Born in Dorset, Sam’s motorsport career began at the age of nine in the cadet class at Clay Pigeon raceway and the Dunkeswell kart circuit now owned by none other than former British Formula 1 world champion Nigel Mansell. It was this inaugural year that would see Sam take numerous podium placings and win the prestigious newcomer of the year award.
Remaining in the cadet class, the following years saw Sam step up to race at national level against experienced competition cumulating in an excellent third place in the 2009 British Cadet karting championship.
For 2010 Sam stepped up to the premier European junior karting class KF3. Despite a challenging debut season Sam was scouted by the Racing Steps Foundation who would support him during the 2011-2013 seasons competing in both the British Junior and Senior karting championships and European championships.
It was during the 2013 season Sam stepped up to the KZ1 class – considered the pinnacle of karting and an ideal proving ground prior to a move to car racing. As the youngest driver in the class Sam would finish a respectable 9th in his debut season.
The following year Sam would leave the Racing Steps Foundation to drive for the ART GP team in the British, European and World karting championships cumulating in several podium positions and fourth place in the British championship.
Without sufficient backing for a move to car racing in 2015 Sam would stay in the KZ class for a final year. Dominating the season saw Sam take no less than 12 wins and 18 podiums along with the British Open championship title. It would be a bittersweet season where mechanical gremlins put paid to Sam lifting the British and National titles in the same year.
2016 see’s Sam continue to pave the way to his lifetime ambition of winning the Le Man 24 hour title as he moves to the British GT Championship with Fox Motorsport. With five wins out of six races so far the future looks bright for this rising star.
Makes move to GT cars. Takes 3rd and 2 wins in debut GT race weekend. Awarded driver of the weekend.
Remains in KZ1 for a further year again due to financial limitations, widely regarded as the favourite for a triple crown of British, National and Open champion which had never been achieved before. Despite dominating the entire season with 18 podiums, including 12 wins, from a possible 22 mechanical gremlins at the end of the season ultimately take the British and National titles away. Wins the Open title in convincing fashion.
Sam personally takes the decision to part company with RSF due to a lack of support with budget for cars and remains in KZ1 finishing 4th in the British championship and also competes in KZ2 at the World and European championships through a subsidised fee earn’t on merit from ART GP factory team, hopes of a podium at the World championship are ended due to contact from another driver on lap 1 of the final.
Moves to KZ1 gearbox class which had become British karting championship, finishes 9th in the championship and takes a couple of club wins despite being the youngest driver by at least 2 years.
Moves into Senior British karting championship aged 16 finishing 6th in British championship and 10th in U18 world championship, despite only contesting in 2 of the 3 finals.
Signed by Racing Steps Foundation on partial backing, with a view to earning full backing for the 2012 season. Finishes 6th in British championship and also takes part in CIK-FIA U18 World championship as well as European qualifiers, suffers bad luck at both championships despite showing top 6 potential in both championships.
Moves into junior karting in KF3 (premier European junior category) achieves numerous top 10’s in British championship and narrowly misses out on a seeding for the next season after missing 2 of the 7 rounds due to lack of budget and illness respectively.
Finishes 3rd in the national championship, multiple podiums at national level as well as numerous top 3’s in qualifying. Numerous wins at club level.
Finishes 9th in the national karting championship with top 6’s along the way. Numerous wins at club level along with fastest laps and breaks 2 lap records.
Makes the step up to national racing a year early due to promise shown in first year, race wins, fastest laps at club level as well as top 10’s at national level.
Begins Karting at Clay Pigeon raceway and Dunkeswell kart track (now known as Mansell raceway) in cadet karts, numerous podiums over the season and wins newcomer of the year award at home track Clay Pigeon raceway.