Another night of great racing at Round 4 of the 2018 PKC. Carew Kartinghosted the event in one of the hottest days of the year. The competition stepped up a gear as each race in each weight category saw a different winner meaning the podium was within reach to nearly every driver.
In the lightweights, an early pole for Sam Joseph had bittersweet consequences as he had to start race one at the back of the field due to the reverse grid rule. Joseph and closest title rival Colin Rowland Mason had their work cut out to fight their way through the pack but were unable to get the better of the leading drivers. Eirian Joyner drove a fantastic race to claim his maiden PKC race win ahead of a charging Wais Kuba. Race 2 saw Mike Holder claim the lead in the opening laps and was able to maintain his position to take his first outdoor win of the season. Race 3 saw Colin Mason back at the sharp end of the grid with a victory with Sam Joseph taking the win in Race 4. Despite their wins, brilliant defensive driving and consistency from Joshua Partis allowed him to finish near the front in each of the races and some flashes of brilliance from Wais Kuba put him into the mix. Ultimately it was Sam Joseph who was able to draw on his many years of experience and talent to just edge his rivals to the top step of the podium and secure the event win ahead of Joshua and Colin.
It was a very similar story in the intermediate class with pole sitter James Williams unable to convert his pole into a win in Race 1 with Trev McCullaghstorming to his second win of the season. Williams had the speed to put his kart on the front row for Race 2 and managed to jump ahead of Brian Newton to take the honours before Tess Howell staked her claim to the podium with a win in Race 3. For Race 4, it was Ashley Hutchings who took the victory after starting on pole and holding his position. Notable drives from Nathan James, Brian Newton and Alix Alliston allowed them to be in with an outside chance of the podium but Williams was able to take the overall win ahead of Hutchings with Newton narrowly missing out to McCullagh due to on-track finishes.
It was a good event for heavyweight driver Michael Lloyd Davies as he was the only driver present from the category that made his weight class, it meant he left the event with maximum points for his division but was able to race with the Inters during the round.
Wais Kuba took the accolade for being the best rookie driver of the day with Brian Newton claiming best masters driver. Tess Howell took home the best ladies driver award.
In the Fastest Lap Challenge, drivers were treated to the reverse layout of the circuit. A spin on the outlap for Wais Kuba effectively takes him out of the running. Colin Mason took the kart home in a quicker time than Sam Joseph and John Mason and claimed victory on this front. There is now just 0.167 seconds between Colin and Sam on the leader board heading into the second half of the season.
A big thank you to Carew Karting for hosting the round and to all the track staff who worked through the heat and blazing sun to look after the drivers.
The PKC now looks ahead to Round 5 when we head back to West Wales Karting on Saturday July 28th at 5pm
Twenty-five drivers took to the track last night to engage in some very close racing as the PKC returned indoors to West Wales Karting in Haverfordwest.
In a slight change of format, drivers were sent out for their combined practice & qualifying as they arrived at the circuit, giving them the benefit of no on-track distractions, allowing them to focus on hitting the quickest times.
The lightweight division enjoyed a near full grid of drivers meaning there was plenty of action on the track - especially into the first corner! The protagonists of the group were two previous PKC Champions; Sam Joseph(Swansea) and Colin Rowland Mason (Johnston). Both drivers were very evenly matched during the event, with Mason looking on course for his maiden win of the year after a difficult start to the event saw Joseph finish 4th in his opening heat. With the pressure on, Joseph kept his head down and delivered a win in race 2 cutting Mason's advantage to a single point. A very opportunistic Ricciardo-esque lunge on Mason for the win in race 3 was all Joseph needed to do to secure overall victory. Tied on points, Sam Joseph took the win with the better finishing record. It was a close battle for third with Wais Kuba (Cardiff) and Joshua Partis (Milford Haven) both keen to make the final spot of the podium. With near identical results, Kuba claimed third from Partis by a single point. Elsewhere, Mike Holder(Llanycefn) took his maiden indoors win in race 1 after some fantastic defensive driving with Callum Davies (Tycroes) and Dylan Butland (Pembroke Dock) showing they are the PKC young guns of the future with some brilliant and controlled driving.
