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In 2007 RML competed in the Le Mans Series and attempted to secure a hat-trick of wins in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Sadly, the latter eluded them after a serious accident relatively early in the race ultimately lead to an engine failure some 15 hours later. However, a string of excellent results in the Le Mans Series, including third overall at Spa, secured the LMP2 drivers' title for Mike Newton and Thomas Erdos and the team title for RML. This page records the group of dedicated and hard-working personnel, both trackside and behind the scenes, who helped to achieve that success.

Ray Mallock - Founder and Chief Executive, RML

RML’s Managing Director, Ray started his professional career with an apprenticeship at Aston Martin, before joining the family motorsport business, Mallock Racing. He worked there with his father Arthur and brother Richard, producing the famous Mallock U2 racing cars that started the motorsport involvement of many people in the sport today.

Ray then went on to carve out a successful driving career, being a Grovewood award winner (the forerunner to today's Autosport Awards) in 1971, when he was acknowledged as being one of the 'up and coming' British drivers of the early 1970s. He went on to win the British Formula Atlantic Championship twice, before moving into sports car racing. He won nine world championship events in Group C2 in the 1980s.

Ray's engineering and business skills enabled him to form RML in 1984, combining his joint passions for driving and engineering. This ultimately led to his being responsible for the build and development of the Ecurie Ecosse and Aston Martin Group C cars of the 1980s. Ray retired from his professional driving career in 1989 to concentrate on the business and spend more time engineering. Since then RML has gone on to win in every category in which it has competed, including being multiple BTCC champions for Vauxhall and Nissan; rally champions for Vauxhall and Opel, designing, building and developing America's first supercar, the Saleen S7, and winning LMP2 twice with the RML-developed MG Lola EX264.

In 2004 he retuned to Le Mans as a driver for the first time since 1989 driving the Roger Bennington owned Aston Martin Nimrod in the Group C GTP Motor Racing Legends race that preceded the 2004 Le Mans 24 Hours. He finished third in class. This was also an opportunity for Ray to reacquaint himself with the Aston Martin Nimrod that had been such an important part of his driving career and RML’s development.

Ray still finds time - as often as he can - to race his historic Mallock U2 Clubmans cars and he regularly competes in one of the Aston Martin DB4’s owned by Marsh Plant and prepared by RML. In 2004 he shared a Saleen S7-R in the Spa 24 Hours with his son Michael.

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Phil Barker – Team Manager & Race Operations Director

The RML Le Mans and Le Mans Series team is headed by Phil Barker, whose motorsport career started more than 20 years ago in the World Sportscar Championship with John Fitzpatrick Racing.

Phil set out 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 department.

Phil 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 in 1999.

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 in 2001.

Over 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 stock car series two years in succession in 2002/3.

Since 2005 Phil has been the mastermind behind RML’s successful LMES and Le Mans Series campaigns, culminating in two class-winning performances from the MG EX264 in the Le Mans 24 Hours of 2005 and 2006.

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Adam Wiseberg – Motorsports Director, AD Holdings

AD 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 season.

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Michael Jakeman (Jakey) - Chief Race Technician

Michael is the most senior member of the engineering team at RML and also one of the most experienced. His CV reads like a who’s who of top-flight motorsport, with entries for Williams, Benetton and Jaguar Racing in Formula 1, and drivers like Michael Schumacher relying upon Jakey’s skill and understanding to see them through to the chequered flag. Michael knows just about all there is to know about hydraulics, gearbox and car build management, but he’s never likely to admit it!

2007 was Jakey’s third season with RML, where he has been the king-pin of the squad’s pit apron activities. His signature pose is to stand directly in front of the car during each pitstop, stopwatch in one hand, whistle in the other, and right foot resting on the nose cone of the MG. Why the foot? “It’s so I know when the engine’s running!” he says with a laugh. “Sometimes you can’t hear it in the pitlane – not with the headphones on – so I rest my foot on the car and I can feel the engine when it starts up again. Then I know to step out of the way and let the driver go.”

