Samuel Oram-Jones received an extra birthday present this week following confirmation he has joined championship winning team, RL Racing Department Ltd, for 2011.
Sammy, who raced in the MiniMax class for 11-16 year olds this year, turned 13 on November 2 and it has now officially been announced that he will again compete in Formula Kart Stars (FKS) and Super One next season, in addition to competing in the Rotax Euro Challenge, aka Euro Max.
The youngster, who claimed his debut FKS MiniMax class victory at Wigan - in the round nine final of the Lewis Hamilton and Bernie Ecclestone Formula One Management-backed series at the end of September - is looking forward to mounting a championship challenge next year.
“We are going to be aiming to win the British championships – and to do very, very well in Europe,” said the teenager. “It was great to get that win at Three Sisters and having got a taste of that I want to be up there regularly now.
“I know this year RL Racing Department Ltd were very competitive in MiniMax and came second in the championship, only just missing out on the title. It is going to be great to be with them.
“They have done very well over the years and hopefully I can now do very well with them too.”
Sammy will make his debut for his new team this coming weekend. The youngster will test at PFi - the Paul Fletcher International circuit in Lincolnshire – later this week, before racing there on Sunday.
Team owner Steven Armstrong has been impressed with Sammy's speed this season and is convinced he can do very well in 2011.
“I have got one of my best engineers scheduled to work with Sammy this week and the main thing will be for him to get acclimatised to the team,” Steven added. “It is clear Sammy has got a lot of talent and potential. It just needs to be pushed to the limit.
“I have seen him race and he is very fast. But now he needs to make the next step and I think we can help him take it up a notch.
“He is a great addition to our team and he should be challenging for the top-three in every race in 2011. That is the minimum we will be aiming for.