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Hogan is new sporting director at Jaguar 03 Mar 2003

Jaguar Racing has appointed Australian John Hogan as its sporting director.

It is the last move in the reorganisation instigated by Ford vice president Richard Parry-Jones last October which saw former Pi Research founder Tony Purnell replace Niki Lauda in charge of the team, and former Jaguar R4 project engineer Dave Pitchforth promoted over Guenther Steiner to the role of technical director.

Parry-Jones and Purnell stressed their desire to move away from association with famous names and to create "deep technical excellence". But it needed a respected figure to act as sporting director and team principal at races.

Jaguar recently approached former racers such as Alain Prost, Alan Jones, Martin Brundle and John Watson, but Hogan is an inspired choice who brings credibility and gravitas to the role. He came into the sport in the Seventies as the representative of Marlboro, and later engineered the marriage between Ron Dennis's Project Four operation and the ailing McLaren International in 1980 that led to the creation of the first carbon fibre F1 car and laid the groundwork for McLaren's pre-eminence today. More recently he oversaw Marlboro's involvement with Ferrari and worked with Vodafone.

"My role will be to help strengthen the commercial division of the business and to apply my experience to other areas including the team's relationship with the FIA, Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Cars and other key investors in our business," Hogan said.