Gamble overtakes rivals to move one step closer to prestigious award
EPPERSTONE’S Tom Gamble is a finalist in the illustrious McLaren Autosport Award, reports Paul Horton.
Gamble, 16, is the top-ranked British driver in the British F3 championship and has been nominated for the award following a successful season that has seen him secure two wins in the BRDC British Formula 3 championship for team Fortec.
The speed junkie completes a four-man final line up that consists of Formula 3 rival Jamie Caroline, Formula Renault Eurocup points leader Max Fewtrell, and British Formula 4 champion Kiern Jewiss.
Gamble, who earned a place on the BRDC Rising Star scheme earlier this year, said: “The award was definitely in my mind (after being nominated earlier this year).
“It is fantastic to be part of [the final four].
“Some of the people who have won it have gone on to achieve a lot in motorsport.
“It’s been an up-and-down season, but we have shown speed.”
There will be fitness and simulator elements before a two-day test at Silverstone in MotorSport Vision Formula 2, McLaren GT3 and Ligier LMP3 machinery.
The winner, announced December 2 and will receive a McLaren F1 test as well as a full membership to the British Racing Drivers’ Club.
Ex BRDC president Derek Warwick chairs the judging panel, which consists of eight other industry professionals, ranging from former drivers to commentators.
The prestigious racing award has previously been won by racing super stars such as 2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button, Lando Norris, David Coulthard, Dario Franchitti and Anthony Davidson.
Last year’s winner was Dan Ticktum, who has continued his success into the European Formula 3.
Gamble expressed his delight at having the chance to step up to Formula 2.
“I am looking forward to the F2 car with the downforce,” he said.
“Going from the Ginetta Junior to BRDC F3 was massive, so I cannot imagine what the F2 car will be like.
“I will have to do some neck training!”
In his last outing Gamble finished 12th twice and was red flagged following a second place finish.
Currently ranked in fifth place, Gamble is back in action next weekend at Silverstone, the final event of the season.