Paul Stokell (born 8 March 1968 in Tasmania) is an Australian racing driver. Highly decorated in every category he has competed, Stokell has been a race and multiple championship winning driver in open wheel, sportscar racing and tarmac rallying, consistently since the early 1990s and remains so today having won back to back Australian Targa Championship in 2018/2019.

While Tasmanian born, today Stokell is Queensland based where he has operated a performance driving school since 2008, and has been involved with the Sherrin Motor Sport Porsche Carrera Cup team taking their maiden victory in 2007.

Open wheelers

Stokell first emerged into the national spotlight racing in the national Australian Formula Ford series, taking a Reynard to runner up in the 1990 title behind Russell Ingall.[1] Stokell tried to push his career in England in the next couple of years however a lack of support forced his return to Australian racing in 1993 driving for Malcolm Ramsay's South Australian Birrana Racing team in Formula Brabham (which reverted to its original name of Formula Holden in 1996). With Stokell leading, Birrana came to dominate the category and Stokell took a trifecta of Australian Drivers' Championships in the mid-90s. In 1994, he represented Australia in the EFDA Nations Cup but the highlight of the era was his first international victory, winning the 1994 New Zealand International Series and 1995 Pan Pacific title including the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Sports cars

In 1998, Stokell led an importer supported team driving Lotus Elise in the Australian GT Production Car Championship and against larger and more powerful cars Stokell became a giant-killer in the Lotus, finishing sixth in the championship. Out of this effort came an invitation to join the newly formed Team Lamborghini Australia, to race Lamborghini Diablos in the Australian Nations Cup Championship. Starting in 2000, Stokell was a constant front runner in the black Diablo and again became a championship winner in 2003 and 2004. In 2005, he drove in one round of the FIA GT Championship[2] in a Lotus placing second in the G2 class.

Since then Stokell has made sporadic appearances in a variety of categories and became a competitor and entrant in the new Mini Challenge series in 2008 and became series champion in 2009.[3] He followed that by representing Australia for the second time in the Spanish Mini Challenge in 2010[4] as well as finishing second in the Australian Mini Challenge in 2010.[5]

Career results

Some results sources from:[6]

Season Series Position Car Team
1990 Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series 2nd Reynard FF88 Ford
Swift FB90 Ford
Phoenix Motorsport
Swift Australia
1992 Australian Drivers' Championship 15th Shrike NB89H Holden
1993 Australian Drivers' Championship 3rd Reynard 90D Holden Birrana Racing
1994 Australian Drivers' Championship 1st Reynard 91D Holden Birrana Racing
EFDA Nations Cup 16th † Van DiemenOpel Team Australia
1995 Australian Drivers' Championship 1st Reynard 91D Holden Birrana Racing
Pan-Pacific Formula Brabham Championship 1st
1996 Australian Drivers' Championship 1st Reynard 91D Holden Birrana Racing
1998 Australian GT Production Car Championship 6th Lotus Elise Sport 19
2000 Australian Nations Cup Championship 4th Lamborghini Diablo SVR Team Lamborghini Australia
Shell Championship Series 50th Ford Falcon (AU) Steven Ellery Racing
2001 Australian Drivers' Championship 11th Reynard Holden Birrana Racing
Australian Nations Cup Championship 2nd Lamborghini Diablo SVR Team Lamborghini Australia
Shell Championship Series 74th Ford Falcon (AU) Dick Johnson Racing
2002 Australian Nations Cup Championship 4th Lamborghini Diablo GTR Team Lamborghini Australia
V8Supercar Championship Series 47th Ford Falcon (AU) Paul Little Racing
2003 Australian Nations Cup Championship 1st Lamborghini Diablo GTR Team Lamborghini Australia
V8Supercar Championship Series 69th Ford Falcon (BA) Paul Little Racing
2004 Australian Nations Cup Championship 1st Lamborghini Diablo GTR Team Lamborghini Australia
Australian GT Performance Championship 2nd Volkswagen Golf R32
V8 Supercar Championship Series 57th Holden Commodore (VY) Team Dynamik
2007 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 14th Porsche 997 GT3 Cup
Australian GT Championship 24th Lamborghini Gallardo Team Palmer
2008 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 19th Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Sherrin Motor Sport
Australian Mini Challenge 2nd Mini John Cooper Works Challenge Decorug Racing
2009 Australian Mini Challenge 1st Mini John Cooper Works Challenge Decorug Racing
2010 Australian Mini Challenge 2nd Mini John Cooper Works Challenge Decorug Racing
  • † Team result

Complete V8 Supercar results

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final Pos Points
2000 Steven Ellery Racing PHI PTH ADL ECK HDV CAN QLD WIN OPK CDR QLD
13
SAN BAT
Ret
50 56
2001 Dick Johnson Racing PHI ADL ECK HDV CAN PTH CDR OPK QLD
Ret
WIN BAT PUK SAN 74th 72
2002 Toll Racing ADL PHI ECK HDV CAN PTH ORP WIN QLD
21
BAT
12
SUR PUK SAN 1
24
SAN 2
Ret
47th 81
2003 Toll Racing ADL PHI ECK WIN PTH HDV QLD ORP SAN
30
BAT
11
SUR PUK ECK 69th 80
2004 Team Dynamik ADL ECK PUK HDV PTH QLD WIN ORP SAN
Ret
BAT
13
SUR SYM ECK 57th 144

Complete Bathurst 24 Hour results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2003 Australia Mark Coffey Racing Denmark Allan Simonsen
Australia Luke Youlden
Australia Peter Hackett
Lamborghini Diablo GTR A 487 8th 6th

Complete Bathurst 12 Hour results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2009 Australia Rockstar Energy Drink Australia
Australia Jonathon Webb
Nissan 350Z B 149 DNF DNF
2014 Australia Fiat Abarth Motorsport Australia
Australia
Australia
Fiat Abarth 500 F 236 22nd 2nd

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 May 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) 1990 Australian Formula Ford pointscore
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Stokell bound for Spain after MINI win". Speedcafe.com. 8 December 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Mixed results for Aussies in Spanish MINIs". Speedcafe.com. 7 June 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Alajajian takes all in MINI Challenge finale - Speedcafe". 11 June 2012. Archived from the original on 11 June 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 October 2004. Retrieved 27 December 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) PaulStokel.com Career Highlights

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Sporting positions
Preceded by Winner of the Australian Drivers' Championship
1994, 1995 and 1996
Succeeded by