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will join the company’s board of directors. Tate has previously held senior posts at Elan Panoz, Lola Cars, Rockingham Motor Speedway, and Masters Historic Racing.

Former Chip Ganassi team manager, Tom Anderson, is to serve as president of racing operations at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing next year. He will take responsibility for the ALMS and IndyCar efforts in 2012.

Jean-Michel Jalinier is to replace Bernard Rey as president of Renault’s Formula 1 division. Jalinier will report directly to the chairman and chief executive officer of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Carlos Ghosn.

Chris Norman has resigned from the position of competitions secretary at the UK’s 750 Motor Club. Norman, who had been in the post for just a year, replaced Robin Knight in the role for 2011, but has now moved on to pursue other business interests.

Jacky Eeckelaert is to head up the design team on the 2012 HRT F1 car, after plans to install Jorg Zander in the position fell through. Eeckelaert, formerly part of the Honda Formula 1 set up, will work

Leeds University team before he became part of the organising committee. In 2010 he became vice chairman of the rules committee for FSAE and has played a key part in the formulation of a single set of rules for electric-powered vehicles across all Formula Student competitions worldwide.

New help for manufacturers could generate 23,000 new jobs

A new, nationally-operated Manufacturing Advisory Service has been announced that will focus on helping UK-based small and medium- sized manufacturers to grow. The new service will be delivered by the Manufacturing Advisory Consortium (MAC) and will help create an estimated £1.5bn in economic growth, 23,000 new jobs and safeguard 50,000 existing jobs. The Manufacturing Advisory Service will continue to deliver a national service to all manufacturing businesses in England, but the new consortium now means that there will be a specific focus on:

Dave Stubbs

Former Jaguar Formula 1 team manager, Dave Stubbs, has set up a SPEED Euroseries race team in collaboration with Michael Jackman, who ran the gearbox department at Jaguar. Stubbs, who managed the team during its Stewart, Jaguar and Red Bull eras, will run the team as MJ Tech Racing.

Alistair Fergusson, managing director of Alcon Components, has been re-elected as Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) chairman. Jim Morris, managing director of Lifeline Safety Systems, has also been re-elected to continue as vice chairman of the MIA.

Jacky Eeckelaert

alongside aerodynamicist, Stephane Schosse, on the Spanish team’s 2012 challenger.

Andrew Deakin has been appointed vice chairman of Formula Student. Deakin’s involvement with the event began as a competitor with the

Former Racecar Engineering editorial assistant, Paul Harmer, has passed away at the age of 61. In addition to his work as a motorsport journalist, Paul was also a club level race driver in sports and saloon cars.

Kim Brink is the new managing director, brand and consumer marketing, at NASCAR. Brink joins NASCAR from GM Corporation, where she was executive director of advertising and sales promotion for Cadillac.

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• driving business growth through strategic and technical support for SMEs developing advanced manufacturing capabilities and creating high value jobs

• enabling business improvement CAUGHT

NASCAR Sprint Cup outfits, Michael Waltrip Racing and JTG Daugherty, have been penalised and fined for fitting windscreens that did not meet the specifications – the ’screens were apparently modified at the top to create a gap between the frame in an effort to disturb the air at the rear of the car. As a result of the transgressions, which were discovered during scrutineering at Talladega, crew chiefs, Chad Johnston, Rodney Childers and Frank Kerr have each been fined and were suspended from

NASCAR until the end of November. Car chiefs, Anthony Lunders, Steve Channing and Raymond Fox, have also been suspended, while Bobby Kennedy, director of competition for Michael

Waltrip Racing, has been placed on NASCAR probation until the end of the year. The JTG Daugherty car is prepared at the MWR facility. Each of the three cars has also been docked points in the drivers’ and owners’ championships.

FINE: $50,000 (£31,700) per crew chief PENALTY: 25 points per car

DC Electronics appoints Antipodean distributor

UK-based DC Electronics has appointed Ultimate Power Steering as the distributor of its electronic power- assisted steering products in Australia and New Zealand. Ultimate Power Steering is based north of Brisbane and has extensive knowledge of power steering systems. Company director, Warwick Hutchinson, alone has over 25 years’ experience in theindustry, and commented: ‘We are delighted to be working with DC Electronics as a

distributor of their products. They have an excellent reputation within the motorsport industry and we are looking forward to generating some excellent results.’ Managing director of DC, David Cunliffe, said: ‘We are committed to servicing the global motorsport industry and working with Warwick and the team at Ultimate Power Steering allows us to continue to fulfil that commitment.’ For more on Ultimate Power Steering, see

with manufacturers operating in global supply chains

• linking SMEs with the apprenticeship programme, delivering a minimum of 1250 engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships annually.

UK Business Minister, Mark Prisk, said

of the announcement: ‘Manufacturing contributes half of Britain’s exports and has much higher productivity than the rest of the economy, so it is essential to our plans for growth. That is why we are taking steps to ensure our industrial base is thriving as part of a strong and balanced UK economy. ‘I recently visited Arrowsmith Engineering in Coventry, who supply the motorsport and aerospace industries, and who have been able to grow their company 20 per cent as a result of support from MAS.’



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