“For the final we started seventh, but people started defending really early and the front pack just broke away. We ended up ninth again, like we were in the second heat. Overall we were a bit unlucky. The main thing however is that we have moved forward from our problem and have moved forward in the championship. That is encouraging.”
The Pro Performance-affiliated youngster will now be back in action in the Formula Kart Series (FKS) in mid-June when the series heads to Glan-Y-Gors in North Wales (June 18-19). Before that though, he will be competing again this coming weekend in the prestigious four-day ABkC 2011 'O' Plate Meeting at Rowrah, something that will give him valuable track time ahead of the Super One Rotax Series event at the same venue on June 4-5.
“I'm confident at that track,” Sammy continued. “I came third there at the last club meeting - and that was with the problems with the kart. So without the issues it should be fine.”
RL Racing Department Ltd team owner Steve Armstrong meanwhile was relieved to finally get the kart sorted and is confident Sammy will now go from strength-to-strength.
“Basically for the last few weeks we've still had the same problem [as we had for the second FKS round],” Steve commented. “But we finally nailed the issue on the Friday and then we were back to the speed we had before.
“Sammy had some solid heats on the Saturday, but was on the outside of the grid for the start of the [round three] final. It is quite difficult there and he got put off. He came back through however, and got to the lead group at the end and was fifth.
“On the Sunday he made things a bit difficult after only qualifying 15th. But he still ran in the lead group. He just couldn't get up as far as he needed too, having starting that far back. If you do that you are always on the back-foot. But the speed is definitely back.
“It is just a matter of building his confidence back up now. He has to find his feet again. I am sure he will be okay at the 'O' Plate Meeting and back to form. He was on pole at Rowrah in FKS last month, so there is no reason he shouldn't be back on top.”
Sammy's father and manager, Emil, echoed those thoughts: “We were hoping for a little bit more at Three Sisters, but given where we were with the significant problems over the last few weeks we are happy with the outcome,” he added. “Sammy's determination, despite the fact we've had these issues, has really shone through.
“He has remained focused on the job and he could have finished fourth in the final on Saturday but he got knocked wide on the last lap. He is getting quite close to being back to where he should be and being consistently on the podium.”