SME (Sanson Motorsport Engineering)

#1 by jakesanson , Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:57 am

Founded in 2008 by upcoming racing driver Jake Sanson, it was originally designed to be a talent scouting programme throughout Europe and Asia. It only turned into a racing team after an interesting bet was made.

Jake Sanson had been in the WRL lower leagues since 2002, when a kart race in 2001 was watched by scouts from the WRL. Sanson (along with a team of five others including Bethany Gibbs) competed in and won a thrilling wet weather endurance race in Norfolk in which Sanson set the race's fastest lap.

He was offered a race drive in Formula Junior for 2002 which he went on to dominate. Two years in F3, followed by two years in F3000 sent him to CART Champ Cars in 2007 where he became champion, and then again in IndyCars a year later. He made his F1 debut at Singapore in 2008, finishing the season with Honda. He signed with them for 2009 but then they went bust.

As history has shown he remained loyal and as the team became Brawn he gave them the F1 championship, which led to him becoming a McLaren man for 2010. He's been with them ever since and won the title in 2010.

Pre-season at Brawn, his back-up plan was to run SME as a race team in GPWC. His two proteges Linvoy Nonda and Lewis Cool were not ready to race full-time, and so at New Zealand 2009 he became a GPWC driver, taking pole position and race victory on his debut. He ended the season in third place as a driver, and running the SME, Scicilia and Transition racing teams.

By 2010, the squad was fully operational with two teams in every race series. The "empire" as Jake likes to call it now runs Subaru, Maserati, Honda, Peugeot and MG projects as well as supporting McLaren, Manor Motorsport, Brawn GP, Newman Haas and PacWest Racing.

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RE: SME (Sanson Motorsport Engineering)

#2 by jakesanson , Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:06 am

TROPHY CASE

Driver's Championships

F1: Jake Sanson (GBR) McLaren Mercedes
GPWC: Jake Sanson (GBR) SME Volkswagen
CART: Alan Daly (IRL) PacWest Mercedes
GPL: Forrest Evers (GBR) Spirit Sport Honda
F2: Shigeaki Okado (JPN) Honda
F3: Teemu Mottonen (FIN) Brawn F3 Mercedes
WTCC: Jan Oner (DEN) WSR BMW
STCC: Joachim Ahler (GER) Schnitzer BMW
LMWS: Joachim Ahler (GER) / Roman Lorenz (GER) BMW Motorsport
GROUP C: Oliver Oelschlager (GER) / Alessandro Romba (GER) Sauber Mercedes
SuperLeague: Rudi Kuriyenko (RUS) Arsenal

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RE: SME (Sanson Motorsport Engineering)

#3 by jakesanson , Thu Nov 11, 2010 3:46 pm

In answer to AJ Charles who appear to be using Brands Hatch as their test facility and McQueen who are based near Snetterton, SME have been granted full access to Oulton Park for our testing programme.

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RE: SME (Sanson Motorsport Engineering)

#4 by jakesanson , Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:08 pm

We are ready to confirm the majority of our driver line-ups for 2011:

GPWC

SME: Jake Sanson (GBR) / TBC
SCICILIA: Gabriele Toccacello / Simone Cecchinello (ITA)

FORMULA 1:

McLAREN: Jake Sanson (GBR) / Leszek Leuenberger (HUN)
VIRGIN: Grischa Zickler (GER) / Bethany Gibbs (GBR)

INDYCAR SERIES:

NHL RACING: Emmanuel van Parys (NED) / Herbie Huckett (USA)
DREYER & REINBOLD: Alan Daly (IRL) / Wael Ba'albaki (LEB)

LE MANS WORLD SERIES:

PEUGEOT: Silvio Winterthur (ARG) & Silver Rose (PAR) / Pavel Auby (CZE) & Rudi Kuriyenko (RUS)
MG: Owen Smith (GBR) & Maggie Peyton (USA) / Jan Oner (DEN) & Hendrik Simba (NED)

LOLA WORLD SERIES

TRANSITION: Toshio Tsuzuki (JPN) / Wong Ka Meng (THA)
MSF ITALIA: Cesar Marques (BRZ) / Timo Laiti (FIN)

WORLD TOURING CARS

PEUGEOT: Linvoy Nonda (FRA) / Dany Saavedra (FRA)
MG: Luke Lawrence (FIJ) / Ruaridh Donnelly (IRL)

FORMULA 2

BRAWN: Jamie Day (GBR) / Teemu Mottonen (FIN)
HONDA: Giovanni Grilliperi (ITA) / Norio Narahasi (JPN)

CART CHAMP CARS

NHL RACING: Ariel Piper (USA) / Gunnar Hayry (NOR)
PACWEST: Jimmy Bly (USA) / Joe Tanto (USA)

INTERNATIONAL TOURING CARS

PEUGEOT: Mathieu Chimbonda (FRA) / Schlomy Scharabani (ROM)
HONDA: Kimiya Mikami (JPN) / Steven Kox (NED)

GRAN TURISMO WORLD SERIES

GTC McLAREN: Ricky Russell (USA) & Adam Fisher (USA) / Ron Oulton (GBR) & Joey Fontana (USA)
PARABOLICA McLAREN: Ricco Cardinale (ITA) & Fillippo Ricardo (ITA) / Felipe Moreno (BRZ) & Matias Maldonado (RCH)

SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA

ARSENAL: Shola Primus (ZIM) / Cheik Blondy (IVO)
RANGERS: Zoe Kelly (GBR) / Lucy Kelly (GBR)

FORMULA 3000

McLAREN MYSAP.COM: Edward Toth (GBR) / Sukki Syal (IND)
PSM REMUS PEUGEOT: Shabani Yenga (SEN) / Baky Eboue (IVO)

FORMULA 3
McLAREN JR: Angel Saavedra (ARG) / Jozef Kovalenko (RUS)
SME F3: Jonathan Piercy (GBR) / Patrik Elmander (SWE)

FORMULA JUNIOR

VIRGIN JR: Zoey Smith (GBR) / Willow Syfret (ZAF)
MG JR: Jason Chaser (AUS) / Yann Ramzy (EGY)

Reserves:

Horst Nussbaumer (AUT) / Tim Peers (GBR) / Wilson Eubanks (USA)

Five more reserves are to be announced, and the second driver at SME will also be confirmed later today.

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