Chalking up childhood dream

HE may be known as Mr Gamble to his class at Murwillumbah Public School, but on the racetrack Tim Gamble is “Car No.74”.

The 25-year-old teacher will this weekend be roughing it with the country's best at the 2009 Australian Street Stock Car Championship in Parramatta, and the students from his class are wishing him well.

Also representing Murwillum- bah are Mr Gamble's brother Lewis and Scott Quirk.

“There are more than 50 nominations for the race and only 24 spots in the final, so it will be a great accomplishment to just qualify,” Mr Gamble said.

He came eighth in New South Wales at the most recent state title race on his home track at Lismore.

“There is going to be a lot more cars and a lot of higher-budget teams at this race,” he said.

“It is going to be vital to make every lap count during the heats. One mistake could be the differ- ence between qualifying or not.”

Mr Gamble said his team has put in a lot of hard work and preparation.

“All we need now is to perform our best and have a little luck, which is always important.

“We do 20 races a year, but this is the most important. This is the one everybody wants to win.”

This is the first year two of the Gamble brothers are competing together at a national title.

“Last year only Lewis competed and he qualified 25th, just one spot shy of the final.

“Hopefully one or both of us can qualify and make up for last year.

“Next year we're hoping to get three cars there, as my older bro- ther Matthew also races.”

Winning an Australian title has been Mr Gamble's dream since he was seven.

“All my sponsors this year have been so great to me, especially Ian Brims from Brims Concrete. Without him this trip to Sydney would not be possible. My other sponsors are JT's Water Supplies, Auto One, Southside Wreckers and Murwil- lumbah Exhaust.”

“To be racing my first Australian Title in the Brims colours is going to be a very proud moment.”

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