Chelmsford, Essex – The motorsport world is in mourning following the tragic passing of Dan Kirby, a British racing driver based in Chelmsford, Essex. Dan Kirby’s untimely departure was confirmed on Tuesday, September 19, 2023. While the exact cause of his passing is yet to be officially confirmed, local media has speculated that it may have been a result of suicide, although this remains unconfirmed. Our thoughts are with his wife, Bethany Kirby, and their beautiful daughters during this challenging time.
The motorsport community expressed their shock and sadness at the news, with one colleague stating, “It’s with a huge shock and sadness that we’ve learned about the passing of Dan Kirby. A British racer and a simracer colleague who we had the pleasure to race against. Rest in Peace.”
Dan Kirby, a British racing driver who hailed from Chelmsford, Essex, was an active participant in the TCR-UK Touring Car Championship. His journey in the world of touring car racing began in 2020 when he joined Power Maxed Racing. His dedication to the sport and his contributions to the racing community will be remembered fondly as his colleagues and fans mourn the loss of a talented and passionate driver.
Andy Wilmot shared his sorrow on the death of his friend Dan Kirby. He stated that:
A tragic loss of someone so close and dear to me who truly changed my life for the better and made many of my dreams come true, from achieving Business goals to being in BTCC. A true friend, My supporter, Racing Team mate and business partner. Words can not express the sadness felt by everyone who knew and loved this amazing man. Dan Kirby . Forever Missed, Never Forgotten. Rest Peacefully. Thoughts and Prayers to your family 💔
In the subsequent 2021 season, Dan Kirby came tantalizingly close to securing the championship title with Power Maxed Racing. The season reached its dramatic climax at Donington Park, where a gripping final race weekend unfolded, featuring five drivers fiercely competing for the coveted championship title.
In a nail-biting finish, Dan concluded the weekend in 3rd place, marking a highly successful second year in his touring car racing career. Prior to fully dedicating himself to racing, Dan served as the founder and team principal of Trade Price Cars Racing. This team, an offshoot of his car sales business, Trade Price Cars, actively competed in the 2019 and 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship seasons. They fielded two Audi S3 cars, driven by notable names such as Jake Hill and former F1 and Le Mans winner Mark Blundell in 2019, followed by Bobby Thompson and James Gornall in 2020.
Chelmsford, an English city located northeast of London, boasts a rich history and cultural heritage. Notable landmarks include Hylands House, a stunning 18th-century mansion with meticulously restored interiors, surrounded by hundreds of acres of picturesque parkland. The city is also home to the medieval Chelmsford Cathedral, renowned for its exquisite stained glass windows and a vibrant, colorful ceiling that adds to its historical charm.