Michael is evidently proud of the men he works with. “It’s a great team,” he declares. “In fact, I‘d go so far as to say this is probably the best-prepared team in the pitlane. We’ve got all aspects covered, and our understanding of the car is second to none. We build all the car’s components, and if we encounter a problem, we know how to react and, hopefully, we can fix it.” As for the car’s prospects . . . “You just never know. You think you’ve looked at everything, but that’s not to say that something else can’t come along and catch you out. We’ll just do our best.”

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Rick Perry – Race Technician

Rick is one of the most experienced members of the RML sportscar squad, having spent more than half his life in motorsport. He’s worked in Formula 1, DTM German touring cars, GT and sportcars, and his list of satisfied employers includes names like Mercedes, Jaguar, Stewart Grand Prix and Lotus.

2007 has been Rick’s fourth year with RML. “I love the people in this team, and I love working with them,” he says. “Right from the very top, from Ray (Mallock), the drivers and the team management, and all the way through, it’s like working for a huge family, not just another race team."

"I have a very wide competitive streak,” he adds, “and I like to be on the winning side. It’s so good to feel you’ve had a hand in a something that’s successful, and because of that competitive steak, I get a huge sense of achievement whenever we do well. You also know that it’s never down to one person. This is a real team effort, and we all work together really well, but it’s very satisfying work.”

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Volker Muschick – Race Technician

This was Volker’s first season with RML, although he’s been involved in motorsport since 1989. Having been born in Germany, and then based in Belgium for some time, he moved to England three years ago. At first he commuted to work around Europe, but decided at the end of 2006 to find a full-time job in England. “I went to RML to be interviewed for a job with the WTCC team,” he says. “I ended up joining the sportscar programme!”

One view of his CV explains the thinking behind this decision. Vast experience with BMW, in DTM, touring cars, GT and sportscars made Volker a natural choice to join RML’s MG squad after the departure of Vince Mitchell. He has overseen cars in more than a dozen twenty-four hour races, and his record is extraordinary – especially in the Nurburgring 24 Hours, where he has engineered four one-two class finishes, or “double victories”, as he describes them. He has also guided his cars to class wins in the Spa 24 Hours (BMW M3 in 2004), in the ALMS and at Petit Le Mans, and also in the Japanese GT Chmpionship.

Volker comes to RML after a successful season in WTCC with Team Schnitzer BMW.

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Adam Hughes – Race Technician

Although still labelled as a “Junior”, Adam is by no means a novice, as Rick Perry explained. “Experience belies his years,” says the team’s Senior Race Technician. “There are not many in this business who can get to the age of twenty-one and claim to have been on the winning team at Le Mans twice. Adam is one of those guys who always wants to improve, do better, and achieve more. He’s not just a body-polisher, even if that’s where he started out. No, he’s a sharp, effective member of the team and he's an excellent mechanic!” That’s praise indeed from someone of Rick’s experience and standing.

Until the arrival of Janos, Adam was the youngest member of the team’s sportscar squad. He’s been with RML since he left school, joining as a trainee mechanic and working though to become one of the key members of the team.

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Teddy Pedersen - Sub Assembly Technician

Teddy is one of the longest-serving members of the RML squad, having been with the team for thirteen years now. Danish by birth, Teddy started out as a mechanic, completed a stint as truckie between 2001 and 2003, and is now predominantly employed as Sub Assembly Technician. This is a demanding job, with considerable responsibilities, but doesn’t go without recognition. “Teddy is a remarkably capable member of the team,” says Phil Barker. “He’s very loyal, a meticulous worker, an excellent mechanic and a huge asset to the team.”

When RML was running the Vauxhall and Nissan squad's in the British Touring Car Championship, Teddy acted as Number One mechanic on the test team during the period when RML.

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Paul ‘Chirpy’ Smallcorn – Fabricator and Race Technician

Hard working, dependable, and yet ever ready with a joke, ‘Chirpy’ had been with RML for more than twelve years before deciding to leave in September 2007. Right to the end he continued to love the work, the camaraderie, and the challenge of each race. “I do what I do, but I’m still just a spanner man at heart,” he insisted. “We all turn our hand to anything and everything, when we have to. It’s all part of being a member of a cohesive, efficient team.”

