For all its unavoidable danger, motor racing is now far safer than in its early years when driver fatalities were an all too common feature. But the loss of Aston Martin’s Allan Simonsen at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, then Lamborghini racer Andrea Mamé at the Paul Ricard Blancpain meeting, have acted as cruel reminders of what can happen. In this website exclusive, Daniel shares his thoughts on the unthinkable.
1 Jul 2013: An early finish at Paul Ricard for Daniel
A mechanical problem with the #99 Beechdean Aston Martin Vantage brought an early end to the day for Daniel and his team-mates in the third round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Paul Ricard.
2 Jun 2013: Tough run at Silverstone for Daniel
Blancpain Endurance Series racer Daniel McKenzie and the Beechdean AMR team endured a very tough outing at Silverstone for round two of the 2013 season, with gearbox problems early in the three-hour encounter triggering a very long afternoon.
16 Apr 2013: Monza: debutant Daniel makes his mark
Monza played host this weekend to the first round of the 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series. A packed grid of 60 cars lined up for the season opener and amongst those was Blancpain rookie, Daniel McKenzie, driving for Beechdean Motorsport with team mates Andrew Howard and Jonny Adam.
Daniel McKenzie is to switch to sports car racing for a 2013 campaign in the Blancpain Endurance Series with Britain’s Beechdean Motorsport – and has also signed as a development and reserve driver for the prestigious Aston Martin Racing squad.
8 Jan 2013: Daniel’s 2012 highlights in photos
In this selection of photos – one per championship round – Daniel reveals the side of a race weekend that the fans don’t always see. From paddock to podium, from cresting a blind hill in Portimao to riding the kerbs of Monza, join him in this photo review of the 2012 season.
7 Jan 2013: Looking back on the 2012 season
Daniel spent 2012 racing in the Formula Two championship, scoring two podiums and a string of top 10 results. In this interview with the official Formula Two website he reveals his highs and lows for the year.
15 Oct 2012: High-speed Monza brings answers at last for Daniel
Monsoon-style rain and a greasy track added to Monza’s famous low-downforce profile to make the racing particularly challenging during F2’s final meeting of the 2012 season.
16 Sep 2012: A weekend of twists and turns at the Hungaroring
Formula Two’s first visit to the Hungaroring saw Daniel fight a weekend-long duel with championship leader Luciano Bacheta.
Daniel laid the groundwork for a storming end to the 2012 F2 season by earning his second podium of the year at the unique setting of the Paul Ricard High-Tech Test Track.