Jonathan Palmer (A. 1969-74)
Written by Alex Bremer (Ry. 1979-83), Site Administrator
Thursday, 01 January 2004

Former Grand Prix racer and Old Brightonian Jonathan Palmer has agreed to purchase the four race circuits owned by Brands Hatch Circuits Limited: Brands Hatch, Cadwell Park, Oulton Park and Snetterton, for an undisclosed sum.

Jonathan and his two partners, John Britten and Peter Ogden, will own and control MotorSport Vision (MSV) – a new company established for the purposes of owning and developing the four circuits.

"The future of these historic venues as motor racing circuits is now assured. Central to our plans is continued ownership of all four circuits and development of the motorsport business at each of them, in accordance with their character and opportunities they present." said Palmer, "I am very excited about the prospect of providing spectators with more entertaining motor racing and competitors with circuits that become even better to race at."

Jonathan made his Grand Prix debut at Brands Hatch following an invitation to test a Williams after winning the 1983 F2 title. It was a just end-of-season reward for the works Ralt-Honda driver, and the reward became sweet when Frank Williams offered him a drive at the European GP at Brands alongside regulars Rosberg and Laffite. As defending World Champion Rosberg could only manage a poor 16th and Laffite was a non-qualifier for the second time in a row, Palmer did well to qualify in 25th, this in a season the updated Cosworth-powered FW08 was totally outrun by turbo power.

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Alex's most passionate interests include Motor Racing (Alex raced for a short time in 1986 and 1987 in Formula Ford and Formula First before parking his shiny racing car in an inappropriately violent manner half way down the main straight at Brands Hatch), Boxing (which he is delighted never to have participated in), Music (Alex is hysterically tone-deaf - but loves attending live gigs), Movies, Manchester United & Skiing.

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