Team Bahrain McLAREN announces the departure of Brent Copeland as mutually agreed.

Wednesday, 1st July – Team Bahrain McLaren’s operations director Brent Copeland will leave the team today to pursue a new opportunity.

Brent was general manager of the team from the start of the project in 2017 until September 2019 when the team was known as Bahrain Merida. Brent became operations director when the team transitioned to Team Bahrain McLaren for the 2020 season.

We are very grateful to Brent for all his dedication, passion and hard work that he has shown towards our team during the past years. Brent has been an important figure in our team from the start and has helped build it to where we find ourselves today.

Rod Ellingworth’s comments: “I would like to thank Brent for his support in establishing Team Bahrain McLaren. It’s been a challenging year for everyone, particularly for a new team like ours, but with the commitment from people like Brent, we can return to racing stronger and more complete. On behalf of the entire team, I wish Brent all the best for the future, and we look forward to seeing him at the start-line again soon”.

Brent Copeland comments: “It has been a memorable experience and I’m proud to have been part of this exciting project. I was drawn to the opportunity to make history by enabling Bahrain to be the first Middle Eastern country to join the WorldTour.

I want to thank everyone with whom I had the opportunity and pleasure to work with during the past 4 years, both staff and riders have made it an exceptionally enjoyable journey. 

To his Highness Shaikh Nasser, I would like to express a special thank you for his continuous support to the sporting world and his passion for it. I have personally seen and admire the positive growth of the sporting culture in Bahrain.

I sincerely wish all the best to the team for their future.”



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