Epperstone's ace Tom Gamble takes to track in Asian Le Mans Series for D’station Racing
One of the district’s motorsport aces has been called into action, reports Paul Horton.
Tom Gamble, of Epperstone, has travelled to the United Arab Emirates to compete in the highly-competitive Asian Le Mans Series over the next fortnight.
The 19-year-old, who is the current European Le Mans Series LMP3 Champion, will hope to show Japan-based D’station Racing, the team he is driving for, how he has gained some of his biggest accolades.
Gamble said he hoped the next two weekends would reap rewards for his new team, as he prepares to start his attack on the series at the Dubai Autodrome for the first two rounds in the four hours of Dubai.
A week later he will compete at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi in the GT3 class for rounds three and four.
The races will combine night, day and twilight racing.
The No 77 D’station Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 will be piloted by Gamble and Japanese team-mates Satoshi Hoshino and Tomonobu Fujii — the latter being D’station Racing’s managing director.
The three drivers will be supported by the Japanese staff of D’station Racing, and the staff of Aston Martin Racing.
The action started on Tuesday for testing with Gamble showing good pace in the official factory Aston Martin 4.0 L Turbo V8 super car.
Yesterday the team will take to the track for free practice.
The action increased today as Gamble took part in qualifying ahead of tomorrow's racing.
The two-week stint is expected to be aggressive and full-on for Gamble and the team, with a very different climate of around 30 degrees posing a unique challenge.
The heat also means the track could present further challenges, such as handling the pace of the car.
Gamble, speaking following the announcement he would be racing, said: “I am so happy to be joining D’station Racing for the Asian Le Mans Series.
“I can’t thank them enough for this opportunity and looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 factory supported car.”
The qualifying and finals will be broadcast live on the Asian Le Mans Series YouTube channel.
Racing ends on February 20.