There’s no trace of bravado about Tom Gamble. His quiet demeanour, plus the fact that he has just one season of single-seater racing under his belt, means it’s easy to underestimate the 17-year-old.
The purposeful way he inserted himself into Motorsport Vision Formula 2, Mclaren 650S GT3 and
“It’s been my dream to win this. I’m lost for words” Ligier JSP3 LMP3 machinery across a two-day shootout at Silverstone, and the astonishing pace he demonstrated in each car, spoke volumes though. So much so that last Sunday he became the 30th recipient of the Mclaren Autosport BRDC Award.
Gamble made the significant step up from winning the Ginetta Junior title in 2017 to competing in BRDC British Formula 3 this year. He headed the Fortec team’s assault, racking up two race wins to end the season fifth in the points standings. He was also the highest-ranked Briton, helping to earn his place among the Award finalists.
But it was his blistering speed, particularly in the LMP3 car – which is new to the judging process this year – that made him a clear winner. The prize includes the chance to test a Mclaren F1 car, full British Racing Drivers’ Club membership, and an Arai crash helmet.
“I can’t believe it,” said a shocked Gamble. “It’s been a dream since I was a kid to win this. I’m lost for words.
“I wanted to get nominated for the final four of the Mclaren Autosport BRDC Award. But to be stood here now, talking as the winner, is fantastic!
Head judge Derek Warwick added: “Tom did a brilliant job on the first day. He was extraordinary in the LMP3 car, he was brilliant in the Mclaren and he was there or thereabouts with everybody in the F2.
“He was 100% at number one by the end of the second day.”