THE EARLY DAYS
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