“Overall I have been really quick this weekend and consistently up in the top three. Also, while in terms of the championship we haven't moved anywhere, in terms of pace and confidence, in comparison to the other drivers, we have definitely made a step up. A big thanks to my dad, my team, manager Steve [Armstrong] and my mechanic, Jamie [Smith] for all their help.”
Sammy will now take in the final round of the 2011 Formula Kart Series (FKS) later this month, when the series heads to Ellough Park on September 24-25 for the concluding two rounds. Prior to that though, he will be back in action in Super One and he heads to PF International in Lincolnshire the weekend before (September 17-18) for the sixth and penultimate round in that series: “PFI may not be one of my best tracks, but we can be quick there. I feel confident going into it,” Sammy added.
RL Racing Department Ltd team owner Steve Armstrong meanwhile believes that Sammy is now right up there with the best of them in the highly competitive MiniMax class.
“Sammy had a good weekend. After the Genk win I said he wouldn't look back and he has moved forward massively since then. He has really found his feet and is a fully-fledged front-runner now. He is a podium finisher at least every time now,” Steve said. “Today he was really consistent and got to the front and was probably one of the fastest on the track. There was just a small error in the round ten final that cost him second. But still it was very positive.
“I think he can definitely take fourth in the standings and without that exclusion we were looking at a fairly definite third position. It is unfortunate. But it wasn't Sammy's fault or our own. For whatever reason the clutch drum broke open and the rules are the rules. We proved today though, when the kart was completely legal, we were still just as fast.
“Sammy was always in the top-three all weekend and was worthy really of another win. It is just so competitive though. The top five kids in the country are all very close and Sammy is now one of them. He has entered that group and has come good at the right time.”
“What happened yesterday did set us back. Given it was a mechanical failure I thought the organisers were a bit harsh,” added Sammy's father and manager, Emil. “But Sammy still drove really well. I think we are strong in terms of performance and for me that is the key. If points are taken away from you there is nothing you can do. But if you continue to drive well and perform that is what matters at the end of the day.”