Jonathan Palmer is Chief Executive of the MSV Group which, in addition to Bedford Autodrome and PalmerSport, owns and operates the Brands Hatch, Cadwell Park, Oulton Park and Snetterton race circuits. MSV's businesses include running the British Superbike and BRDC F4 championships. MSV is a private company owned by Jonathan and Sir Peter Ogden.
After a brief career as a doctor, Jonathan moved full time to pursue his race driving passion in 1981 when he won the British F3 title and then two years later the European F2 championship. Six years of F1 followed, mainly with Tyrrell, together with a long career in world sportscar racing with Porsche, achieving several international wins and a second at Le Mans. On retiring from race driving in 1991 Jonathan focussed on his business ambitions, whilst also joining the BBC F1 commentary team for six years, partnering Murray Walker.
Jonathan's sons are carrying on in his tyre tracks and forging their own successful careers. 2014 GP2 Champion Jolyon has just been promoted to a race seat with Renault F1 for 2016, while younger brother Will is the 2015 BRDC F4 Champion and the 2015 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner.