Mark Winterbottom’s race engineer Grant McPherson has left Ford Performance Racing, defecting to Holden rivals Red Bull Racing Australia.
McPherson will move to Red Bull to replace Jeromy Moore, race engineer for Craig Lowndes’ 888 car, who is looking to pursue opportunities overseas.
Moore, who has been with Triple Eight Race Engineering since 2003 is being assisted in his job hunt by team boss Roland Dane and Ian Harrison managing director of Triple Eight’s UK operation, with a possible appointment in the DTM in the works.
McPherson’s departure is effective immediately after eight years of service at the team.
“We thank Grant for his eight years of service and we part on good terms and wish him well for his future endeavours,” said team principal Tim Edwards.
McPherson worked with Winterbottom to achieve third place in this year’s championship, the same result he achieved with Will Davison in 2013.
McPherson’s departure means Winterbottom will contest the 2015 championship with his fourth different engineer in four years. Before McPherson, Winterbottom partnered with Campbell Little in 2012 and James Small in 2013.
A replacement has not been appointed yet, with the team looking to either promote internally or hire fresh talent.