John Gaw has been promoted to the position of Managing Director at Prodrive Motorsport.

Gaw, who joined Prodrive in 2011 as managing director for Aston Martin Racing, will oversee all Prodrive motorsport operations, including MINI’s rally and rallycross ventures, and its expansion into new series.

In 2013 Gaw oversaw Aston Martin’s largest ever works team of up to five Vantage GTEs in the World Endurance Championship, winning nine of a possible 16 races in the series. Aston Martin’s customers also made a further 500 starts in 2013, with Beechdean Motorsport winning the British GT Championship in a Vantage GT3.

2014 will see Prodrive look to expand its activities in the US-based Global Rallycross Championship and enter the new FIA World Rallycross Championship with the new MINI RX. The company is also looking to move into new series, including Dakar and Formula E.

“These are exciting times for the business,” said Gaw. “We already have confirmed programmes in 2014 for our Aston Martin Racing works and customer teams. You will see our customers running MINI rally cars in the WRC and national series and we should have rallycross programmes in the GRC and the new FIA championship. I would also like to see us running cars in the new Formula E championship, which I believe has a tremendous future, and to be competing in the Dakar, which is a natural progression given our 30 years of rallying experience.”

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