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Jonathan Palmer named British Motorsport’s most important person

Thursday, November 29 2018

MotorSport Vision's Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer has been named as British motorsport's most important person by leading industry publication Motorsport News.

A double-page spread in this week's edition selects the industry's top 10 influential figures, with Palmer at number one and MotorSport Vision's Group Operations and Engineering Manager Giles Butterfield in seventh place.

The article says: "In the 14 years since Jonathan Palmer, and his partners John Britten and Peter Ogden, took over the reins of Brands Hatch, Snetterton, Oulton Park and Cadwell Park, the circuits have thrived.

"It was a huge undertaking to take on the four tracks and bring them up to modern standards, but it is something he has achieved with his notorious attention to detail.

"He dragged the tracks into a modern generation, and he has set about doing the same thing to Donington Park too, as he took over the lease for the East Midlands venue at the beginning of 2017."

This is Palmer's fourth piece of individual recognition this year, having being named Autocar's Motorsport Hero of the year, being inducted into the Motor Sport Magazine Hall of Fame, and picking up the Outstanding Contribution of the Year award at the recent Professional Motorsport World Expo in Germany.

Butterfield's write up recognised his efforts in helping to establish the Formula Palmer Audi category in 1998, before becoming an integral figure at MSV: "How differently things might have been for Formula Palmer Audi had Giles Butterfield not been called in as team manager shortly before the series launched. In the words of Jonathan Palmer he joined 'with just eight weeks to do eight months' work'.

"He's seen and done it all, ensuring that Brands Hatch, Snetterton, Oulton Park and Cadwell Park flourished when they were acquired in '04, and more recently Donington Park last year. He's also successfully overseen MSV-run series including FIA Formula Two, BRDC Formula 4 and currently BRDC British Formula 3."