Another brilliant year of the PKC has come to an end. An incredible night of racing saw the event enjoy packed grids and some of the best on track action ever!
In the heavyweights, Michael Lloyd Davies (Carmarthen) overcame a returning Damien Holmes (Haverfordwest) to take the win although new driver Rhys Collins (Llanelli) made an immediate impact to finish third. Collins hopes to compete in the PKC full time in 2019 and looks set to be an early title contender.
In the lightweights, Stuart Davis (Milford Haven) took his maiden PKC win ahead of Colin Rowland Mason (Haverfordwest) and Joshua Partis (Milford Haven).
The intermediates continued to provide thrills with Ashley Hutchings (Milford Haven) also taking his maiden PKC victory with closest rival James Williams(Swansea) coming second with Matthew Morgan (Pembroke) in third.
As the racing drew to a close, the drop rounds were applied and the results were calculated. A huge congratulations to our 2018 Champions and trophy winners;
2018 Heavyweight Champion - Michael Lloyd Davies
2nd - Andrew Cook (Clydach)
3rd - Andrew Martin
Michael was able to secure the title early on as the grid for the heavyweights decreased but Michael proved his ability by consistently pushing and often beating leading drivers from the other weight divisions.
2018 Lightweight Champion - Sam Joseph
2nd - Colin Rowland Mason
3rd - Joshua Partis
Sam has now become an unprecedented 6 time PKC Champion. Wrapping the title up with a round to spare shows just how good he is. It hasn't been a walk in the park however with Colin pushing and actually beating Sam on several occasions. Joshua could never be ruled out either. He was always there and on the pace and has been very unfortunate to not win an event this year.
2018 Intermediate Champion - James Williams
2nd - Ashley Hutchings
3rd - Tess Howell (Drefach Felindre)
The competition has been incredibly tough this year in this new for 2018 weight division. The top 5 drivers have been close on pace and talent all season and it has been tough to pick a favourite. James rose to the challenge and put in several great races but was under great pressure from Ashley whose form has been on the upward trend all year. Tess has been consistently on the pace this year and with some brilliant drives inside was able to jump into the top 3 at the final round.
2018 Ladies Cup winner - Tess Howell
Tess consistently beats her male counterparts and is a great ambassador for the PKC.
2018 Masters Cup winner - Andrew Cook
It was close between Andrew, Mike Holder (Llanycefn) and Tess Howell but Andrew was able to take advantage of the points situation to claim the trophy.
2018 Rookie of the Year - Wais Kuba (Cardiff)
After a string of strong drivers, Wais has been entertaining to watch on track but has also shown a level of competitiveness that could lead to greater things.
2018 Fastest Lap Challenge winner - Sam Joseph
Blisteringly fast all season. Sam was a worthy winner of the award.
A huge thank you and well done to the above drivers, our Champions and winners. We look forward to taking you to the Autosport International and the Williams Martini Formula 1 factory tour for your prize!
We would also like to extend our thanks to every driver who has competed in the PKC this year, especially those who have supported us for most of the season including; Trev McCullagh, Nathan James, John Mason, Alix Alliston, Brian Newton, Tash Reynolds, Cameron Williams and Eirian Joyner.
We also wish to extend our sincere thanks to the whole teams at West Wales Karting and Carew Karting for hosting our events this year and continuing to support us.
All results and standings from the season will be available in the coming days.
All eyes now turn to our endurance round which will be held November 3. Keep checking back for more updates.
The PKC sprung back into action today after the Summer break. The series reconvened at Carew Karting for Round 6 of the Championship.
Rain threatened to play a role in the event but cleared before the start time much to the disappointment of the competitors!
Low turnout in the Heavyweight division saw the three drivers race with the Lightweights. Title favourite Michael Lloyd Davies (Carmarthen) was frequently throwing himself into the mix and even claimed a race win. His performance allowed him to stand on top of the podium ahead of Andrew Cook (Clydach) and Andrew Martin (Haverfordwest).
