TOM GAM­BLE

Autosport (UK) - - AUTOSPORT AWARDS 2018 - TOM GAM­BLE

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.”

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