Samuel Oram-Jones has vaulted up the championship standings following rounds five and six of the 2011 British Formula Kart Stars (FKS) series at Glan Y Gors in North Wales last weekend.
Sammy, who competes in the MiniMax class for 11-16 year-olds and who also contests the same class in the British Super One Rotax Series, came into the event just outside the top-ten, but following a largely positive weekend - including taking a very fine fourth in the round five final - he is now joint seventh overall, once dropped scores are taken into account, with 665 points on the board.
The Milton Keynes-based teenager began by setting the tenth best time in the first qualifying session, even though conditions were changeable and even though he wasn't completely happy with the set-up of his kart.
Sammy then took ninth in the first heat and sixth in the second, as he got the better of his rivals immediately around him and progressed up the order in his RL Racing Department Ltd-run machine.
Those performances set the tone for the round five final of the Lewis Hamilton and Bernie Ecclestone Formula One Management-backed series, and the 13-year-old ran near the front throughout, holding third early on, before gaining fifth - which later turned out to be fourth when one of his competitors was disqualified - on the very final tour.
“We weren't completely sure about the set-up in qualifying,” Sammy explained, “and with the track always changing when we were out there we didn't get it quite right.
“We moved forward in the heats though and the second one was very pleasing. That gave us a good start position for the final. The kart was really well set-up for it and we finished well.”
The next day Sammy had another tough time in the second FKS MiniMax qualifying session and had to settle for 14th.
However two determined drives in the heats saw him recover to take seventh and eighth and while the round six FKS final proved more difficult, with the Pro Performance-affiliated youngster slipping to 13th mid-race, he recovered to take tenth at the chequered flag.
“We made quite a few changes after qualifying,” Sammy continued, “and then we moved forward again in the heats and got a seventh and eighth, so it was pretty consistent. We changed a few more things for the final, but didn't really progress as much as we would have liked.