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.
Encouraged 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.
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.
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!
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.
Unfortunately, our main sponsor pulled out two weeks before the season started. This left us in a very difficult position but with a lot of help and encouragement from family and friends we made it to the grid for the 3rd race of the season.
Immediately our hard work over the winter had proved to be worthwhile. We had a much better car for me to drive and I finished in 3rd position. Although we were racing on a very limited budget, we managed to stay competitive throughout the season.
We were fortunate to gain much needed financial support from Royal Purple Lubricants & Protec Fuel Systems for the final event of the season at Donington Park. Along with assistance from V Max who sent a data technician from Germany.
This enabled us to do a full test on Friday and fit new tyres for qualifying and so for the first time in the season we were on equal terms with our competitors and I put the car on pole position 6/10ths quicker than last year!
A jump start meant I incurred a drive-through penalty which dropped me to the rear of the field but such was the speed of the car I finished 4th. During the race I was adjudged to have impeded another driver and had to start race 2 from 11th on the grid I had another great race crossing the line in 4th position less than 3/10ths away from a podium This result gave me enough points to finish the season 3rd in the both the Drivers Championship & The Teams Championship for 2019.
2020 saw a season badly disrupted by Covid-19. This affected the DW team more than most as the family team is mostly funded by Darelle’s car repair business which was badly affected by the downturn in customers having repairs.
This meant that Darelle only drove the car twice that season taking 4th place at Oulton Park & two 4th places at Donington park.
2021 was a similar story for the team but they managed to put together a budget to do two events with excellent results at both weekends.
At Donington Park, Darelle finished in a very competitive 5th place and at Castle Combe, the team won the first race and were in a strong position to repeat that victory but finished in 7th after a problem with the brakes.
During the season the car was rented out twice and finishing strongly on both occasions with Darelle acting as chief mechanic. In the final race the driver unfortunately damaged the engine which then needed a full rebuild. This was completed in time for the final test of the season at Donington Park, and with a fresh engine and a very experienced engineer from British GT racing working on the car the car was the fastest on track all day.