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3rd December, 2000  - Team DAN Drivers Top Championship Table

Richard King finished second today at Brands Hatch to secure second position in the F1GP2 championship at the final race of the year, equalling his previous best championship standing from the 1997 season. Team mate Daniel King initally led from pole position but the 2000 drivers champion was forced to retire after his car suffered heavy damage during a spin early in the race. Gareth Stocks scored a popular win in his Tetley's-Lotus, his first in nearly three years, and Team DAN congratulate him on an impressive victory.

15th October, 2000  - Team DAN win 2000 Drivers and Constructors Titles

Team DAN has suceeded in winning the 2000 F1GP2 Constructors Championship after our drivers Daniel King and Richard King finished second and third at the inaugural race at Motegi for the Pacific Grand Prix. Daniel King secured his third drivers championship by starting from pole position for the fifth time this season and looked set for victory with two laps to go. Andrew Foley in the Folster-Jaguar made a last minute push for victory and, with the championships at stake, Daniel elected not to defend his race position and settled for second place in the race. Richard King span early in the race, but recovered to finish third. Team Director Daniel King commented on the result "This is a magnificent result for everyone at Team DAN. We didn't have a good start to last season and we were unable to defend our championship when that season was cancelled early. To come back from such a position and take both championships before the final race of a 7 race season is a fitting testament to everyone in the race and test teams who have worked so hard all year to bring us back to the top where we belong". Team DAN will now concentrate exclusively on assisting Richard King in securing second place in the drivers standings. He currently lies third with 28 points, behind Andrew Foley on 33 points.

11th June, 2000  - Team DAN record 4th Consecutive Victory

Daniel King firmly established an almost insurmountable lead for himself and Team DAN in the championships with a strong victory at the Asian Grand Prix, held on the Sepang circuit, recording Team DAN's fourth victory in a row. Daniel won the race from Team DAN's twelveth consecutive pole position from start to finish, and was never really threatened after establishing an early lead of 7 seconds. Team mate Richard King finished fourth after suffering damage during a collision with Andrew Foley's Folster-Jaguar whilst challenging for second place during the opening laps. Of the incident, Richard commented: "I got a good run on Foley out of the final turn and just managed to pull alongside him on the inside into the first corner. I moved slightly ahead as I had the better line, but Foley moved between my wheels and took me off. It's a pity because I think I had a good strategy and looked set for a podium position." The result extends Daniel's championship lead over his team mate to 16 points with 2 races to run, the next to be held at the Motegi circuit.

11th June, 2000  - Richard wins at Melbourne

Round 4 of the F1GP2 championship was won today in fine style by Richard King, his first win since 1998. Richard started the race from pole position, breaking team-mate Daniel King's record of 10 consecutive poles. Richard took off into an early lead as the lights went out, and remained unchallenged throughout the race. Daniel King started 5th, his worst ever qualifying performance after running wide into the Clark Chicane. Daniel made his way up to third place by lap 10, but was forced into retirement when Darren Arundel's Tetley's-Lotus crashed into the side of him during a dubious overtaking manouver into the Jones Chicane. After the pit stops, Richard led Lee Tearle in the Snail-Ferrari, who was racing under appeal after failing to attempt to qualify. After a near miss between the two drivers, it was decided to allow Lee through as his result would most likely not count for the championship. Richard then finished in second place, but was upgraded to first after Lee was disqualified for failing to attempt to qualifying as specified in the championship regulations. The resulting 10 points moves Richard into 2nd overall in the Drivers Championship, and extended our lead over the Tetley's team in the Constructors table.

29th April, 2000  - Team DAN take 1-2 in South American Super Prix

Daniel and Richard King came home in first and second places in today's South American Super Prix, held over a 100% race distance at the Buenos Aires circuit in Argentina. Both drivers started on the front row of the grid and together led an incident packed race which saw half the field retire. Daniel ran a 2 stop race whilst Richard opted for a safer 1 stopper, despite the 2 stop strategy been theoretically quicker, as he did not want to risk been stuck behind slower cars at the start. The result increases our championship lead to 16 points ahead of the Tetley's team, which ran 3 cars in the race and looks set to continue to do so, thus making them our biggest rivals in the series to date. Current test driver Melanie King will be offered an opportunity to drive the number 7 Team DAN car should she be available.

