Former Grand Prix driver Martin Donnelly will make his BTCC debut at this weekend's Thruxton round for the Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing squad.

Donnelly replaces Richard Hawken in a surprise move which sees the former Lotus F1 racer partner Derek Palmer aboard the Infiniti Q50 machine.

The 51-year old is unfortunately best known for his horrific life threatening crash at Jerez during the 1990 Spanish Grand Prix, which ended his F1 career on the spot after sustaining multiple injuries, particularly to his legs.

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"It's great to be involved with the inspiring Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing team, working alongside the injured ex-Paratroopers," said Donnelly.

"I can relate to these guys with what they are trying to overcome with their disabilities, having suffered my own injuries back in 1990 at Jerez.

"Clearly it's going to be a very steep learning curve, but I'm up for the challenge. My primary goal is to see the chequered flag at the end of Sunday's three races, and I'm looking forward to racing in the BTCC this weekend."