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Vale Errol Gilmour 1951~2020   
Story By: Administrator  Date: 24/10/2020 at 3:04:05 PM 
Australian Formula 3 and Australian Motorsport has lost an icon, a mentor, and an inspiration with the passing of Errol Gilmour late Thursday afternoon in Brisbane. Errol, the founder of Gilmour Racing has been a pivotal partner of Australian Formula 3 and has been responsible for developing an extensive pool of junior Australian racing drivers towards their motorsport goals.

Born in Deniliquin NSW, Errol grew up in Wakool NSW with five siblings. His father (known as Pop) had a small car and farm machinery repair business where Errol gained his empathy for mechanics, they flew remote control aircraft together and had a great common logic for machinery. The family later moved to Swan Hill (where Errol’s wife Jenny was born) to take up work for John Deere.

Errol met Jenny at her sister's 21st birthday party when he was invited to attend with his brother who was seeing Jenny's sister. They courted over 3 years exchanging many letters after Errol had moved to Wagga Wagga. He wanted to take up an aircraft maintenance apprenticeship with Kendell Airlines but there was no one with whom he could do this, he did however get an apprenticeship with Caterpillar as a diesel fitter. Errol then took a job with John Deere where he remained for around 30 years rising to a very senior rank in the organisation. He finished his working career at Chesterfield Acacia Ridge after which, in retirement he set up Gilmour Racing as we know it today.

Gilmour Racing

Gilmour Racing was formed in 2001 as a father-son team in the Queensland Formula Ford Championship with Errol’s son Chris driving, the team finished second in both 2001 and 2002 before claiming the 2003 Championship with 7 wins.

For 2004, Errol bought a Spiess powered Dallara F301 in their efforts to win the Australian Formula 3 Championship. Competing in the outright class, the team picked up both Rookie of the Year and second in the Championship. In 2006 Errol upgraded to a Dallara F304 taking the National Class Championship in 2008 with Chris driving before upgrading again in 2010 to a Dallara F307. In 2011 Gilmour won the Australian Formula 3 Drivers Championship with Chris having a season long duel with R-Tek Motorsport’s driver James Winslow.

From 2013 Errol and Gilmour Racing entered their true golden period running a two-car team after Errol imported the first Dallara F311 into Australia in 2014. Gilmour Racing won the National Class Championship with Aree Marie (2013), Luke Spalding (2015) and Cameron Shields (2016) and again won the outright Australian Formula 3 Championship in 2015 with John Collins and 2017 with Calan Williams.

Errol was always proud of playing his part in developing some of Australia’s brightest motor sport prospects with a number of his drivers graduating to international successes including, Ben Gerzekowski (European GT), Cameron Shields (USF2000) and Calan Williams (FIA Formula 3).

Australian Formula 3 category manager Ian Richards paid tribute to Errol. “Errol was certainly a larger than life personality in the Formula 3 paddock. His passion and dedication to not only Formula 3 but motor sport in general was second to none, he would never be far away from a race track.” Richards said. “Errol, was a fierce competitor but dedicated family man and had an immense amount of knowledge. He knew how to get the best out of his drivers and in his later years played a key role in keeping Australian Formula 3 alive.” Richards added.

Errol is succeeded by his wife Jenny, children Chris and Matt and their wives Rachel and Donna, and grandchildren Blake, Chloe, Hayden, Lucas and Kodie. Errol's son's Chris and Matt will continue the running of Gilmour Racing, ensuring the Gilmour dynasty in Australian motorsport continues long into the future.

Australian Formula 3, on behalf of it’s extended family offers it condolences to the Gilmour family.

Errol Gilmour
6/4/1951 ~ 22/10/2020

Gilmour Racing

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