19th March, 2000  - Daniel wins African GP

Daniel King secured his first win of the season at the Kyalami circuit today, leading from pole position to take the lead in the Drivers Championship. Both Daniel and Richard opted to run a one stop strategy in the 36 lap race. Daniel made an excellant start and began to build up a gap before his first stop. Richard however became stuck behind two slower cars and was unable to pass. Daniel pitted on lap 20 and rejoined in third place, but with a fresh set of tyres, he was able to retake the lead 7 laps later. Richard, having pitted was 20 seconds behind the fourth placed car. By the end of the race he had made up 12 seconds but was only able to finish 5th. Daniel's win moves him to 1st in the Drivers championship and elevates Team DAN to the lead in the Constructors Championship.

6th February, 2000  - Stupidity robs Team DAN of 1-2 finish

A strong performance by Team DAN drivers Daniel King and Richard King has made clear our championship intentions for the this season, despite been robbed from a win by the carelessness of other racers. The first round of the season got underway well, with Daniel King taking the pole positon at the Nurburgring in the new DEK200A with its Mirage engine. Richard King looked to be in contention for second on the grid, when he lost control at the Veedol Chicane, losing several seconds regaining the track. Both drivers elected to run different strategies for the race to maximise our potential, Daniel running one stop on lap 20 to take full advantage of the clear track ahead of him, whilst Richard elected to run without stopping from the back of the grid. Daniel made an excellant start, and quickly pulled away from the rest of the field. Andrew Foley in the Folster-Jaguar was running in second place, losing half a second per lap to the race leader, and holding up the rest of the field. By lap 15, Gareth Stocks in his Tetley's-Lotus had managed to force his way past Andrew; and Richard in the second Team DAN car took advantage while Andrew was off the racing line to take third place into the Ford Curve. Gareth was in a lighter car, and began to pull away from Richard, but was unable to catch Daniel who had a 12 second lead and was 5 laps away from his pitstop. By lap 19, Richard in third look set to take the lead after Gareth and Daniel had made their stops and ws pushing hard to minimise the time lost. Andrew Foley was right behind him a got a slightly better run out of the Dunlop Hairpin. As the two cars entered the Shell Curve, Andrew hit Richard's left rear wheel, causing the Team DAN car to spin out of control at over 150 MPH. His car sailed over the gravel trap and hit the barrier sideways on, completly destroying the right-hand side of the car and resulting in retirement for the Number 8 car. Daniel then made his stop a lap later and rejoined the race in third place, seven seconds behind Andrew's car. 3 laps later, the gap had been reduced to 3 seconds as Daniel made full use of his new rubber. At this point, Gareth Stocks, due to make his stop from the lead, completely missed the Veedol Chicane and spun across the track, resulting in a black flag penalty. In an attempt to reach the pitlane entance he crossed the track, narrowly avoiding Andrew Foley as he did so. Unfortunately, Daniel King was in the next car, two seconds behind Andrew and was unable to avoid hitting Gareth's car which was in the middle of the road. The impact destroyed the front end of Daniel's car and tore off Gareth's right-front wheel. Daniel dived into the pits immediately, while Gareth retired at the Start-Finish line. Daniel rejoined the track after repairs, but was behind Lee Tearle in the Snail team. Despite setting several fastest laps in the remaining time, Daniel was unable to effectively challenge for second place in a race which would of almost certainly seen a Team DAN victory

2nd August, 1999  - Disappiontment as season declared closed

With news of the cancellation of the remaining races of the 1999 F1GP2 championship, Team DAN will withdraw from all formal sim-racing for the rest of the year. We will continue development of our 2000 car and attempt to organise a new championship for the 2000 season. Team DAN wish to congratulate Robert King and his ACE-BMW team who have been declared this years champions. Robert performed excellently all year and it is a shame that we will be unable to properly defend our championship over all the scheduled races.

22nd July, 1999  - Preparation for Round 4

With round 4 of the championship a week away, Daniel has been testing hard at Imola and is confident that he has an excellent setup for the race. Daniel concentrated on qualifying setup throughout last week and has improved his best laptime by just over 1.2 seconds on the tight Imola track. In other news, Team DAN announced today that it will no longer use Jaguar engines from the end of this season, prefering instead to run its own developed 'Mirage' engines in the 2000 championship. For this reason, Team DAN have begun preliminary development of the DEK200A chassis which will use the engines in next years races.

