Dagenham driver seeks sponsor for Clio Cup dream
PUBLISHED: 13:27 03 February 2016 | UPDATED: 13:28 03 February 2016
A racing driver is getting into gear as he looks to realise his life-long dream.
Electrician Dan Holland, 28, is hoping to have another crack at the Renault Clio Cup UK in April – but first needs sponsors to stump up the considerable cash required to take part.
“I’ve taken this route because it’s the closest racing, bumper to bumper, and I feel it’s the most competitive,” he says.
“Touring car is the next step from Clio Cup so every driver’s aim is to reach that.”
Danny became hooked on motor sports at the tender age of seven, when his dad took him to a race for his birthday.
“I loved every minute of it. For my eighth birthday I received a go-kart, and the rest is history.”
Describing the buzz he gets from driving, he says: “Whoever says they’re not nervous before a race is a liar.
“But when the green light goes, it melts away.
“You don’t worry about anything, your mind switches off, you’re just in the moment.”
From the age of 15 Dan, who lives with his family in Valence Wood Road, Dagenham, competed in high-level kart racing.
After a break in 2010 he is back on track, now competing in saloon car. For the Clio Cup Dan will first compete at the Brands Hatch circuit in Swanley, Kent. He will cover a distance of 1.929km over six laps, travelling at around 120mph.
He says: “You get used to it, it doesn’t feel that fast.”
Last year, Dan came third in the Clio Cup, but this year he is more confident about his chances.
“I raced at a young age because I enjoyed it, but the longer it went on it became a mission to achieve the highest level possible, which is touring cars.
“It’s important for me to go all the way if my journey will take me there.”
Racing cars may be Dan’s passion, but it’s an expensive hobby. He estimates that over the years his parents have forked out £300,000-£400,000 on his hobby. Only at touring car level can he start to earn money from the track.
“If it weren’t from the support my parents and grandparents have given me nothing would have been possible,” he says.
Find out more about sponsoring Dan by emailing email@example.com. Follow Dan’s progress on twitter @dan1holland
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