In the Lightweight category, reigning Champion Sam Joseph (Swansea) extended his lead in the standings with a strong performance despite having to fight through the grid from each race and finished ahead of Joshua Partis (Milford Haven) who again couldn't be faulted on his consistent and smooth driving. Rookie driver Eirian Joyner (Pencader) again impressed on his debut year with a great drive to third.
The Intermediate battle was as exciting as ever as James Williams (Swansea) returned to the grid after his drop round but was unable to secure a race win whereas main title rival Ashley Hutchings (Milford Haven) needed to score big to keep his hopes of the title alive. He started well but like Williams was unable to claim a win. The real star of the event this time out was Matthew Morgan (Pembroke) who claimed two wins with Trev McCullagh (Newport) and Nathan James (Neath) sharing a win apiece also. In the end, Morgan had done enough to seal the overall victory over Williams and Tess Howell (Drefach Felindre).
In the other trophy categories, Wais Kuba (Cardiff) is still the favourite for the Rookie of the Year cup with Tess Howell a near certain winner of the Ladies Cup. Mike Holder (Llanycefn) is still leading the Masters Cup table but faces pressure from Andrew Cook, Tess Howell and Brian Newton (Llanybri).
Sam Joseph took the win in the Fastest Lap Challenge.
Attention now focuses onto Round 7 as West Wales Karting hosts the final round of the season. As the drop-rounds come into play we will know who will be crowned our 2018 winners and Champions.
Join us on Saturday October 6 at 5pm.
Full results and standings are available online at www.pembrokeshirekarting.co.uk
There was a night of close and exciting racing at Round 5 of the 2018 PKC recently as the series returned to West Wales Karting before the Summer break.
It was a night of mixed racing with the heavyweights racing with the intermediates. Michael Lloyd Davies (Carmarthen) kept the inters honest and was able to secure the heavyweight win ahead of Andrew Cook(Clydach) and Andy Martin (Haverfordwest).
The intermediate category continued to provide thrilling racing among it's drivers with several competitors vying for the event win. Trev McCullagh (Newport) struck first with a pole in qualifying but the race format meant he started last in race 1. A strong drive saw him fight through to third with John Mason (Johnston) taking the controlled victory. Races 2 and 3 saw Tess Howell (Drefach Felindre) emerge as favourite with consecutive wins although McCullagh and Ashley Hutchings(Pembroke) continued to mount a strong challenge with Hutchings taking the final race win of the event. There wasn't much between the top 3 drivers but it was Tess who ultimately kept a cool head to lead Trevor and Ash on the podium.
The lightweight division saw the competition compete closer than ever with a mere 0.230 seconds recorded between first and last placed fastest laps in race 2 - a true testament to West Wales Karting's commitment to kart parity. Reigning Champion Sam Joseph (Swansea) was first out of the blocks with the fastest time in qualifying which translated into 4th place in race 1 ahead of closest title rival Colin Rowland Mason (Johnston) with rookie driver Eirian Joyner (Pencader) taking his first indoor win in the PKC. The preceding races saw Mason and Joseph trading places. Mason has been gradually closing the performance gap to Joseph on the indoor circuit all season and it was this round he was able to claim an event victory over Sam and his first event win since his return to the PKC! Joshua Partis (Milford Haven) is renowned for his consistency and once again proved this trait by taking a string of third places, although a last place in race 2 halted his hopes of a strong finish, instead settling for the final step of the podium. Partis is definitely a driver to keep note of as an outside bet for the title.
Andrew Cook picked up best rookie and masters driver of the event while Tess Howell claimed best female. In a slight change to the Fastest Lap Challenge format, the competition was held as drivers arrived with Sam Joseph taking the win.
A big thank you to West Wales Karting and all of their staff for looking after everyone and providing fantastic equipment enabling the competitors to really showcase their talents.
We now enjoy a period of calm over the Summer months before the PKC roars back into action for Round 6 in September!