George GambleGeorge Gamble has today, Monday, 16th April, confirmed his withdrawal from the Ginetta Junior Championship with immediate effect – calling time on his involvement in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship support series after the weekend’s second event of the season.

Following on from a major incident in round three at Donington Park on Saturday, 14th April, in which the 15-year-old’s Hillspeed-run Ginetta G40 was written off, the decision has been taken by George to pursue other opportunities rather than continue competing in Ginetta Junior.

The Nottingham-based 2011 Winter Series Champion was undoubtedly one of the title favourites this year but in the aftermath of Saturday’s multi-car accident – disagreeing with the parity of the judicial decisions taken and also the spare car ruling – he has chosen to leave the series immediately.

Instead, George is now looking towards a variety of other motor racing options, including a potential switch to single-seaters, although nothing is confirmed at this stage as he takes stock of the fall-out from the weekend’s action.

“I got taken out of Saturday’s race through no fault of my own and, as a result, we had a four car pile-up”, he explained, “Two cars in our team alone were written off and nothing was really done about it, I feel like it’s just been swept under the carpet so I’ve decided to look at other options.

“If I’d have gone out in a spare car for Sunday’s race I’d have lost 20 points straight away as a penalty, so it was pointless me going out. With two non-scores from the weekend, I wouldn’t be allowed any other mistake or DNF for the rest of the season. I’m not happy with how it’s all been handled, that’s the main reason we’ve taken this decision.”

Prior to this weekend’s event at Donington Park, George was second in the championship standings having taken two podium finishes at Brands Hatch during the season opener. Qualifying on pole for rounds three and four on Saturday, the Hillspeed driver was in the hunt for victory in the first race until contact to his rear quarter on lap nine led to an enforced spin and triggered a major collision.

His team worked tirelessly through the night on Saturday to ready a spare car for round four on Sunday, however, with no waiver regarding the 20 point penalty Gamble felt the only option was to walk away from the championship.

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