Infiniti will be represented on the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship grid for the first time in 2015 as part of new initiative that will see injured personnel from the Parachute Regiment make up a significant portion of its team.

The Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing team, which is to be run by Pro Motorsport, will enter a pair of Infiniti Q50 saloons for Richard Hawken and Derek Palmer Jr. with support from the UK arm of the Japanese manufacturer.

Most significantly, the Support Our Paras Racing team will comprise of a number of injured Paratroopers who will work on the cars to prepare them on race weekends and throughout the 2015 season.

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As well as raising aware of the Support Our Paras Cause, the team has also set itself the ultimate long-term goal of developing, training and ensuring an injured Paratrooper graduates through the racing ranks to pilot an Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing car in the future.

"We've set ourselves a number of significant, but achievable targets," Team Principal Derek Palmer stated. "Of course we are aware of the challenges ahead of us, but with the united forces of The Paras and Infiniti, we believe we have the power to deliver results in the BTCC."

The introduction of the new team coincides with the amalgamation of the two main Parachute Regiment charities. At the beginning of next year, the former Parachute Regiment Afghanistan Trust will merge with the Parachute Regiment Charity, and operate under the new name 'Support Our Paras'.

"I know the overall impact will be tremendous now that the team has finally launched," said Colin Smith, CEO of Afghanistan Trust, and to be Director of Operations for Support Our Paras charity. "This is something totally different. It's employing injured Paratroopers and they can eventually make a career out of this; that has never happened before."

"To have an Infiniti on the starting grid in the BTCC next year will be an exciting event on its own, but to have the car represent the Parachute Regiment's main charity makes it exceptionally worthwhile," added Infinit Regional Director Steve Oliver. "Infiniti is establishing itself as a main player in the premium sector in the UK, with sales on the increase, a new design Centre in Paddington London and from next year we will manufacture the first Infiniti for Europe outside of Japan from the plant based in Sunderland. These race cars reinforce our commitment to the UK and provide an ideal platform to link together two truly British establishments, The Parachute Regiment and the BTCC."

All profits generated by the Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing Team will be donated to the 'Support Our Paras' charity.