Tom Gamble secures P2 in 4 hours of Le Castellet race at Paul Ricard Circuit for United Autosports
Tom Gamble showed his true motor racing talent in France by securing a podium spot for United Autosports, reports Paul Horton.
The 19-year-old, from Epperstone, took the 4 hours of Le Castellet race at Paul Ricard Circuit — the third round of the European Le Mans series — by storm, finishing second in Sunday’s race.
Gamble was on board the #22 United Autosports Oreca 07-Gibson car for more than two hours as he helped his team mates Phil Hanson and Jonathan Aberdein to second.
“It was great to be back on the European Le Mans Series podium,” said Gamble.
“We had a tough race at the last one so I’m really happy to get a great result this time round.
“It was a little frustrating as I think we had the tools to win.
“The race start didn’t go perfectly and then an unscheduled tyre change made it difficult for us, but I’m confident we can really build on this and push for the win next time out at Monza.”
The team started from third on the grid and it was Phil Hanson who led the #22 car off the line as the lights went out.
After an early driver change, and with Aberdein at the wheel, a puncture and pit stop on lap 26 saw the team drop out of the points to 11th.
By lap 38, he had battled up to sixth, and as the leading pack began to pit, Aberdein stayed out and made it into P1 to the joy of the team.
Slightly out of sequence on lap 56, the car pitted for Gamble to jump in and, after a great pit stop, the young driver was out in fourth.
A great move on lap 74 put the silver-rated driver into third, and four laps later he was in P1 with the second LMP2 United Autosport #32 car following him in P2.
A pit stop on lap 83 for fuel and new tyres saw him out in fifth with one hour 20 minutes left on the clock.
Gamble quickly regained third and then overtook his United team-mate for second with 50 minutes left, where he eventually finished.
Paul Horton, motorsport reporter and photographer, said: “It was one of the most challenging and action packed races I have seen for years. Tom deserved the podium spot and with a little more luck he would have been on that top step.”