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Gamble extends championship lead with Ginetta Jnr hat-trick

Tom Gamble took a perfect weekend at Silverstone, extending his gap at the top of the championship and becoming the first Ginetta Junior driver to take three victories from one weekend.

Most of the field was involved in the fight for the lead in the opening race, but Gamble was always at the sharp end of the field. Tom Wood and Luke Browning started on the front row of the grid, but Kiern Jewiss, Dan Harper, Harry King, Sebastian Priaulx, and Gamble were all quick to join the lead battle.

Gamble eventually emerged on top ahead of Harper and King. Gamble and Harper began to pull away as King fought to keep Priaulx behind him. King stayed ahead to take his fourth podium of the season.

Browning claimed pole for race two but swiftly dropped to fourth as Priaulx, Gamble, and King swept past.

The trio spent the first part of the race swapping positions before Gamble started to break away. Priaulx and King continued to battle but it was the HHC Motorsport man ahead as they took the chequered flag.


Behind them, Jewiss took fourth from Browning but couldn’t pull away. Adam Smalley, Wood, Ruben del Sarte, Harper, and Jordan collard all joined the fight for fourth, with bumps and scrapes shuffling the order.

Wood was fourth at the chequered flag ahead of Jewiss, Harper, and Collard whilst a spin for Browning forced him to pit on the final lap.

With race two positions arranging the grid for race three, Gamble took pole for the final race of the meeting. He pulled away from the battles behind and remained unchallenged throughout the 14 laps, finishing more than eight seconds ahead of second.

King snatched second off the line, but Priaulx and Jewiss remained close behind.

Harper, who started alongside Jewiss, quickly passed the rookie and Priaulx to take third, but couldn’t find a way past King. As King held off against Harper, Priaulx was battling with Jewiss and Collard close behind. Jewiss claimed fourth ahead of Priaulx and Smalley, whilst a penalty for Collard dropped him to eighth.

After his hat-trick of victories, Gamble has a 42 point gap to Priaulx and a 55 point gap to Harper.

Image credit: Caroline Rhea

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