George Gamble returns to Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup action this weekend. PHOTO: Paul Horton Motorsport Photography
George Gamble returns to Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup action this weekend. PHOTO: Paul Horton Motorsport Photography

Racing driver George Gamble aims to celebrate his 21st birthday by continuing his challenge for Supercup glory this weekend.

Gamble is second in the Michelin  Ginetta GT4 Supercup standings (professional driver class) ahead of the championship’s return to action at Snetterton, Norfolk, after a seven-week summer lay-off.

His JHR Developments team, including fellow driver Seb Perez, lead the team championship.

Gamble, who was 21 last week, will be hoping to continue where he left off after three podium results and two fastest laps at the Croft Circuit, North Yorkshire, in the final round of the first half of the series.

That boosted the Epperstone driver’s hopes after he failed to make the rostrum in the two previous meetings following a successful start to the season, where he claimed two first places at Brands Hatch and a fastest lap.

He said: “It was important to head into the summer break with a decent shot at the championship.

“We have that now and will need to keep that momentum up when we resume at Snetterton. It’s still all to play for.”

Gamble had a consistent testing session at Snetterton in his Amigos-sponsored Ginetta 55 race car ahead of this weekend’s three races.

He did not drop out of the top five testing places, finishing second fastest in the first test session and fourth in the following four, reaching speeds of 116mph.

A former junior karting champion, Gamble was Ginetta GT5 title winner in 2014.

He is a teammate of JHR Developments’ Formula 4 driver Billy Monger, 17, who had both legs amputated after a horror crash at Donington Park in April.

Gamble and Perez, who had to continue racing at the circuit that weekend, took time to come to terms with the crash and now race with stickers on their cars saying #Billywizz in support of the brave teenager.

The Ginetta series supports the prestigious British Touring Championship and motorsport fans can follow Gamble’s progress on ITV 4.

This weekend’s action at Snetterton will also see Southwell racer Graham Field resume his battle in the UK Clio Cup.

Field, currently 18th, drives for reigning champion team JamSport Racing.

He has competed in the championship since 2012 and has a race win in the Masters Cup category for drivers aged over 34 among his highlights.