Samuel Oram-Jones started life in the KF series in style with a podium finish and two fastest laps in the Winter Cup in Italy.
The 15-year-old racer from Milton Keynes made the step up from KF3 to KF, competing with Piers Sexton Racing, and he is the youngest charge in the series this season.
After reliability issues forced him down the grid, things looked like they were going from bad to worse as he was barged out of heat 1 by one of his opponents.
But things began to fall into place in heat 2, climbing from 15th to fourth.
And looked like repeating the feat in heat 3, but again was knocked off the circuit, eventually settling for a 12th place finish.
One of the highlights of the weekend for him however, came in the fourth heat, when he drove through the field to third to claim the final rostrum spot and set the fastest lap.
But he was quickly knocked back down to earth though, as he was once again barged out of the race in heat 5 .
“I’m happy with the weekend,” said Samuel. “Obviously I wanted to get through to the finals, but I definitely showed everyone I can come through the pack and get right to the front.
“I have also shown with my fastest laps that I have pace over quite a few drivers who have been doing it for a long time.
“Overall, I am pleased with where I put myself and I enjoyed my first race weekend with Piers Sexton Racing.”
Away from the track, Samuel has been accepted on to the McLaren Applied Technologies Performance Academy.
He has taken part in the initial two-day practical course and will also receive a further follow-on session and a monthly feedback programme throughout the year.
“It is great to get this chance with McLaren,” Samuel added. “It is good to be accepted onto it and finally get some work in with them.
“I will get one-on-one help from their trainers and you know you are getting advice from people that have worked with some very good drivers – like F1 World Champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.
“I am very happy and feel privilege to be a part of this newly launched scheme.”