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Danny Watts (born 31 December 1979) is a British professional racing driver.

Dany Watts 2012 WEC Fuji.jpg
Watts in 2012
Born (1979-12-31) 31 December 1979 (age 39)
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years2007, 2009 – 2013, 2015-
TeamsTeam LNT, Strakka Racing
Best finish5th (2010)
Class wins1 (2010)

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CareerEdit

He was born in Aylesbury, and started racing in 1993, when he began karting. After five seasons of karting, he stepped up to single seater racing in 1998 in the UK Formula First championship, in which he dominated with 12 wins. He also competed in the Formula Palmer Audi Winter Series, in preparation for running the main Formula Palmer Audi championship the following year.

2000 saw a step up to the British Formula Renault Championship, when he was team mate to Kimi Räikkönen. In his third year of Formula Renault, he won the championship with 6 wins.

Watts ascended another tier in 2003, stepping up to the British Formula 3 Championship, with HiTech Racing. He took his first win in the series the same year in the second race at Castle Combe, having crashed out of the lead in race one. In 2004 he became the first driver for eleven years to win a round of the British Formula 3 Championship whilst not driving a car from the Dallara company.

2005 saw a mixed year for Watts. Unable to remain in Formula Three, he contested a handful of races in various disciplines. The same occurred in 2006, though he did make a brief return to F3 for the penultimate race of the season, at Thruxton, for champions Räikkönen Robertson Racing (co-owned by former British FRenault teammate, and now F1 star Kimi Räikkönen). In that race, Watts led the field and dominated proceedings with a convincing win.

In 2006 he raced in the Porsche Carrera Cup for the Redline Racing team. Initially he shared this drive with Richard Westbrook, only contesting races which clash with Westbrook's Porsche Carrera Cup racing, but after a run of 8 successive victories in the races he started, Richard conceded the drive full-time.

For 2007 Watts drove for Team LNT in the Le Mans Series in a Panoz Esperante GT-LM. He was also invited to join A1 Team Great Britain for the 4th season of the 2007/8 season held in Shanghai, China and took part in the rookie sessions.

In 2008 he signed to the SAS Lechner Racing team with team mate Damien Faulkner for the F1-supporting Porsche Supercup series.

A1 Team Great Britain announced that Watts would race for A1 Team Great Britain in Chengdu; he came 3rd in both the sprint and feature race.

For 2009 he raced for Strakka Racing in the Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans driving a Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S. In the opening round of the Le Mans Series at Barcelona he claimed overall pole on the teams LMP1 debut.

In 2010 he retained his seat for Strakka Racing in the Le Mans Series however the team moved down to the LMP2 category now using a HPD ARX-01c. The car took the class victory at Le Mans finishing 5th overall.

The 2011 Le Mans season was good for Watts, once again being the strongest link in the team constantly qualifying the Strakka car high up the LMP2 field.

In 2012 Strakka retained Watts, who went on to put in a hero's drive at the World Endurance Championship round at Silverstone England, by doing a double stint of three-and-a-half hours to finish within 0.6 secs of 4th place.

Personal lifeEdit

After retiring, he came out publicly in 2017 as gay, stating that in order to pursue his career in racing, he felt he needed to remain closeted. He was previously married to Fiona Leggate. They have one son.[1][2]

HelmetEdit

Watts' helmet colour is in honour of Oxford United Football Club, whom he supports.

Racing recordEdit

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 DC Points
2005 EuroInternational ZOL
1
ZOL
2
MON
1
VAL
1
VAL
2
LMS
1
LMS
2
BIL
1
BIL
2
OSC
1
OSC
2
DON
1
DON
2
EST
1
EST
2
MNZ
1

13
MNZ
2

15
32nd 0

Complete Porsche Supercup resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 2 points awarded 2008 onwards in all races) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2006 IRWIN Redline Racing BHR ITA GER ESP MON GBR
22
USA USA FRA GER HUN ITA NC‡ 0‡
2008 SAS Lechner Racing BHR
6
BHR
7
ESP
6
TUR
7
MON
19
FRA
5
GBR
2
GER
27
HUN
4
ESP
21†
BEL
26†
ITA
10
9th 91

† – Did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance. ‡ – Guest driver – Not eligible for points.

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2007   Team LNT   Tom Kimber-Smith
  Tom Milner, Jr.
Panoz Esperante GT-LM GT2 60 DNF DNF
2009   Strakka Racing   Nick Leventis
  Peter Hardman
Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S LMP1 325 21st 14th
2010   Strakka Racing   Jonny Kane
  Nick Leventis
HPD ARX-01C LMP2 367 5th 1st
2011   Strakka Racing   Jonny Kane
  Nick Leventis
HPD ARX-01d LMP2 144 DNF DNF
2012   Strakka Racing   Jonny Kane
  Nick Leventis
HPD ARX-03a LMP1 303 30th 8th
2013   Strakka Racing   Jonny Kane
  Nick Leventis
HPD ARX-03c LMP1 332 6th 6th
2015   Strakka Racing   Jonny Kane
  Nick Leventis
Strakka Dome S103-Nissan LMP2 264 DNF DNF
2016   Strakka Racing   Jonny Kane
  Nick Leventis
Gibson 015S-Nissan LMP2 351 8th 4th

Complete A1 Grand Prix resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 DC Points
2008–09 Great Britain NED
SPR
NED
FEA
CHN
SPR

3
CHN
FEA

3
MYS
SPR

Ret
MYS
FEA

16
NZL
SPR
NZL
FEA
RSA
SPR

Ret
RSA
FEA

7
POR
SPR
POR
FEA
GBR
SPR
GBR
FEA
10th 28

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship resultsEdit

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2012 Strakka Racing LMP1 HPD ARX-03a Honda LM-V8 3.4 L V8 SEB
8
SPA
6
LMS
22
SIL
5
SÃO
5
BHR
3
FUJ
6
SHA
6
7th 64
2013 Strakka Racing LMP1 HPD ARX-03c Honda LM-V8 3.4 L V8 SIL
Ret
SPA
7
LMS
6
SÃO COA FUJ SHA BHR 15th 22
2015 Strakka Racing LMP2 Strakka Dome S103 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
3
SPA
5
LMS
Ret
NÜR
7
COA
7
FUJ
6
SHA
6
BHR
5
8th 63

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Carl Breeze
British Formula Renault
UK series champion

2002
Succeeded by
Lewis Hamilton
Awards
Preceded by
Mike Jordan
Autosport
British Club Driver of the Year

2002
Succeeded by
Lewis Hamilton