This year we are delighted to welcome former winner of the UK Alfashop Alfa Romeo Championship, Paul Plant, to the team. He is sure to be a major asset to us this season.
Paul’s Racing Career
Paul started out as an amateur Karter. He initially got in to Karting as a hobby with friends and quickly found that he could keep up with more experienced Karter’s – challenging for wins from the very beginning. Paul starting doing hire race events at Buckmore park and Daytona at Milton Keynes and added several trophies to his collection.
Paul entered the British Racing and Sports Car Club (BRSCC) Alfashop Alfa Romeo Championship (a UK-based competition), which is the most competitive Class D production-based race series. In his very first race in the Alfashop Alfa Romeo Championship, Paul qualified in pole, and then continued in fine form to take the race win with fastest lap time and also broke the lap record. The season continued with Paul taking a further 11 wins and one second place. He achieved ten pole positions and ten fastest laps overall, becoming the Class Champion and Runner Up in the championship by four points.
Paul continued in the Alfashop Alfa Romeo Championship. He finished 2009 with a win in race one, and accumulated a total of 12 Class wins throughout the season. He also got second place once, 12 Fastest Lap times and 11 Pole positions. He became the 2009 Overall Champion. Paul Raced in three different classes throughout the season and won in each class to become the first driver to Win the championship after competing in more than one class.
Paul defended his title but only completed part of the season. He achieved six wins, six poles and six fastest Laps in seven races. Paul also completed in the Historic Eifelrennen 300km race at the Nordschleife, winning the ‘up to 1600cc’ class with his first ever lap of the ring being in qualifying.
Paul also started The European Championship Racing at Hockenheim, Le Mans, Spa, Zandvoort and Nurburging. Paul won his class in the Alfashop Alfa Romeo UK Championship for the third year in a row and took podium places in the European Alfa Championship.
Paul didn’t complete the full Alfashop Alfa Romeo UK Championship season, but did compete in five race in the UK with four wins and a second place.
He also completed several races in the European Alfa Championship, again reaching the podium and taking third in class come the end of the season. In the summer, Paul competed in the Eifelrennen 300KM race. NOTE: The highlighted sections contradict the 2010 section: Having never turned a wheel on the Nordschleife, Paul’s first lap was during qualifying.! Come the end of the 300km race Paul had won his class (grid of 300 cars in 4 classes) and received a special award for winning on his track debut. As his spectacular performance had never been achieved before, the organisers created the ‘Best Amateur’ award especially for Paul, and still to this day it has not been achieved again.
A quiet year with Paul competing in two races in the UK and four abroad. His personal highlight was racing at the Nurburgring in the European Alfa Championship and Beating the European Alfa Challenge multiple champion in a rain soaked race by over 30 seconds. This made Paul the first UK driver to win the European race of all classes over all. In the UK, more concentration was given to developing the race team with Bianco Auto Developments.
Paul raced three times in the UK, choosing to focus instead on growing the race team and supporting his brother, Tom. One of Paul’s races ended with a high speed crash putting the car out for the majority of the season. Unfortunately, the final race saw an engine failure.
Paul competed the full European Alfa Championship and finished third in class once again. Paul went to Hockenheim and once again dominated the races, taking the win after qualifying in second place.
Paul continued to compete in Europe taking six wins out of seven in the Twinspark Cup, only losing one to his Brother at Zandvoort. Back in the UK, Paul was now fully involved in running a large race team and competed in one outing at Silverstone.
Paul invested more time to racing in 2015. In the Alfashop Alfa Romeo Championship, Paul took one pole, one second and four wins.
Paul is delighted to be competing in the UK and European Alfa Romeo Championships once again and will also take on the UK Renault Clio Cup. He has purchased the car of legendary racing champion Paul Rivett – a 2014 Generation 4 Renault Clio x98, chassis number 122. It will reach speeds in excess of 125mph and do 0-60 in under 6 seconds.