Daniel Welch (racing driver)
17 July 1982 |
|British Touring Car Championship career|
|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.
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
Welch Motorsport (2011–)
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. 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. Welch finished the season 15th in the Drivers' Championship.
Welch and his team continued to compete in the BTCC in 2013, 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.
After a difficult 2015 season, Welch revealed plans to sell their pair of Proton Gen-2 cars at the end of the season.
Complete British Touring Car Championship results
(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)
- Meissner, Johan (16 February 2011). "BTCC: Welch Motorsport plans Proton NGTC entry". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
- "Oh, Danny Boy, the fans are calling you!". HiQ. Goodyear Dunlop Tyres (UK) Limited. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
- "A Very Wet Brands Hatch". WelchMotorsport.com. Welch Motorsport. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
- "Welch Motorsport put Proton cars up for sale". Andrew Abbott. TouringCars.Net. 13 October 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015.