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Show-stopping finale for United Autosports' Tom Gamble in the 2021 IMSA Weather Tech Sportscar Championship



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Tom Gamble finished sixth in the LMP3 class after ten hours of racing at the Motul Petit Le Mans in the final round of the 2021 IMSA Weather Tech Sportscar Championship, reports Paul Horton.

The United Autosports team, made up by Epperstone’s Gamble, Andy Meyrick and Niklas Kruetten, each completed their final outing of the season after a challenging 308 laps of close endurance racing at the Michelin Raceway Road in Atlanta, USA.

United Autosports driver Tom Gamble at Motul Petit Le Mans. Credit: United Autosports (53062042)
United Autosports driver Tom Gamble at Motul Petit Le Mans. Credit: United Autosports (53062042)

Kruetten started the weekend well scoring pole position in the LMP3 class and, after making a perfect start to the race, he was hit by the driver of a lapped car.

It sent the United #2 Ligier JS P320 race car spinning into a barrier while comfortably leading the race on lap 47.

The car suffered damage and was forced to pit for repairs.

United Autosports driver Tom Gamble at Motul Petit Le Mans. Credit: United Autosports (53062013)
United Autosports driver Tom Gamble at Motul Petit Le Mans. Credit: United Autosports (53062013)

Meyrick took command of the car but it suffered with handling issues as a result of the damage.

After more repairs and another unscheduled pitstop, including the fitting of a new nose, Gamble climbed into the cockpit for the next stint.

But moments later, a faulty fuel pump forced the car back into the pits for essential repairs.

United Autosports driver Tom Gamble at Motul Petit Le Mans. Credit: United Autosports (53062039)
United Autosports driver Tom Gamble at Motul Petit Le Mans. Credit: United Autosports (53062039)

Almost two hours later they emerged from behind the wall.

Kruetten completed his mandatory driving time, before handing the reins back to Meyrick.

The pair pushed hard before handing over to Gamble, who took the final stint.

He drove the #2 car around the 4.088-mile Atlanta circuit in good time and finished in sixth.

United Autosports driver Tom Gamble at Motul Petit Le Mans. Credit: United Autosports (53062033)
United Autosports driver Tom Gamble at Motul Petit Le Mans. Credit: United Autosports (53062033)
United Autosports driver Tom Gamble at Motul Petit Le Mans. Credit: United Autosports (53062029)
United Autosports driver Tom Gamble at Motul Petit Le Mans. Credit: United Autosports (53062029)
United Autosports driver Tom Gamble at Motul Petit Le Mans. Credit: United Autosports (53062024)
United Autosports driver Tom Gamble at Motul Petit Le Mans. Credit: United Autosports (53062024)
United Autosports driver Tom Gamble at Motul Petit Le Mans. Credit: United Autosports (53062021)
United Autosports driver Tom Gamble at Motul Petit Le Mans. Credit: United Autosports (53062021)

“It was a tough race,” said Gamble.

“It was such a narrow track and with so many cars there was bound to be some chaos.

“Sadly we got caught up in that during Niklas’ stint at the start, which caused a bit of damage which inevitably cost us a bit of lap time during the race.

“We managed to get back onto the lead lap and were looking certain for a podium and maybe even to challenge for a win, but then the mechanical issue caused us to break down and it was race over from there.”

He continued: “It’s a case of what could have been. Niklas did a fantastic job getting us on pole, so after that we were hoping for a bit more.

“The team did a great job getting us back out there.

“If we come back again, we will definitely be going for a win.”



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