Two weeks ago reigning Rotax Max British Champion, Sam Marsh, very suddenly decided it was time to end his karting career. Sam has won British Championships, stood on podiums at European level and even represented his country at the Rotax Grand Finals. I suppose he’s ticked off the list what most spend their whole careers trying to achieve and can now walk away with no regrets.
This week we caught up with Sam in an exclusive interview to find out his 5 best karting memories.
First Formula Kart Stars win in 2010
It was one of my worst years racing due to so many mechanical issues and on the last day of the season it all came right for the last race and I came from 11th to 1st, I was so happy.
First Super One Final win 2011
It was a year of crashing all the time because I couldn’t just take the points, but again in the final round it all came right and I won the final. The feeling was insane!
Winning the Formula Kart Stars championship in 2012
It was an extremely tense championship with five of us at one point within three points of each other. I went into the last round only four points ahead of the driver in 2nd, but I won the final and the championship with two races to go. It was a great feeling.
Winning the Super One title in 2015
This was my best moment in karting. The year was so hard with battles every race against the drivers from Strawberry Racing, not one race was easy. I got to Whilton Mill and out scored the drivers behind by a lot so I won the championship with a round to go. I didn’t know until I spotted my dad hanging over the fence waving the number 1 finger at me it was the best feeling. I couldn’t believe what had happened for weeks!
Welsh championships in 2009
Becoming the only person to win two Welsh titles in one day in the Mini Max and Junior Max class. The day felt like a dream I would’ve been happy to win one but when the second came I couldn’t quite believe it and as the races were so close it made it more special.
Sam announced his retirement on Facebook with the following statement:
“That’s it then, after 8 years of racing it’s time to call it a day. Can’t say I’ve enjoyed every moment but the good times have been worth all the bad and more. Want to say a big thank you to everyone who helped me through the years James Hobbs, RL Racing, Dan Holland Racing and Ogden Engines, thank you for putting up with me, cause God knows I’m hard work and a ‘little’ mad but you guys have been nothing but great to me.”
“Also want to thank all my mechanics I’ve had over the years you’ve all been mega. Want to thank all my friends and family too for all there support and especially my Dad who made all this possible and has always given me the best advice since day 1. Never imagined I’d retire as a British Champion so I can leave happy, guess it’s time to watch my little Brother be much better than me.”
Everyone at Karting magazine would like to wish Sam the best for the future and I’m sure we’re not alone in saying he’ll be missed on the track.
In whatever he goes on to do next, we wish him the best of luck!