Gamble pays off in Snetterton series

George Gamble secured the Norfolk based TJ Motorsport team its first title of the season by winning the Ginetta Junior Winter series at Snetterton last weekend.

'It could have gone any way in the final race,' explained Gamble.

'I just had to play it safe and get within one place of Max Coates. To come second from fifth, get the 'Charger of the Championship' award and also to win the title on TJ Motorsports' home soil is great.'

Having looked dominate in the practice session Gamble could only claim seventh place on the grid for the opening race but he quickly scythed through the pack to put race leader Charlie Robertson under pressure, who wasn't to be displaced.

In the second race Gamble was soon on his rival's tail and slipped inside of Robertson at Agostini to take the lead on the sixth lap and take victory while his rival pulled off a lap later with transmission problems.

Gamble was unable to cut through the field in race three and therefore had to settle for fifth place while Robertson took his second victory.

In the final race Robertson spun off while Gamble followed title rival Coates across the finishing line to secure the championship title for the Besthorpe team.

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While Josh Hill, son of World Champion Damon, showed excellent pace by claiming pole position for all four of the Formula Renault Final races it was Oliver Rowland who, with three victories, takes a healthy lead to Rockingham Speedway this weekend. Rowland made the best start to the first race while Hill ran wide at Coram and spun down to ninth place. In race two the pair clashed at the second corner with Hill knocked out of the event with damaged front suspension.

'Rowland out-braked himself at the first corner, and then I was leading. At the hairpin he lunged inside of me when I had the line and left me with no room,' was Hill's take on his retirement.

Meanwhile Stowmarket's Josh Webster was dissatisfied with seventh place during his first taste of the current Formula Renault car and the new 300 layout at Snetterton.

In race two, again held on a wet track, the Suffolk racer impressed with a terrific fifth place after starting from 10th on the grid.

Sunday's first race saw Hill take his first category victory, holding off his rival Rowland who had again made a tremendous start to latch onto Hill's tail but was unable to find a way past.

Hill stalled at the start of race two which gifted Rowland victory while fast starting Webster narrowly avoided the stationary Hill to follow the eventually winner home in a tremendous second place and his first podium position.

Earlier in the day the Suffolk youngster had finished just off the podium in fourth place after another outstanding performance.

Meanwhile, Hill eventually got under way to finish in a disappointing 14th place.

• Ginetta Junior Winter Series: Race One: Charlie Robertson, George Gamble, Jake Giddings. Race Two: George Gamble, Niall Murray, Max Coates. Race Three: Charlie Robertson, Max Coates, Niall Murray. Race Four: Max Coates, George Gamble, Jake Giddings.

Formula Renault UK Finals: Race One: Oliver Rowland, Daniil Kvyat, Felix Serralles. Race Two: Oliver Rowland, Dan Wells, Felix Serralles. Race Three: Josh Hill, Oliver Rowland, Jordan King. Race Four: Oliver Rowland, Josh Webster, Dan Wells.

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