17th May, 1999  - Testing for Imola

Following a disappointing race at the A1-ring, in which Daniel King was lapped following an unscheduled pit stop to repair accident damage as a result of a collision, Team DAN have been testing extensively at Imola to insure a good result. The team is yet to win this year, despite starting from pole in every race and Daniel is now third in the championship, having lost a place to A1-ring winner Andrew Foley. Daniel recently commented: "There are still two thirds of the season to go, and despite Robert's strong position at present, I am very confident that our luck will change and we can take the championship at the end of the season"

6th April, 1999  - HSBC joins Team DAN

Team DAN are happy to announce that HSBC will sponsor our cars for the next four championship races, with an option to extend to the end of the season. HSBC currently sponsor the Stewart Ford Grand Prix team, and Team DAN believe that HSBC have the professional reputation that we would like to associate ourselves with. The car design has been revised in order to accomodate our new partnership for the next races.

25th March, 1999  - Sixth Pole in a row for Daniel

Following his sixth consecutive pole position, Daniel King finished second at the South American Grand Prix, right behind the increasingly competitive ACE - BMW of Robert King. The result is a repeat of the previous race at Bathurst and signals that the championship battle this year may be closer then ever before. Team DAN is preparing to compete at the A1-Ring for the Grand Prix of Nations during April, and Daniel King is confident that he can pull off a victory by relying upon his previous circuit experiance during this season's LFRS race at the circuit.

7th February, 1999  - First pole of '99 for Team DAN

Team DAN have started the new F1GP2 season in style with a pole position for Daniel King, which equals his previous record by being his fifth consecutive pole. Daniel was joined on the front row of the grid by his LFRS team mate Gareth Stocks, who was driving a Tetley's - Lotus GAS04. In the race, Daniel finished second, just 0.5 seconds behind race winner Robert King in his ACE - BMW, having closed up on a 5 second gap over the final 2 laps. It later transpired that Robert had suspension trouble on the last lap, and if the race had gone on 1 lap longer, there would be little doubt that Daniel could have won. Daniel is optimistic about the teams chances at the next round at Interlagos on the 20th March.

11th December, 1998  - Testing shows promise for '99

Daniel King has been testing the new Jaguar powered DEK199A around the Johor circuit, and has set some very competitive times. Daniel commented, "The car needed some early setup adjustments but once the initial problems were smoothed out I was able to take chunks of time off the previous track record. At the moment, I'll have to say that we are well on the way to our third title!". In addition to testing the DEK199A, Daniel also ran a few fun laps in a Formula 3 Team DAN car, christened the DEK199F3. Daniel told us "The car was really great to drive. It was good fun to throw it through some of the quick corners because it had so little downforce, and could snap away anytime it wanted!". Following the Christmas break, the team will go testing at the Nurburgring in preparation for the 1999 season, due to start on 6th February at Bathurst, Australia

22nd November, 1998  - Champions at Interlagos

Daniel King successfully secured his second consecutive F1GP2 championship at the Brazilian Interlagos circuit in today's South American Grand Prix, with a magnificent win from Pole Position. His only rival, Robert King driving an ACE-McLaren, was effectively out of the championship battle after a collision on lap 4 required a pit stop for repairs, putting him 30 seconds down. Team mate Andrew Foley finished fourth in his last F1GP2 race for Team DAN, and will now begin preparations to run his own team, Benetton GP2, in the 1999 season. Team DAN wish him the best of luck for next year.

31st October, 1998 - Andrew to leave at end of season.

Andrew Foley has announced that he will not be racing for Team DAN in the F1GP2 season next year. Andrew will be seting up and racing for his own team in 1999. Andrew will compete for Team DAN for the last race of the 1998 season at Interlagos later next month. Current Team DAN test driver Melanie King is expected to replace him next year.

25th October, 1998 - Team DAN qualify 1-2.

Daniel King started today's Asian Grand Prix at Suzuka from his seventh pole position of the year, with team mate Andrew Foley alongside him. Daniel led at the start, and had a tremendous first lap battle with championship contender Robert King, until his rival fell off the road at spoon. The following lap saw contact with Richard King at the chicane, which forced Daniel off the road. Both Team DAN cars were catching the leaders when the race ended, Andrew Foley finishing third and Daniel King behind him in fourth. Daniel leads the championship by two points with only one round left to run at Interlagos.

19th September, 1998 - Andrew wins at Adelaide.

Andrew Foley has scored his first ever victory at the Adelaide circuit during today's Australian Grand Prix. Andrew came through at the start from the back of the field following a poor qualifying session. Disaster struck on lap 4 when Robert King forced Andrew to serve into team mate Daniel King, taking him out of the race. Luckily though Andrew recovered to take the lead on lap 6, which he kept uninterupted to the end of the race. Andrew's first place is the fourth Team DAN win this season.