7 GILES BUT­TER­FIELD

GROUP OP­ER­A­TIONS AND EN­GI­NEER­ING MAN­AGER OF MSV

Motor Sport News - - Insight -

How dif­fer­ent things might have been for For­mula Palmer Audi had Giles But­ter­field not been called in as team man­ager shortly be­fore the se­ries launched. In the words of Jonathan Palmer he joined “with just eight weeks to do eight months’ work”.

Since then But­ter­field has be­come Palmer’s right-hand man at Mo­tor­sport Vi­sion.

Af­ter hang­ing up his rac­ing hel­met, the 1980s Bri­tish For­mula 3 driver came to promi­nence with the Re­nault Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship team, act­ing as its tech­ni­cal direc­tor in 1993 and ’94.

It was in 1998, though, that Palmer hired him for FPA be­fore he joined MSV when it was cre­ated in 2004, where he has since be­come group op­er­a­tions and en­gi­neer­ing man­ager.

In 13 years he’s seen and done it all, en­sur­ing that Brands Hatch, Snet­ter­ton, Oul­ton Park and Cad­well Park flour­ished when they were ac­quired in ’04, and more re­cently Don­ing­ton Park last year. He’s also suc­cess­fully overseen Msv-run se­ries in­clud­ing FIA For­mula Two, BRDC For­mula 4 and cur­rently BRDC Bri­tish For­mula 3.

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