Sam Michael joins Triple Eight

Former McLaren and Williams tech head Sam Michael has joined crack Supercars squad Triple Eight Race Engineering.

Sam Michael joins Triple Eight
Craig Lowndes, Steven Richards, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Craig Lowndes, Steven Richards, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Sam Michael, McLaren
Jamie Whincup , Paul Dumbrell, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden

Michael, who returned to Australia in 2014 after a lengthy stint in Europe working in Formula 1, has taken a part-time mentoring position with the Brisbane-based team.

His appointment comes at the same time as the team has confirmed that current technical director Ludo Lacroix, who currently engineer’s Craig Lowndes’s Vortex-backed Commodore, will depart at the end of the season.

“Michael has enjoyed a highly successful, 21-year career in Formula 1 leading engineering teams at both Williams and McLaren, before returning to Australia at the end of 2014,” read a statement from the team.

“Triple Eight is thrilled to welcome him into the team and looks forward to further developing the foremost engineering group in the Supercars category with his guidance.

“Meanwhile, current Technical Director Ludo Lacroix will depart the team at the end of the 2016 season after 17 years with Triple Eight in both Australia and the United Kingdom, during which time he has played a pivotal role in the team’s success.

“Lacroix will continue to engineer the #888 TeamVortex Holden of Craig Lowndes for the remainder of the 2016 season, alongside John McGregor. We wish him all the very best with his future endeavours.”

Earlier this year Michael was appointed as part of a revamped Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety board.

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