Daniel Gibson

Driver & Racing Instructor

A multiple-championship winning driver and qualified ARDS instructor, Daniel Gibson is the head of the training team at the Gibson Motorsport improvement centre. As the team’s works driver, Daniel is highly experienced in racing and instructing. While instructing at Silverstone, he also learned from leading drivers from around the world.

Daniel’s Stats

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38

Wins

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35

Poles

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45

Podiums

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25

Lap Records

Biography

1988

Daniel starts karting aged just eight years old, competing against Daniel Weldon (former Indycar and Indy 500 Champion), Justin Wilson (former F1 and Indycar driver) and Jenson Button (former F1 World Champion), among others.

1989–1992

Wins five championship titles in karting.

1995

Returns to racing in a Mini at the Yorkshire Grass Track Series, winning 9 of 11 races aged 15.

1996

Moves to GPC motorsport (Gibson Motorsport prior to rebranding) in Super Sports (LMP-style sports cars). He finishes fifth with three podiums.

1997

He suffers a serious shoulder injury prior to the 1998 season, ruling him out until the Winter Series at the end of the year. After finishing second, he suffers a recurrence of the shoulder injury that is thought to be career-ending.

2001

Starts coaching at Silverstone as an instructor.

2002

Daniel starts racing again and becomes Clubmans Classic B Sport runner-up, despite missing the first round due to a delay with his shoulder injury recovery. During the season, he picks up several wins including the first outright win for a B-sport car. Something that has never been done before or since.

 

In the final round of the season, while fighting for the championship, Daniel picks up a puncture with five laps to go and, in the process, dislocates his shoulder. Not to be beaten, he battles on to finish second when a win would of taken the title.

2003

Daniel comes fifth overall in the National Super Sports Championship with several podiums and win at Thruxton before another injury recurrence leads to missing two rounds.

2004

Development driver for several teams.

2005

Daniel has surgery to fix the injured shoulder thanks to Middlesbrough Football Physio Bob Ward. Ward was able to identify the problem with in 10 minutes, something other physios struggled to do.

2006

Daniel returns to racing in the Clubmans Cup, winning both races at Croft on his return.

2007

He competes in the Clubmans Cup with Mallock and achieves 10 poles, seven lap records, 10 wins and his first British Championship.

 

Daniel also has an Ascari European GT3 works drive for the first three rounds of the season, achieving podiums at Silverstone and Monza.

2008

Daniel retains the British championship, now driving for Gem alongside Paul Gibson. He also competes in the final round of the Speed Series at Silverstone with Bicknell Motorsport, starting from second-to-last and finishing fifth after three hours.

2009

Development drive with Gibson Motorsport. Daniel picks up a pole and win at his first race at Croft. Later in the season, the team releases a new car, which Daniel drives to second on the grid in qualifying at Oulton Park, going on to win by 20 seconds – taking two seconds off the lap record.

 

Daniel also competes in the Speed Series final round with Bicknell Motorsport, finishing third.

2010

In the Clubmans Cup, Daniel continues his Gibson Motorsport development drive in the K11 and GH19. However, he misses the first two rounds due to the volcanic ash cloud preventing testing.

 

Daniel picks up eight poles and wins, and laps cars up to fifth at Mallory Park in the rain. This helps him to third in the championship.

2011

Daniel has a Gibson Motorsport works drive in the Clubmans Cup and his most successful season yet. He picks up 10 poles in a row, eight new lap records, 10 wins and regains the British title – this makes him the first driver to win the championship for three separate manufacturers. Only Paul Gibson has done something similar, although his wins came in in different classes.

2012

Daniel has a development drive for Gibson Motorsport in the GH19.

2013

Daniel moves to the Speed EuroSeries in a works drive with Gibson Motorsport. He races the new GH19 at Brands Hatch, picking up pole by two seconds, a new lap record and two wins – lapping the entire field in both races.

2014

Races in the European Dutch Supercar Challenge with Gibson Motorsport and the GH19. In four races, Daniel achieves four poles and four wins. He also laps the entire field in three of those races, and all but second place in the final race.

 

In the VdeV final round, Daniel picks up second on the grid at Estoril but suffers an engine failure while running third after 3.5 hours.

2015

Daniel takes on a development drive with Gibson Motorsport in the new GH20.

 

He also competes in the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship in a Lola T70. Early on in the season, several strong races are cut short due to mechanical failure but Daniel goes on to achieve third at Spa Francorchamps and first in Dijon.

2016

Gibson Motorsport works drive.

 

Daniel takes second in the Historic Sports Cars Donington 1000km race.

 

Daniel competes in the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship in the Lola T70. At Spa Francorchamps, he qualifies second on the grid, taking second overall in the race – just 1.5 seconds off the leader.

 

Coaches Phill Weaver (Gibson Motorsport) to several wins and poles in the K11 Prototype, including his first British championship.

2017

Daniel competes at the Historic Sports Cars Donington 1000km race in the Lola T70. After running well, three laps up on second, a poor pitstop puts him back in second where he finishes the race.

 

Silverstone Classic; the race that almost was. Leading the race in the Lola T70 with three laps to go, Daniel was hit by a back-marker badly damaging the suspension and causing him to retire from the race. This was a heartbreaking moment at a prestigious event where Daniel was pulling out a good lead that should’ve ended in a win.

 

Daniel also competes in the Historic F2 Championship this year, taking two wins at Magny-Cours in France. On the same weekend, he debuts in the Cobra Daytona, fighting for the lead until the driver change.

 

Later that year at Estoril, Daniel took third in the three-hour endurance race with the Cobra after his large lead was lost due to technical issues with the car.

 

The following weekend at Portimao, Daniel drove the Cobra to two podiums and led the final race until two laps from the end when he had to take a drive-through penalty, dropping him to second.