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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 11:09

Vital link: Engineering success in Supercars

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Hiding behind the stars of Supercars but no less important to success in the series are the race engineers, the vital link between the drivers and unlocking speed from their cars.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #98 profiles the engineers working with the main-game drivers in 2017 and how they got there.

Issue #98 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on issue #98.

Among the most high-profile engineers is Ludo Lacroix at DJR Team Penske. Lacroix ended a 17-year working relationship with Triple Eight Race Engineering last season, shocking the Supercars fraternity with his defection to DJR Team Penske.

The Frenchman joined team boss Roland Dane in Australia in 2003 to build what would be the benchmark team in Supercars. Though his focus was on the design and development of Supercars, he engineered Craig Lowndes last season before his switch to DJR Team Penske and partnership with McLaughlin.

The importance of the engineer-driver relationship is highlighted by Adam De Borre and Chaz Mostert at Prodrive Racing Australia. De Borre reunites with Mostert in 2017, continuing a relationship that began when the Mostert first joined the series midway through the 2013 season at Dick Johnson Racing.

De Borre has worked in various categories including the British and FIA GT Series as well as Asian Carrera Cup before heading to Supercars where he eventually found a home at Prodrive Racing Australia and engineered Mostert to success at Bathurst in 2014. After a year at DJR Team Penske, De Borre returns to Prodrive to reteam with Mostert.

Last season's championship-winning engineer, Grant McPherson, started out at rivals Ford Performance Racing/Prodrive Racing Australia, engineering Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom to race wins.

The design and race engineer switched to Triple Eight in 2015 to work with Lowndes before pairing up with van Gisbergen for their first championship win in 2016.

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #98 to read the full feature.