The Infiniti Support Our Paras team began the Dunlop British Touring Car Championships this weekend, and did so in style with an impressive opening weekend. Just four days after the Infiniti Q50 race car completed its first test run at the Infiniti teams Mallory Park HQ, it completely surpassed the goals that had been set for the first triple-header race weekend and Brands Hatch.
The driver charged with the task of driving the team’s first car at the famous Kent circuit was 28-year old Scot, Derek Palmer, who overcame some early steering issues to claim two top 20 finishes.
“We’ve exceeded our expectations this weekend,” said Palmer, who thanked the Paras for all the hard work they put in to get the car race ready.
“No one should underestimate the achievement the Paras have delivered. These are guys who were injured serving our country, and in the space of a few months have built a BTCC racer capable of competing successfully in Britain’s top championship. Of course, it’s been a challenge, but it’s not in their nature to fail.”
Ex-Para team leader Darren Fuller was full of praise after the performance of both the car and driver during the first race weekend of the season.
“For all the injured Paras who form part of the team, the weekend’s been absolutely fantastic,” said Fuller, a former Colour Sergeant in the Parachute Regiment who lost his right arm in 2008, serving in Afghanistan.
“It’s been a massive achievement just to get here with one car to race in the ultra-competitive BTCC. And we’ll certainly have the second car on the grid in a fortnight at Donington. The lads are doing it for the charity and what we actually want to do is raising awareness and funds for that charity, and today was the first step towards achieving that.”
The Infiniti Q50 race cars used by the Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing team are all prepared by injured ex-servicemen from the Parachute Regiment, and all team profits will be donated to the official Regiment charity, Support Our Paras.
The Infiniti Support our Paras race team will continue their BTCC season at the next race meet in Donington on the weekend of April 18/19th.