GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 23: Jamie Whincup drives the #88 Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore VF during race 23 of the Supercars Gold Coast 600 at Surfers Paradise Street Circuit on October 23, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Triple Eight’s Ronald Dane is not a very happy man at the moment, despite his two drivers setting the second and third best times in opening practice at the penultimate round of the 2016 season in  New Zealand this morning.

That is because with the news that former F1 engineer, Sam Michael, was joining the Triple Eight Engineering Supercar team with immediate effect, came the news that their technical director, Ludo Lacroix, was moving to the DJR Penske Team and according to Dane, the move was done on the sly.

“I’ve known that Ludo was wanting to leave, feeling he’d leave at the end of the year and have known for some time,” he said on Fox Sports. “Clearly it was news to us this week where he was going, so that was duplicitous, but that’s to be expected in this business somewhere.”

“When Adrian [Burgess] left, he was honest about it, Ludo hasn’t been which is a shame, but that’s what happens. When you’re at the top of the category, which we have been for a decade, people come and steal people off you. It doesn’t surprise me that someone comes along with more money and they want to spend it.”