Oram-Jones set for Formula Renault debut

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Racer Sam Oram-Jones will make his single-seater debut in the Formula Renault Championship at Donington Park this weekend.

The 16-year-old has concluded a deal with SWB Motorsport after impressing in a recent test at Mallory Park.

Sam ran for a full day and since then he has been busy in the team’s simulator as he prepares to make the step up from karts and continue pursuing his goal of one day racing in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

“I’m extremely pleased to get this chance,” he said.

“SWB Motorsport is a well respected team. Simon (Baldry), Team Manager, works very well with the drivers and the mechanics all take a real pride in what they do. It is all looking very promising.

“The test at Mallory was very successful and we were a lot faster than we expected considering it was very cold and considering we were using old tyres. We were very happy with how it went.

“The time we have spent in the simulator has also been very helpful. I have been trying to get quicker ahead of Donington and we definitely have got better.

“We have taken a lot of time off from when we first started. I am very pleased with how the simulator works and how easy it is to use it.”

But it is a busy time for Sam, as he has to fit his racing around revision for his GCSEs - something his school, the The Webber Independent, have given him time to do.

“They are allowing me to take days off in order to test, which is very good,” said the teenager.

“The school has been great helping me out and ensuring I don’t miss out on anything.

“It has meant balancing the demands of my racing and my exams hasn’t posed a problem. I am very grateful.”

And after missing the opening round at Rockingham, Sam has realistic ambitions ahead of his debut in the series this weekend.

He said: “My first race is very important, although we have to be realistic.

“We’d like to aim to be mid-pack or in the pack fighting for position as opposed to being at the back and not in the mix at all.

“I’ll be happy to get any points of significance at all in the first few races. That would be extremely good.

“However as all competitors have to drop one round it could be worse. It is just the way it is.”