George Gamble, the 2011 Ginetta Junior Winter Series Champion, will lead the main season title attack for Hathersage-based Hillspeed this year.
The 15-year-old, who will go into his second season of car racing as one of the true title favourites, joins the Peak District squad hot on the heels of karting graduate Nathan Harrison who was announced as the team’s first signing at the Autosport International Show last weekend.
Winning three races and accruing multiple podium finishes on his way to third place in the main championship last season, Gamble went on to secure his first title with a terrific performance in the end-of-year Winter Series where he achieved another race victory.
Offering Hillspeed an outstanding opportunity to add to the driver titles won in 2010 and 2011 by Tom Ingram and Seb Morris respectively, Gamble’s signing is a real coup and puts the team in a very strong position just a couple of weeks into the New Year.
Hillspeed’s Richard Ollerenshaw said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have George onboard for the coming season, he’s someone we kept an eye on from the outset of the 2011 season and the only driver that truly challenged Seb (Morris) throughout the year.
“George had an excellent result in claiming the Winter Series title with TJ, he performed very well indeed, so we’re pleased to have confirmed a deal with him this early as we make every effort to secure a third straight title.”
Gamble, pictured, was indeed one of the few drivers able to take the fight to second-year racer Morris during the 2011 Ginetta Junior campaign, achieving his maiden victory at Thruxton in one of the closest finishes in history – just 0.036 seconds splitting the pair at the line.
More wins at Croft and Knockhill followed and, in total, he visited the podium eight times during the course of the main season.
Gamble said: “I’m over the moon to be back in Ginetta Junior for a second season, especially off the back of winning the Winter Series.
“It’s great to be joining Hillspeed, the team’s record speaks for itself and we stand a really good chance of fighting for the championship.
“We didn’t decide to do Ginetta Junior last year until a couple of weeks before the championship started, so we didn’t have any real testing pre-season unlike the others.
“This year, we’ve got a deal done early so we’ll be able to have much better preparation.”
Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent will host the opening two rounds of the 2012 Ginetta Junior season over the weekend 31st March/1st April.