Team Drivers — 5
Paul Wighton entered the Marlboro Challenge in 1983 – a competition to find the next F1 star. He finished as one of the finalists in the competition after being judged on his driving abilities by professional drivers such as James Hunt and Anthony Reid. Wighton then sold his road car so that he could afford to go to the Jim Russell Racing School. He then went on to buy a Formula Ford to race and achieved several podiums in his first year of racing.
In 1990/91, Wighton received partial support from Reynard, who provided him with a brand new car to race in selected rounds of the Motorcraft National FF1600 championship, Champion of Oulton and Star of Mallory championships. In 1992, he gained support from Swift Racing Cars and entered the Rapid Fit National FF1600 Championship, Champion of Oulton and Star of Mallory, but only entered selected rounds due to budget constraints.
In 1993, Wighton took a five year break from racing due to work commitments, and returned to the Champion of Oulton in 1997. He finished 2nd in the Championship for three consecutive years. He also set various fastest laps and lap records over the three years. In 1999, he stepped up to Formula 3 and won the first two rounds of the Championship, but only competed in four rounds before having to give up racing, again, due to lack of budget.
In 2012, Wighton made his return to racing competing at the Walter Hayes Trophy, where he won the FF2000 class. He then continued to compete in FF2000 for the 2013 and 2014 seasons where he enjoyed three wins, eight seconds and two thirds. He also managed to get many pole positions, fastest laps and a lap record. He finished with the most points in the Championship.
After considering a career in the Royal Armoured Corps, Antonio Armelin thought it might be much more fun driving racing cars and duly graduated from the Jim Russell Racing School, winning his first race from pole position and setting the fastest lap along the way.
In 1984, Armelin was team-mate to eventual Esso FF1600 Champion, Alvaro Buzaid, before winning the 750MC FF1600 title with Cooper Racing in 1985. He then became an instructor at the Silverstone Racing School alongside current team-mate Anthony Reid, John Pratt, co-founder and director of iZone Driver Performance and Gil De Ferran, who went on to win two CART Champ titiles and the Indy 500.
Whilst at Silverstone, Armin also held a senior position at the skid school, counting Northants Constabulary, the Armed Forces and Customs and Excise amongst his many clients. After Jonny Herbert became British F3 Champion with Eddie Jordan Racing in 1987, he negotiated a deal with Jordan himself to run in F3 the following year, subject of course, to the old enemy- cash- which sadly wasn’t forthcoming.
He then accepted a position as Project Manager at Reynard Racing in Bicester, overseeing manufacture and sales of the highly successful Formula Vauxhall/Opel category. Catching a flight to Germany with Adrian Reynard for a crunch meeting with Opel Motorsport was a particularly interesting experience he remembers….. In 1990, he finally hung-up his helmet and embarked upon a career in the hospitality industry and is now an award-winning restaurateur based in Cardiff. His dedication, passion and boundless enthusiasm have brought considerable industry recognition including AA Restaurant of the Year for Wales, Elite Restaurant of the Year, entry to the Which? Good Food Guide and the coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand Award on numerous occasions.
He returned to racing in 2013 and was crowned URS Classic FF2000 Class ‘B’ Champion in his first season back behind the wheel for 25 years.
Team Stat List
|Full Team Name||Team Trooper Iron Maiden|
|Car Number||No. 101|