Support Our Paras Racing Leave BTCC After Single Season

Support Our Paras Racing have announced their withdrawal from the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship ahead of the 2016 season.

The squad made their debut foray into the BTCC in 2015 and consisted of a crew made up of injured personnel from the Parachute Regiment, leading Infiniti’s factory programme.

The Japanese manufacturer swiftly pulled the plug on this after just three meetings however, the team dropping from two Infiniti Q50s to a single entry after their second TOCA BTCC Licence was withdrawn.

Richard Hawken, Max Coates and ex-Formula 1 racer Martin Donnelly all partnered regular driver, Derek Palmer Jnr, who scored the team’s maiden points finish at Snetterton.

The team were awarded one TBL to continue racing this season, but have now confirmed they will shift their efforts elsewhere for 2016.

“Naturally it’s a huge disappointment to the team, and the injured guys from the Parachute Regiment who prepared the race car,” said team principal Derek Palmer Snr.

“We appreciate these are tough times financially for companies across the country, but that doesn’t make our disappointment any less.

“I would like to thank our principal sponsor of last year, TENA Men, for all their support.

“We will now focus on returning to motorsport in a different series.”