Ex Porsche Carrera Cup GB driver George Gamble returns to action at Masters Historic Racing Club Gentleman Drivers endurance race
George Gamble experienced the highs and lows of motorsport as he returned to racing over Easter weekend, reports Paul Horton.
The 24-year-old ex Porsche Carrera Cup GB driver was in action at Donington Park, racing an historic 1965 Porsche 911 in the Masters Historic Racing Club Gentleman Drivers endurance race, but things didn’t go to plan for Gamble.
The car had only been tested a handful of times prior to the weekend due to covid restrictions and, with his long-term Porsche GB team-mate Seb Perez, Chesterfield, the aim was to give the car a shakedown under race conditions.
Unfortunately the plans for the Dansport-prepared Porsche didn’t go exactly as expected.
Qualifying saw Epperstone’s Gamble finish at the top end of the timing sheets, hitting 80mph in qualifying making them the second fastest Porsche on the 1.9 mile track with a time of 01-27-994.
But Good Friday turned sour for Perez who started the race as Gamble waited anxiously in the pits. Having shot off like wildfire, and within the first two laps he had progressed up the rankings. But by lap 22 the car started to show signs of problems with some smoke coming from the exhaust and engine.
Perez took the Porsche in for a pit-stop and investigation by his mechanics revealed the car had developed an oil leak from a blown seal.
Gamble said: “The car was going so well, but the oil leak prevented us from continuing. I had a great qualifying session, which showed what the car can do — we got some of the fastest times out there.”