Gamble enjoyed 50-lap course
MURWILLUMBAH racer Tim Gamble refused to back away from his biggest test in the street stock circuit last weekend at Tamworth.
The Tamworth Charlie McGarva Memorial, which attracts competitors from all over the state, is one of the toughest because its course covers an endurance-sapping 50 laps.
It was Gamble’s first long course event and proved to be favourable, securing him 11th place from a field of 35.
The 26-year-old said after six years of racing he felt it was time to take on larger events and given the weekend’s success he was pleased he had done so.
“I really enjoyed the challenge,” Gamble said.
“It was something different, a new experience and I’m glad I had a crack at it.”
The dirt track course at Tamworth was torn up by speedsters travelling in excess of 130kmh and cornering at speeds up to 90kmh.
Gamble’s VS Commodore suffered a minor bingle, but it didn’t hamper his race, unlike those involved in the other three on-course incidents.
The Murwillumbah Primary School teacher said the race was a battle between mind and body and at the halfway point things started to become challenging.
“I had three qualifying heat races and I came 7th, 6th and second and started in 13th position for the final,” he said.
“After 25 laps I was coming sixth but I spun out and had to start all over again.
“That happens, though, and I will go back next year with notes.
“I knew it would be difficult around the halfway point and I had done a lot of cardio work, running and weight training in preparation for the event.
“It was hard to get used to, quite difficult.”
Based at Lismore Speedway, Gamble usually races two or three times a month at his home track, and has a busy schedule ahead of him as he finalises preparations for the Australian RSA Street Stocker Championship’s, which this year will be held at Lismore.
“It’s the first time they have had the titles at Lismore,” Gamble said.
“It’s exciting and I am always confident racing at home.
“The course covers 30 laps and there will be 70 cars competing, so hopefully I stay out of trouble and place in the top 20.”
The Australian Championships are scheduled for the Easter weekend.