In 2006, RML returned to Le
Mans with the MG EX264 and achieved a remarkable double
- winning the LMP2 category in the 24 Hours for the
second year in succession. The team of men and women
who worked through the night, and beyond, to achieve
that victory are remembered here in the archived record
of their biographies and photographs..
Barker – Team Manager & Race Operations
RML Le Mans and Le Mans Series team is headed
up by Phil Barker, whose motorsport career started
20 years ago in the World Sportscar Championship
with John Fitzpatrick Racing.
Phil started as a motorsport technician in 1984
but, utilising his engineering qualifications,
soon progressed to chief mechanic, developing
a specialist knowledge of transmission preparation
and development. His early assignments included
the World Championship-winning Ecurie Ecosse
C2 and Aston Martin C1 programmes before he
joined Tyrrell F1 to manage its transmission
returned to RML in 1995, where he race-engineered
John Cleland to the driver’s title in
the highly competitive British Touring Car Championship.
He continued to engineer the Scot's car until
1997, when RML was retained by Nissan to run
its BTCC programme. Phil then spent three years
race-engineering another Scot, David Leslie,
culminating in a championship runner-up spot
Throughout his BTCC era Phil also worked as
development engineer with particular emphasis
on transmission, steering and damper development.
When RML returned to GT/Sportscar racing with
the Saleen programme in 2000 Phil was a key
member of the development team, and then went
on to lead the championship-winning ELMS programme
the last few years Phil has been running the
majority of RML’s race activities, including
entries at Le Mans, the FIA GT Championship,
the LMES, Le Mans Series and winning the UK-based
ASCAR oval stockcar series two years in succession
in 2002/3. In 2005 he was mastermind behind
RML’s successful LMES campaign, culminating
in a class-winning performance from the MG EX264
in the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Wiseberg – Motorsports Director, AD Holdings
Holdings is the principal sponsor of RML’s
sports prototype programme. Within that context,
Adam performs a complicated role, not only acting
as the chief point of contact between AD and
the race team, but also being the visible face
of the squad as far as the team’s guests
are concerned. During race weekends, Adam co-ordinates
the links between the team garage and hospitality,
organising pit visits, taking driver interviews,
explaining the complexities of the car and ensuring
that the day runs smoothly for the visitors.
At other times Adam is responsible for all the
team’s marketing and public profile –
everything from taking the final decision on
issues relating to the MG’s livery and
sponsor placement, to merchandising, branding,
negotiating additional sponsorship, and publicity.
This façade, however, hides a die-hard
motorsport enthusiast – and not merely
from the relative comfort of a hospitality suite!
Adam is also an accomplished driver in his own
right, and while his regular outings are at
the wheel of a historic rally car or classic
sportscar, like his favourite MGA, he has also
competed at international levels in contemporary
GT racing. He co-drove an RML Saleen S7R with
Ray and Michael Mallock in the 2004 Spa 24 Hours,
and in 2005 made his British GT debut with Emotional
Engineering at the wheel of the team’s
Monaro GT. Other outings are planned for this
Jakeman (Jakey) - Chief Race Technician
has a strong Formula 1 background, having worked
for Williams, Benetton and Jaguar Racing. He
spent nine years at Williams before moving to
Benetton, where he became Michael Schumacher's
Gearbox Technician during his championship-winning
years of 1994/1995.
six years Jakey moved to Jaguar Racing, where
he became Car Build Manager. He joined RML in
2004 as Chief Race Technician working on RML’s
sportscar programmes, and was anchor-man to
the team’s pinnacle achievement of victory
in LMP2 at Le Mans in 2005. Michael has a wealth
of experience in hydraulics, gearbox and car
Mitchell (Vinney) – No 1. Race Technician
MG’s No.1 technician joined RML six years
ago and was part of the team that built America’s
first supercar, the Saleen S7 and its racing
version the S7R. When the team went on to race
the S7R in the ELMS in 2001 Vinney was part
of the crew that took all three championship
honours that year with the Manufacturer's, Team's
& Driver's titles.
RML began oval racing in 2002/2003 Vince was
again the leading technician who helped RML
collect championship titles for both years.
Since RML’s move into sportcar racing,
with a first appearance in the Le Mans 1000
kilometers of November 2003, Vince has been
a permanent member of the squad. He’s
one of the few people, other than Tommy Erdos
and Mike Newton, who spends time sitting in
the driver’s seat.
now works in Spain, where he is the chief engineer
for the Ascari resort racetrack.)
Perry – Race Technician
Rick returned to RML this season after almost
a year away from the company, but he’s
been heavily involved in motorsport all his
working life. At the age of 18 he went straight
in at the deep end, joining Lotus Formula 1,
and has followed a varied and interesting racing
life ever since. Highlights include being Bernd
Schneider’s No1 in the DTM with AMG Mercedes,
and a stint on the flip-side at Le Mans with
Mercedes in 1997. For some time he worked with
Jakey, first at Stuart Grand Prix and then Jaguar
F1, but moved to RML when Red Bull took over.
first year with RML saw Rick working as No.1
Race Technician on the No 8 Saleen S7R of Miguel
Ramos and Chris Goodwin in the 2004 FIA GT Championship.
