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Mahindra Names New Senior Staff Recruits

Mahindra has named two new members of staff as it readies for the 2019-20 campaign…

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Mahindra Racing has appointed two new key staff members as part of a significant reshuffle in recent weeks, ahead of the start of the 2019-20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship season.

David Clarke has joined the team from DS Techeetah as team manager and Paul Willett has been appointed as chief mechanic.

The moves have been made after a turbulent period triggered by the ongoing situation regarding Mahindra’s previous operational supplier QEV Technologies.

The Spanish engineering company had several personnel seconded to Mahindra including team manager Joan Orus and engineer Andres Castillo.

Orus is currently acting as a consultant for the new-look NIO organization but doubt remains about QEV’s long-term role with the team which is currently undergoing a complex transitioning.

Mahindra Formula E’s team principal Dilbagh Gill has been targeting a new shape to his team with an emphasis on an in-house structure.

The team is also set to move to new premises from its Banbury headquarters and is known to have earmarked a new base close to Grove, Oxfordshire.

Clarke has worked in racing for over two decades and previously held a role with the HWA squad as chief engineer for quality and reliability.

He then moved to the DS Techeetah ahead of the 2018-19 season as team manager replacing the BMW-bound Campbell Hobson.

E-racing365 revealed last month that ex-Dragon team manager Nigel Beresford was taking Clarke’s position at the reigning champion team.

Willett also brings more than 20 years industry experience predominantly in endurance racing and has held similar positions at Strakka Racing and Jota. He replaces former chief mechanic Luis Miguel Lafayette, who was directly employed by QEV.

“As Formula E has grown, so has Mahindra Racing’s ambition and championship winning vision,” said Gill.

“I’m delighted to welcome our new recruits to the team as we continue to drive positive change. David and Paul’s wealth of knowledge and experience will help grow our in-house operational aptitude and strengthen our race team. I am excited for what season six will bring the team.

“With four race victories and 18 podiums under our belt, we are proud of our success to date, but continually strive for more and won’t be satisfied until we achieve that.

“We are positive that the new talent we are bringing into the team will contribute to that future success.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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