Former Formula 1 engineer Sam Michael will make a return to racing in his Australian homeland after signing a deal to join Triple Eight Race Engineering.

The 45-year-old has formerly held a range of engineering roles with Lotus (1993-4), Jordan (1995-2000), Williams (2001-2010) and McLaren (2011-2014) before returning to Australia. In mid-2016, he joined the Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety board.

Michael will join Triple Eight as the outfit’s new technical director in place of Ludo Lacroix, who has been handed an immediate termination by team boss Roland Dane ahead of his decision to move to rival outfit DJR Team Penske in 2017.

“Michael has enjoyed a highly successful, 21-year career in Formula 1 leading engineering teams at both Williams and McLaren, before returning to Australia at the end of 2014,” a team press release states.

“Triple Eight is thrilled to welcome him into the team and looks forward to further developing the foremost engineering group in the Supercars category with his guidance.”

Michael will assuming a mentoring role at the upcoming ITM400 at Pukekohe Park Raceway ahead of his full-time appointment for the 2017 season.

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