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, Grantham. He then studied Mechanical Engineering at UMIST.

Following his degree, Wallace worked for three large corporates: RHP Bearings, Fisons Pharmaceuticals and Mars Electronics. In 1987 he went into business, setting up his own successful software company, PWA, which developed and marketed a range of leading HR/Personnel software applications with many blue chip clients in the UK and worldwide. His company was sold to Great Plains Software (which became a division of Microsoft) in 2000. Following this sale, Paul decided to pursue his long term wish to compete professionally in motorsports.

Racing career[edit]

Starting in 1998, 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, Wallace began driving in the Elf Clio Renaultsport UK Cup. He completed two winter championships (2001 and 2002) and the full 2002 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 during which he achieved 3 top three finishes. 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 placed in the top 3 in all other seasons. He set four lap records in his final season (2008). He finished motor racing after the 2008 season, to pursue other business activities.

He is now retired and lives in Switzerland.

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.btccpages.com/drivers/Paul-Wallace/ Career at BTCC Pages
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Burt back in BTCC business