The Suzuki World Rally team has opted not to renew its contract with technical manager, Michel Nandan.

Nandan joined the outfit back in November 2006 and was appointed to head up developed of the all-new Suzuki SX4 WRC car, which made its debut last year on the Rallye de France-Tour de Corse and on the season ending, Wales Rally GB.

His agreement with the team though expired on December 31, according to reports by and he has now been replaced by former Mitsubishi chief engineer, Shusuke Inagaki.

In a separate development meanwhile Suzuki noted that Akira Kawada has been appointed as team manager.