McElrea Racing
  • Tony Walls
    @Australian Grand Prix 2017

  • Lister Storm LMP
    In the wind tunnel 2004

  • Lister Storm
    @Le Mans 2004

  • Wes McDougall and Tim Slade
    Celebrating first top 10 shootout 2010

  • James Courtney
    V8 Supercars @Adelaide 2008

  • Tim Slade
    @Hidden Valley 2011

  • Todd Hazelwood
    Supercar @Adelaide 2017

  • Wes McDougall
    Hard at work @MRDD 2017

Wes McDougall

Wes is race engineer for various customers in the Australian GT championship. He uses the knowledge and experience gained from over 20 years in motorsport to head-up the MR Driver Development business, using modern technology and techniques to help school drivers of all talents behind the wheel of racecars.

Wes is an engineer with extensive experience in top flight motor racing both here in Australia and abroad. He has worked predominately in V8 Supercars since 2005 but also has experience with LMP cars, GT cars and single seaters.

In addition to his MRDD duties Wes engineers a Supercar for Todd Hazelwood in the championship series who, with Wes' guidance, won the 'Super 2' series in 2017.

Background

Wes started in motorsport with Borland Racing Developments as a junior engineer in 1995 whilst still at high school. During his time at Borland Racing he worked as an engineer on Formula Fords, serviced and dynoed dampers and looked after data logging systems, all while completing a Mechanical Engineering degree at Monash University. Whilst at BRD, he engineered numerous cars and worked with drivers such of such ilk as Jason Bargwanna, Will Power and Mark Winterbottom.

Upon completion of his engineering degree, Wes took a job at Lister Cars in England as a race engineer in 2003 where he worked on the company's Lister Storm GT car (in the FIA GT Championship) and the LMP variant which he engineered at the Le Mans 24 hours twice. As well as winning multiple races with the team he also oversaw the wind tunnel refinement of the LMP car.

Wes returned to Australia in 2005 to work as a V8 Supercar Data Engineer with Stone Brothers Racing for Marcos Ambrose. Shortly afterwards he was promoted to Race Engineer for James Courtney and during his time with SBR worked with some of the categories most prolific drivers such as Ambrose, Ingall, Courtney, Slade, Holdsworth, Davison and van Gisbergen.

Wes is renowned for his ability to nurture young drivers and has engineered several young drivers to their first podiums including James Courtney, Alex Davison and Tim Slade.

When SBR morphed into Erebus he was promoted to Technical Director and oversaw the engineering of the AMG E63 Supercar, culminating in two race victories in 2014 and 2015.

You can find out more about MR Driver Development and get in touch with Wes at www.mrdd.com.au

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Tim Slade
@Australian Grand Prix 2013

Andrea Piccini
Lister Storm GT @Spa 2003

Marcos Ambrose
V8 Supercars @Hidden Valley 2005

James Courtney
On his was to pole @Adelaide 2007

James Courtney &Wes McDougall
Celebrating James' first win in Supercars 2008

James Courtney & Wes McDougall
V8 Supercars @Winton 2008

Will Davison
Erebus AMG E63 winning @Barbagallo 2014

Adam Macrow
Australian Formula Ford Champion 1998

Mark Winterbottom
@Barbagallo 2002

Tim Slade
First Pole V8 Supercars @Homebush 2012

Tim Macrow
Testing Formula Thunder 5000 @Winton 2016

Tim Slade
@Circuit of the Americas 2013