Paul Wallace (racing driver)

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Paul Wallace (born 22 October 1958) was a British Touring Car Championship driver. He was also a competitor in several other prominent motorsport competitions.

Early life[edit]

Born on 22 October 1958 to Ruth and Kenneth Wallace, Paul Wallace was educated at The King's School after turning down a place in the Scholars' class at renowned British public school Gordonstoun. He then studied at UMIST where he read Mechanical Engineering.

Following his degree, Wallace went into business, setting up his own successful company, PWA, which designed and marketed a leading computerised personnel database system. His company was sold onto Great Plains Software in 1999. Following this sale, Paul was able to pursue his long term wish to compete in motorsports.

Racing career[edit]

Starting in 1999, Wallace competed in the Tomcat Vento Challenge. In 2000 Wallace won the Tomcat Championship title driving a Rover 220 Coupe Turbo. He entered his Rover into the Super Coupe Cup for the 2001 season. After leaving the Super Coupe Cup in 2002, Wallace began driving in the Elf Clio Renaultsport UK Cup. After two winter championships he competed in a full season, finishing 19th. in 2003 he began his British Touring Car Championship career.

The first half of the season was spent in the Production Class, with an Alfa Romeo 156. For the second half of the year he moved into the Touring Class, replacing Gavin Pyper in a Vauxhall Astra Coupé. Both cars were run by former racer Gary Ayles and his team, GA Motorsport. Wallace returned for the 2004 BTCC season under the 'Team Sureterm' banner.[1] After round six he was replaced in the team by Kelvin Burt.[2]

He went on to compete in the MG Trophy from 2005, winning the trophy in 2006 and placing in the top 3 in all other seasons. He set four lap records in his final season. He finished motor racing after the 2008 season, to pursue other goals.

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position - 1 point awarded in first race, 2003 in class) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap - 1 point awarded all races, 2003 in class) (* signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap - 1 point awarded all races)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Pos Pts
2003 GA Motorsports Alfa Romeo 156 P MON
1

Ret
MON
2

Ret
BRH
1

16
BRH
2

13
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

Ret
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

13
ROC
1

17
ROC
2

13
6th 46
Vauxhall Astra Coupé T CRO
1

11
CRO
2

Ret
SNE
1

DNS
SNE
2

Ret
BRH
1

17
BRH
2

13
DON
1

12
DON
2

Ret
OUL
1

13
OUL
2

Ret
19th 0
2004 Team Sureterm
GA Motorsports
Vauxhall Astra Coupé THR
1

Ret
THR
2

Ret
THR
3

Ret
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

10
BRH
3

13
SIL
1
SIL
2
SIL
3
OUL
1
OUL
2
OUL
3
MON
1
MON
2
MON
3
CRO
1
CRO
2
CRO
3
KNO
1
KNO
2
KNO
3
BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
SNE
1
SNE
2
SNE
3
DON
1
DON
2
DON
3
21st 1

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