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Berro joins Lotus as motorsport director 28 Oct 2009

Claudio Berro (ITA). © Group Lotus

As F1 fans await the return of the Lotus name next season with the Malaysian-backed team led by Mike Gascoyne and Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandes, Group Lotus has appointed a new director of motorsport for its sportscar company. Claudio Berro was operations racing director for the Speedcar Middle East International Race Series, and before that spent 14 years in various roles at Ferrari, Maserati and Fiat.

“Lotus has a peerless motorsport heritage, not just in Formula One, but we have also won in sportscar racing, saloon car racing, world rally championships, Le Mans and the Indy 500,” said Berro. “There is no other car company in the world which can lay claim to so many accolades and championships in such a wide variety of motorsport fields, and I am looking forward to re-introducing Lotus to high level motorsport to not only compete and win but also to demonstrate the shared technology between Lotus sportscars and future racing cars.”

Group Lotus CEO, Dany Bahar, added: “I am delighted that Claudio is joining us as director of motorsport. He has a proven track record of not only setting up and managing the motorsport’s divisions within sportscar brands but also winning championships in GT racing and rallying. His skills will be very valuable as we look to return Lotus to high level motorsport around the world. ”

It remains to be seen exactly what, if any, involvement Berro will have with the Lotus F1 team. Early in his motorsport career he was a rally co-driver for Peugeot Talbot Italia in a Talbot Sunbeam Lotus, twice becoming Italian Group Two rally champion in 1981 and 1982. He’ll join Lotus on November 2.