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Name: Sam Stoner
Date of Birth: 30th August 2007
Residence: Leeds, Yorkshire, UK
MSUK License: Race Club (ARDS UK ONLY)

Ambition:
 •  Drive single seater cars around the world
 •  Compete at the highest level in Motorsport

Racing Debut: 2020 (IAME Cadets)

2024 Class: Rotax Senior Max
 •  IPKC - The Independent Privateers Championship

2023 Class: Rotax Junior Max
 •  JKC - The Kart Championship
 •  IPKC - The Independent Privateers Championship

Achievements:
  Cars
 •  2024 Race Club (Senior ARDS UK Only)
 •  BRSCC Junior Fiesta 2024 Scholarship - Stage 2 finalist

  Junior Series
 •  2nd, 3rd & 4th place podiums in the 2023 JKC Championship
 •  2nd place podium in the 2023 IPKC Championship

  Cadet Series
 •  2019 Teamsport Leeds Summer Series
 •  2018 Teamsport Leeds Winter Series


 •   Sam is a 16 year old polite, respectful and professional young man from Leeds, who is currently studying at college for his A-Levels Sam Stoner Racing | JKC | 2022 Llandow taking helmet off

 •   He started indoor karting just six years ago in 30 mph cadet karts where he was quickly identified as a contender and won the first ever winter and summer indoor championships at Team Sport Leeds.

 •   Now racing 70 mph outdoor circuits in his senior kart at different tracks around the country. Sam Stoner Racing | JKC | 2023 Warden Law - Sat on dummy grid

 •   Sam likes to keep himself fit at the local gym and loves a bit of sim racing to keep his driving skills sharp between race weekends.

 •   Sam Stoner Racing | JKC | 2023 Warden Law - In front of trailer with first trophy Sam moved up from junior karting class, to the senior rotax class late 2023. More power and speed but he would ultimately love to be driving cars.

 •   As a privateer, in 2023 Sam achieved a 2nd & 3rd place podium at the JKC, along with a 2nd place podium in the IPKC.

 •   Sam finished 6th in the 2023 Junior kart championship out of 47 drivers. Sam Stoner Racing | JKC | 2023 Fulbeck - Head shot

 •   Sam Stoner Racing | TeamSport | Leeds 2018-19 Summer and Winter cups In 2024 Sam will be running in two competitions; the Teesside Winter Series and The IPKC, also in the running for a place in the Junior Fiesta Scholarship and if that doesn't go to plan then he has a place in the Junior Saloon Scholarship, his also part of a docuseries called Driven Dreams, telling the story of grass roots karting.

 •   ARDS instructor comment Sam was rapid - Karts to Cars - Sam passed his ARDS test, and now has a valid MSUK Senior Race Club license expires Dec 2024, enabling Sam to move to his next stage to race cars.


 •   Moved up a gear in 2024, from the Junior to Senior Rotax Max.
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 •   2023 would be Sam's final year of Junior Rotax, so we did it in style! we entered into both the Junior Kart (JKC) and Independent Privateers (IPKC) Championships under the Junior Rotax class - Both championships moved around the country to different circuits throughout the year.

 •   Sam Stoner Racing | JKC | 2023 JKC Calender Map The JKC comprised of 6 races at 6 different circuits.   This competition is well established with big grids of 34 karts at each round.  Out of the 6 events, we managed an impressive 2nd, 3rd and 4th posision in the finals, the other races we won't mention but just to say you need wheels to drive and brakes to slow down!!

 •   Sam Stoner Racing | IPKC | 2023 IPKC Calender Map While the IPKC was new to 2023, they managed to arrange 4 races at 3 different circuits.   Out of the 3 races we attended, we managed a 2nd place podium at one of the races.

 •   What makes the JKC competition and year extra special is Sam will be one of eleven stars of the 2023 production of "Driven Dreams" which is about grass roots karting. Sam Stoner Racing | Driven Dreams | Article | 2023 Pre-season interview.   Having featured in last season's, which is now live on "Amazon Prime".   The Perspective Pictures camera crew filmed Sam at each of the 2023 JKC race weekends. They recorded all the highs and lows of the JKC championship, to create a new series of which Sam will be one of the main characters. Sam was up against over 50 other drivers to be in the show.

 •   Have your cake and eat it - 2023 was one of Sam's most important educational years - GCSEs - Sam juggled two karting championships and managed to sit and pass all his exam's, with a place at his chosen college to study the subjects he chose.


 •  This was to be Sam's first competitive year of outdoor karting.

Sam Stoner Racing | JKC | 2022 JKC Calender Map  •  We wanted a challenge for 2022, so Sam was entered into the Junior Rotax National Kart Championship ran by CKC - This comprised of 8 rounds at 8 different circuits around the country.  We'd only been to 3 of the tracks on the calendar, which made this more appealing.  All the races would be streamed live to thousands via AlphaLive's YouTube channel.

Sam Stoner Racing | Driven Dreams | Article | 2022 Pre-season interview.  •  In February CKC announced they were to create a docuseries entitled, "Driven Dreams".  The project was to explore the highs and lows of grass roots karting.  The idea was to create an entertaining show similar to "Drive to Survive" on Netflix.  Cameras would be present at all rounds, filming parents, mechanics, drivers and general paddock and track action.  Interviews were done and 16 stars were selected for the show, Sam would be one of the extra's on the show.  Season 1 is now live on "Amazon Prime"

Sam Stoner Racing | Yorkshire Evening Post | Article | 2022 News Paper Print Front Page. Sam Stoner Racing | Yorkshire Evening Post | Article | 2022 News Paper Print Bottom Half.  •  Daniel Sheridan from the Yorkshire Evening Post contacted us in March to-do a new article on Sam about entry into the JKC Karting competition and being part of Driven Dreams.  The article was posted to the YEP's website on the Tuesday, and printed the day after in the Wednesday paper with a front page piece >>>YEP Article<<<

 •  After the JKC competition finished in October, we did something slightly different in November by entering into the JamSport Racing 2023 Scholarship.  The prize was to drive the Ford Fiesta ST150 in a fully funded season of the Fiesta Junior Championship in 2023.  All that was needed was to progress through the first 2 stages and win the third stage.  35 skilled drivers entered but only so many would progress to each stage. Sam Stoner Racing | JamSport Racing | Article | 2023 Scholarship Poster
    - Stage 1 was held on 5/6th Nov at Blyton Park Circuit with a number of trials throughout the day [ Fitness | Media Skills | General Knowledge | Sim Racing | Car driving ].  Driving the Ford Fiesta ST150 around the track was clearly the best stage of the day.  This was the first time Sam had driven a manual car, well it was actually the first time he'd driven a car!  Only a number of drivers made it through to Stage 2 and Sam was one of those.
    - Stage 2 was on 10th Dec at the same circuit as stage 1.  Another really good full packed day of events, competed against some very good drivers and Sam put a really good performance in, he came very close to getting into the final stage but just not close enough. Always next year!


 •  Like others, Sam's 2021 season was postponed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, creating another UK wide lockdown with karting not re-starting until April.

Sam Stoner Racing | Yorkshire Evening Post | Article | 2021 February News Paper Print Top Half

 •  Daniel Sheridan from the Yorkshire Evening Post contacted us in February to-do an article on Sam's karting.  The article was posted to the YEP website on the Friday, and printed the day after in the Saturday paper >>>YEP Article<<< Sam Stoner Racing | Yorkshire Evening Post | Article | 2021 February News Paper Print Bot Half

 •  For the start of 2021, Sam was still in his cadet kart, entering into the April Wombwell 2021 IKR IAME Cadet Championship, along with the Fulbeck 2021 IKR IAME Cadet Championship.  If anything this was to just give Sam seat time until he gets into the junior class.

Sam Stoner Racing | Warden Law Race Day | Sunday 18th July 2021 | Sam in his new kart driving around Warden Law circuit.

 •  The month of May was special, we took stock of Sam's Tonykart with a Rotax Junior Max engine from Strawberry Racing.  Sam move up from the IAME Cadet, skipped the Mini class and moved straight into the Junior class and is loving every moment.  The Rotax Junior is 3X more powerful then the IAME Cadet, as you could imagine the move wasn't easy.  It would take a number of months but Sam pushed through the pain barrier to come out the other side ready for the next level to compete in races again.


Sam Stoner Racing | Fulbeck Karting Circuit | September 2020 Race Day | Ready and waiting on the grid.

 •  Sam managed a few test days at the beginning of the year, before the coronavirus pandemic hit in March.  C-19 affected most of the uk economy, which closed down karting until June.  Once karting was permitted, Sam wasted no time in getting straight back in the seat for some more test days.  July was a game changer, Race Rockets came along to sponsor Sam.  We now had the finance to run additional testing, as well as run as a privateer and enter Sam into some IKR competitions.  Sam completed his ARKS test at Wombwell in July, the next day would be Sam's first outdoor competitive race, along with Sam's first rolling start.  Sam was hooked on karting from the first days at TeamSport, test days were good, racing outdoors was just something else - Sam was now hooked even more on outdoor racing. 

Sam Stoner Racing | Fulbeck Karting Circuit | August 2020 Fulbeck E-Plate Race Day | Sam holding his Fulbeck E-Plate 3rd Place Trophy.

