'Support Our Paras Racing' team unveils BTCC Q50 race cars
The 'Support Our Paras Racing' team has unveiled the Infiniti Q50 race cars that will compete in the MSA British Touring Car Championship this season.
The new not-for-profit team aims to help raise both awareness and funds for 'Support Our Paras' - the official charity of The Parachute Regiment - with premium car manufacturer Infiniti.
The team, overseen by team principal Derek Palmer, will be powered by a number of injured paratroopers who will work on the cars, preparing them for race weekends and maintaining them throughout the BTCC season.
The team has also set itself the ultimate long-term goal of developing and training injured paratrooper graduates through the racing ranks to pilot an Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing car in the future.
Palmer said: "We've set ourselves a number of significant, but achievable, targets. Of course, we are aware of the challenges ahead of us, but with the united forces of The Paras and Infiniti, we believe we have the power to deliver results in the BTCC."
Steve Oliver, Infiniti regional director for North Europe, added: "To have an Infiniti on the starting grid in the BTCC next year will be an exciting event on its own, but to have the car represent The Parachute Regiment's main charity makes it exceptionally worthwhile.
"These race cars reinforce our commitment to the UK and provide an ideal platform to link together two truly British establishments: The Parachute Regiment and the BTCC."
The two NGTC Infiniti Q50 race cars will be driven by Richard Hawken, who has won three championships at club level and tested for Speedworks in 2013, and Derek Palmer Jnr. Both drivers have raced successfully in Super Touring Cars in recent years.