Tom Gamble announces move to the Blancpain GT Series
Young speed junkie Tom Gamble has announced his move to the Blancpain GT Series, where he will be racing in an Audi R8 LMS for W Racing Team, reports Paul Horton.
Gamble, 17, of Epperstone, made the move following his maiden single-seater campaign in the BRDC British Forumla 3 Championship last year.
In the championship, Gamble finished fifth, racing for Fortec Motorsport, and he could have secured a top three championship finish, had the final race at Silverstone gone ahead.
But, despite missing out on the top three, his performances saw him take a prestigious, and even more impressive prize, the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
“After winning the award I was hoping to stay in single-seaters, but there isn’t the money for me to move up the ladder,” said Gamble.
“My ultimate aim is to become a paid racing driver, so switching to GTs at my age could be a good move.
“I want to become a factory driver, whether that’s in the DTM, Formula E or GT racing.
“There were a few options, but the chance to go with a successful team like WRT was the best one.”
WRT, who are celebrating their tenth anniversary this year, are a growing force in the motorsport industry and have won both the teams’ and drivers’ champions of the newly-named FIA GT Series.
In 2018, WRT won the Bathurst 12-hour race with the Audi R8 LMS (GT3) on their first attempt and in October, 2018, they announced they would run a pair of Audi RS5 DTMs in the 2019 DTM season.
This season, Gamble will be sharing his team’s Audi R8 in the sprint-based series with 29-year-old Australian Shae Davies.
Davies’ career started in 2010, and has seen him race in multiple elite championships.
Last season he finished 12th in the Blancpain GT Series Asia.
WRT boss Vincent Vosse said the combination of Gamble and Davies was a very strong line-up.
“We have not tested Tom yet, but I know that the level of McLaren Autosport Award winners is always very high,” he said.
Gamble is the third winner of what has now been renamed the Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Award to drive for WRT following in the footsteps of Oliver Jarvis and Jake Dennis.
The Epperstone driver is set to test a Formula 1 car later this year as part of his prize.