We have proudly supported Sam during his racing career and now we can’t wait to hear what his dreams are for the future. He told us:

“After such a prolonged wait to start the season I cannot wait to get back racing at Forest Edge on the weekend of the 29th of May and then again on the weekend of the 5th of June!

Although I shall not be doing a full season, me and my Dad are excited for our last few races in karting, to see if we can end on a high! Can’t wait to fill you in with the results!

I am looking forward to embarking into a new career. I’ve been working extremely hard over the last couple of years to get myself into the Royal Marines! This new lifestyle and career will be an extreme challenge since it is considered some of the hardest military training in the world! 18 months ago I weighed almost 18kg under the minimum weight requirement so I have put a great deal into meeting the minimum weight. Bulking up while trying to improve cardiovascular fitness and muscular endurance proved difficult. However dedication in the gym and on runs has got me physically ready to take my fitness test.

I have completed all stages up to this within the recruitment process (including exams, interviews and an extensive medical examination). Due to covid, the dates for these fitness tests have been delayed but I am ready for the tests as soon as I get a date and am confident I will pass. Once this is completed I will get a start date for 9 months of arduous military training.

I can’t wait to embark on what is now a dream of mine, earning a green beret!

I have also just completed my college course, a level 3 extended diploma in engineering. I achieved a maximum grade of distinction stars throughout and am also proud of this.

Things are going well, and I am enjoying putting positivity into everything I do!”

Race Report 3 June 2021

It was finally time for round 2 of the Forest Edge club championship! 

With a decent size grid of 23 good quality drivers and sunny skies, it was set to be an enjoyable weekend testing! 

We maximised the use of Saturday testing trying various different set ups on the kart.

Sunday started with qualifying. I managed to qualify 14th on the grid which is further back than I would’ve liked. We went too low on tire pressure, so was compromised by this. However I got my head down for the first race and climbed up to 11th place. 

In the second race, it was very close and my pace was better. I climbed up from 14th place to 11th place one again. 

These decent heat results meant I started 10th for the main final. I had a very enjoyable race in the final, constantly swapping places and battling with other fast drivers. A last corner move pushed me up from 9th place to 8th place. However I was 0.02 seconds behind 7th over the line so it was incredible close!

I hope to better this 8th place finish this weekend at round 3 of the championship. A bigger grid of 32 is entered in so it should be good close racing! 

We are so proud

Everyone of us at Bookers & Bolton is extremely proud of Sam and his achievements. What an amazing young man it has been an honour to support. We wish him all the best in his bid to become a marine and look forward to seeing a photo of him proudly wearing that green beret.