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McRae and McRae to join F5000 series


The rare McRae GM3 is set to join the Formula 5000 open-wheeler line-up in the Tasman Revival Series next summer.

The car has been bought by a New Zealand driver from America and was a one-off follow-up to the successful GM1 and GM2 designs.

Graham McRae debuted the distinctive car, featuring a transparent cockpit surround, at the end of the 1976 SCCA series in America but it was largely unsuccessful. However, he did win the 1978 Australian Grand Prix with the GM3.

The arrival of the GM3 will further strengthen the New Zealand F5000 field, which is already the best in the world.

McRae, who is now in good health, is set to return to the Tasman Revival Series as a driver and he is building up a GM1 to race. It’s based around an existing tub owned by Alistair Hey.

Hey’s original GM1 won last year’s series in the hands of Chris Hyde.

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