Samuel Oram-Jones has jumped up to fourth in the KF3 championship standings following the second round of the 2012 British Super One MSA TKM Series at Whilton Mill last weekend.
Sammy, who has graduated to KF3 this season, one of the top British and international foundation level karting categories, was right on the pace in practice at the Northamptonshire-based circuit and was bullish going into qualifying. However set-up problems held back the Milton Keynes-based youngster, although he still secured a place in the top-ten, ending up ninth out of the 25 competitors, thanks to a 44.25 second lap.
In the heats, Sammy was back on it, and he set the fastest lap in heat 1 in his Millennium Motorsport-run kart, eventually finishing fifth, despite getting hit at the start by one of his rivals. The 14-year-old had another difficult start in heat 2 as well, and was pushed right to the back. However he recovered well and stormed back to claim 13th.
“We were very quick in practice,” Sammy said. “Then in qualifying we didn't get the set-up quite right. That was a shame but we got it sorted afterwards for the heats.
“In the first heat I got hit at the start and then had a crash. I still got fifth though, and was quickest on track. I think I could definitely have been in the top-three, but for the start. The second heat was also tough. I had a crash and we had a problem with the kart because of that. It was quite hard as a result, although to come back and finish 13th was encouraging.”
The results in the finals mirrored those of the heats, although this time he started with a 13th in final 1, before ending the weekend with another strong fifth place finish in final 2. The latter result was especially impressive, given he had to drive most of it with a broken steering column.
“I had a problem in the second heat because the bolt holding the steering wheel on snapped and the only thing keeping it in place was a piece of tape,” Sammy explained. “When I turned there was a massive delay and I could only turn very sharply. I lost a lot of time because of that and so to still finish in the top-five was pleasing.
“As for the first final, I made a good start, but in the second corner one of my team-mates hit a kart ahead, which in turn spun in front of me. I had nowhere to go and lost a lot of places.
“In general however, I think the weekend went pretty well. We scored good championship points and I think I can still do very well in Super One this year. Millennium is doing a really great job with the equipment and I can't wait for the next event.”