V8 Supercars team owner takes back seat role

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Wednesday 24th August, 2011 - 1:23pm

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The Mother Energy Drinks Racing team

The Mother Energy Drinks Racing team work on Jonathon Webb's race car

V8 Supercars team owner Steve Webb has announced he will take less of a hands-on role in the operations of the Mother Energy Drinks Racing team.

After leaving Dick Johnson Racing as a customer and setting up his own race outfit at the start of this year, Webb has confirmed that the introduction of British team manager Bruce Jenkins has been a resounding success, allowing him to step back from racing operations.

Jenkins, formally with the McLaren Formula One team, replaced part-time team manager Andy McElrea, who was employed on a temporary basis.

“It was a problem that it was a part-time involvement, a bit like Andy’s involvement,” Webb Sr told Speedcafe.com.

“Mine was part-time, Jonathon (Webb) was part-time. We had no cohesion in a way forward.

“What we really needed was someone at the top to drive the team, consolidate the direction we were heading in and just making it all happen. That’s what Bruce does. He has the experience, not only from his days at McLaren Formula One, but running some of the top European F3 teams. He has been there and done that. He is more senior than a lot of people up and down pit lane and has helped bring it all together for us.

“I’m over the moon with what he’s been able to do and what he has been able to put together to date.”

Jonathon Webb, driver of the #19 Mother Energy Drinks Falcon, currently sits 23rd in the V8 Supercars Championship.

CLICK HERE for a full interview with Steven Webb, discussing his new team management structure and the future direction of the squad.

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