Sam sets his sights on Formula Ford drive

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Samuel Oram-Jones hopes he impressed the right people as he made an excellent single-seater debut at Brands Hatch.

The 16-year-old racer from Milton Keynes completed his first laps in a Formula Ford car at Kent circuit, before being whisked off to a further test at Snetterton as Jamun Racing cast their eyes over him.

Sam is keen to race in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship this season, and could be the youngest driver on the grid.

Turning his first wheel in the car around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit, Sam completed 120 laps, and although there were no official times, his ranked favourably against the other runners at the test.

Following that test, he then ran at Snetterton the following day and again did well, getting 80 laps more under his belt.

“My times came down massively from the start of the two tests to the end and we were extremely happy with the end result,” said Sam, who recently passed his ARDS test at Silverstone to earn the Formula B licence he needs to compete in Formula Ford.

“The first day at Brands was really just to get use to the car and while I had driven there before, it was over two years ago as part of a Formula BMW Talent Cup test.

“In the end we weren’t far off the fastest laps being set by the other cars on the circuit and those were times being posted by drivers with a lot more experience than me.

“We then went to Snetterton and we felt that went well too. It is a much more demanding circuit and much longer.

“But we got down to a pace that we felt would be good for a driver currently driving in the championship.

“We didn’t do a fast run on new tyres either and so when we get down to doing that we will find a lot of time and should be right at the top.

“Overall I felt over the two days I got to know the team very well and they worked extremely well with me.

“The car I had was amazing and I built up a lot of confidence.”

James Mundy, team manager at Jamun Racing, was impressed with how Sam performed.

He said: “His enthusiasm and natural speed has given us all a real buzz. Sam worked hard at Brands to achieve a competitive lap time which surpassed all our expectations and followed that up by beating the lap times set by our 2013 driver line up at Snetterton.

“It was great to see Sam grow in confidence with the car and see him rewarded with lap times that would have placed him in the top half of last year’s qualifying session.”

And Sam is hopeful that he’s done enough to land a full-time drive next season.

He said: “I’m looking forward now to some more tests and hopefully to racing in Formula Ford this season.”