Dane: Moore’s Le Mans win rivals Aussie F1 feats
Le Mans 24 Hour-winning engineer Jeromy Moore stands as a poignant reason why Supercars should not ‘dumb down’ its technology according to his former boss.
Triple Eight Race Engineering chief Roland Dane said Moore’s effort to win the greatest endurance motor race in the world is testimony to the skills being developed in Australia’s Supercars category.
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After just one season with Porsche’s LMP1 squad, Moore was promoted to race engineer on the #2 919 Hybrid which won Le Mans in dramatic circumstances as Toyota saw victory ripped from its grasp with a turbo issue two laps from the finish.
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Moore was quickly elevated within the highly organised and structured Porsche system after serving as a data engineer on the sister car during his maiden year with the Weissach operation in 2015.
“On a number of different levels this is huge news,” Dane told Speedcafe.com.
“Firstly for Triple Eight I’m proud of having somebody who grew up with us to go off and perform at the highest level.
“And from a category (Supercars) point of view it’s a reflection on the people and strengths that we breed.
“That’s why I don’t want to see our engineering dumbed down from where we are today. It helps us breed people of JJ’s calibre.”
Dane measures Moore’s achievement as being in the same league as the former successful Australian F1 engineers Chris Dyer and Sam Michael.
“I look at how much ink which has rightly been given to the likes Sam Michael (ex-Williams/McLaren F1) and Chris Dyer (Michael Schumacher’s engineer at Ferrari) and JJ is in the same league,” he said.
“From a personal level with Jeromy and a Brisbane educated young man, it is a great tribute to him.
“It was a real buzz to see him succeed at that level and see him put it on his CV.
“He has now got a Bathurst 12 Hour (2014) and a Bathurst 1000 (2010) and they pale into insignificance really alongside a Le Mans 24 Hour.
“In just over a year from being the new boy on the block to being the race engineer on the car that wins Le Mans is a big deal.”