JUL 23rd 2015

Former Dragon Theo Paphitis to make Revival debut

Former Dragons Den star Theo Paphitis will trade his suit for fireproof overalls as he makes his Goodwood debut at this year’s Revival.

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Former Millwall FC chairman Paphitis is also famous for reviving the fortunes of high-street brands La Senza and Ryman Stationary as well as appearing on the hit BBC2 show.

A self-confessed car lover Theo joined forces with Formula 1 podium finisher and Le Mans pole-sitter Mark Blundell to become chairman of sports agency MB partners in 2013.

After working to gain his race licence over the winter Paphitis will race a Ford Anglia in the St Mary’s Trophy for 1960s saloons alongside Toyota World Endurance Championship racer and multiple IndyCar race winner Mike Conway.

Conway, 31, is a race winner in the two most prestigious championships outside of F1 – the WEC and the IndyCar Series – and has sprayed the victory champagne on some of the most famous and challenging circuits in the world, including Monaco, Long Beach and Macau.

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Paphitis and Conway will be joined at the Revival by Blundell – himself a winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours and several IndyCar races during the 1990s. Blundell and his co-driver Kerry Michael will share a Ford Lotus Cortina in the St Mary’s Trophy.

Speaking after announcing his participation Theo Paphitis said: ‘I’m incredibly excited to be making my Goodwood Revival debut in September.

‘I started racing this year purely with the Revival in mind as it’s such an incredible event at which Lord March makes sure everything is right, down to the tiniest of details.

‘With Mike Conway as my team-mate, I think we can have a respectable finish, although that will be tough against the cream of historic racers – not least my business partner, Mark Blundell.’

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