Paul Wilson

Friday, May 12, 2017

It was deeply upsetting to read reports in today of the untimely passing of Aston Martin racing driver Paul Wilson after a gruelling battle against cancer. He was just 41.

Already being an accomplished Caterham driver both he and fellow Caterham driver Paul Leonard made a bold step up the racing ladder back in 2013 when they entered a Fortec prepared Mercedes SLS into the VLN series. The next year they were to swap to the Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3 with the help and assistance of the Aston Martin Test Centre.

Racing the black and yellow and affectionately named Bumblebee car for  next two years in series like the VLN, Blancpain Endurance, British GT as well as the Spa and Nurburgring 24 along side driver like Michael Meadow, Tom Onslow-Cole and Jonny Adam, Wilson and Leonard both looked like racers on the up.

It's been nearly a year to the day since we last 'spoke' with Paul via social media after it was apparent his health had forced him to miss the ADAC Zurich N24, optimistic that the cancer had been removed following a major operation.

Paul was of course not just a racing driver but a husband and a father. Our thoughts and sympathies are with them at this difficult time.

Photo credits - Leonard AMR / Blancpain / social media

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