Chassis Division Manager
James joined Alan Smith Racing in 1981, and started working in the Sub Assembly Department, working on a variety of engines including the DFV F1. He went on to engine build and then ran the test beds until in 1988 James was promoted to the position of Workshop Manager. During that year Alan Smith Racing was bought by Zytek. In the early nineties along with his Workshop Manager role James provided track support for the F3000 Championship. In 1997 he was promoted to International and Euro F3000 Project Manager. He held this position until 2004.
In 2004 Zytek went on to supply engines for the newly formed global A1 Grand Prix Championship. James concentrated solely on circuit support and was installed as the A1GP Project Manager from 2004 until the contract finished in 2008.
In 2008 Ferrari were awarded the contract to supply race engines for A1GP, and Ferrari requested Zytek’s assistance. James continued as the A1GP Project Manager working very closely with Ferrari on this project.
In early 2009 James was transferred to Zytek’s Automotive wing. He initially worked on Kers, then Electric Vehicle support, before setting up a Product Service Department. This department handled customer enquiries for Zytek related products.
In January 2011 he returned back to the Motorsport Division and was appointed Chassis Division Manager, overseeing the commercial aspects of the chassis division and also managing the track support activities of the Le Mans Series.