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.