The new boys on the British Touring Car Championship block Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing teamed up with Formula 1 team Red Bull Racing to pick up vital racing tips ahead of its debut season in BTCC.

Infiniti Racing were invited to the F1 team's factory in Milton Keynes to see how Red Bull prepare for races. The team were given a behind-the-scenes tour and met staff from various departments, with an emphasis on race prep.

The Formula 1 team also demonstrated how to service a car and replace all four wheels in under three seconds.

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"I had to keep pinching myself today," said former paratrooper Mike Lewis who was injured by an IED in Afghanistan after two tours in Iraq. "I've watched the Infiniti Red Bull Racing guys change tyres on the Formula One car for years on the TV, and today I not only watched them in action, but worked alongside them.

"It's been a privilege. These guys are the best at what they do: of that there is no question. Sure, we don't need to carry out pit-stops in the BTCC, but we've all learned so much today about how important it is to work as a unit, and as a team.

The new BTCC team will compete with Infiniti Q50s and aim to raise awareness and funds for Support Our Paras, the official charity of the Britain Army's iconic Parachute Regiment. The team are employing injured paratroopers to prepare the cars, and have a long-term goal of eventually training an injured paratrooper to compete behind the wheel.

Derek Palmer Sr, the team's team principal, hailed the time working with the Red Bull team as a 'unique opportunity' and feels it has given them an extra dose of motivation ahead of the 2015 season.

"This has been a once in a lifetime opportunity not just for the Paras, but for any team on the BTCC grid," Palmer said. "It's clear, just having spoken with the guys, that they've taken a huge amount from the time they've spent working with the Infiniti Red Bull Racing crew.

"We may be coming into the BTCC as newcomers, but we are definitely prepared for the challenges which we'll understandably face in our first season. And there's no question that the guys are even better prepared now having spent time to the Infiniti Red Bull Racing crew."