Infiniti announces its 2015 BTCC debut with the Q50 race cars and Support Our Paras Racing

Article by Andrew Christian, on October 16, 2014

A non-profit team will be competing in the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship in 2015. Support Our Paras Racing will enter two Infiniti Q50s provided by premium carmaker Infiniti. The team – which will banner the name “Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing” – is aiming to raise awareness and funds for Support Our Paras, which is the official charity of The Parachute Regiment.

This new team also has an ultimate long-term goal of developing, training and ensuring that an injured Paratrooper could graduate through the racing ranks and drive an Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing car in the future.

Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing is overseen by Team Principal Derek Palmer and will be made up of injured Paratroopers who will prepare and maintain the two NGTC Infiniti Q50 race cars for races during the 2015 BTCC season.

Piloting these specially-made Q50s are Richard Hawken (Walton-on-Thames), a three-time champion at club level who has tested for Speedworks in 2013, and Derek Palmer Jr. (Lanark/Zurich). Both Hawken and Palmer are successful drivers in Super Touring Cars in recent years.

Palmer boasts of having race experience in Dutch Touring Cars, Historic Touring Cars, as well as FIA GT, British GT and European GT Championships. He remarked that he is “extremely proud” to be associated with the Parachute Regiment, and become part of the “Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing.”

He added that Infiniti’s aspirations align with those of the team. Hawken, meanwhile, is also delighted to become part of the team and to compete in the United Kingdom’s biggest and most high-profile motorsport championship, the BTCC.

Press Release

Infiniti Q50 BTCC Race Car

An innovative new not-for-profit team will enter the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship in 2015 with a pair of manufacturer-backed Infiniti Q50s.

The premium car manufacturer Infiniti, along with Support Our Paras Racing, today revealed the car and team — to be known as ‘Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing’ — that will be entered into next season’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

The aim of the team is to specifically help raise awareness and funds for Support Our Paras, the official charity of The Parachute Regiment, one of the most iconic Regiments in the British Army.

The team, overseen by Team Principal Derek Palmer, will consist of a number of injured Paratroopers who will work on the cars to prepare them not only for race weekends, but also maintain their maximum efficiency throughout the hectic schedule of a BTCC season.

The team has also set itself the ultimate long-term goal of developing, training and ensuring an injured Paratrooper graduates through the racing ranks to pilot an Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing car in the future.

The two NGTC Infiniti Q50 race cars will be driven by Richard Hawken (Walton-on-Thames) — who has won three championships at club level and tested for Speedworks in 2013 — and Derek Palmer Jnr (Lanark/Zurich). Both drivers have raced successfully in Super Touring Cars in recent years.

“I’m extremely proud to be associated with the Parachute Regiment, honoured to work with, and be associated with, the guys and to be part of the team entering the BTCC,” said Palmer, who has race experience in Dutch Touring Cars, Historic Touring Cars, as well as FIA GT, British GT and European GT Championships. “Infiniti’s aspirations perfectly align with those of the team.”

Hawken too is delighted to be making the step into Britain’s biggest and most high-profile motorsport championship, the BTCC — which consists of ten race meetings at the UK’s leading circuits, and 30 races — with Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing.

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