Reigning European Le Mans Series LMP3 co-champion Tom Gamble has been promoted to United Autosports’ LMP2 driver lineup for the 2021 season.
The 19-year-old Brit will share the No. 22 Oreca 07 Gibson with defending LMP2 champion Phil Hanson and a third driver who is yet to be confirmed.
Gamble won the 2020 LMP3 championship alongside Wayne Boyd and Rob Wheldon, in a campaign that saw the United trio capture three victories from five rounds.
That success came in Gamble’s first year of prototype competition, while 2021 will signal his debut in the LMP2 category.
“I’m delighted we could pull a deal together to have Tom as part of our LMP2 team for 2021,” said United Autosports co-owner Richard Dean.
“He immediately impressed us when he stepped foot into an LMP3 car and I have no doubt he will do the same in LMP2.
“He performed well at our test at the end of last year, but it is now crucial for him to get seat time and work with Phil and our engineers to get up to speed.
“We are heading into 2021 aiming to retain our LMP2 championship title and Tom will be a pivotal part of that.”
Gamble is the designated Silver-rated driver in United’s No. 22 ELMS crew, meaning the third team member is likely to be a Gold or Platinum-rated professional pilot.
United’s No. 32 lineup so far includes Job van Uitert, who represented the team in ELMS last year, and endurance racing rookie Manuel Maldonado who is that entry’s Silver.
“I’m over the moon to be stepping up to LMP2 for the 2021 ELMS season and to also be staying with United Autosports, who I had an incredible 2020 season with,” said Gamble, who is also contesting the 2021 Asian Le Mans Series with D’station Racing in GT3.
“I can’t express how incredibly grateful I am to the team and my sponsor, R&D Advisors, for the opportunity that they have given me.
“We have all the tools to do the job this season so I can’t wait to get started and begin this new, exciting challenge.”