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2022 SamS Motorsport Castle Combe FF1600 Brands Hatch Festival Silverstone Walter Hayes Sam Street

News from 2016

April 2016 Castle Combe

Test day at Landow. First time in the car, testing went really well. Lap times fell consistently through the day. 145 laps covered and a good time set. Unfortunate incident with a tyre change led to the day being cut short.

May 2016

Castle Combe pre race test day. Only 4 laps in and a mixture of an over keen driver and incorrect car settings led to the first accident of the season. Thankfully the driver emerged OK and the car was worked on in order to prepare for the race day which was 3 days later. Thanks to Brian Soule for supporting the team with a new setup, Sam progressed through qualifying and completed his first race. Sadly in the second race of the double header another driver failed to miss him in an early race incident where 4 cars were taken out and failed to finish.

July 2016 Castle Combe

The team had to make do with one very short practice session. That said qualifying went well (it was wet and drying).. Sam achieving his best grid place to date. The race was on just after mid-day and Sam progressed with no issues completing his second race finish of the season.

August Bank Holiday CC

Pre race testing was limited to one session as the circuit had been pre booked by others. The session was cut short through a mechanical failure, whilst that was fixed there was no time to complete any further testing on the day. The race day was dry and warm, qualifying was going well until a steering arm failure resulted in Sam and Car hitting the tyre wall at around 100mph. Thankfully he stepped out of the extremely damaged car. 3 weeks of rebuild followed and another test session to prove it ready for the Walter Hayes Trophy in November at Silverstone

News 2017

April 2017 Brands Hatch

First outing of the year for the team. A track Sam has worked at in the past but new for the rest of us. Another great step forwards as we continue to compete with the experienced teams and drivers. Our challenge to get on the grid, finish the races and return with smiles on our faces.

After Brands

Subject to securing more funding the plan is to compete in at least 2 more National events through 2017. Silverstone and Donnigton being the next venues.

News Ending 2017

November Walter Hayes

What a meeting, practise was going well until an engine failure resulting in a late night Friday. Thanks to the people at Scholar a planned upgrade was brought forwards from 2018, and Sam got to experience performance in the car as never before. A solid qualifying against newer cars placed in 11 on the grid, with no time for setup after the engine change and compormised by the need to stop for shake down checks. The race was steady and much valuable experience was gained. Sadly progression didn’t occur and there was an incident caused by other drivers in his final outing leaving some damage repairs through the winter. The whole event was well enjoyed by a number of supporters who came to visit, their presence is always appreciated. Through the winter there will be more smaller changes, a spare engine to be setup, cooling and data logger changes.

News 2018

All set for Silverstone

Starting off where we finished last year returning to Silverstone. FF1600 will this year be supporting the new TCR UK tin top guys. As such we can expect larger crowds. If it wasn’t exciting enough already there will be new faces, new teams and new challenges. And live TV streaming as covered on the new Media Page here at Sams Motorsport. In preparation the team have already had one test visit to Silverstone early in March. It was a resounding sucess and we’re confident of competitive finishes in class in 2018.

After onto Donnington and

Brands Hatch

Sam will be competing again subject to funding in all 3 of the Triple crown events more if we can find additional funding. We rely heavily on external contributions and appreciate everything anyone does to support us. Especial thanks to the pit team for their efforts during events and on going comittment to getting that car going every meeting.

2022 Dates for the Calendar

Remaining Race Meetings

6th August - Castle Combe FF1600 Class B Championship (2 races) 29th August (Possible) - Castle Combe Ff1600 Class B Championship (1 race) 1st October - Castle Combe Ff1600 Class B Championship (2 races) 20th-23rd October - Brands Hatch FF1600 Festival (Heats/Finals) 3rd-6th November - Silverstone FF1600 Walter Hayes Festival (Heats/Finals)

News the story so far


Hard Year for SamS

The season started with a refurbished car being driven at Snetterton. With a new Scholar engine and improved exhaust system hopes were high for the season ahead. Although the engine rebuild was as a result of a crack being found as the new exhaust was being fitted. This essential repair severly impacted the available race budget for the rest of the season so a more limited timetable was opted for. Testing at Snetterton went well only marred by a misfire appearing as the car finished it’s final practise session. The misfire worsened on Saturday and qualification was missed. We work tirelessly for 4.5 hours through the electronics and with the help of the paddock (BM Racing) traced 3 separate electrical faults. Race one was a rear of grid start but Sam drove through the field of 24 to finish an sound 11th. Starting from 11th on Sunday was good again managing to finish well and 4th in class. The 3rd race was abandoned after the formation lap with a reocurrence of the misfire. More updates will be posted about Castle Combe and Oulton Park.

News 2022 season of challenges

Great setup and moving forwards

Now being run by Swift Cooper race preparation and days have become more focused on driving for our driver Sam Street. The Swift Cooper 1992 chasis was repaired post the 2021 Walter Hayes and the first outing for testing saw Sam setting personal best times through the afternoon session. 2 Race meetings have followed (owing to work commitments Sam was unable to test for the second). 4 races later we’re happy with the progress made. 4 races and 4 in class podiums (x2 3rd and x2 2nd). Sadly meeting 3 was missed owing to Sam obtaining COVID. For the championship we’re clearly racing for 2nd in Class, which will require some good results in the coming meetings.

News 2022 plans for the rest of the year

More at Castle Combe - Brands Hatch and Silverstone

The limited budget has reduced our comitments for 2022, although dropping one meeting has assisted. Performance has improved on each visit to Castle Combe as such confidence about a great class performance for Brands Hatch and Silverstone is high. … More news after the next event.