Paston to close its doors

The team, run by father and son combination Rod and Phil Blow, started off in Formula First in 1993, before moving on to Formula Renault via Formula Vauxhall Jr.

Paston to close its doors

It was the first team to lay down its money when one-make Formula Renault was introduced in 2000. Craig Dolby became the youngest ever driver to stand on a UK FRenault podium in the team's swansong at Donington last weekend.

Rod Blow said: "It was a combination of things. Motorsport is a young man's game, I'm 60, and my son Phil has a few interesting offers from elsewhere. I'm still going to hang around, but now it's just time to call it a day."

The team's assets, including two FRenault chassis, have been put up for sale, although Paston could yet enjoy a swansong in the FRenault Winter Series should American Nick Jones choose to contest the two-event championship.

Paston's best season in FRenault came in 2002, when Mark McLoughlin took a win on his way to seventh place in the final championship standings.

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