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Paffett named sporting director for McLaren’s Excessive E staff – EAST AUTO NEWS

Paffett named sporting director for McLaren’s Excessive E staff


Gary Paffett has been introduced as sporting director for McLaren’s Excessive E staff, a place he’ll fill alongside his staff supervisor function within the firm’s Method E squad.

The 2-time DTM champion has a protracted historical past with McLaren, serving as a check driver for its Method 1 staff between 2006-14. Throughout that point he was additionally linked to the race seat that went to Lewis Hamilton in 2007. He returned to the corporate final 12 months to helm its new Method E program, having beforehand held a place on the administration staff of Mercedes’ Method E entry that McLaren took over final 12 months.

“Over the previous few years, it’s been nice to have seen Gary transition from being an excellent driver, to additionally being a priceless addition off the observe – offering a hyperlink between the sporting, technical and advertising features,” mentioned Ian James, managing director of McLaren Electrical Racing, the Bicester Heritage-based operation that mixes each McLaren’s Method E and Excessive E efforts.

“With this expertise and his dedication to maintain creating each himself in addition to the staff round him, I’m assured Gary can be an excellent addition to our Excessive E operations. For Season 3, we’re hoping to capitalize on the good work the staff has put in all through its inaugural season, constructing a strong basis, in addition to additional using the synergies between our Excessive E and Method E operations, coming collectively beneath NEOM McLaren Electrical Racing.”

McLaren joined Excessive E forward of the all-electric class’s second season final 12 months, and claimed a greatest results of second within the season finale in Uruguay – a outcome that got here after the staff gained on the street in Chile the spherical prior, however was subsequently penalized for placing a observe marker.

“It’s nice to have the accountability of Sporting Director of the NEOM McLaren Excessive E Workforce and I’m actually excited to work with the group of close-knit people who we now have within the staff, together with Emma and Tanner , who confirmed nice progress and robust performances final season,” mentioned Paffett. “McLaren Racing entered Excessive E in 2022 and the staff has been profitable up to now, with some incredible outcomes in direction of the top of the 12 months, culminating in a podium end on the ultimate race in Uruguay.

“The goal for the staff is to proceed that development to maneuver in direction of the entrance of the sphere. It’s a really aggressive championship with some actually incredible groups and drivers concerned, so it will likely be extraordinarily powerful competitors. I’m trying ahead to the beginning of the season in NEOM, Saudi Arabia.”

Paffett named sporting director for McLaren’s Excessive E staff – EAST AUTO NEWS
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