Daniel Alex Zelos
May 11, 1998
Anglia Karting, North Pickenham (2006)
Victory at Rowrah ‘0’ Plate, 2013
Donington Park (cars) / Rowrah (karts)
Football, boxing and fitness
To race in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC)
Date of birth:
Dan was barely out of nappies when his motorsport mad dad bought two 50cc bikes for him – quad and KTM motocross – setting off a lifetime of passion for speed. At the age of five he graduated up to a 100cc quad, and would join friends in tearing around fields close to his home in Norfolk. He instantly loved the speed, the jumps and the cornering, and endeavoured to go faster-and-faster every single time.
At seven Dan tried karting in North Pickenham. After winning both the ‘B’ and ‘A’ League titles, he progressed to the more professional Comer Cadet class at Red Lodge in Suffolk, and gained his MSA racing licence at Kimbolton at the beginning of 2008.Winning the Beccles Club Championship at Ellough Park Raceway and finishing runner-up in the Red Lodge Club Championship, Dan joined the high-profile Formula Kart Stars (FKS) in 2009, at the same time as both Lewis Hamilton and Bernie Ecclestone came on-board.
In 2010 Dan scored a top ten finish on Belgian soil during FKS’ overseas trip to Genk, and a year later he dovetailed FKS commitments with an assault on fellow national series Super 1 for the first time – and triumphed on his debut at PF International! Five further top ten finishes would follow, with another seven in FKS to secure an excellent eighth position out of 53 entrants. Dan also finished runner-up in the prestigious annual Kartmasters outing after a genuine photo-finish, but was awarded the Bruno Ferrari Memorial Trophy for his extraordinary performance.
Continuing in karts, 2013 was a strong final campaign, with six podiums in Super 1 and third place in the standings among the 55 Mini Max contenders. That winter he stepped up to car racing for the first time in the Ginetta Junior Winter Series, scoring two top-ten finishes in four races. Dan used that springboard to graduate full-time into car racing in 2014 with JHR Developments in the ITV4-televised, BTCC-supporting, Ginetta Junior Championship – watched by more than 14 million people in the UK alone.
He went on to make history a handful of weeks later at the ultra-fast Thruxton, becoming the series’ earliest-ever race-winner at only his fifth attempt. It would not be his only victory of the campaign, either, as Dan added another triumph to his tally at Rockingham, as well as nine podiums, en route to an outstanding fourth position.
In that year’s Winter Series Dan went even better, finishing second in three of the four races, against strong opposition. He had high hopes for the following year in Ginetta Juniors, but couldn’t match the form from the previous year, with two second-place finishes.
Switching to the Renault Clio Cup in 2016, Dan continued towards his dream of racing in the British Touring Car Championship, competing with Ciceley Motorsport and getting coaching help from BTCC race winner Adam Morgan. Despite a tough season he enjoyed a test in the Ciceley / WIX Racing prepared Mercedes-Benz A Class BTCC machine to round off the year.
For 2017 Dan moved to successful outfit WDE Motorsport, working hard throughout the season with 12 top-ten finishes and a pair of hard-earned back-to-back podium finishes at the final round of the season on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit as he continues on his goal to race in the BTCC.