 •  To get more race experiance, Sam entered Fulbeck's IKR in August and finished on the podium, to collect his 3rd place trophy.  We continued with a number of test days where the focus changed a little to race weekends.  These weekends were proving to provide invaluable karting experience.  Sam continued to compete in both September and October at Fulbeck and Wombwell but had to miss the November race weekend due to the country going into lockdown again.  That was the end of the year for Fulbeck, which left Sam 8th in the Fulbeck 2020 IKR Championship.  Wombwell managed to open in December for the final race of the year.  It was a wet one but brilliant being back behind the wheel, Sam held on to finish 6th in the race that day, putting him 5th place in the Wombwell 2020 IKR Championship.

Sam Stoner Racing | Wombwell Karting Circuit | December 2020 Race Day | Sam sat in his kart on the starting grid.

 •  Sam entered 2020 with no outdoor race experience.  Sam and his Dad also had hardly any mechanical karting experience.  Sam only had a basic kart package, comprising of a standard "P" engine and carburettor clamped to an old zip kart chassis; no top of the range chassis, no multiple carburettors and no second "A" engine.  2020 was about seeing what Sam could do with what he had.  Sam pushed all year and grew in stature every outing, with the package we had, Sam was still able to compete against and beat a number of fellow drivers.  Sam has the potential to be very competitive and believes he can win races with the right kart setup, along with a continued test plan and race days.  With the right level of sponsorship (which several of Sam's race colleagues have), Sam could be at the top of his karting class.


Sam Stoner Racing | Teamsport Leeds 2019 Summer Cadet Championship | Sam holding his summer cadet series 1st palce trophy.

 •  With the success from the 2018 Winter Cadet Series, Sam couldn't wait to start TeamSport Leeds 2019 Summer Cadet Series  This was a long series, with some good competitors but like the previous 2018 Winter Cadet Series, Sam commanded the lead all the way through the series to take the win.

Sam Stoner Racing | Teamsport Leeds 2019 Summer Cadet Championship | Sam showing his top finishing posision on the results sheet. Sam Stoner Racing | Whilton Mill Circuit | June 2019 | Sam sat in a Rotax Mini Max gokart.

 •  Mid-way through 2019 Sam began to venture towards the outdoor tracks.  Sam tested a Rotax Mini Max at the Whilton Mill circuit.  This was Sam's first outdoor go kart experience - straight from the TeamSport cadet karts!  As you might imagine the first session gave Sam his first (and only) doubts about karting.  He wasn't used to a kart that was so fast, the wet weather didn't help either.  But by the end of the day Sam was wanting more - he loved it.

Sam Stoner Racing | Late 2019 | Sam sat in his first kart | Zip kart with an IAME 60cc engine.

 •  Sam progressed onto a number of outdoor test days, which weren't cheap and he wasn't always getting the most out of these tests.  It was decided the long-term better option would be to become a privateer and get Sam his own kart.  Sam and his dad had limited knowledge about the outdoor kart scene, but took the leap and purchased a second hand IAME 60cc Cadet kart - Sam ended the year making test visits to tracks like Fulbeck; Wombwell and PFI.  Sam had a knack at TeamSport, it didn't matter which kart they placed him in, he'd get the best out of it - Sam put that skill to good use again and made progress on every visit.


Sam Stoner Racing | Teamsport Leeds - 2017 | Sams first indoor session.

 •  Sam first started karting late 2017, at his local TeamSports track in Leeds.  After learning the ropes and completing the Kids Academy, Sam was quickly becoming the best cadet driver at TeamSports Leeds.  As a driver, Sam was the most consistent, good at overtaking and the fastest, holding the lap record in a cadet kart of 44.155s.  As you could imagine, it didn't take too long before Sam was the kid to beat.

Sam Stoner Racing | Teamsport Leeds 2018 Winter Cadet Championship | Sam showing his top finishing posision on the results sheet.

 •  TeamSport Leeds noticed Sam's potential at an early stage, they appreciated his speed and consistency on track.  As a result of this, Sam participated in kart tune testing.  This was not for the faint hearted, it involved driving all the cadet karts to help tune them all to a similar speed, which involved over 200 laps over a few hours (no other cadet has ever been asked to do this).

Sam Stoner Racing | Teamsport Leeds 2018 Winter Cadet Championship | Sam holding his summer cadet series 1st palce trophy.

 •  Sam moved onto doing a few competitive indoor kart races in the Cadets class before entering the TeamSport Leeds 2018 Winter Cadet Series.  Sam lead all the way through and went on to win the series.

 •  Sams been told on several occasions that there is something special about his karting, this has come from staff at TeamSport and others that have seen him race.


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