He took a sabbatical in 2005, but by doing so
missed out when RML won LMP2 at Le Mans. Determined
not to miss out again, he rejoined the squad
in March 2006.
‘Chirpy’ Smallcorn – Fabricator/Race
or ‘Chirpy’ as he is known by his
team mates and everyone else in the pitlane,
is married with four children. He first joined
RML eleven years ago as a fabricator and has
been part of the manufacturing team ever since,
gaining the reputation for being one of the
finest fabricators in the business.
1997 Paul became the race team fabricator with
the Nissan BTCC programme and over the years
has also become a very experienced mechanic.
He began to multi-task as a mechanic and fabricator
as part of the 2001 RML Saleen ELMS team - a
role he continues to fulfil now that he’s
working full time on the RML MG sports prototype
Hughes – Junior Race Technician
youngster in the team, twenty-year-old Adam
joined RML in 2001 as a trainee mechanic. He
came to the team to fulfil an element in the
diploma in Mechanical Engineering he was studying
at the time, and he's been part of RML’s
LMES, FIA GT, Le Mans and ASCAR programmes ever
you see Adam during Le Mans week, you'll notice
that he's gone blond . . . as part of a bet.
Pedersen - Sub Assembly Technician
has been with RML for twelve years, making him
one of the longest-standing members of the squad.
Originally from Denmark, Teddy started out as
a mechanic, completed a stint as truckie between
2001 and 2003, and is now predominantly employed
as Sub Assembly Technician.
was a Number One mechanic on the test team during
the period when RML was running the Vauxhall
and Nissan squad's in the British Touring Car
Ferguson – Electronics/Data Engineer
Andrew is new to sportscar racing, having moved
straight into a single-seater environment on
graduating from Cranfield University in 2001
with a Masters Degree in Motorsport Engineering.
He joins RML after a season with Racing Engineering
in GP2 and Spanish Formula 3.
performs a vital role within the team, collating
and analysing the mass of data and telemetry
coming from test and qualifying sessions. This
also includes running computer simulations in
order to predict the effect of changes to the
car’s set-up under varying race conditions,
and generally working towards optimising the
MG’s handling and performance.
Cowell – Transport
This is Mark’s first season with RML,
but he has many years experience in motorsport,
and sportscar racing especially. He career started
in 1990 at TWR Jaguar, based in Kidlington in
Oxfordshire, working with the Jaguar XJR-12
Group C cars. He stayed with Walkinshaw’s
for eleven years, seeing the Jaguar programme
through to its conclusion with the XJ220, and
also assisting with TWR’s Nissan R390
involvement of 1997/98.
Mark followed TWR when the organisation moved
into Formula 1, spending a season with Arrows
F1, before crossing to the States for a season
with Panoz and their exciting LMP1 prototypes.
He returned to the UK three years ago to join
BAR, and followed that with a season in MotoGP
with Kenny Roberts before joining RML for 2006.
West – ‘Jay’ – Transport
This is Jay’s fourth year in motor racing,
but his first with sportscars.
started with two years at Jaguar F1 in Milton
Keynes, including a season under the “new
management”, before going full-time at
Allan Docking last year. He stayed with the
team throughout the 2005 season, taking them
around the international Formula 3 circuit,
before moving to join RML at the tart ofm 2006.
Stone – Aviation & Technical Support
Jason is a regular member of the squad, acting
not only as pilot for the team's executive jet,
but also turning his hand to many technical
support issues. He
has particular expertise with the car's TransVU
on-board video capture system, yet his principal
role during pitstops and driver-changes is to
assist the drivers with their belts, radios
and seat inserts.
Morel - ACO & LMS Liaison
Mans in June would always be more of a challenge
if it were not for the presence of Anne Morel.
Able to smooth Gallic feathers with diplomacy
and tact - she is French after all
- Anne is totally invaluable. With the team
competing in the Le Mans Series for the remainder
of the season, Anne is also a key figure at
other race meetings around the world, where
her experience behind the scenes in motorsport
and her contacts within the ACO and other organising
bodies makes life a lot easier and avoids misunderstandings.
Seaman - PR and Liaison
is that vital go-between; the person who provides
an essential link between the team and the media,
and between the garage and the guests in hospitality.
She prepares and distributes the team's media
information packs, writes press releases, and
makes sure the world knows what RML is doing
from one week to the next.
Parmenter - AER Technical Support
effect, Stuart is a full-time member of the
squad, playing the important role of technical
support on behalf of AER, the company behind
the MG EX264's two-litre turbocharged engine.
Duchesne - Life Racing Electronics Support
is on permamanent secondment to RML this season
from Life Racing, and has expert responsibility
for installation and maintenance of the MG's
wiring loom and all the car's electrical components
Racing is an affiliate company of AER Limited.