Back at the factory, Paul worked in the production department, where he was called upon to work on a wide variety of projects. When not involved with the MG Lola programme, he was just as likely to be found building one of the team’s WTCC Chevrolet Lacettis or working on some historic sportscar. “We’ve just completed a sympathetic restoration of a Ford GT40,” he explained in June. “I’m not necessarily race-team based all the time, but where there’s metal, I’m likely to be there!”

Over the years Paul has established a reputation for being one of the finest fabricators in the business and RML was fortunate to be able to call upon someone with such diverse skills and abilities. Married with four children, Paul now works full time on restoring historic cars.

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Matt Beers – Electronics and Data Management

Bearded Matt Beers is a full-time member of RML’s MG sportscar programme, and attends all the team’s races. He also works in the development and design department back at base, where he has been closely involved in the collaborative venture with AD Holdings to create the X-Pro Digital Image Recorder. Tested to extremes aboard the MG EX264, the DIR offers the ultimate in on-board CCTV and video imaging resources.

Trackside, Matt looks after the team’s data logging and telemetry systems, and will be seen at each pitstop, laptop in one hand, and cable in the other, downloading electronic data from the car’s on-board systems. “I act as Phil’s assistant,” explains Matt. “I’ll be looking into race simulations and set-up options, and advising on aerodynamic configurations, gear ratios and the like.” He also acts as liaison between the team and Karl Duschene of Life Racing.

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James Gritt – Electronics and Data Management

James is a full-time employee at RML, but 2007 was his first time at Le Mans as anything other than a spectator. “It’s so much better being actively involved in a team than sitting in a tent!” he says, having watched the team race to victory in 2006.

James is a project engineer at Wellingborough, and heavily involved inn the nitty gritty of designing new technology products for RML. One of his first tasks upon joining RML in January this year was to take over and perfect RML’s innovative X-Pro Infra Red Tyre Heating System – widely recognised as the most efficient tyre-heating technology currently employed in motorsport.

Having completed that first challenge, James is now engrossed in several more “top secret” development projects. “Any time anything needs designing, Hide or I will get called up to sort it out,” he grins. At Le Mans James is assisting Matt Beers with the MG’s electronics and data management systems.

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Graham Malyk – Number One Truckie

Graham has been working as a driver in motorsport for ten years. He started in Formula 3, with Fortec, but then found himself spending eight years as a truckie in Moto-GP and Superbikes. “The highlight was probably winning the championship with Suzuki in 2000, but I also enjoyed two seasons with Petronas in World Superbikes. Those things sounded fabulous!” His contract with them ended last year, and he joined RML in time for the start of the Le Mans Series, driving out to Monza, and then Valencia, for the first two rounds.

Graham developed a love for cars from his father, who used to be a mechanic for vintage cars on such things as the London to Brighton run. “I just love fast sports!” he insists, having tried his hand at motor-cross in the late Eighties. “I’m really enjoying working with RML. You get to use your brain, and you’re expected to work very hard, but it’s very rewarding.”

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Matt Sankey – Number Two Truckie

The newest member of the squad, Matt only joined RML at the beginning of June 2007, so Le Mans was his first outing with the team. It was not his first motor race by any means, and his experience should see him fitting in perfectly with the team.

Matt comes to RML form Team Jota, the squad that ran the works Zytek in the Le Mans Series last season. He has worked at Le Mans twice before, but has been a regular here (on the other side of the fence) for eight years. He used to come with a group going by the name of Larry Le Mans (they even have their own website!) and still keeps in touch. His two passions are motorsport and cooking – his father runs a restaurant in Tunbridge Wells called Sankey’s, where Matt still fills in as assistant chef from time to time. He suggests that the highlight of his life so far is being taken around the Nordschleife by Stefan Johannson. “I got out and couldn’t stop giggling!” he says. “It was awesome.” Matt’s other contribution to the team is to have introduced a keg of bitter from the Larkins Brewery to the hospitality. It proved very popular!

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James Brown – Transport

James’s first admission is that he cannot sing. “No, dreadful,” he admits. “I cannot do a good impression, so don’t ask!” James is freelance to RML this season, but would have joined the team earlier in the year if he hadn’t been rushed to hospital over Christmas with a burst appendix. Thankfully he returned to full fitness far quicker than expected. “I come and go wherever and whenever I’m needed,” he says.

