Newly-crowned Cool FAB British Champion Sam Munson is already setting his sights on stepping up to the next level, writes Mike Jones.
Having recently won the Cool FAB Racing British Championship AC40 Rookie series, the 10-year-old is already planning for next season.
“I’m moving up into the Pro and Elite Classes next season and face much harder competition,” said a delighted Munson. “A lot of the other riders have been racing for years longer than I have, but I think I’m good enough to run at the front and challenge for a podium in the Pro class.
“The Elite Class is something else, I’ve got a lot of respect for the new bike, it is so fast, I’m just not used to it yet. I’ve got to focus and challenge myself to get round each corner faster than I did the last time, so lots more practice ahead.
“I have to thank Sarah Harris for helping me and giving me pointers to improve. There’s always something more you can learn about bike control and try and get better, smoother and faster.”
Munson defied the odds to win the Cool FAB AC40 Rookies crown as he bounced back from numerous problems to take the title – at one point he notched an impressive nine wins in a row.
Proud father Steve, added: “It’s a fantastic achievement, Samuel’s mum and I are immensely proud of him.
“I could see he had a talent for it when he first started, and he has a no fear attitude which has helped him get on this first rung of the ladder with the championship win.
“It’s really cool that we’re able to tell people he is a UK champion.
“He surprised me as he has shown quite a laid-back attitude towards the build-up to each race, on several occasions this was well tested, whereas I had my heart in my mouth most of the time, not because he might fall off and hurt himself, that would be his fault, but because the bike might breakdown, that would be down to me!
“Though he’s only 10 he has shown great maturity, in the way he has conducted himself, being interviewed and his sportsmanship, so even if he hadn’t won, we’d still have been extremely proud of him.”
Munson is currently looking for sponsors for next season and branding is available on his leathers, bike and paddock equipment.
Anyone interested should contact Steve at email@example.com
How Sam Munson won the Cool FAB Racing British Championship AC40 Rookies title.
Round One: The opening round was held in Llandow, Wales – where on a wet and cold day, Munson was able to attain his first pole position by 4/5ths of a second. He started the race well, leading from the start, and despite a determined Henry McCartney following all the way, he was able to hang on and claim a precious victory in the first race of the event.
The next day the track had dried up slightly, with dry tyres now fitted Munson was full of confidence, only to lose grip during the race and fall off, causing the race to be red flagged.
In the third and final race, Munson flew out of the start, and was leading until the fifth lap, when his bike suddenly cut out. With a bit of help the bike was restarted, and despite the damaged bike, he managed to finish in 11th place, which took him up to fifth in the overall standings.
Round Two: Next up was a wet Clay Pigeon circuit in Dorset where Munson managed to claim his second pole position. Despite a very poor start early on in the first race, a determined Munson caught up and claimed a third-place finish.
Learning from the first race, Munson started very strongly, and managed to maintain his lead from the start until the last corner of the last lap where he had another breakdown. After managing to restart the bike, he finished fifth.
There was then a further dent in his aspirations, as in the final race in Wales, Munson’s biked stopped working altogether, and ended up with his second non finish in the competition.
Round Three: One month later, and with a rebuilt bike, a trip to Tattershall beckoned with Munson claiming yet another pole position.
Munson then stormed to three fantastic wins, a performance that saw him nicknamed “The Munson Burner’.
Round Four: A picturesque Cumbria saw Munson claim another pole position and another three wins in a row. Munson even overcame a jump start penalty of three seconds in one of the races but still managed to scrape victory by 3/200ths of a second.
Round Five: Red Lodge, Suffolk, was the scene of a nasty accident as Munson’s front brake cable snapped causing him to run into another rider. Looking like it was game over, Munson was able to ride on a borrowed bike. Munson though was unable to claim his fifth pole position in a row and came home third in the first race. The rain came down in race two and Munson slipped off more than five times, landing him a sixth-placed finish. The final race in Suffolk was held on a dry track, where he again finished third.
Round Six: With his bike repaired for the next round in Wales, Munson stormed to a three race wins for the third time in the championship – an astonishing feat.
Round Seven: The next round in Northampton was crunch time for Munson if he wanted to boost his title chances. Despite starting fourth on the grid, Munson stormed to another three race wins as he surged into the Championship lead.
Round Eight: The final round was at Tattershall on a track reminiscent of an ice rink. Munson secured a sixth pole position of the championship, boosting his title chances. Only Ollie Horner could beat him, but he crashed on the first lap, meaning Munson was crowned champion with two races to go. With the job completed, Munson stormed to two more race wins and a fourth place to conclude a hugely successful season.