ABOUT DARELLE

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I am 29yrs old born in Birmingham a proud Brummie! I come from a family of 5 with an elder brother and a younger sister plus Mom & Dad, Hyacinth & Leslie who are all both family and team members.

I left school at age 16 having secured an apprenticeship with Volkswagen Shirley my local VW dealership. After 3 years with them they entered me into a competition for apprentice of the year which I won! Funnily enough one of the prizes was a day at the track with VW UK racing. I’d actually been working with Team Hard in the VW Cup already!

Shortly after I left the job to set up DW Racing with my father Leslie, working on everyday road cars as well as Racing Saloons and as mentioned while working for VW, I had already worked for some racing teams as a mechanic, the highlight of which was being number 1 mechanic on Jack Goff’s Vauxhall Insignia in the British Touring Car Championship.

Racing results
My first car race followed on from a sporadic career in karting from age 12 to 15. The race was at Castle Combe circuit in Wiltshire and I was driving a Volkswagen Vento in the VW-Cup at 16 years old I was the youngest competitor in the field and I finished 1st in class. For the remainder of 2005, I stayed in the same series finishing 12th in the overall end of year standings.

2006
I raced a full season in the Dunlop Sport Maxx championship for Mini Coopers finishing 2nd overall with many top 3 positions and fastest laps. The year was topped off by an invitation to race the more powerful cooper S in which I achieved 2 podium positions from 3 races.

2008
Saw me take a break from racing as the race car preparation business was starting to get very busy with an involvement in building 10 VW Golf GTI’s for the VW-Cup and various BTCC cars.

Towards the end of a 3 year break I was given the opportunity to race in the GT Cup with a Marcos Mantis I raced in the final 3 rounds of the championship taking a couple of class wins and fastest laps.

2012
An opportunity came about through a meeting with world famous footballers Luther Blisset, John Barnes & Les Ferdinand to build 2 cars to race in the British Touring Car Championship under the name of Team 48, Unfortunately due to promised funding not materialising we where forced to scrap the plan to re-introduce Alfa Romeo to British saloon car fans when the cars where almost complete. However there was a silver lining, Luther had really got the “racing bug” and commissioned DW Racing to build a car to race in the Alfa Romeo championship for the 2013 racing season.

After reading carefully through the championship regulations we spotted a loop hole that would favour a diesel engined car! A decision was made and we set to building an Alfa 159 GTD for me to race in the championship The car was a revelation albeit a smokey one! We won the championship that year and also in the following year.

2015
Joyed by the success of the diesel powered car we decided to build a car to race in the Britcar championship, again using the alternative fuel option with plenty of Golf GTI’s in our workshop giving us a sound knowledge of how the VW floorpan worked in racing we decided to follow the VW path. But not with a Golf as we chose to use the much more aerodynamic Scirocco. The car was immediately on the pace finishing the championship 1st in class and 2nd overall.

2016
We entered the same Scirocco for the VW-Cup. After a disappointing start to the season our situation improved a lot over the final few races and we found the car to be quick everywhere we raced.

2017
We decided to do the same championship for 2017 but with a brand new freshly built car. At the first race we qualified 5th and took a place on the podium this was followed by a series of average races until we came on really strong over the last 3 races taking 3 podium places including winning the final race of the season securing 5th place in the series. A fantastic result for our family (plus a few friends) team!

2018
A huge change in how we would approach our racing and to the level we were going to have to operate in TCR was introduced to the UK as part of the Global vision for saloon car racing. We attended an “Open Day” for these cars at Brands Hatch and after driving a couple of different manufacturers models we knew we had to be part of it! This decision meant that for the first time in many many years I would be racing in a car NOT built by ourselves, as the rules stated that each manufacturer would have a engineering partner who would build the cars on their behalf. Our chosen car, an Opel Astra is built in Germany by Kissling Motorsport at their facility close to the famous Nürburgring Track. The highly developed car meant a wholly different approach for what had been up until then a Family Team. But as the season went on we managed to get quicker & quicker despite some mechanical issues aligned to the build quality of the car and the lack of necessary spare parts. Over the winter the team will be addressing the issues that prevented us from showing the cars and the drivers true potential Including bringing in extra personnel to ensure that we can compete at the front end of the field in 2019.

RACING HISTORY

2018

First season in TCR-UK with a new car and a great learning opportunity ready for 2019.

2017

VW Cup 5th overall with 4 podiums

2016

VW Cup 6 overall

2016

VAG Trophy 4 overall

2015

Britcar class 5 champoin & 2nd overall

2014

Alfa Romeo champion

2013

Alfa Romeo champion

2013

Birmingham wheels champion