Samuel Oram-Jones put in a spectacular performance in rounds nine and ten of the Formula Kart Stars (FKS) meeting at Wigan last weekend and came away with his very first national class victory.
Sammy, who races in the FKS MiniMax class for 11-16 year olds, warmed up with the twelfth best time in qualifying for the ninth round, before battling his way up to eighth in the opening heat in his KR-Sport Racing Team-run kart and then taking sixth in heat two.
The youngster then put in a brilliant performance in the round nine finale of the Lewis Hamilton and Bernie Ecclestone Formula One Management-backed series moving up to first on the third lap.
Although he then slipped back, he remained in the ten kart pack at the front throughout and the 12-year-old eventually snatched the lead on the final tour, 50 metres from the start-finish line, out dragging one of his rivals to claim his first ever FKS victory.
“I was really, really happy to get that win,” said Sammy, who couldn't keep the smile off his face. “It is amazing. The kart was perfect. This is the first time we have been to this track, but as soon as we got here and got the set-up sorted we were really, really competitive.
“We know now that we can win and that we can do it. This victory has really given me a big boost.”
The next day was another good one for Sammy and buoyed by his victory he was third in the second FKS MiniMax qualifying session, just 0.04 seconds off P2 and only 0.11 seconds off pole.
He then maintained that momentum in the heats, finishing fifth in both races, before again challenging at the front in the round ten finale. This time though, he unfortunately couldn't match his round nine win, after one of his competitors made an overly ambitious move halfway through at Paddock Bend and effectively compromised both of their races.
As usual though, Sammy didn't give up and having dropped to tenth, he recovered and took another fifth, less than a second behind the eventual winner.
“The final today could have been better. I lost out when I got lunged at and a bunch of other people came through on me. But then I brought it back and I was right behind fourth at the end,” Sammy continued.
“I am still happy. This has been the best weekend of the year for me. We scored the most points and we got ourselves a win.