My name is Darelle Leslie Wilson second son of Leslie Wilson and Hyacinth Sutton, elder brother Dwain Wilson. I was born on the 14th December 1988 in Birmingham and attended St Johns Junior School followed by Yardley’s Secondary School. My interest has always been around cars and managed to secure an apprenticeship with Volkswagen Shirley after two weeks works experience in my last year at school.
After three years with Volkswagen I had employment with a couple of small garages before venturing out having my own garage with my father. DW Racing maintained and serviced both road and track cars.
My racing career started with I applied for my ARKS (Association of Racing Karts School) licence at Shennington Kart Club at the age of 12 in the year 2000. The following weekend after passing my test I entered in the junior TKM. I won my first trophy in this event as a novice karter having fought against full plate (non-novice) drivers. This then lead me onto winning five out of six novice trophies, after this a lot of other parties were acquired.
At the age of 16 I made the decision to progress into Tin Top racing (cars) I joined PT motorsports (owned by my father) and ran with four other drivers in the VW Cup. After my first test session it gave me the confidence to enter my first race at Castlecombe in the VW Cup series.
Being only 16 at the time I was the youngest driver in the 2005 championship at Castlecombe. This was my first Tin Top race at the second fastest track in Britain. I found learning the track hard as it was so fast, but I managed to finish 1st place and came 16th overall.
I carried on with the VW series and managed to have a best 5 overall and finish 12th overall in the championship. This turned out to be a good year with much more room for improvement.
I moved on to the Dunlop Sport Maxx championship which I entered with a Mini Cooper which was a lot slower compared to the car I previously drove. However, this made me a much smoother driver which enabled me to complete the whole year and placed second overall with many podium places and fastest laps. Having become used to the mini I then entered the mini challenge for two rounds which I had two top ten finishes. This was held at Lindon race track and a 4th and 2nd at Brands Hatch. This was an eye opener for me as there was a lot more people taking part in this championship.
I had a really good finish to the year and was looking forward to 2008 but I found it difficult to get sponsorship after many attempts. I then went into high speed torsion and karting to keep me focused and sharp. After two years I then entered the GT Cup in a Marcus Mantes which was owned by ISL Motorsport. I did the last three rounds which I had a couple of class wins and fastest laps also had a DNF due to car failure.
My career lead me now competing in the Alfa Championship where I had made a massive impact and made a good name for myself winning the championship two years in a row, 2013 and 2014. This was an achievement with the only diesel car in the series.
In 2015 built a new car, sirocco diesel, to enter the Britcar Championship. I was champion in my class and 2nd overall for the season. Proving a diesel car can be a quick racing car.
After the success in the Britcar Championship I entered the sirocco in the VAG Trophy and VW Cup and achieved many victories and podium places.
Thereafter, having bad luck of car problems throughout the year I was not successful in being placed high in the championship. However, getting the car right at the end of the season made 2017 plans much better and hoping for a good championship standing. Building a fresh car for 2017 was one of my options due to the damage sustained throughout 2016.
With no sponsorship and on a tight budget I completed the car in a couple of days before the first round at Oulton Park. With no time for practice or testing I entered the season with a virgin car. With setting up the car with our best knowledge between my father and I we managed to qualify P5 and to snatch first podium in the first race. Complications occurred in the year and dropped in the table but with commitment found myself on the podium for the last three rounds. I knew I had the speed and equipment to be placed back in the top of the table of the championship, winning the last round at Donnington I finished 5th overall but only a couple of points separated the top five drivers. This was a good achievement due to self-funding and commitment from my family.
Finishing the year on a high I am looking for a similar or better success for 2018.