Epperstone’s George Gamble enters Historic Masters Weekend at Donington Park

George Gamble will be back on track this weekend after announcing his sudden race plans for the start of the 2021 season.

The 24-year-old, from Epperstone, will take part in the Historic Masters Weekend in a 1965 Porsche 911 at Donington Park.

After his run on the Leicestershire circuit, he will move onto the European 2 Litre Cup, a historic racing series for pre-66 Porsche 911s, created by Brits Lee Maxted-Page and James Turner in association with organiser Patrick Peter.

THE pre-66 Porsche 911 in testing last week at Donington Park. Credit: Rob Overy
THE pre-66 Porsche 911 in testing last week at Donington Park. Credit: Rob Overy

Gamble is no stranger to Porsche racing. During 2018 and 2019 he competed in the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain and finished third in the Pro title.

His last trip out on circuit tarmac was before the last lockdown in November when he competed in the GT4 European Series in an Aston Martin Vantage AMR.

Brother of racer Tom Gable, George has chalked up more than 24 wins, 55 podiums and 16 pole positions.

Gamble will be joined by his long-term racing team-mate Seb Perez, of Chesterfield, who is also a Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain champion.

Both drivers said they had their their sights on winning the championship, citing the previous motorsport experience they have behind them as a big factor.

“After testing at Donington Park last week, I am thoroughly looking forward to this series,” said Gamble.

“I have driven the modern day cars in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB for two seasons.

“The car is totally different to the modern day machinery I have been racing over the past few years but I’m up for the challenge, it’s a car that has to be driven and focused on.”

He said driving a pre-66 Porsche 911 racing machine would be different to one of the modern day Carrera Cup supercars.

Built by Chesterfield-based racing outfit Dansport, the short wheelbase 2.0 litre 911 is a car that you drive with your whole body.

It is powered by a flat 6 engine in the rear overhang. As a result, the steering goes a bit light at high speed and you definitely have to keep focused on your drive.

The 2 Litre Cup race series in its fourth year and has seen more than 100 drivers take part.

Races last 90 minutes with up to two drivers competing.

There is a mandatory pitstop between the 35 and 55 minutes.

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