Big news today, Jost Capito, Ford’s Director, Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsport Business Development has left the company to head up Volkswagen’s growing motorsports division.
He will replace Kris Nissen who has been overseeing Volkswagen’s move into the WRC with the new Polo. He was also instrumental in VW’s one-two victory at the 2009 Dakar Rally and topped that with one-two-three victories at the Dakar Rally in 2010 and 2011.
Himself a former motor cycle racer and Dakar competitor, Jost Capito previously worked for BMW and Porsche where he became head of Porsche Motorsport Organisation. In 1996 he went to Sauber Petronas Engineering HG and then moved over to run the Red Bull Sauber Formula One operation.
Gerard Quinn will continue to work as Ford Motorsport director in Europe, but one wonders if this is why development of the next-generation Ford Focus RS has been delayed!