In the foot­steps of his fa­ther


Jonathan Palmer made his F1 de­but in a third Wil­liams at the 1983 Euro­pean GP held, ap­pro­pri­ately, at Brands Hatch. Palmer would later res­cue the ail­ing Kent cir­cuit, slot­ting it into a port­fo­lio that in­cludes Oul­ton Park, Snet­ter­ton and Cad­well Park.

Palmer was the For­mula 2 cham­pion in 1983. Many years later he would re­new his as­so­ci­a­tion with that cat­e­gory, since his Mo­tor­sport Vi­sion com­pany man­aged the re­vived cham­pi­onship in 2009-12.

His For­mula 1 ca­reer was char­ac­terised by drives in small­bud­get teams, such as RAM, Zak­speed and Tyrrell. In 1987 he won the Jim Clark Cup, the F1 cham­pi­onship awarded to driv­ers rac­ing nor­mally as­pi­rated ma­chin­ery.

At the end of his For­mula 1 ca­reer, he worked first as a pit­lane re­porter, and then joined Mur­ray Walker in the com­men­tary box at the BBC un­til he was re­placed by Martin Brun­dle as UK cov­er­age switched to ITV in 1997.

Two years later, Palmer founded a cor­po­rate driv­ing fa­cil­ity at Bed­ford Aero­drome, the suc­cess of which opened the door to the run­ning of var­i­ous mo­tor-rac­ing cham­pi­onships, and he sub­se­quently ac­quired some of Bri­tain’s best na­tional rac­ing cir­cuits. He cur­rently owns the com­mer­cial rights to Bri­tish Su­per­bikes as well as the new BRDC F4 cham­pi­onship.

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