BRDC British F3 race winners Tom Gamble and Jamie Caroline face a nervy wait as they edge closer to Sunday’s glittering Autosport Awards ceremony in London.
The duo are finalists for this year’s McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, one of the most prestigious awards in motorsport, and one which is constantly acting as a springboard to the big time – recent winners George Russell and Lando Norris have been elevated to F1 race seats for 2019.
Both drivers were recognised for their superb performances this season, and underwent assessments both on and off the track at Silverstone at the end of October.
First up, we focus on Fortec driver Gamble, who claimed two wins in his first season in single seaters and five additional podium finishes after winning the Ginetta Junior Championship in 2017. He’s eagerly anticipating Sunday evening.
“I’m very excited for the Awards, and obviously discovering the outcome of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, which has been on my mind for the last month after the two day assessment at Silverstone,” he commented. “The event is also at a fantastic venue in London, so I’m very excited to be attending, and seeing some of the great drivers from around the world!”
Gamble highlights the importance of a potential award win for his career: “Winning the Award would 100% change not only my life but also my racing career. Since I was very young, people that I have looked up to have gone on to win the award, and some of them have gone into Formula 1. So to win it would be huge for myself and my family, who have put so much into my racing. I know it would mean the world to them! It’s also something not many people in British Motorsport can say they’ve won so it would really help boost my reputation for the future.”
The young Brit also notes the all-important McLaren F1 test prize as a dream opportunity. “The prize of testing the McLaren Formula 1 car is not only my dream but I think pretty much everyone’s, to drive it around my favourite circuit, Silverstone, would be unbelievable.
“I gave it 110% when on every assessment so hopefully it’s enough to clinch it. But if not it was probably one of the best experiences of my life and something I’ll never forget so thanks to everyone who made it possible!”
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