Allison replaced as Lotus technical director
Lotus have announced that their highly-regarded technical director, James Allison, is leaving the team and will be replaced by Nick Chester, formerly their engineering director. Allison departs after working with the team most recently since 2005 and previously from 1991-1992 and 1994-1999. His future plans have not yet been made public.
Chester, meanwhile, has worked at Enstone since 2000, previously as engineering director, head of performance systems, head of vehicle performance group and race engineer. Prior to joining the team he spent five years at Arrows.
We are pleased to announce Nick Chester as our next technical director, said Eric Boullier, Lotus team principal. Nick is well known to everyone at Enstone having been with the team for over 12 years. He is already directly involved with this and next years cars, ensuring a smooth transition which has been underway for some time. Its an illustration of the strength and breadth of talent at Enstone that we can draw on personnel of the calibre of Nick and its something of an Enstone tradition for new technical directors to be promoted from within.
He assumes his new position at a tremendously exciting time for the sport. The 2014 technical regulation changes present many challenges, while our current position of second place in both the constructors and drivers world championships mean we cannot lose sight of this years development battle. Nick really has his work cut out, but we know he is more than capable of handling the tasks ahead. As a team and individually, we would all like to thank James Allison for his efforts during his three stints at Enstone and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
Chester commented: I have worked at Enstone for over 12 years and am delighted to take on the role of technical director. I am grateful to the management at Enstone for the faith they have in promoting me to this position. I am very aware of our need to keep pushing development of this years E21 whilst developing next years car to a set of very different regulations. There are some exciting times ahead for Enstone and Im honoured to be part of it.
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