GETTING ON THE MAP: Laguna Seca 1997
Porsche 911 GT1 Evo
Picked up by Porsche as a test driver at the start of the year and placed with the Roock squad for the Le Mans 24 Hours, McNish was drafted into the German manufacturer's FIA GT Championship squad at the A1-Ring. But it was at the Laguna Seca finale in an extra car that he made his mark.
A Porsche 911 GT1 Evo finally led a race in McNish's hands and the car, shared with Ralf Kelleners, was in with a shot of victory before a bungled pitstop.
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Gary Watkins has, for reasons best known to himself, devoted all his working life to covering sportscar racing. This season is his 25th as a motorsport journalist, during which time he has reported on major long-distance events on four continents and approaching 60 24-hour races. He reckons a degree in political philosophy makes him well qualified for covering the sometimes Machiavellian world of international sportscars.
Gary, who also writes for RACER, Autoweek, Motor Sport, Autocourse and others, lives in Surbiton but spends more time on the road than at home for most of the year.