Tom Gamble reflects McLaren Autosport BRDC racing award at the Autosport International Show, Birmingham
In front of an audience of more than 1,000, Epperstone racer Tom Gamble relived the biggest achievement in his career, reports Paul Horton.
Having won the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, Gamble was the star guest speaker at the Autosport International Show at the Birmingham NEC.
Rubbing shoulders with former F1 racers and the biggest names in the sport was something Gamble said he had dreamed of, but he now hopes to kick on and build on his success.
“I hope I’ll be at the top of the pile of prospective drivers for teams,” said Gamble, who has the prestigious award on his CV heading into the new season.
“It’s definitely going to help me. We haven’t finalised a drive for this year, but it’s something that we are really pushing to get done soon, and get started with testing.
“Hopefully in the next few weeks we should be able to get a deal done.
“I’ve got interviews and meetings lined-up and we will see what happens.”
Sharing the stage with former F1 racer, and former president of BRDC, the company that created the McLaren Autosport award, Derek Warwick said the judges were impressed with the efforts of the youngster during assessment.
“It was a great year with great drivers,” said Warwick.
“After day one you could not split these guys (the four finalists), we really didn’t know who was going to come out as the winner, it was so close.
“With Tom (Gamble), it wasn’t a matter of can you improve on the second day, because he was already thereabouts after day one, but he just blitzed it.
“He came into day two really strong, and carried it out all the way through on new tyre runs, turbo runs, on everything.
“He was quickest in the GT3 car, he was quickest in the LMP3 car, actually quicker than the base line driver, which really annoyed a certain Alexander Sims (the driver of the base line car)”.
Gamble also reflected on his journey up until now, and thanked his family, who he said have been there from the start of his career.
Having started karting ten years ago, Gamble said there had been a lot of hard work and financial backing along side the support his parents have shown.
“To win something like this was a bit of a relief, and it is great to give something back to them,” said Gamble.