A specialist in grooming amateur drivers for the Le Mans 24 Hours, Sam has coached no fewer than three clients to class wins at Le Mans and dozens more to success in the sports car, GT and historic racing arenas.
For the most part, Sam's clients are busy, successful business people with demanding lives, not young professionals with years of karting experience. Time and again Sam has proved that with the right application and long term commitment, even complete beginners can reach previously unimaginable heights within motor sport.
Whether you are an amateur racing driver looking for those last few seconds; an aspiring professional looking for those last few tenths; or a simply an enthusiastic track-day driver yearning to hold a four-wheel drift or improve your lap times, Sam can help you reach your goals.
With the experience gained throughout his career racing for top teams at international level, as well as years of instructing both amateur drivers, professionals, corporate groups and celebrities alike, Sam has helped numerous individuals with his relaxed yet professional approach and succinct, palatable teaching methods.
To discuss your bespoke coaching programme, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
"Sam is the most effective driver coach I have worked with and has assisted me to an LMP2 Class Win at the 2007 Le Mans 24. He achieves results through his precise understanding of how a car moves under the drivers bottom, a very detailed knowledge of every significant track in Europe and many in the USA and great personal communications skills. As a result of his extensive personal racing achievements and understanding you can debate with him until you get to a point of real understanding - and that’s what it is all about." Allen Timpany, Winner 2007 Le Mans 24 Hours LMP2.
"When my wife bought me a track day with Sam I never expected it could lead to driving a prototype at Le Mans, let alone winning a round of the World Endurance Championship. My only previous experience of driving a car around a track ended when I was 12 years old and sold my Scalextric set. The quality of coaching, attention to detail and sheer excitement that was built into that first day led me to commit myself to an intensive driver training programme which has seen me compete in 22 races in my first ever season, taking several podiums, fastest laps, pole positions and even a win on my first weekend’s racing! This was all down to the incredible knowledge, endless enthusiasm and patience shown by Sam over the past couple of years as my coach. Sam has made sure that at each race, training day and test all I had to do was to get in the car and drive. Along the way I’ve also met some incredible people and been “backstage” at a number of major events including Le Mans and a couple of Grands Prix – all thanks to Sam. I cannot recommend him highly enough to anyone with an interest and a passion for motor racing." Simon Dolan, Le Mans 24h Winner LMP2, multiple winner European Le Mans Series, race winner World Endurance Championship.
"I was impressed by Sam from the very start. His soft-spoken yet enthusiastic coaching style inspires much confidence and provides great motivation. Over a short period of time, both my driving skills and my enjoyment of the whole racing experience were dramatically improved. Be it modern or historic racing, Sam has always anticipated my every question and need, making sure that I was well looked after by the team and that my car had the best possible set-up." Gisella Ketvel, Lotus Cup & historic racer.