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The MIA School of Race Engineering has a strong motorsport engineering community. When you join the School you become part of this community and have access to the top engineers in the world. Below you can explore all our experts who have provided their expert knowledge as tutors at either our 4-day School or online modules. 

Tutors

James Knapton
James Knapton

Head of Performance Analysis

James Knapton - Head of Performance Analysis

James Knapton has enjoyed a rich career in Formula 1. He has worked for 7 different F1 teams including Jordan Grand Prix, Midland F1 and Spyker F1 and has been Head of Vehicle Science at Force India, Sauber, Manor Racing and Red Bull Advanced Technologies where he worked on the Aston Martin Valkyrie project. James is now working as Head of Performance Analysis for Andretti Cadillac.

Ciaron Pilbeam
Ciaron Pilbeam

Technical Director ‑ Performance

Ciaron Pilbeam - Technical Director ‑ Performance

Ciaron has a wealth of experience in race engineering, having worked as a Race Engineer in F1 for over 15 years. In that time he has worked for five different F1 teams, including the likes of BAR Honda, Red Bull Racing, Lotus F1 Team, McLaren Racing and now Alpine F1 Team. He has been the Head of Trackside Engineering, where he managed both driver’s trackside engineering teams and helps to make decisions on set-up, strategy and tyre management. Ciaron has recently been promoted to Technical Director (Performance) at BWT Alpine F1 Team.

Dominic Harlow
Dominic Harlow

Deputy Technical Director

Dominic Harlow - Deputy Technical Director

Dominic is part of the engineering team at the FIA who are developing F1 regulations. He has also worked for BMW in DTM, Williams F1 and Force India as well as other leading Race Engineering roles.

Guillaume Rocquelin
Guillaume Rocquelin

Head of Driver Academy

Guillaume Rocquelin - Head of Driver Academy

Rocky began his motorsport career at Reynard Racing cars in 1993, after which he moved to the US as Senior Race Engineer for Newman/Haas Racing in CART/IndyCar. In 2006 he joined Red Bull Racing where he race engineered David Coulthard and later Sebastian Vettel, contributing to Red Bull’s four consecutive world championships. In 2015 he was promoted to Head of Race Engineering.

Ciaron Pilbeam
Peter Hall

Head of Race Strategy

Peter Hall - Head of Race Strategy

Peter graduated from the University of Cambridge with a MSc in Aerospace and Aerothermal Engineering in 2014. After graduating, he worked at Red Bull Racing as a Simulation and Modelling Engineer and then switched to Sauber F1 Team as a Race Strategist. In 2020, he joined Aston Martin F1 Team where he now heads up the Race Strategy department.

Paula Garcia Ruiz
Paula Garcia Ruiz

Senior Aero Science & Technology Aerodynamicist

Paula Garcia Ruiz - Senior Aero Science & Technology Aerodynamicist

Paula started her career as a Junior development Aerodynamicist at Williams Racing. Paula is now working as an Aero Science and Technology Aerodynamicist for Alpine F1 Team and works on developing new systems and technologies to enhance the performance of the Formula 1 car.

Antonis Palskas
Antonis Palskas

Tyre Science engineer

Antonis Palaskas - Tyre Science engineer

Antonis Palaskas holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Greece and a masters in Motorsport Engineering from Oxford Brookes university. Currently, he works as Tyre Science engineer in the Vehicle Dynamics department of Williams Racing F1. In my previous job he was a Tyre Engineer for Jaguar TCS Racing in the Formula E championship.

Nicholas Cooper
Nicholas Cooper

McLaren F1 Team

Nicholas Cooper - Head of Tyre Modelling & Analysis

Nick started his motorsport career as a Tyre Engineer with Honda F1 after earning his PhD in Vehicle Dynamics. He stayed with the Brackley based team through it’s years as Brawn F1 and then Mercedes F1, contributing to multiple world championships. In 2018 he moved to McLaren F1 to lead the tyre group. His focus and interests are in understanding tyre behaviour, how to model tyres and integrate them in to simulation tools and how to optimise vehicle behaviour through all aspect of tyre performance.

