Samuel Oram-Jones upped the ante and proved his pace last weekend in the second round of the 2013 WSK Euro Series at Zuera in Spain.
The 15-year-old was taking in only his third event in the KF class - the highest level of karting in the world - and while he had never been to the track before, he soon settled in and was near the top end of the times in practice. He then aced qualifying on the Saturday in his Piers Sexton Racing-run kart, posting a 59.979 second lap - just 0.024 seconds off the top time - to put him second overall and ensure he progressed to the Superpole for the very first time.
Qualifying a disappointing 11th, he made up for it with a second place finish in the first heat, and fifth in the third to qualify for the pre-final. Some rough-housing in the other heats meant he would start 16th of the 30 karts.
Samuel was forced into a spin early in the race and had his rear bumper ripped off as he finished last.
Starting dead last in the final saw him rise spectacularly to ninth, but mechanical problems dropped him to 13th, not that his spirits were dampened though.
“We were confident coming into the weekend and I am ever more confident now going out of it,” he said. “I think I performed well and proved to the people around me that I am capable of being right at the front. We have definitely got the pace.
“It was very encouraging to go so quick in qualifying. We got the set-up just right and the tyres were perfect - we just went really well.”
Samuel will resume his WSK Euro Series campaign next month, when he heads to Sarno in Italy for the penultimate round.