Follow the money if you want to see where the talent is headed. That is not only the case of Australian athletes moving to Europe or the U.S. to chase bigger paychecks, but it also applies to administrators who move from continent to continent to peddle their services to the highest bidder.
Thus, it came as no real shock when England’s Steve Hallam abandoned his general manager position of V8 Supercars leading team Tekno Autosports just ahead of the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint.
Hallam’s racing pedigree has earned him his choice of the choicest slots. He got his start in F1 as a race engineer for Lotus and McLaren, guiding at various times top drivers Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and Fernando Alonso.
He rose through the F1 ranks before departing to take the race-engineering helm at Michael Waltrip Racing on the NASCAR circuit for three years where he effectively made cars go fast and turn left.
He came to Australia in 2012 with the Holden Racing Team and joined Tekno in 2014, where he guided a one-car team to a second place finish for the season.