July 6, 2022

Geoffrey Slater has been dropped by Walkinshaw Andretti United. PIcture: Daniel Kalisz

Speedcafe.com can reveal Nick Percat may have a brand new engineer for the rest of 2022 after Walkinshaw Andretti United and Geoffrey Slater parted firm.

Grant McPherson, who joined the Clayton-based squad in late 2020 as its head of efficiency, will slot into the emptiness left by Slater from the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown onwards.

In a press release offered solely to Speedcafe.com, the group cited efficiency personnel restrictions – a lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – for Slater’s departure.

“Walkinshaw Andretti United can verify the Staff and Geoff Slater have parted methods,” the assertion learn.

“Everybody at WAU want Geoff nicely for the long run, and thank him for his contribution.

“With restrictions on numbers at monitor nonetheless in place, it’s vital to place the most effective group on the bottom at occasions, which finally results in powerful choices being made.

“Head of Efficiency, Grant McPherson, will take over the working of Automotive 2 for the rest of 2022, with Technical Director Carl Fake to supervise the race weekend from monitor.

“The Staff will probably be making no additional remark at this stage.”

The coronavirus-induced restrictions have meant the group’s technical director Carl Fake has been absent from the lion’s share of occasions.

Though job titles stay unchanged, at occasions McPherson will slot into the engineering position whereas Fake will probably be trackside to supervise the group’s engineering programme.

It’s not uncharted territory for the group, nonetheless. Earlier this 12 months Slater missed the Perth SuperNight because of the beginning of his first baby.

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That noticed McPherson function Percat’s engineer at Wanneroo Raceway whereas Fake oversaw the working group.

Grant McPherson (left) and Nick Percat. Image: Daniel Kalisz

In January it was confirmed Walkinshaw Andretti United had signed Slater to work with Percat.

Nevertheless, their efforts collectively haven’t borne fruit.

Whereas stable-mate Chaz Mostert and Adam De Borre have mixed to win three races, Percat and Slater have just one high 5 end to their credit score.

Percat sits sixteenth within the drivers’ championship whereas Mostert occupies sixth having led after the opening spherical of the 2022 season.

Slater is a well-established title within the Supercars paddock.

After profitable the 2016 Bathurst 12 Hour and the 2016 Bathurst 1000 with Tekno Autosports, Slater ventured to the USA.

Slater was a part of the factory-backed BMW Staff RLL outfit which gained 24 Hours of Daytona with John Edwards, Augusto Farfus, Jesse Krohn, and Mostert within the GTLM division.

McPherson, in the meantime, is one other identified amount having gained the championship with Shane van Gisbergen in 2016 and the Bathurst 1000 in 2020.