Prodrive Racing (Australia) will debut its new-look engineering line-up at the team’s sole pre-season test day next week following an off-season shuffle which sees the welcome return of a familiar face for the 2017 season.
Chaz Mostert will reunite with Bathurst-winning engineer Adam De Borre who returns to the team following a year spent with fellow Ford camp DJR Team Penske.
Returning to fill his former role alongside Mostert, the pair is set to add to their enviable record of race wins and pole positions, achieved since first joining forces mid-way through the 2013 Supercars season.
“It’s really exciting to be teaming up with Adam again. He has been my engineer for most of my big career moments so to continue this journey with him is awesome,” Mostert said.
“Brad was awesome to work with last year and we developed a really good relationship but having worked with Adam for so many years, it’ll be easy to pick up where we left off. I really want to win races this year, that’s my goal, and I hope that we can be quick from the get go.”
Further refinement of the team’s engineering structure sees 2016 car 55 engineer Brad Wischusen move to partner with Monster Energy Racing pilot Cameron Waters.
“It’s really exciting to be working with Brad,” said Waters. “He did some great things with Chaz last year and with Dave (Reynolds) before that so I’m confident that together we can get on the winners list this year.
“It’s time to knuckle down and have a good crack at it. I’ve completed my rookie year now, I’ve been to all of the tracks, some multiple times and I think we have a good opportunity to put the Monster Energy Ford on the podium.”
With the departure of long-term engineer Jason Gray at the end of the 2016 season, Brendan Hogan moves to fill the role of car five race engineer where he will work with championship-winning driver, Mark Winterbottom.
With over 10 years’ experience in Supercars and a host of strong results achieved with previous drivers, Winterbottom is confident that Hogan can help him return to the top of the leader board.
“I have a lot of respect for Brendan,” said Winterbottom. “He’s worked with a lot of good drivers and certainly knows what he’s doing when it comes to these cars and the category as a whole.
“I definitely think he can help us get back up there and back to a bit of consistency because that’s one thing that wasn’t as strong last year.”
After completing five seasons as a data engineer for the team and last year being Dunlop Series race engineer for Jack Le Brocq, Sam Potter steps up to work with team newcomer and series veteran, Jason Bright.
Potter will work closely with the team’s chief engineer, Nathaniel Osborne, in the early stages of his maiden season to further aid Bright as he acclimatises to the FG X setup.
Team Principal Tim Edwards believes the restructure will benefit everyone in 2017.
“We had some big changes to make at the end of last year but it gave us an opportunity put our best foot forward for this year,” Edwards said.
“We chose to put Jason (Bright) with Sam this year because we all know that he, as a driver, is one of the best engineering minds in the field so in Sam’s first year they’ll be able to bounce off each other and try different ideas.
“I’m confident in the ability of each of our engineers and I think with this structure we’ll be up there again this year. Brad and Brendan are well and truly integrated with the team now and with a decent amount of time under their belts respectively, so they know what they’ve got to work with and what we can do to improve.
“It’s great to have Adam back. We are confident with his relationship with the team and Chaz of course so the transition back to the team will be easy and we’ll hit the ground running there.”
With a Dunlop Series engineering role now vacant, engineer Sam Scaffidi steps in to work with new signing Josh Kean, while engineer David Paterson and Garry Jacobson continue their title-winning partnership for a second season as they look to defend the number one.