Meet our team

Team Personnel

Oliver Oakes

Owner/Director

A former racing driver himself, Oliver started HitechGP at the beginning of 2015 after seeing the market opportunity to build a leading Formula 3 team.

“Over the last few years I’d worked with a lot of successful young drivers. But when the moment came for them to step into a racing car, I was concerned that a lot of teams were no longer motivated or owned by racing people. When you’re used to winning and working to be the very best on track, it can be hard sending drivers elsewhere without seeing the same motivation.

“I decided from the outset that I wanted to build my own team. I’ve known David Hayle since I was 10 years old – and given his success in all forms of motorsport, especially F3, he was naturally the first person I phoned to help me put things in motion. In any great team you need a strong Technical Director. Having known John for some years and witnessed his success the past few years in F3 he brings huge credibility and experience to the Team.


“My philosophy from the beginning was pretty simple. I wanted to build something that would be successful. And that means winning championships in F3 year after year – but also seeing our drivers go on to the pinnacle of motorsport, using all the tools that we’ve taught them here. There's something highly rewarding in seeing them go from boys to young professionals under our guidance.

“The origin of the name Hitech Grand Prix was a simple one: High Technology. We exploit the very latest technology to ensure we’ve got the fastest cars on track – and so the name made perfect sense. It’s also a great descriptor of our Team Title Sponsor URALCHEM, that prides itself on being at the cutting edge of technology to create advanced fertilizer products that make a global market leader".

John McGill

Engineering Director

John began his career in Motorsport as an engineer at Van Amserfort Racing before moving onto to Formula 1 to work for Renault and Torro Rosso.

He returned to Formula 3 with Prema Powerteam – winning the Championship several times.

John joined Hitech at the end of 2015 to lead it’s Engineering and Technical Departments.

Career history:

Race Engineer Van Amersfoort Racing (F3)
Technical Director Prema Powerteam (F3)
Assistant Race Engineer BAR-Honda (F1)
Trackside Engineer Benetton/Renault (F1)
Race Engineer Scuderia Toro Rosso (F1)

Laura Treloar

Team Co-Ordinator

Laura joined Hitech GP from F1 team Sahara Force India where she had worked for ten years.

She’s responsible for all team co-ordination, as well as race weekend administration.

Oliver Oakes

Owner/Director

A former racing driver himself, Oliver started HitechGP at the beginning of 2015 after seeing the market opportunity to build a leading Formula 3 team.

“Over the last few years I’d worked with a lot of successful young drivers. But when the moment came for them to step into a racing car, I was concerned that a lot of teams were no longer motivated or owned by racing people. When you’re used to winning and working to be the very best on track, it can be hard sending drivers elsewhere without seeing the same motivation.

“I decided from the outset that I wanted to build my own team. I’ve known David Hayle since I was 10 years old – and given his success in all forms of motorsport, especially F3, he was naturally the first person I phoned to help me put things in motion. In any great team you need a strong Technical Director. Having known John for some years and witnessed his success the past few years in F3 he brings huge credibility and experience to the Team.


“My philosophy from the beginning was pretty simple. I wanted to build something that would be successful. And that means winning championships in F3 year after year – but also seeing our drivers go on to the pinnacle of motorsport, using all the tools that we’ve taught them here. There's something highly rewarding in seeing them go from boys to young professionals under our guidance.

“The origin of the name Hitech Grand Prix was a simple one: High Technology. We exploit the very latest technology to ensure we’ve got the fastest cars on track – and so the name made perfect sense. It’s also a great descriptor of our Team Title Sponsor URALCHEM, that prides itself on being at the cutting edge of technology to create advanced fertilizer products that make a global market leader".

John McGill

Engineering Director

John began his career in Motorsport as an engineer at Van Amserfort Racing before moving onto to Formula 1 to work for Renault and Torro Rosso.

He returned to Formula 3 with Prema Powerteam – winning the Championship several times.

