Gamble lands BMW seat on BTCC debut
The older brother of 2018 McLaren Autosport BRDC award winner Tom Gamble will be partnered by Adam Morgan in the BMW 330e M Sports Lancastrian team one-two.
Gamble, 25, finished third in the 2019 Carrera Cup standings and has raced only once since in a 2020 GT4 European Series outing aboard an Aston Martin shared with son Seb Perez. of his longtime sponsor, Hooch drinks impresario Steve.
Before joining the Carrera Cup, Gamble was a star of the Ginetta-branded one-make series – he finished third in the BTCC-backed Junior Championship in 2011 and GT4 Supercup in 2017, and in between he won the GT5 Challenge in 2014.
He arrives at Ciceley as the first BTCC driver recruited since former Ginetta motorsport director Ashley Gallagher joined the team as the new commercial director.
“I mainly raced in the TOCA paddock, and to be honest, I feel like I’ve been there for a while,” Gamble told Autosport.
“With COVID [and its financial implications] I was a bit unlucky – it kind of grounded me for a few years, but I wanted to work my way back into the TOCA paddock.
“TOCA has the best coverage – my brother races internationally and the coverage they get is rubbish, just live streams.
“Ciceley gave me a huge opportunity and I’m so grateful we were able to make it work.”
George Gamble (left) with Russell and Adam Morgan
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In light of his experience in rear-wheel-drive sports cars, Gamble said it was important to enter a touring car with this drivetrain format, and that was also a factor for the team after that front-wheel drive specialist Tom Chilton struggled in 2021. .
“Definitely, yes,” he added, “and it’s probably a good year for a first-year rider like me with the new era and the hybrid, so everybody’s kind of in a new boat – I’m delighted.
“We’ve known the Morgans for a long time – that got me thinking, and Ash was a big help. I think they were keen to have someone who didn’t have a problem. experience mainly in front-wheel drive.
Gamble hopes to get a taste of BTCC machinery this week at the wheel of one of two BMW 125i M Sports acquired by Ciceley in the winter of 2020-21.
One was converted to hybrid spec last year to help with development testing of the system, so Gamble will be racing the ‘conventional’ machine.
He hopes to mount an attack on the Jack Sears Trophy, for drivers who have never secured an absolute podium in BTCC: “That’s definitely the plan – that’s a solid target.”
Adam Morgan, Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport
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Ciceley boss Russell Morgan, father of Adam, said: “George’s experience and pedigree are clear, and I’m sure once he acclimatizes to the Championship he will be in the lead.
“Remaining with Car Gods as title sponsor is also great for continuity within the team as we tackle the challenges facing the changes associated with the move to hybrid technology, which will certainly add an interesting element to the race.”
Morgan Jr added: “It’s fantastic to have George join the team this year – his pedigree in rear-wheel-drive machines on the TOCA package is second to none and, after our first meetings together, he’s fitted right into the team dynamics.
“With a learning year under our belt last season with the BMWs, we are in a brilliant position to have a strong title run in 2022.”
Range of BTCC drivers so far
Infiniti Laser Racing Tools Aiden Moffat, Dexter Patterson, TBD
West Surrey Racing BMW Colin Tarkington, Jake Hill, Stephen Jelley
BTC Racing Honda To be determined, to be determined, to be determined, to be determined
Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai Tom Ingram, Dan Lloyd, Tom Chilton, TBD
Motorbase Performance Ford Ash Sutton, Dan Cammish, Ollie Jackson, Sam Osborne
Honda team dynamics Gordon Shedden, Dan Rowbottom, TBC
Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Rory Butcher, TBD, TBD
Maxed Racing Vauxhall Power to be determined, to be determined
Ciceley Motorsport BMW Adam Morgan, George Gamble
Team Hard Cupra Jack Goff, Aron Taylor-Smith, TBD, TBD