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Sat, 26 May 2018 08:00:00 +0100


Jonathan Palmer: from F1 racer to Britain's top circuit boss

Jonathan Palmer

Palmer’s MSV operates five UK circuits
By applying a racer’s nous to business, the former driver is now one of motorsport's most influential people

For most talented racing drivers, a career in Formula 1 is the pinnacle.

While fighting to get to the top, stars rarely give much thought to how they’ll occupy their lives once the racing ends, not least because motor racing looks after its heroes better than most other sports.

For Jonathan Palmer, winner of Autocar’s recently announced 2018 Motorsport Hero award, life was never that simple. Even in his F1 pomp, Palmer planned ahead. He was far more successful than most of his peers, driving 83 grands prix for four teams between 1983 and 1989 and winning the Jim Clark Cup (a championship for non-turbo F1 cars) before successfully moving to sports cars and the BTCC. But when it all ended, he was ready.

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