John joined Hitech at the end of 2015 to lead it’s Engineering and Technical Departments.

Career history:

Race Engineer Van Amersfoort Racing (F3)
Technical Director Prema Powerteam (F3)
Assistant Race Engineer BAR-Honda (F1)
Trackside Engineer Benetton/Renault (F1)
Race Engineer Scuderia Toro Rosso (F1)

Laura Treloar

Team Co-Ordinator

Laura joined Hitech GP from F1 team Sahara Force India where she had worked for ten years.

She’s responsible for all team co-ordination, as well as race weekend administration.

Mark Smith

Head of Research and Development

Mark began his career in motorsport as a composites engineer at Comtec, the composites arm of the March Engineering group.  This was followed by a stint at Reynard Racing Cars where he designed the gearbox for the 1990 F3000 car.  This led to the opportunity to join Jordan Grand Prix from day one of the F1 program in January 1990, where he was one of the 3 designers responsible for the design of the first Jordan which finished 5th in the manufacturers world championship.  He remained with Jordan for 11 years during which time he was appointed Chief Designer.

From Jordan he joined the Renault F1 team in 2001 as Chief Designer with subsequent appointments as Technical Director at Red Bull Racing, Force India, Caterham and Sauber.

Mark was recruited to Hitech GP to establish design and development capabilities as the foundation upon which to build Hitech GP Technologies.  He is fully committed to further developing the technical capabilities of the business whilst at the same time ensuring that all projects are commercially competitive.

James Gilbride

Commercial Manager

Hitech GP’s latest appointment sees James Gilbride recruited to head up the team’s commercial operations. With over twenty years’ experience in high level motorsport, James is ideally placed to help develop a strong and sustainable platform for the future.

James brings a wealth of motorsport knowledge to the business, most notably from Formula One and more recently in sports cars. He is a well-known face in the Formula One paddock having worked for various teams including British American Racing, Minardi, Renault and Williams F1 Team. More recently James has been working with McLaren’s sports car operation, focussing on driver management and sponsorship acquisitions. With a nose for common sense thinking, a keen eye for detail, and strong commercial instincts, James is a valuable addition to the Hitech team where he will work closely with Oliver Oakes to expand and strengthen the company’s business interests.

 

Nick Smith

Operations Manager

Mark Smith

Head of Research and Development

Mark began his career in motorsport as a composites engineer at Comtec, the composites arm of the March Engineering group.  This was followed by a stint at Reynard Racing Cars where he designed the gearbox for the 1990 F3000 car.  This led to the opportunity to join Jordan Grand Prix from day one of the F1 program in January 1990, where he was one of the 3 designers responsible for the design of the first Jordan which finished 5th in the manufacturers world championship.  He remained with Jordan for 11 years during which time he was appointed Chief Designer.

From Jordan he joined the Renault F1 team in 2001 as Chief Designer with subsequent appointments as Technical Director at Red Bull Racing, Force India, Caterham and Sauber.

Mark was recruited to Hitech GP to establish design and development capabilities as the foundation upon which to build Hitech GP Technologies.  He is fully committed to further developing the technical capabilities of the business whilst at the same time ensuring that all projects are commercially competitive.

James Gilbride

Commercial Manager

Hitech GP’s latest appointment sees James Gilbride recruited to head up the team’s commercial operations. With over twenty years’ experience in high level motorsport, James is ideally placed to help develop a strong and sustainable platform for the future.

James brings a wealth of motorsport knowledge to the business, most notably from Formula One and more recently in sports cars. He is a well-known face in the Formula One paddock having worked for various teams including British American Racing, Minardi, Renault and Williams F1 Team. More recently James has been working with McLaren’s sports car operation, focussing on driver management and sponsorship acquisitions. With a nose for common sense thinking, a keen eye for detail, and strong commercial instincts, James is a valuable addition to the Hitech team where he will work closely with Oliver Oakes to expand and strengthen the company’s business interests.

 

Nick Smith

Operations Manager