Samuel Oram-Jones was named 'Driver of the Meeting' after the second event in the 2016 BRSCC Quaife Fiesta Championship at Silverstone last weekend (April 23-24).

The 18-year-old, who took two top ten finishes on his debut in the series earlier this month at Snetterton, switched to running with Simon Horrobin's Specialized Motorsport for rounds three and four, but after showing good speed in testing, was hindered by gearbox problems the following day.

That left the Milton-Keynes based teenager right at the back of the grid, but with his front-wheel drive Class C 2.0 litre Fiesta ST fixed for race day, he staged a fantastic comeback, fighting his way from last to eighth in the opening race. He was also comfortably on for another top-ten in the second race, before one of his rivals made contact damaging the steering.

Nevertheless, his outstanding performances were recognised by the organisers with the youngster named 'Driver of the Meeting' for the way he bounced back after the difficulties in qualifying.

"It is very pleasing to be given that award and I want to thank the BRSCC for awarding me with it," said Sammy.

"It was very unfortunate to have a significant gear change issue on Saturday because the times we were doing on Friday in practice would have put us fourth on the grid, no problem. We were consistently lapping at the 1m 20s on Friday and that was with old tyres on. But the races were very promising."

"I did a lot of battling at the start of the first race and eighth was definitely the best we could do with the grid as spread out as it was - 10 places up is not bad at all," continued The Webber Independence School* pupil, who is backed by E&S Consultants Ltd.

"I had a good start again in the second race as well and we climbed up the field very quickly, until one of my rivals went into my front wheel. I had made the pass - but he tried to hang on around the outside off the circuit and then made contact cracking my wishbone on that side of the car. I was very unlucky because he went on to finish ninth and didn't overtake anyone for the rest of the race.

"It just shows the importance of qualifying. If you start at the front, you race at the front and that is what I am going to do at Rockingham."

"Overall, while the weekend was obviously disappointing, we showed a lot of promise and given more time on the track, or if I started further forward, I can stay with the front runners. I am quick enough to do that. We now have the pace and moving forward to Rockingham next month (May 14-15) I will be at the front. I promise that," he added.

Meanwhile, Specialized Motorsport boss Simon Horrobin said the team were "proud" of the way Sammy fought back.

"It is a credit to Sammy and a credit to the team how he went in the races after Saturday's problems. Silverstone International is a very punishing track on the cars and they do take a lot of punishment, but the team got him back out and he did well," Horrobin said.

"We were very proud he came from 18th to eighth in the first race - that was quite an achievement. He had a little bit of contact in the second race but that wasn't his fault.

"He has got a massive turn of speed, which is really good for us, and basically we have just got to get the connection with him and the car, which I think we got throughout the weekend at Silverstone. I believe he is going to be a strong contender all the time now for top-five places."