The intermediate category continued to provide excitement as all ten drivers were very evenly matched all event. It was hard to pick a favourite early on, with standings leader James Williams (Swansea) struggling to build an advantage over rivals. Ashley Hutchings (Milford Haven) was on top form with a string of top 3 finishes and threatening to take his maiden event win of the year. Trev McCullagh (Newport) took a win in race 2 with Matthew Morgan (Pembroke) claiming wins in races 3 and 4. Morgan could've won the event had it not been for an early crash in the opening race. All four drivers could've taken the gold but it was Williams who found a way to the top step of the podium by a single point from Hutchings with McCullagh in third.
Thea heavyweight group had the smallest grid of the evening but the racing was just as intense. Brendan Evans returned to the grid to take on current leader Michael Lloyd Davies (Carmarthen) and his closest rival Damien Holmes (Haverfordwest). Each driver traded race wins and were often racing bumper to bumper. A point penalty cost Evans the momentum and possibly a higher spot on the podium but it was Holmes who emerged victorious out of the trio with two strong wins in the final races of the night. Davies finished second Damien's win now means he had reduced the points deficit to Davies in the overall standings to just 2 points. With four rounds remaining, it will be fascinating to see how this plays out.
Andrew Cook (Clydach) benefited from the smaller heavyweight grid by achieving the best rookie driver and masters driver of the evening with Tess Howell (Drefach Felindre) taking home best female driver.
With all the drivers taking on qualifying in an orderly fashion, using the same kart, it was decided to use the qualifying times for the Fastest Lap Challenge. After weight adjustment, Damien Holmes topped the leaderboard for the quickest time of the night.
A big thank you to all drivers and spectators who came along to the event and a special thanks to the staff at West Wales Karting for putting in the hours before the event to ensure the karts were as evenly matched as possible after a busy Half Term!
Focus now turns to Round 4 as the season marches on to Carew Karting on Saturday, June 30th.
Full resultsand standings can be downloaded on our website
Another big turnout for the second round of the 2018 PKC held at Carew Karting. The sun was out and the temperature was just right in creating perfect track conditions allowing the lap record to be smashed multiple times throughout the event.
The heavyweight drivers were the first on the track with reigning Champion Michael Lloyd Davies (Carmarthen) trading places and fastest lap times with championship rival Damien Holmes (Haverfordwest) over the course of the event with both drivers equally matched. Martin Lewis and Will Butler-Jenkins (both Carmarthen) troubled the leaders on occasion with Lewis taking a win and several strong finishes along the way but was ultimately unable to prevent Davies from taking the overall win ahead of Holmes.
In the intermediate category, it was difficult to pick a favourite initially as several drivers displayed a mixture of speed and ability. Jack Jay Allen(Kidwelly) and Matthew Morgan took top spot in qualifying and race 1 respectively until James Williams (Swansea) found his stride to win races 2 & 3. Ashley Hutchings (Pembroke) raced hard with old rival Chris Davies(Crymych) with Trev McCullagh (Newport) and Alix Alliston (Capel Dewi) finding themselves closely matched on the track. In the end, it was Williams who found consistency and took the win ahead of a returning Brian Newton(Llanybri) and PKC newcomer Nathan James (Neath)
There were fireworks in the lightweight division as several big PKC names were pitted against each other. Reigning Champion Sam Joseph (Swansea) found himself in the pack fighting with old rivals Kieran Davies (Tycroes) and Colin Rowland Mason (Johnston) but was able to keep his head down and claim several decisive wins. Mike Holder (Llanycefn) did a fantastic job defending his position in the opening race. Joshua Partis (Milford Haven) made an impact by posting some quick times during the event along with Callum Davies (Tycroes) who consistently topped the second tier group. It was Joseph who took the overall win whilst setting several new lap records on the way meaning it was damage limitation for Kieran and Colin who finished second and third respectively.
With his strong drives in the heavyweight races, Martin Lewis secured the best Rookie Driver of the event, with Tash Reynolds (Letterston) picking up the best Female Driver honours. Brian Newton picked up the award for best Masters Driver but faced stiff competition from Will Butler-Jenkins.
Off the back of his new lap record for the circuit, it was no surprise that Sam Joseph took the quickest lap in the Fastest Lap Challenge after the event.
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along to the event and especially to the drivers mentioned above and also those who may not have received a mention this time round. The racing across the board was very impressive and often the competition among the second tier drivers was more thrilling than the top drivers!
Also a big thank you is extended to the staff at Carew Karting for hosting and running the event.
Round 3 is now less than three weeks away as the PKC heads back indoors.
Keep an eye on our website for full results