George’s late Gamble pays off to end Morris streakPosted: May 3, 2011
George Gamble finally brought Seb Morris’ unbeaten run of four wins to an end at Thruxton last weekend as the pair shared the victories in Ginetta Junior.
The teenager from Nottingham showed his trump card early to his rivals in Saturday’s qualifying by securing a double pole position, before going on to win the first race later that afternoon by the narrowest of margins with a bold last-corner move to snatch a fifth consecutive win away from championship leader Morris at the death.
The TJ Motorsport driver led the field through Allard for the first time in the weekend’s opening race with Morris following in close company, while behind them Max Coates was caught napping by Myles Collins who made a move to snatch third place around the outside going into the Complex. Further back, a poor getaway from Morris’ Hillspeed team-mate Struan Moore dropped him backwards through the field.
Gamble’s lead lasted as far as Church corner on lap one when Morris made a bold but brave move around the outside of the quick right-hander to take the lead, before an early incident prompted a safety car when Niall Murray ended up in the barriers at the Complex after contact with Tollbar Racing’s Tom Howard. The Irishman’s luck did not get any better the following day as a mechanical problem saw him retire for the second time in as many races.
On the restart, Coates got the better of Collins to regain third spot at the entry to the Complex as Morris and Gamble began to start building up a small lead at the front of the field over the pair, who in turn pulled away from another two-car dice between Brad Bailey and Sennan Fielding for fifth.
Coates in third place started to pace his way back up to the lead pairing as Morris unexpectedly cracked under the pressure Gamble was applying at the front by making a mistake at Club and providing an opportunity which his rival grabbed with both hands to dive into the lead on the ninth lap of the race. Gamble’s joy was short-lived however as only a few corners later at Noble, Morris took the lead back once again.
Having been dropped by Coates for third place as the race drew on, Collins then slipped back into the clutches of the dicing pair behind him led by Bailey, who made his move for fourth stick on lap eleven at Goodwood after an unsuccessful effort the previous time round, Fielding also pushing Collins down to sixth with a move a corner later at Church.
Morris entered the final lap of the race ready to take his fifth consecutive win, but Gamble chose this as his moment to attack the Hillspeed driver as they went into the complex for the last time without success, only to then get a great run through the sweeping back section and out of Church coming into the chicane.
The pair entered the chicane side-by-side where it became a battle of who would be latest on the brakes, with Gamble proving the bravest by hanging on around the outside as they flicked right to get his nose in front before winning a drag race to the line to take a fantastic maiden win in the championship by a mere 0.036s as they passed the flag.
The two then took their battle into the weekend’s second race, this time Gamble holding his lead throughout the opening lap as Morris had his hands full in second place keeping Coates behind him in the early stages. A lap later, Myles Collins’ spun out halfway through the Complex on his own accord to surrender another comfortable top ten finish as he slipped down the field.
As the race progressed Gamble began to come under pressure from Morris, who then grabbed the lead at the Complex on lap six. His team-mate Moore however was in the wars as, following an off – repeated by Charlie Robertson – at Church on the sixth lap, he became the first retirement of the race after tipping into a spin at the final chicane before being collected by an also out of control Finlay Ratcliffe.
It was then almost a case of deja vu as Morris began the final lap of the race with Gamble nudging right up to his boot lid, but his commitment at Church this time proved too much as he drifted onto the grass and lost momentum to challenge Morris into the chicane, the 15 year-old claiming his fifth win of the season in six races less than half second ahead of Gamble.
Morris therefore has a comfortable lead in the championship sitting on 211 points, his nearest rival Gamble already a whopping 74 points further back on 137 ahaead of Privateer Coates (120) and Tollbar’s William Foster (117) and Howard (98).