Fortec Motorsport’s Tom Gamble secured fifth place in the BRDC British F3 Championship in his first year in single-seaters, and admits he was pleased with how his maiden F3 campaign went.
“It has been a good year,” he commented. “It could have been better at times, but for a first season in single seaters it was good with some wins, pole positions and more fastest laps than anyone else. I feel I’ve learned a lot, improved a lot and I’ve really enjoyed it.”
The 16-year-old started his season in strong style with a podium at Oulton Park, and took his first win at Rockingham to put him briefly in the championship lead. A podium and another win at Silverstone followed before perhaps his strongest round of the year at Spa, where he took two pole positions and a pair of second places.
The former Ginetta Junior champion says picking a highlight was difficult. “It’s hard to narrow it down, but to get pole at Spa was great, and it was a shame that we couldn’t convert it into a win, but we still scored some big points. Winning the first race at Rockingham has to be right up there and also the win at Silverstone as well.“
His efforts in his first single-seater campaign didn’t go unnoticed, as he was named as a finalist in this year’s McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, which he admits was a dream come true.
“Starting the year it would have been a dream to be nominated for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, and obviously I was delighted that I did a good enough job during the season to be recognised and nominated. It was a fantastic experience at Silverstone, getting to drive some very exciting cars!
As for his future plans, Gamble may well return to British F3, but will spend the coming weeks weighing up his options.
“There’s a chance I may be back in British F3, we will see what happens. It will depend on budget and sponsorship but I expect I’ll test a few things over the winter and see how we get on. It’s early doors still and there’s plenty of time to have a think on what to do next season.“
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