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ELMS LMP3 Champion Tom Gamble graduates from LMP2 in 2021 | Other News – Motorsports

Tom Gamble, who won the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, will be graduating from this year’s European Le Mans Series LMP2 class alongside United Autosport champion Phil Hanson.

After winning the LMP3 category at United by holding the steering wheel of the Ligier-Nissan JSP320 shared with Wayne Boyd and Rob Weldon last year, the 19-year-old was promoted to the top category of ELMS and drove one United ORECA-Gibson 07. I will.

Gambling, who won the MABA in 2018, has a solid position in the team and Hanson, the winner of the 2019/20 World Endurance Championship LMP2 title, after a successful tryout at ORECA at the Algarve Circuit in Portugal last November. Joined in.

With Hanson being promoted to Gold status under the FIA’s driver classification system, Gambling has joined the lineup as a silver driver for the team.

The rules of the series require that the crew of each car include at least one silver or bronze-ranked driver.

The third driver in the 6-race series will be announced at a later date.

Filipe Albuquerk, who won the ELMS crown with Hanson last year, has returned to United for the WEC due to a commitment with the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura team at the IMSA SportsCar Championship in North America.

“We are happy to welcome Tom as part of the 2021 LMP2 team,” said team boss Richard Dean.

“He did well in the tests at the end of last year, but now it’s important for him to have time to sit and work with Phil and engineers to speed things up.

“We are heading to 2021 with the aim of maintaining the LMP2 Championship title, and Tom will be a central part of that.”

Gambling thanked United and his sponsors for saying they are “beyond the moon” to step up to P2 for the next season, which will kick off in Barcelona in April.

“I can’t wait to start this new and exciting challenge for the first time because I have all the tools to do my job this season,” he added.

Gambling moved to sports car racing in 2019 after his only season of single-seaters at last year’s BRDC Formula 3 Championship.

He made several appearances in the Le Mans Cup of the ELMS Support Bill and the British GT Championship of GT3 Machinery before joining United last season.

Formula 1 race winner Manuel Maldonado, the pastor’s cousin, will also be competing in LMP2 at this year’s ELMS.

21-year-old Venezuela, who finished fourth in last year’s Euroformula Open Single-seater series, shares the team’s other cars with Jobvan Wittart and a third private driver.

The sports car rookie, who also participated in the BRDC Formula 3 Championship in 2017-19, will make his debut with United in the LMP3 class at the Asian Le Mans Series event in Dubai and Abu Dhabi next month.

– Motorsports

ELMS LMP3 Champion Tom Gamble graduates from LMP2 in 2021 | Other News

https://www.autosport.com/other/news/154656/elms-champion-gamble-to-make-lmp2-switch ELMS LMP3 Champion Tom Gamble graduates from LMP2 in 2021 | Other News

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