James has worked with RML numerous times over recent years, and always looks forward to his next job with the team. “It’s always enjoyable to work for a really professional outfit, and that’s certainly something you can say of RML.” His duties, when he’s not driving the trucks, include cleaning wheels and tyres, and collecting the new tyres from the Michelin facility in the upper paddock. “It’s not such a bad job,” he insists. Actually, it’s a vital job – the last thing the guys working on the car want to encounter when they’re dealing with delicate electronics or transmission components is dirty wheel rims. This is James’s first Le Mans.

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Janos Kerti – Pit Support Technician

Twenty-year-old Janos is the youngest member of the RML’s Le Mans team 2007. Named after his Hungarian grandfather, Janos is a full-time employee at RML. Back at the workshops in Wellingborough he is Purchasing and Materials Assistant, and works in the stores. “My Dad had a garage and I’ve been around cars all my life,” he says, “but, actually, I’m better with computers!”

Although Janos attended RML’s World Touring Car Championship race at Brands Hatch last year, this will be his first time at Le Mans. “Everyone keeps telling me how hard it’s going to be, working through the race, but it’s not one of those things you can prepare for. I just don’t know what to expect, but I’m going to do my best to keep going through the night!”

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Mark Deacon – Pit Support Technician

A community police officer with the Metropolitan Police by trade, Mark Deacon joined RML for the Le Mans 24 Hours. His story was one of chance and nerve. “I’ve been an MG enthusiast for years,” he stated. “Last year I was trawling the Internet and I came across the RML website. Obviously, I was aware of what the team had been doing with the MG EX264, and I was a huge admirer of everything they’d achieved. I looked at the job vacancies page, and there was an advert for some highly qualified technician. It was nothing I could ever have done, but I downloaded the application form anyway. In the space where it said Job applied for I just put ‘Anything!” I never expected to hear anything more, so I was absolutely amazed when I got called in for an interview!

That was April. He spent half an hour being grilled by Phil Barker, and two months later, he was assisting in the pit garage at Le Mans. “I’ll do just about anything they ask me to,” he said. “I’d be quite happy just making cups of coffee, but they’ve got me doing real work. It’s a dream come true.” Please, don’t all write at once!

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Russell Sames – Engine Technical Support (AER)

Russell took over from Stuart Parmenter as AER’s full-time representative on the RML squad in 2007, acting as technical support for the MG’s two-litre turbocharged AER engine. Described as one of the “top guys” in the business, Russell is just “happy that they go on believing that!”. He’s been with AER for five years now, having come to the company via Pi and, before that, Pectel; one of Mike Lancaster’s earlier companies before he founded AER.

Last year Russell oversaw the Chamberlain Synergy LMP1 Lola, also powered by an AER unit, but moved to RML from the start of this season. Not only is he with the team for the Le Mans 24 Hours, but he also accompanies RML to all the rounds in the Le Mans Series. “Once the engine is installed and running, one of my main duties is to keep an eye on the engine telemetry and management system, and try to pick up on any potential problems before they arise.” He enjoys the satisfaction of bringing together fine engineering and complex electronics, and achieving a balance that works. “It’s enormously satisfying,” he says.

Russell has been associated with MG and Le Mans since the very beginning of the sportscar programme, having been involved with the works MG EX257 project from 2000. This will be his seventh Le Mans.

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Gary Dann – Engine Support (AER)

Gary joined the team exclusively for Le Mans to assist Russell with Engine Support. Gary is the engine build supervisor at AER.

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Karl Duchesne - Electronics Support (Life Racing)

2007 was Karl’s second Le Mans with RML, having been on permanent secondment to RML since the start of 2006. As a representative of Life Racing, Karl has expert responsibility for design and maintenance of the MG's wiring loom and all the car's electrical components and installations. “We do a lot of work with AER,” he explains. “Although I work exclusively with RML, Life Racing also deals with several other teams using the AER engine, including Radical and ASM.” Aspects of Karl’s work cover the Engine Management system, Chassis Control and all the peripheral wiring. It’s a great responsibility, and a challenge. “The entire installation is unique to the MG,” he says. “It has been specially designed for RML, and for this car, and there is hardly any carry-over, not even to the other cars based on the similar Lola chassis. They’re all different.” Karl works closely with Rick Perry, RML’s Senior Race Technician.

