Samuel Oram-Jones came away from rounds five and six of the Formula Kart Stars (FKS) meeting at Glan-Y-Gors last weekend having scored good points and having got some words of advice from Red Bull Racing's F1 chief technical officer, Adrian Newey.
Sammy, who competes in the FKS MiniMax class for 11-16 year olds, went into the weekend determined to build on what he had achieved at Whilton Mill back in May, when he won the Lewis Hamilton 'true grit' award.
In practice on Friday he was right on the pace and the signs looked promising. However a sizeable shunt in the first heat on Saturday left him on the back foot. The incident occurred on lap 8, when one of his rivals went into the back of his KR-Sport Racing Team-run kart and launched it five foot into the air. The chassis was badly bent as a result, and with no time to fix it before the second heat, he had to limp through, eventually finishing 13th.
He also had to nurse it through the round 5 finale of the Lewis Hamilton and Bernie Ecclestone Formula One Management-backed series, battling his way back to 18th after losing some places at the start.
"We got hit from behind in the first heat today and then went into someone in front," Samuel explained. "After that the chassis was bent. It's a shame as I was about seventh on the timesheets on Friday in practice. The kart felt good then. But at least we still scored."
Prior to Sunday, a replacement kart was acquired from another competitor, and while unfortunately it wasn't quite ready for qualifying, relegating Sammy to the back of the pack for both of the heats, he was at least back in action.
Indeed he took advantage of the wet weather conditions to charge back up the order, and despite the fact the kart was not really configured to his liking, impressively gained nine places in each race to finish 17th and 15th.
With conditions dry for the round six finale, it was always going to be tough for the Milton Keynes-based youngster, but he battled on and was right in the thick of a good twelve kart battle for P11, eventually taking 14th.
"It didn't go as well as we thought it would this weekend," Samuel continued. "We did okay in the wet today and we wanted to go forward in the final, but didn't get as far up the order as we thought we would. We messed up the set-up a bit and got the sprocket wrong and lost a bit of time.