Sammy's father and manager, Emil Jones, meanwhile was delighted with how his son got on at Brands Hatch in the Formula BMW Talent Cup test. He was also happy with how the 13-year-old went in the Intrepid KF3 kart too.
“We've had a great 2011 with RL Racing Department Ltd and have taken some spectacular results. Sammy is definitely heading in the right direction and has really raised his game,” Emil remarked. “As part of our ongoing assessment of his options going forward we are currently looking at two potential works drives in KF3 and we are also evaluating the Formula BMW Talent Cup option.
“Sammy is quite young at the moment for the Formula BMW Talent Cup, but we feel with his attitude to work and his natural speed, it is something he can do well in and he certainly showed that today.
“It was a significant experience for him and he started off in the morning in the wet learning the car - the first time he had driven it. He got up to speed very quickly and didn't go off the track. He was very fast from the outset and during the day got faster and faster. The feedback from BMW was good. I believe he was the most improved driver of the day. It was really encouraging and quite something to see.
“BMW are going to recommend Sammy goes to Valencia now for the shoot-out as he ticked a lot of the key criteria in terms of his attitude in the car and his learning ability. He was naturally fast in the car too and that was the overriding comment at the end.
“It is another boost for Sammy after his recent KF3 outing with Intrepid. KF3 is the highest level of karting in the world for 13-16 year-olds - it is an official FIA championship and sees drivers competing exclusively in Europe against all the best kids from around the globe. Sammy got use to the KF3 kart very quickly and the team commented he was one of the best drivers' they have tested at this stage. Critically he was faster than the current KF3 champion too.
“We'd like to thank both Intrepid and BMW for the two test opportunities. We will have some difficult decisions to make now over the next few months and funding will ultimately be a key factor.”
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