Life Racing is an affiliate company of AER Limited.

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Anne Morel - French Liaison

This year was Anne’s fourth Le Mans with RML, having first joined the team in 2003. Since that time she has become a regular member of the team at events and races all around Europe, acting as Liaison Officer between RML and the ACO.

Although Anne has a long-standing interest in motorsport, her last full-time job was as Finance and Administration Director for the French Chamber of Commerce in England. Based in London, it was a post she occupied for eleven years.

Outside her direct responsibilities towards RML, Anne also works to help young and talented drivers make their way in motorsport. Her past “charges” include Nic Minassian, now enjoying international recognition with Peugeot Total, and Briton Adam Sharpe. She was also instrumental in helping Thierry Sabin establish the Paris-Dakar Rally as one of the most gruelling and demanding motorsport challenges in the world.

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Sam Mallock (née Clarke) – Marketing & Hospitality

Looking after the team’s hospitality, and offering a welcoming face to visiting journalists at Le Mans was Sam Clarke. A freelance events manager, Sam had recently returned from the Caribbean, where she had been looking after the corporate hospitality side of the Cricket World Cup. Previously she had worked at Wimbledon, Royal Ascot, Twickenham and at conferences as far afield as Prague and St Petersburg.

Her motorsport background includes a period with Pirelli and the World Rally Championships, and assisting the Sultan of Bahrain with overseeing hospitality at A1 Grand Prix events. If you think you recognise Sam, that may be because she has also pursued a modelling career, and appeared on television and in magazines, including assignments in Cosmopolitan, GQ, Zest and Esquire.

In September Sam become Mrs Michael Mallock. See news item

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Michael Mallock – Press Liaison

Michael is one of those people that has motorsport flowing through his veins. For all his twenty-four years, he has lived and breathed motor racing - as a child, as a member of the Mallock family, and now as a racing driver.

Much as it frustrates him, Michael didn't have a drive at Le Mans this year, and offered instead to act as Press Liaison for the team, based in the team garage and hospitality. His job was to keep the journalists up to speed on what’s happening in the garage, and out on track.

Michael would much prefer to be out there driving a racecar – and he’s no mean peddler. In recent years he’s raced in the Spa 24 Hours, co-driving with his father Ray one year, and then sharing a Saleen S7-R with Thomas Erdos, Mike Newton and Phil Bennett in 2005, when they finished 8th in class, 10th overall. He has also raced in the FIA GT Championship, FIA Sportscar Championship, British GT Championship, National Supersports Championship (UK champion 2000) and is particularly associated with racing late historic sportscars, and is unbeaten at the wheel of the Marsh Plant sponsored Aston Martin DB4.

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Marcus Potts - Press Officer

2007 was Marcus’s fourth Le Mans with RML, and his twelfth working as Press Officer for one of the race teams competing in the 24 Hours.

His first post at Le Mans was in 1995 with Team Marcos, when he was nominated for the ACO’s Media Communication Award, narrowly losing out to Yves Courage in the final analysis, but still gaining an honourable mention – the only time to date that a “runner-up” has ever been acknowledged. Since then he has worked for a variety of teams, including Marcos Racing International, Chamberlain Motorsport, Skea Racing International (second in GT2 in 2000) and PK Sport (three times). He was also Press Officer for Porsche GB in 2001, covering Kelvin Burt and Marino Francitti’s dominant run to the British GT title. He followed that with two seasons as Press Officer for GruppeM Motorsport, assisting the team to the British GT2 title in 2004, and then following them through to the FIA GT Championship GT2 title as works team for Porsche in 2005.

Marcus prepares Press Releases for the team, takes many of the team’s photographs (both trackside and in the pitlane) and writes, designs, hosts and maintains the team’s website. A graphic designer and copywriter by trade, Marcus has been a motorsport enthusiast since the Group C days. His first visit to Le Mans was in 1988, with a group of friends from TWR Jaguar in Kidlington. They cheered Jan Lammers, Johnnie Dumfries and a certain Andy Wallace to victory that year. Little did Marcus know that one day he’d be working with Andy at Le Mans.

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To view the team listing and profiles from the 2006 season, follow this link: Personnel 2006