Andrea Rostagno
Andrea Rostagno

Tyre Performance Engineer

Andrea Rostagno -  Tyre Performance Engineer

Andrea is a motorsport enthusiast who specialises in vehicle dynamics and tyre performance. He has a theoretical background developed through research projects coupled with the practical knowledge he has acquired through 2 years trackside tyre engineering experience in MotoGP with Aprilia Racing. In 2021 Andrea secured a job with Alpine F1 as a trackside performance engineer.

Marco D'Isanto
Marco D'Isanto

Aero Performance Engineer

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Marco D'Isanto - Aero Performance Engineer

Marco graduated from University of Naples Federico II with a MSc in Aerospace Engineering and a major in Computational Fluid Dynamics. He started his journey into Motorsport as Wind Tunnel Engineer at Dallara, while also spending his weekends as Data Engineer in amateurish racing series.

Craig Porley
Craig Porley

Race Engineer

Craig Porley - Race Engineer

Craig’s motorsport experience stretches to nearly 20 years. Starting off as a composite technician back in 2004, Craig moved to Xtrac as an R&D Engineer and then Red Bull Racing as a Test Engineer where he ran programs on chassis, suspension and aerodynamic components. Alongside his full time work, Craig has also been a Senior Data Engineer, winning the 2011 FIA GT1 drivers championship, and a Race Engineer for several BTCC teams where he won the independent drivers and team title in 2019. Now, he race engineers for Laser Tools Racing with WSR in BTCC and has set up his own engineering consultancy.

Josep Roca
Josep Roca

Race Engineer

Josep Roca - Race Engineer

Josep began his motorsport career Race Engineering in ETCC and GT Open for SUNRED in 2007. In 2011 he joined the Driver-in-the-loop department in Williams F1 as Mechanical and Simulator Race Engineer. In 2014 he moved to Williams Advanced Engineering, working on a variety of road car prototype projects. He switched to electric racing in 2016 where he joined Jaguar Racing as a Race Engineer.

Phil Ingram
Ash Willoughby

Energy Management and Controls Engineer

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Ash Willoughby - Energy Management and Controls Engineer

In 2017 Ash secured a role as Simulation and Modelling Engineer at Red Bull Advanced Technologies working on the Valkyrie Hypercar and other high performance projects. In 2020, he joined NIO Formula E team as Energy Management and Controls Engineer where he supports the Race Engineers at the track and also during simulator sessions. 

Tim Jackson
Tim Jackson

Lead WRC Development Engineer

Tim Jackson - Lead WRC Development Engineer

Tim spent 6 years as a works Rally Engineer for the Ford World Rally Team, securing 2 FIA Manufacturers titles, before spearheading M-Sport's US & Europe rallycross programs. Now back in the WRC, he heads up the test and development of M-Sport Ford's WRC projects.

Tim Hodgson
Tom Hodgson

Head of Customer Racing

Tom Hodgson - Head of Customer Racing

Tom Hodgson has worked his way up the ranks at Bentley Motorsport, starting out as a technical apprentice in 2005 and is now head of customer racing. He has race engineered in many GT categories. 

Rob Sharp
Rob Sharp

Race Engineer

Rob Sharp - Race Engineer

Rob has worked as a Data and Race Engineer in a number of championships including WEC, Carrera Cup, BTCC and British GT. He joined Multimatic in 2021 as a Vehicle Dynamics Engineer where he operated the Kinematic and Compliance Rig as well as the 4 Post Rig and Driver in the Loop Simulator. He is now a race engineer in GTWC and WEC.

Ulrich Baretzky
Ulrich Baretzky

Former Director Race

Engine Development at AUDI Sport

Ulrich Baretzky - Former Director Race Engine Development at AUDI Sport

Ulrich began his career as a Design Engineer at BMW Motorsport and was involved in F1, F2 projects as well as High Performance M3 and M5 engines. He moved to Audi where he led projects in WEC, DTM, Trans-Am, IMSA GTO, and ITC.

