seconds from the Flare - BMW of Melanie King. Richard's team mate Daniel King was forced out of the race after contact with Melanie on lap 17.
20th December, 2000 - 2001 Team DAN F1GP2 Car Presentation
Team DAN today revealed the livery of its 2001 F1GP2 Championship contender, the DEK201A. The car will be powered by a BMW engine, who have previously won three championships, twice with Team DAN, and we are delighted to be renewing our association with the company. We will continue with our partnership with the Michelin tyre company for a third successive year, and we are also pleased to announce continued support from Castrol as our main sponsors for the season. The car will be offically tested for the first time at the Estoril circuit on the 2nd of January by Richard King.