Ultimate Team Principle Departs to Concentrate on Engine Business
TEAM NEWS: Ultimate Motorsport Team Principle Simon Armstrong will step down from his position in the all-new British Formula 3 team in order to focus on his engine development business Ultimate Performance, the team announced today.
Armstrong, a former Ilmor Mercedes engineer who was instrumental in setting up the new outfit with owner Barry Walsh, played a significant part in the development of a team capable of scoring points in only its second ever race and leaves on amicable terms, with Walsh taking over his role and responsibilities.
The team was born less than seven months ago and set up at the Ultimate Performance headquarters in East Haddon but long-term expansion plans for Ultimate Motorsport coupled with a desire to continue the development of an already successful engine business left Armstrong with a difficult decision to make.
Armstrong said: "It is with great regret that I have decided to leave Ultimate Motorsport and step down as its team principal. The team will be moving to new premises in Sywell later this month and I have taken the difficult decision to leave at this point to concentrate once again on my own business, Ultimate Performance Limited, in East Haddon.
"It has been a fantastic experience creating a new team from nothing and working together with Mygale and everyone involved in getting Ultimate Motorsport to where it is today. The double points finish at Donington last weekend is testament to what has been achieved in the past six months and I am extremely proud of that.
"I have, however, also had the dilemma of running my own, young engine business and I have had to make a choice. The future of Ultimate Performance really requires my full commitment and this is what I shall be able give to it from now on."
Walsh said: "The situation arose that Simon has commitments to running the engine business and his role with Ultimate Motorsport was having an effect on that. It is sensible that he concentrates on the success of his business, rather than taking on the commitment of working full-time with the team at the racetrack and the factory.
"It is a real shame for the team to lose his important input but we wish him all the best for the future. While he will no longer be directly involved with Ultimate Motorsport he will undoubtedly be staying closely in touch with us as we continue to establish ourselves on the motorsport ladder."
Team manager Jonny Ostrowski added: "What has been achieved in the past months would not have been possible if it were not for Simon's strong management skills and his ability to see the whole picture. However, I fully understand the difficult decision that Simon has had to take and I know it cannot have been easy.
"If I had not been working with Simon at Ultimate Performance then this opportunity at Ultimate Motorsport would not have come my way, and I wish him and Ultimate Performance all the best for the future. We are not going to be far away and I am sure that Simon will still be able to contribute to the team."
Ultimate Motorsport made a strong debut in the British F3 International series at Oulton Park on Easter Weekend and won points with sixth and seventh place finishes at Donington Park last weekend. Using a new Mygale chassis with Mercedes engine they are aiming to continue to rise up the grid this season and Armstrong will be backing them all the way.
Armstrong added: "All of the people are now in place in the team, they are a fantastic group and well capable of taking things forward from here. To think that Barry and I only met for the first time on September 29th last year makes it even more incredible. I feel that I have done more than a year's work since then!
"I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Barry Walsh, to all of the team and to all of those involved along the way. It really has been something! I have no doubt that further success will come and I look forward to sharing in their celebrations at one or two races later in the season."