Paul Drayson \\ Driver Biog'
Born: 5 March, England
Current Residence: London/Gloucestershire, UK
Marital status: Married; Elspeth, five children
Helmet: red metallic crown, silver metallic center, blue metallic band at bottom
Unique Note: Paul Drayson claimed the first British national victory for a bio-ethanol fueled race car (‘07) and was the former Minister of State for Science and Innovation for the UK.
Honours: American Le Mans Series Promoters Trophy (’08), AMOC Gordon Glenn Trophy (’08 & ‘09) AMOC Air Force Trophy 2009
Environmental: Earned the first British national victory (British GT) for a bio-ethanol fueled race car (‘07), Michelin ® Green X ® Challenge (Okayama, ’09)
Endurance Races: 24 Hours of Le Mans (’09), 12 Hours of Sebring, Petit Le Mans
Career ALMS Starts: 14 Starts (thru 2009 season)
Career LMS Starts: 6 (thru 2009 season)
2010 - Paul, Lord Drayson returns for his first full season racing the Lola B10/06 with Judd V10 Power prototype. He will share the car with Jonny Cocker (Guisborough, Yorks, UK) throughout the year with Emanuele Pirro (Rome) joining for the endurance events. Drayson will race the full American Le Mans Series (ALMS), at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Asian Le Mans Series and in the Intercontinental Cup (Petit Le Mans, Silverstone and in Asia).
2009 - Debuted his stand-alone operation, Drayson Racing, as owner/driver. Shared an Aston Martin Vantage GT2 with Cocker in the Le Mans Series, 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Switched team to LMP1 class Lola-Judd for Petit Le Mans, Laguna Seca and Asian Le Mans Series (Japan). Won one pole positions and the Michelin ® Green X ® Challenge at Okayama in Japan.
2008 - Took a leave of absence from his post in Government to debut in the American Le Mans Series with Drayson-Barwell Racing driving an Aston Martin with an E85-powered Vantage GT2 - the first in class. Earned a season-high seventh at Laguna Seca. Finished 21st in season driver championship. Finished second in the inaugural Green Challenge at the Petit Le Mans and third in the Green Challenge at Laguna Seca. Won two Founders Cups for the highest finishing GT2 driver whose primary job is not racing. Voted by event organisers the prestigious Promoters Award for most influential and beneficial participant in the American Le Mans Series.
2007 - Earned two victories, three pole positions and 10 podium finishes in 14 starts on his way to finishing second in the British GT Championship driving a bio-ethanol powered Aston Martin DBRS9 with Cocker. Won Britcar Night Race from pole position in a bio-fueled Aston Martin co-driving with Cocker.
2006 - Finished sixth in the British GT Championship GT3 category driving an Aston Martin DBRS9.
His Start- Began racing historic formula and sports cars in 2004. Moved into the highly competitive
Formula Palmer Audi Championship for formula cars in 2005.
His Start - Began racing historic formula and sports cars in 2004. Moved into the highly competitive Formula Palmer Audi Championship for formula cars in 2005.
Outside the Cockpit:
Paul Drayson is the Minister of State for Science and Innovation for the United Kingdom with oversight of the national science research budget, innovation policy and space programme. He attends the Cabinet and is a member of the National Economic Committee. Was appointed to Her Majesty’s Privy Council in November, ‘08. Graduate of St Dunstan's College, London and Aston University. Took a BSc (Hons) in Production Engineering at Aston and a PhD in Robotics there in 1985. Founded PowderJect Pharmaceuticals plc in ’93. The company went public in ’97 and become one of the world’s leading vaccine companies under his guidance. Sold his involvement in ‘03. Made working Peer in the UK Parliament’s House of Lords in ’04 and appointed Minister of Defence Procurement and Spokesman for the Defence in the House of Lords Government in ’05. Appointed Minister of State Business and Regulatory Reform in ’07. Stepped away from these posts in late ’07 to pursue racing before being asked back for his present position in October, ‘08. Drayson lives in London and Gloucestershire, UK with his wife Elspeth – who runs the day-to-day operations of Drayson Racing – and five children.