Tough weekend for George Gamble as historic Porsche visits pit lane four times in Masters Historic Racing Club endurance race
Racing driver George Gamble had another frustrating outing at Brands Hatch over the Bank Holiday weekend in the Masters Historic Racing Club Gentleman Drivers endurance race, reports Paul Horton.
The 24-year-old stormed qualifying in his second outing of the season to take third place in class in the historic 1965 Porsche 911, putting himself in prime position to compete for silverware.
But Gamble and his Chesterfield team-mate Seb Perez, who were racing for the Dansport prepared and Franklin and Son’s sponsored Porsche, had to battle the unexpected.
Sunday’s race did not live up to their expectations and saw the ex-Porsche Carrera Cup duo fight to keep the historic supercar in the race after mechanical problems struck.
They had a string of pit stops that saw them in and out of the pit lane four times, losing laps each time they pitted the Porsche.
They eventually finished in fifth place in a race that proved to be disappointing and not too dissimilar to their Donington opener over a fortnight ago, when they had to retire the car with an engine problem.
Despite the result, the Epperstone driver took the positives.
“The car ran well and we had a good qualifying session, taking us to third in class,” said Gamble.
“It (the car) just underperformed for us on race day with some mechanical issues that we couldn’t get sorted.
“The guys from Dansport did a great job in preparing this car and I’m looking forward to being out in it again pretty soon.”
n TOM GAMBLE, George’s young brother, will be hoping for a better weekend in round three of the European Le Mans Series (ELMS).
The 19-year-old races at Le Castellet, France, at the Paul Ricard Circuit from Saturday.