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)
2014 British Touring Car Championship
Debut season 2011
Current team STP Racing with Sopp & Sopp
Car no. 12
Starts 87
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best champ.
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 in Aldershot, Hampshire) 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 and is the son of former British rallycross driver John Welch.

Racing career[edit]

Daniel first began racing in the Formula Renault UK series, where he never completed a full season. In 2007 he switched to tin tops, racing in the Seat Cupra Cup. He raced Seat's for the next few years in several one make championships, taking two victories 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 under the new NGTC regulations.[1] He competed in the final half of the season from Snetterton onwards, finishing 22nd in the Drivers Championship having secured a single point at the penultimate race of the season at Silverstone.

Welch continued to race in the BTCC in 2012.[2] At Thruxton, a drive shaft problem ended his weekend on the warm up lap for the first race.[3] He had his best weekend of the year at Oulton Park, finished sixth in race one and then holding off Matt Neal to claim fourth in race two. For this he won the HiQ Champagne Momement award as voted for by fans.[4] The team were forced to miss the round at Rockingham due to budget issues[5] but were able to return for the following event at Silverstone. Welch finished the season 15th in the drivers stands after competing in twenty four races.

Welch and his team will continue in the BTCC in 2013.[6] The also built a second car which they hope to be able to run from the start of the season.[7]

Racing record[edit]

Complete SEAT Cupra Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (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 DC Pts
2007 Welch Motorsport SEAT León Cupra BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

3
ROC
1

Ret
ROC
2

Ret
THR
1

2
THR
2

8
CRO
1

5
CRO
2

6
OUL
1

8
OUL
2

6
DON
1

5
DON
2

7
SNE
1

6
SNE
2

Ret
BRH
1

2
BRH
2

6
KNO
1

2
KNO
2

5
THR
1

1
THR
2

1
5th 153.5
2008 Welch Motorsport SEAT León Cupra BRH
1

3
BRH
2

NC
ROC
1

10
ROC
2

3
DON
1

5
DON
2

5
THR
1

2
THR
2

7
CRO
1

7
SNE
1

12
SNE
2

4
SNE
3

Ret1
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

4
KNO
1

4
KNO
2

5
SIL
1

10
SIL
2

5
BRH
1

4
BRH
2

3
6th 183
  1. ^ – Race staged in place of the cancelled race at Croft.

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 SEAT León Eurocup results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Pts
2009 Welch Motorsport VAL
1
VAL
2
BRN
1
BRN
2
POR
1
POR
2
BRH
1

9
BRH
2

Ret
OSC
1
OSC
2
IMO
1
IMO
2
26th 0
2010 Welch Motorsport MOZ
1
MOZ
2
BEL
1
BEL
2
BRH
1

1
BRH
2

12
BRN
1
BRN
2
OSC
1
OSC
2
VAL
1
VAL
2
15th 10

Complete SEAT León Supercopa results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Pts
2010 Welch Motorsport VAL
1

17
VAL
2

14
VAL
3

8
JAR
1

11
JAR
2

7
JAR
3

Ret
ALG
1

8
ALG
2

9
ALG
3

9
NAV
1

6
NAV
2

5
NAV
3

5
JER
1

13
JER
2

Ret
JER
3

DNS
BAR
1

Ret
BAR
2

DNS
BAR
3

22
13th 35

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

WD
BRH
2

WD
BRH
3

WD
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

-
SIL
2

-
SIL
3

-
BRH
1

-
BRH
2

-
BRH
3

-
28th* 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. ^ "BTCC: Welch predicts strong 2012". British Touring Car Championship (TOCA). 1 December 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Woods, Chelsea (30 April 2012). "Drive shaft problem spoils Thruxton weekend for Welch". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "HiQ calling 'Danny Boy'". British Touring Car Championship (TOCA). 19 June 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Welch to miss Rockingham". British Touring Car Championship (TOCA). 18 September 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "A Very Wet Brands Hatch". WelchMotorsport.com (Welch Motorsport). 24 October 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Mitchell, Scott (14 January 2012). "Welch Motorsport Hopeful for Second BTCC Proton". theCheckeredFlag (BlackEagleMedia Network). Retrieved 28 January 2013. 

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