McElrea Racing
Meet the Team

McElrea Racing boasts an incredibly talented and experienced team of people who make us one of the most respected and well known racing service providers in Australia and New Zealand.

Daniel Deighton

Dano is '#1 Mechanic' for Tony Walls in the Objective McLaren 650S in the Australian GT Championship and for various drivers in the 2017 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge.

He has worked as a race mechanic in NZ, Asia and Australia for over 15 years with notable success in Carrera Cup and V8 Supercars among numerous other racing achievements. He has racing in his blood with his dad Chris racing F1 powerboats back in the day.

He was the first full time race mechanic to join MR back in 2009. Since then has been the lead mechanic in MR's Mini Challenge, GT3 Cup Challenge, Carrera Cup and now McLaren AGT program. Dano is also in charge of Sub-Assembly at MR.

Tim McCumstie

Tim is '#1 Mechanic' for Jaxon Evans in the Porsche Carrera Cup and for various drivers in the 2017 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge.

He has been in the racing game for the past 15 years working with a number of high profile and championship winning V8 Supercar teams.

Tim has been with MR since 2013 and brings with him his own unique comedic style and is often the instigator of practical jokes. He also likes to sing along to 80's rock ballads.

Jarom Broadhurst

Jarom is finally living his dream of working in motorsport after spending his previous career working in building and construction.

He is the first apprentice employed by McElrea Racing and is now in his third year. Jarom was recently recognised as the Gold Coast 'Apprentice of the Year' making us very proud!

Jarom is a self-motivated guy with a passion for motorsport and fitness and now that he spends so much time pumping iron, his fitness is admired and respected by his MR colleagues!

Simon Bishop

Simon joined MR in late 2012. Being experienced with allot of horsepower and torque in his Chevy drag car and more than 30 years experience driving big rigs Simon is the perfect driver for our race transporter #McElreaPrime.

He also plays a vital role in driver grip levels by managing more than 200 wheels and 600 tyres for the Porsche Carrera Cup and GT3 Cup Challenge teams.

Simon is well-known for his commitment to getting our race cars to the track on time.

Don McGregor

Donny is a welcome addition to our team and joins us after working for several years in various V8 Supercar teams including Paul Morris Racing, Stone Brothers Racing, Erebus, DJR and Team Penske.

Growing up around car racing and being a qualified Panel Beater he has spent most of his time working on cars so when Stone Brothers Racing expanded into a 3 car team in 2010 he put his hand up to become the second truck driver and has 'Kept on Truckin' ever since.

Matt Jackson

Matt (or 'Spooner' as he is affectionately known) is a highly experienced race mechanic and #1 spanner man on our 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup cars.

He has vast motorsport experience in Australia and New Zealand including 2 seasons as a #1 Mechanic in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship.

Matt also assists team manager Leigh Geyer with workshop planning and ensuring all cars are prepared and ready to rumble on time.

Hayden Morris

Hayden is the dedicated 'Data Engineer' for Simon Ellingham in the 2017 Carrera Cup Championship.

He has an extensive racing background in Australia, New Zealand and throughout Asia and has been working closely with MR since it's inception in 2009.

Hayden started his career as a race mechanic and over a 10 year period worked is way up to V8 Supercar 'Team Manager' for Fabian Coulthard and John Bowe.

Along with his work at MR Hayden now runs his own successful electrical business.

James Marshall

James is '#1 Mechanic' for Simon Ellingham in the 2017 Carrera Cup championship.

Based in NZ he is best known in Australia for his role as the lead technician on the MR build of 'NEMO' the EVO 7 that dominated the 2012 'World Time Attack Championship'.

James has a strong motorsport background and has enjoyed much success including Carrera Cup round wins with MR and driver Alex Davison in 2012 as well as his recent role as crew chief for the current NZ 'Toyota Racing Series' Champion.

Michael Flanders

With more than 20 years experience working in performance workshops, prestige dealerships and motorsport teams, Michael has a wealth of knowledge and experience in all aspects of performance tuning and racing.

He has worked for several V8 Supercar teams and with them has enjoyed multiple podium finishes, the most memorable of which being a very exciting 3rd place at Bathurst in 2007 with Steve Johnson and Will Davison with the racing going 'down to the wire'.

Heather Plews

With many years experience in busy and diverse businesses Heather (or 'Blondie' as she is affectionately known) is perfectly suited to her role at McElrea Racing.

She loves being organised and runs a tight ship keeping all the day-to-day operations in order.

Blondie enjoys sharing coffee and great food with friends and in her spare time she breeds a tropical fish.

Melanie McElrea

Melanie handles travel, accommodation, uniforms, sponsor ride days and all extra administration duties for McElrea Racing and No Second Chance.

A background working in Airlines both in 'Engineering' and 'Passenger Marketing' and being married to Andy for what seems like a very, very long time gives Mel the experience and patience required to tie-up all the loose ends that come her way!

The #1 Porsche Carrera Cup & Australian GT team