2017 Driver Ratings School Report: Tom Gamble

Name: Tom Gamble

Year: Second

Team: JHR Developments/Elite Motorsport

Term One

Grade: B

Comment: Despite retiring from the first race of the season, Gamble claimed a string of top finishes throughout the first half of the season, including four wins, but was regularly outscored by then team-mate Sebastian Priaulx.

Term Two

Grade: B+

Comment: Things picked up a little in the second half of the season, when Gamble claimed four wins in just two rounds. After switching to Elite Motorsport for the final three rounds for the season, Gamble claimed three wins from the Rockingham round, becoming the first Ginetta Junior driver to take three wins from a single round. His championship was helped by continued misfortune on Priaulx’s part, but 16 podiums and eight more points paying positions allowed him to take the title with a race to spare.

Overall Grade: B+

Best moment of the season: Taking three wins at Silverstone was a brilliant feat on its own, but Gamble managed the task in only his first ever round with Elite Motorsport, having head to move team after JHR Developments was excluded from Ginetta championships

Worst moment of the season: After a fairly anonymous drive to fifth in the opening race at Oulton Park, Gamble was in for a more exciting race later that afternoon. He was battling hard with Adam Smalley on the opening lap, making contact with his team-mate on multiple occasions before finally pushing past for fifth. With Dan Harper right on his tail, he tried to catch up with the four leading cars. Harper tagged the back of Gamble’s car, sending him into a spin and dropping him down the order. He crossed the line 11th, his worst finish of the season.

Feature credit: Caroline Rhea

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