A brief history of GMC Racing

GMC Racing was formed in November 1997 and initially intended to race in the Internet Amiga F1 World Championship.  However due to several factors the team was not ready in time for testing and it was decided that rather than rush in to it, team owner Gavin Mclean would take a driving position with GJM Racing for the 97/98 season.

​The 98/99 season would see an interesting situation with Mclean retaining his seat at GJM Racing while entering GMC Racing in the beginner series of the IAF1GPC.  Drivers Steven Walker and Kevin Thornber would contest the championship for GMC Racing.

Race wins were aplenty and Kevin won the World Championship with Steven coming in third place. GMC Racing won the constructors championship convincingly.

​99/00 was another very succesful year for Kevin Thornber driving the sole GMC Racing car.  Scoring a perfect score out of the races that counted he was a fitting champion. GMC Racing finished the season as championship runner up.  The end of the season would see GMC Racing leave the IAF1GPC and move on to GP2, GP3, GP4, GP Legends and rFactor to name a few and in time other racing sims and online leagues.

The GMC s98/1 as it looked in F1GP on the Amiga.

Gavin Mclean

Team owner Mcleans first race was at Phoenix in the United States Grabd Prix as part of the Semi-Pro 97/98 IAF1GPC season. Previously having only raced against AI it was a real eye opener to see the lap times the other competitors were setting. 

​Having made the decision to drive for GJM Racing in the 97/98 season due to his own team not being ready for the championship development of the s97 stopped and the factory began work on the s98/01.  Mclean and GJM Racings first podium finish would come at Magny Cours at the French GP with a sixth place start being converted in to a second place finish. A second place podium finish at the Adelaide circuit saw Mclean finish the championship season in fifth place. When it came time to decide whether to drive or manage in the 98/99 season Mclean decided to do both, running GMC Racing and driving for GJM Racing although ill health would see him miss several races.

The season now started in Adelaide and Mclean started the season with a maiden win for both himself and GJM Racing. Round five would see Mclean take another win at Barcelona. Round nine was held at Silverstone on a typical wet British afternoon with the #32 taking another win. Round ten was the Mexican Grand Prix and again Mclean took a win for GJM Racing. That would be the last outing for Mclean with GJM Racing (and indeed his participation in the IAF1GPC). Over the years that followed GP2/GP3/GP4, GP Legends, Rfactor and other sims have been used but there will be more about them another day.

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