Iain Gordon
Iain Gordon

Export Sales Manager

Iain Gordon - Export Sales Manager

Iain has a rich experience within motorsport and aerodynamics and will give an overview of pressure scanners, probes and other aerodynamic sensors. Iain will share his experience on how F1 teams utilise these devices to measure aero data accurately and reliably.

Tomoki Takahashi
Tomoki Takahashi

Race Engineer

Tomoki Takahashi – Race Engineer

Taka has been working trackside in motorsport for over 10 years. He has Race Engineered in British GT, BTCC, ELMS, WEC and has also been a Performance Engineer for Dragon Racing in Formula E.

Victoria Guppy
Victoria Guppy

Data Engineer

Victoria Guppy - Data Engineer

Victoria has worked trackside for the last 10 years for F3 and BTCC race teams and joined Manor Racing F1 in 2015 as Trackside Systems Engineer. Now, she spends her weekends data engineering for BTC Racing. 

Rik Kasius
Rik Kasius

Race Engineer

Rik Kasius - Race Engineer

“The MIA School of Race Engineering is a great platform to boost your race engineering ambitions. The course is well organised and includes a variety of in-depth content and interactive sessions. It is a privilege to help people get that little step closer to their Race Engineer aspirations."

João Ginete
João Ginete

Performance Engineer

João Ginete - Performance Engineer

João began his motorsport career as an Aerodynamicist at McLaren Racing and then Red Bull Racing, where he also helped develop the Aston Martin Valkyrie. In 2018 he started working trackside, Race Engineering in ELMS as well as European and Japanese F3, before joining Jota. 

Geoff Dymott
Geoff Dymott

Race Engineer

Geoff Dymott - Race Engineer

Geoff has worked for Williams Racing for over 20 years in a variety of roles including Vehicle Dynamics, Race / Test Data Engineer and Senior Performance Engineer. Starting his own consultancy in 2019, Geoff has also been a Race Engineer in British F4, Porsche Carrera Cup GB for Richardson Racing and more recently Century Motorsport in British GT.

Callum Cripps
Callum Cripps

Race Driver

Callum Cripps - Race Driver

Callum has been involved in motorsport since he was 10 years old. He has raced in Ginetta GT5, Clio Cup, Formula Renault, GT and NASCAR. In 2019 he finished 5th in the EuroNASCAR championship with 50% podium finishes.

Craig Bremner
Craig Bremner

Senior Analyst

Craig Bremner - Senior Analyst

Craig Bremner joined the Advanced Engineering department of Xtrac in 2016. Now, he works as a Senior Analyst where he optimises motorsport transmission solutions.

Craig Bremner
Harry Stanton

Graduate R&D Engineer

Harry Stanton - R&D Engineer

Harry graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2020 with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering. Later that year he joined Xtrac as an R&D Engineer where he is involved in several motorsport transmission projects.  

Jason Carpenter
Jason Carpenter

Trackside Engineer

Jason Carpenter - Trackside Engineer

Jason has spent the last 17 years working in F1. Starting off at Williams, Jason then worked as an F1 Tyre Engineer for Pirelli. Now, he manages the brake and clutch components that AP Racing supply to several F1 teams.

Ian Nash
Ian Nash

Technical Sales

Ian Nash - Technical Sales

Ian joined AP Racing in 1984 and progressed to Section Leader for Design and Development of motorsport brakes and clutches. He then became Chief Engineer and is now Technical Sales and Business Development Manager.

Charlotte Phelps
Charlotte Phelps

Strategy Engineer

Charlotte Phelps - Lead Systems and Data Engineer

After finishing her studies, Charlotte worked at Mercedes HPP and was promoted to Strategy Engineer in 2019. She spends her free weekends Data Engineering for Barwell Motorsport, running two Lamborghini's in British GT. Charlotte is now a Lead Systems and Data Engineer for W-Series!

Will Phillips
Wouter Remmerie

CEO

Wouter Remmerie - CEO

In 2011, he joined Voxdale as a Development Engineer where he was then promoted to Project Manager and was involved in a variety of CFD projects. In 2013 he founded his own company called Zastrugi and two years later he launched AirShaper – an online aerodynamics platform that allows users to run complex CFD simulations on 3D models within hours.

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