Gamble Crowned Champ After Tense Race at Donington


George Gamble has been crowned the 2014 Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge champion following victory in race two at Donington Park.

Gamble led across the line for the final time to beat title rival Ollie Chadwick by just 0.435 seconds, despite the duo swapping places on the last lap, and in doing so clinched his maiden title in the category.

Starting from the front-row, Total Control Racing’s Gamble was able to get the jump on pole-man Chadwick heading into Redgate, whilst the second-row duo of Callum Pointon and Dennis Strandberg endured poor starts. Elsewhere, a coming together between Rob Gaffney and Nick Firth on the first lap launched a two lap Safety Car period.

On the restart it was Gamble from Chadwick, with the duo soon stretching out a lead over the battling group of six cars behind, with Luca Hirst, Sennan Fielding, Stewart Linn, Gary Simms and Finlay Ratcliffe and Strandberg trading places almost corner-by corner.

Further down the field was Alex Preston, leading the G20 catagory on perhaps it’s last weekend of existence, with Brian Murphy close behind as the pair maintained 13th and 14th respectively.

Out front the battle reached its climax on the final lap, with Chadwick closing on Gamble enough to launch a move down the inside of the champion in-waiting going into the Foggy Esses. However, the challenger out-braked himself, and Gamble regained the lead on the exit and managed to hold on in the remaining corners to take victory, and the title.

Strandberg came home in third, ahead of Fielding, Simms, Pointon and Linn. Hirst, Ratcliffe and Frederick Mortensen rounded out the top ten, whilst Preston managed to hold on claim the honours in the G20’s, finishing 13th ahead of Murphy behind in 14th.