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The engineer who took Reynard to another level

Senior technical transfers between customer racing car manufacturers were rare at the height of their 1990s pomp. But Bruce Ashmore's move from Lola to Reynard bucked the trend and set in motion a shift in the balance of power in US open-wheel racing

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Reynard's reputation for conquering new series went before it. Having won its first race in Formula 3 with Andy Wallace at Silverstone in 1985 and repeated the trick in Formula 3000 with Johnny Herbert at Jerez in 1988, the pressure was on as it geared up for its Indycar debut at Surfers Paradise in 1994.

Chief designer Malcolm Oastler was company founder Adrian Reynard's golden boy and armed with the drawings for what would have been the 1993 Galmer - an evolution of Andy Brown and Alan Mertens' 1992 Indianapolis 500-winning design - but crucially lacking first-hand experience of Indycar. However, Reynard knew just the man who could provide it: Bruce Ashmore.

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