Paul Gibson

Director & Driver

Paul Gibson is the owner of Gibson Motorsport and has an impressive history within motorsport as a designer, engineer and multiple-championship-winning racing driver.

Paul’s Stats

Over

200

Wins

Over

150

Poles

Over

220

Podiums

Over

50

Lap Records

Paul’s interest in motorsport began with Formula One but his first experience as a driver came in the early seventies with a 1340cc Mini and a MK1 Ford Escort rally car. A number of modified race cars followed but Paul found the quality from other manufacturers to be lacking. It was this that prompted him to build the Vision Racing cars and later the K10 and K11 cars (recently renamed the GK18), which were unbeatable on track and still hold a number of lap records.

 

During his time building and modifying race cars, Paul has won a number of championships, led prestigious races and has achieved numerous podiums. He uses his engineering knowledge to develop race cars and, alongside the Gibson Motorsport improvement centre, helps racing drivers to see similar successes.

Biography

1973

Paul Gibson builds his first race car, a 1340cc rally Mini.

1974

Paul builds various space frame grass track cars, winning numerous races and championships.

1977–1983

These are the Mallock years. Paul buys a Mallock MK18b in late 1976 to go circuit racing in 1977. He continually modifies Mallocks to improve performance and reliability.

1983

Races the self-built Vision and consistently finishes second behind the late, great Will Hoy.

1984

Paul redesigns the Vision’s aero and suspension.

1985–1987

The Vision winning streak: With new suspension, Paul wins 52 races in a row with the Vision, claiming two British championships and sending lap records tumbling along the way.

1987

The Vision F3 car: A success in engineering but a disaster on track.

1988

The F3 car’s debut season, which was a disaster after wind tunnel models gave the car too much downforce. Unfortunately, the project took Vision down.

1989

Daniel Gibson starts Karting in Cadets. Soon, Paul’s engineering experience would see half the competitors buying his tuned engines.

1990

Paul turns his focus to running the family business in heavy lifting.

1992

Paul decides to buy a Prosport car to race in a great formula that was unfortunately destined for failure.

1996

The Nemesis RME racing car is built, a high downforce car with the first raised nose. A RaceCar Engineering article at the time states: “The mad man in the North, it will never work.” It did, of course, and led the way to the new raised-nose cars we see today.

1997–2003

From this success, more than 25 Nemesis cars were built.

2004

Clubmans Supersports formula dies.

2005–2007

Paul moves to Mallock cars again, this time with Gibson aerodynamics. The Mallock MK35 Synergy was the fastest Mallock in K Series with Daniel winning the first championship in 2007.

2008–2009

Paul buys two Gem Clubmans cars and Daniel retains his title. As the car gets older, it starts to fall apart, which prompts Paul to design his own car.

November 2009

Paul starts designing the Nemesis K10.

March 2010

After only four months, the Nemesis K10 hits the track winning its inaugural race at Croft.

June 2010

The K11 is launched for K Sport.

2010

Championship wins follow and lap records fall wherever the team and the Nemesis goes.

2012

The GH19 CN car is designed in collaboration with Dave Mckenzie as part of his thesis at Oxford University. A misinterpretation in the rules means the car can only compete in the invitational class.

2014

Paul buys the house near Darlington that will become the Gibson Motorsport HQ.

Late 2014

Paul buys a number of historic race cars and goes on to lead Silverstone Classic two years in a row.

2015–2017

Paul wins the 1000k race at Donington three years in a row in the Lola T70.

2016

Paul finishes modifications to the house at One Spa Wells with the workshop and improvement centre now open for business. He also finishes in sixth in the Masters Historic Sports Car Championship in the Lola after missing several races due to work commitments.

2017

Paul competes in the Masters Historic Sports Car Championship, this time finishing 11th overall and third in class, again missing several races due to other commitments.