THE EARLY DAYS

Motor Sport News - - Dan Wheldon -

Clive Whel­don, Daniel’s father, the kart­ing days

“I had this trailer. It was kit­ted out with lights and ev­ery­thing in­side: tyre racks, en­gine racks, and an awning that went right around it.

“We used to have a rou­tine. Mon­day night was clean­ing out the mo­torhome from the week­end be­fore. Dan would do all of the cup­boards and give it a gen­eral clean. Tues­day night was our night off. Wed­nes­day we used to go down to Si­mon Wright Karts or to Bruno Fer­rari’s place to make sure the en­gines were all right, pick up any tyres or any­thing else we needed. Thurs­day night we would put ev­ery­thing back in the mo­torhome ready for the week­end. Then, on Fri­day night, we were off rac­ing again. It was a nor­mal week and week­end for us.”

Jen­son But­ton For­mula Ford ri­val, 1998

“I think I beat Dan by about a foot to win the For­mula Ford Fes­ti­val in 1998, and that was the fi­nal time we raced to­gether.

“That was the case through so much of my ca­reer: to try and do as good as Dan or try to do bet­ter than him. He started rac­ing in Europe one year be­fore me in kart­ing, so when I went there for the next year, I had to do as good as him, if not bet­ter. It was al­ways like that and, in a way, it took away the pres­sure, I think, of the need to do well. Dan was a mas­sive part of my ca­reer.”

Whel­don and his dad were ded­i­cated to kart glory

But­ton (r) and Whel­don raced wheel-to-wheel in 1998

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