Daniel Welch (racing driver)

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Daniel Welch
Daniel welch silverstone2013.JPG
Nationality British
Born (1982-07-17) 17 July 1982 (age 32)
Aldershot, (England)
British Touring Car Championship career
Debut season 2011
Current team Welch Motorsport
Car no. 13
Starts 94
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 15th in 2012
Previous series
2010
20092010
2009
20072008
2001–2006
SEAT León Supercopa
SEAT León Eurocup
Ginetta G50 Cup
SEAT Cupra Championship
Formula Renault UK

Daniel Welch (born 17 July 1982) is a British auto racing driver. During his career he has mostly driven for his family team, Welch Motorsport. He currently drives in the British Touring Car Championship. He is the son of former British rallycross driver John Welch.

Racing career[edit]

Born in Aldershot, Hampshire, Welch first began racing in the Formula Renault UK series, but never completed a full season. In 2007, he switched to tin tops, racing in the SEAT Cupra Championship. He raced SEATs for the next few years in several one-make championships, taking two wins in the British SEAT Cupra Championship.

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

Welch Motorsport (2011–)[edit]

Daniel Welch in his NGTC Proton Persona during the 2013 BTCC Snetterton GP.

In 2011, he stepped up to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, once again driving for his family team in a Proton Gen-2, built to the then-new NGTC regulations.[1] He competed in the final half of the season from Snetterton onwards, finishing 22nd in the Drivers' Championship, having secured his first BTCC point at the penultimate race of the season at Silverstone.

Welch continued to race in the BTCC in 2012. He had his best weekend of the season at Oulton Park, finishing 6th in Race 1 and then holding off Matt Neal to claim 4th in Race 2. For this he won the HiQ Champagne Moment award, as voted for by fans.[2] Welch finished the season 15th in the Drivers' Championship.

Welch and his team continued to compete in the BTCC in 2013,[3] finishing 18th in the Drivers' Championship with a best result of 6th at Knockhill. Welch finished 32nd in the 2014 Drivers' Championship after a disappointing season in which the team struggled with their new self-built engines.

Racing record[edit]

Complete Ginetta G50 Cup results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded all races; races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 DC Pts
2009 Welch Motorsport Ginetta G50 BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
THR
1

2
THR
2

1
THR
3

3
DON
1
DON
2
DON
3
OUL
1
CRO
1
CRO
2
CRO
3
SNE
1
SNE
2
SNE
3
KNO
1
KNO
2
KNO
3
SIL
1
SIL
2
SIL
3
ROC
1
ROC
2
ROC
3
BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
16th 96

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded in first race; races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races; * signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap – 1 point awarded all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Pos Pts
2011 Welch Automotive Proton Gen-2 BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
DON
1
DON
2
DON
3
THR
1
THR
2
THR
3
OUL
1
OUL
2
OUL
3
CRO
1
CRO
2
CRO
3
SNE
1

22
SNE
2

18
SNE
3

19
KNO
1

NC
KNO
2

16
KNO
3

12
ROC
1

Ret
ROC
2

Ret
ROC
3

14
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

DSQ
SIL
1

11
SIL
2

10
SIL
3

14
22nd 1
2012 Welch Motorsport with Sopp+Sopp Proton Persona BRH
1

17
BRH
2

11
BRH
3

Ret
DON
1

12
DON
2

Ret
DON
3

8
THR
1

DNS
THR
2

DNS
THR
3

DNS
OUL
1

6
OUL
2

4
OUL
3

Ret
CRO
1

Ret
CRO
2

17
CRO
3

10
SNE
1

5
SNE
2

17
SNE
3

12
KNO
1

12
KNO
2

Ret
KNO
3

12
ROC
1
ROC
2
ROC
3
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

8
SIL
3

14
BRH
1

16
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

Ret
15th 79
2013 Welch Motorsport with Sopp+Sopp Proton Persona BRH
1

11
BRH
2

14
BRH
3

12
DON
1

NC
DON
2

15
DON
3

11
THR
1

14
THR
2

Ret
THR
3

11
OUL
1

14
OUL
2

9
OUL
3

Ret
CRO
1

17
CRO
2

11
CRO
3

Ret
SNE
1

17
SNE
2

Ret
SNE
3

20
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

11
KNO
3

6
ROC
1

Ret
ROC
2

DNS
ROC
3

DNS
SIL
1

13
SIL
2

9
SIL
3

10
BRH
1

13
BRH
2

NC
BRH
3

19
18th 72
2014 STP Racing with Sopp & Sopp Proton Persona BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
DON
1

21
DON
2

19
DON
3

21
THR
1

21
THR
2

24
THR
3

24
OUL
1

27
OUL
2

20
OUL
3

23
CRO
1

24
CRO
2

21
CRO
3

Ret
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

Ret
SNE
3

21
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

Ret
KNO
3

DNS
ROC
1

24
ROC
2

21
ROC
3

16
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

Ret
SIL
3

Ret
BRH
1

21
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

DNS
32nd −40
2015 Welch Motorsport Proton Persona BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

Ret
DON
3

DNS
THR
1

DNS
THR
2

DNS
THR
3

DNS
OUL
1

OUL
2

OUL
3

CRO
1

CRO
2

CRO
3

SNE
1

SNE
2

SNE
3

KNO
1

KNO
2

KNO
3

ROC
1

ROC
2

ROC
3

SIL
1

SIL
2

SIL
3

BRH
1

BRH
2

BRH
3

NC* 0*

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meissner, Johan (16 February 2011). "BTCC: Welch Motorsport plans Proton NGTC entry". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Oh, Danny Boy, the fans are calling you!". HiQ (Goodyear Dunlop Tyres (UK) Limited). 19 June 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "A Very Wet Brands Hatch". WelchMotorsport.com (Welch Motorsport). 24 October 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 

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