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Be in the next chapter of my story

16 Sep , 2015  

damani-marcano-donington-smiling-in-front-of-car-mediumIf you don’t already know, I am only 16 and I was the only driver in the 2015 Volkswagen Racing Cup too young to have a road driving licence. I had never raced cars before this year yet I have qualified in the top-10, finished in the top-10, plus I was among the 8 fastest drivers (against 26 experienced, adult racing drivers). At Donington last weekend I matched championship contenders on pace in one of the toughest saloon car racing series there are.

Tony Gilham, team principal of Team HARD, believes I can achieve some amazing results by making another huge step forward this weekend if I return to Donington and compete in the VAG Trophy, hosted by the GT Cup at Donington Park, UK. He thinks I could become the youngest driver to get a podium in the VAG Trophy (no pressure!) The records I could take away this weekend are:

  • the highest finishing driver in the VAG Trophy series who is too young to have a UK driver’s license
  • the youngest driver ever to return to the VAG Trophy
  • the only driver they’ve ever had who is too young to have a UK driver’s licence

Other brands have already seen the possibilities of getting involved. The Clever Baggers, RiverGlide and Wakaleo Consulting all want to be a part of this story… To make this happen I also need you!

Individuals can offer their support, any amount large or small, on gofundme.com/DKMRacing

But what do companies get in return? Loads plus you will be a part of the coverage of whatever happens this weekend! I’ll explain more in a minute. First, you’re probably wondering, “can this kid really drive?”



Be one of the companies that made it possible for me to be the youngest driver ever to return to the VAG Trophy and you could receive:

  • PR, press, media coverage (see past coverage & media highlights)
  • Your branding on the car, visible to spectators, TV viewers and across social media
  • Social Media Coverage (last month I received 139,000 impressions on Twitter alone!)
  • Passes to the VAG Trophy hosted by the GT Cup at Donington Park 19th-20th Sept
  • A Corporate Social Responsibility story to engage with your customers – supporting a teenager reaching for his dream
  • A visit from me to meet your team and talk to them about what it’s like as a 16 year old racing driver*

* UK mainland only

The last remaining items I need to cover are:

Insurance: approx £700 and excess of up to £2000

Tyres: 4x Hankook Ventus 240/640/R18 C52 Competition use (approx £200+VAT each)

Sold? Let’s make this happen!

Want some ideas on how this could work for you?

Are you a Car or Motorsport Insurance Broker? 
If it is a reasonable premium, I can pay it. Waive the excess and you are on board! There’s a reasonable chance you won’t have to pay much at all. The content generated by this story could last for months on social media! Just think, I’m old enough to drive on the road next year so there are all sorts of things we could work on together.

Are you a Tyre Fitter or Tyre Mail Order Company?
Supply the tyres (weather might change which tyres I need) or cover the cost of the tyres with the team and you are on board! You will be able to say that you helped a 16 year old set a new record and it would only have been possible with the tyres supplied by you!

Are you a company that would love to see me succeed but wonder, What’s the connection?
You don’t have to have anything to do with motor-sport or cars. My amazing backers, The Clever Baggers, create reusable, bio-degradable bags of all shapes and sizes. They supply everyone from huge supermarkets to small arts & crafts creators. Together we have a partnership and I work hard to promote them. It might not just be me but they have seen an 11% increase in sales since our partnership started. You could join them too. Still not sure…

Get in touch now, and we’ll build a story around you.

Want to know more about me? Check out this 2 minute clip with me telling my story…


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