George Gamble took a hard fought victory in Round Nine of the 2011 Ginetta Junior Championship to record his second win in his debut season in the series. The Nottingham racer took the early on and held off his rivals well to take the win and close the gap slightly at the top of the championship standings.
A great start from the front row saw Gamble leapfrog pole sitter Charlie Robertson to take the lead, while there was carnage behind, with both Brad Bailey and Tom Howard hitting the kerb on the inside of Clervaux hard, pitching their cars into spins. Niall Murray, Oliver Chadwick and Jake Giddings were amongst those forced to go onto the grass in avoidance, while dodging the cars well to emerge in fourth place was championship leader Seb Morris, who had started eleventh after a poor qualifying session.
TJ Motorsport's Gamble led the opening lap from Robertson and William Foster, who was quickly caught and passed by Morris on lap two. Fifth place was Max Coates, with a change for sixth seeing Tollbar Racing's Howard passing Mikey Day for the place, Day then quickly losing another place to Giddings.
The front three began to close up as the race reached half distance, with Hillspeed's Morris looking the quickest. He made a move for second at the Hairpin on lap four and got through with a robust pass, but Robertson was able to work his way back ahead on the straight to regain second.
This allowed Gamble a bit of breathing room, but within two laps Robertson was back on his tail, setting a new lap record in the process. Behind, Morris was stuck defending from Foster and eventually lost the place on the final lap at the first corner, with Foster producing a superb move.
Ahead, a poor run out of Tower by Gamble gave Robertson a run through the Jim Clark Esses. He looked to have made the move stick, but the HHC Motorsport driver spun on the approach to the next corner Sunny In, allowing Gamble back through to take the win. Robertson just recovered to hold back Foster and Morris at the finish.
Privateer Coates finished fifth at his home circuit ahead of Howard and Giddings. Eighth place went to Hillspeed's Struan Moore, with HHC's Patrick McClughan and TJ's Sennan Fielding completing the top ten. Yorkshireman Myles Collins took eleventh, with Chadwick, Murray, Day and Declan Jones completing the finishers.
Gamble said: “It's fantastic to be on the top step of the podium again, our second win of the year is great. I only set out to be the top rookie after every race so to get another win is more than we had hoped for.”