Garry Rogers Motorsport
Garry Rogers Motorsport is a former F1RWRS team that competed since the second half of 2013 until the end of 2014. The team was run by Garry Rogers, who operated it out of the same workshop as his V8 Supercar team, and John Zimmer, who built the cars and helped in the operation of the team.
The team originally planned on entering for the 2014 F1RWRS season, but when Frank Zimmer was sacked part way through the season, Garry and John entered immediately to provide him with a drive. At the time they only had one car built, and hurriedly built a second one. They missed the British GP, but finished it in time to enter Germany.
This meant that they had one race to escape pre-qualifying. Zimmer and teammate Nathan Scott, a protege of Chris Dagnall, managed to pass pre-qualifying, and Zimmer finished the race in second place. The 6 points meant that the team skipped out of pre-qualifying for the remainder of the season. Scott finished fourth at Spa and Zimmer took two more points at the following race. Then the Holden Racing Team's moneymaking plan stepped in. John Zimmer decided to drive for HRT, while Scott was demoted to Team Calinetic, which started a feud with Dagnall, as his plan was to get Scott some experience on F1RWRS tracks, and didn't want him to race for a pre-qualifying team. However, he backed down. At Akrotiri Bay, Frank took another podium, while Ashley Watkinson stepped into the second car from HRT. Rhys Davies drove it at Macau, and finished third, and decided to spend the next two races with the team, as he felt that it would be his best chance at scoring more points. However, the car's pace dropped off dramatically, with neither Zimmer nor Davies coming close to points. For the finale in Brazil, Davies returned to HRT in the place of John, and Zimmer needed a replacement too because he was not allowed to enter Brazil. Scott was promoted back to GRM, as was newly signed F2RWRS driver Tommy Nash.
In 2014, Scott left for DGNgineering, and the team promoted Poppy Whitechapel from a test driver role. The car was an upgrade from the previous season's, and Zimmer scored a few points, while Whitechapel came close but the car failed whenever she had a good chance. Zimmer was replaced at Brazil by Ben Fleet, and after he caused several incidents at the Norisring in a spectacle dubbed "Zimsanity" by the media, Nash was again promoted for the next two events when Zimmer was banned. At the end of the season, after complaints from some teams that they and HRT were taking up two perfectly good entries, the two teams merged. They will continue to race as Holden, but GRM will take over the running of the HRT Young Lions F2RWRS team. Both teams are now owned by John Zimmer.
Complete F1RWRS Results
|2013||ZimSport GRM1||HSV L12-1||TAS||AUS||MEX||USA||MON||FRA||GBR||GER||NED||BEL||POR||MED||MAC||CHN||JPN||BRA||21||8th|
|2014||ZimSport GRM2||HSV L12-2||TAS||AUS||BRA||MEX||USA||MON||FRA||GBR||GER||BEL||ITA||MED||SEA||MAC||CHN||JPN||8||10th|
Complete F2RWRS Results