The PKC returned from the Summer break last night with West Wales Karting hosting Round 6 of our 2017 Championship.
Another record turnout saw a total of 22 drivers take to the track where in the heavyweight category, James Williams (Swansea) cruised to a dominant victory with three straight wins. Behind James, Jess Holmes (Haverfordwest) staked her claim to the Ladies Cup with another strong indoor performance and narrowly outscoring the reigning Champion Michael Lloyd Davies(Cefneithin). Current standings leader Rob Maynard (Carmarthen) had a difficult night but maintains a healthy points margin.
In the lightweight category all 9 drivers in attendance were placed on track together, leading to some fantastic driving and maneuvers. The night looked set to be a crucial event in the title hunt between the two championship favourites; Adam Jones (Tenby) and Sam Joseph (Swansea). Adam drew first blood with pole in qualifying and a victory in race 1 with Sam taking victories in races 2 and 3. Heading into race 4 Sam was on pole but fell to p3 after the start with Stuart Davis (Milford Haven) charging to the front ahead of Adam. With Sam under pressure from 4th place Graeme Cobb, a win for Adam would've clawed back some valuable points from Sam. Stuart drove a brilliant defensive race despite Adam looking like the quicker driver and with 2 laps to go Adam made his move but couldn't quite pull it off resulting in a coming together allowing Stuart to take the flag with Sam and Graeme finishing behind with Adam in 4th. Adam now heads into the final round 9 points adrift from Sam setting us up for a tense title showdown.
Elsewhere in the evening, a congratulations goes out to John Mason (Johnston) who picked up the Masters award and Jess Holmes for taking the Ladies award. James Williams was the best Rookie of the event.
A handful of drivers stayed on for the Fastest Lap Challenge which saw the track being tackled in the reverse layout! A strong time by Stuart Davis secured him the win with Sam Joseph's lead in the overall table cut to just 0.163s from James Williams.
As always, a big thank you to the staff at West Wales Karting for looking after us throughout the evening.
All eyes now fall on the Season Finale Round 7, that takes place at Carew Karting on Sunday October 1st at 3:30pm.
Another great turnout at Round 5 today at Carew Karting. Thank you to all competitors who raced in our last round before the Summer break.
Adam Jones (Tenby) took his third win of the season in the lightweight division ahead of Sam Joseph (Swansea) and Stuart Davis (Milford Haven) who were all very closely matched throughout the event. Wais Kuba (Cardiff) and Graeme Cobb (London) kept the leading trio honest with great drives throughout the round with William Samuel Dolbear (Sageston) and Mike Holder (Llanycefn) often in the mix.
It was tighter in the heavyweight division with Jess Holmes (Haverfordwest) leading throughout the event until the final race where Brian Newton(Llanybri) was able to take just enough points off Jess to take the overall win by just a single point! Rookie driver Chris Foote (Glynneath) managed to take third overall ahead of Christopher Llewelyn (Derwydd) and James Williams (Swansea).
With her brilliant driving, Jess Holmes picked up the awards for the Best Rookie and Best Female driver of the day with Brian Newton taking the Best of the Over 40's.
In the Fastest Lap Challenge, Sam Joseph extended his lead at the top of the table with the quickest time around the reverse layout of the circuit.
With just two rounds remaining, it is still unclear which driver from either weight division will finish the season as Champion and win a place on our exclusive F1 factory tour.
We now break up for the Summer but will return in September when the PKC lands back at West Wales Karting for Round 6.
WOW! Well done to all drivers who took part in our mammoth PKC45K races tonight. It was a very tough event and everyone who raced drove brilliantly and in most cases looked like they could carry on for another 45 minutes!
Congratulations to Colin Rowland Mason (Johnston) who won the Lightweight race and to both Damien Holmes (Haverfordwest) and Tess Howell (Drefach Felindre) for winning their Heavyweight races. All 3 drivers have won a place on our F1 factory tour in December!
22 drivers took to the track in three different races for the event. The grid was decided at random so it was entirely down to driver talent as to how the race would unfold. John Mason (Johnston) took command of the first race of the evening and controlled the pace in the early stages before Damien was able to take place. Once in the lead, Damien built a comfortable lead over second place Brian Newton (Llanybri) to complete 104 laps. Brian fought off challenges from both Rob Maynard (Carmarthen) and Nathan Jenkins (Llandybie) to finish second, third and fourth respectively.
The second heavyweight group saw a dominant Tess storm into the lead off the line where she was able to systematically build her lead and also post a final time of 104 laps. James Williams (Swansea) beat the traffic early on to stay second but lost out to Jess Holmes (Johnston) and Royston Badham(Pembroke Dock) in the closing stages of the race allowing Jess and Royston to take their first podium of the year.
Next up was the lightweight race with Melany Howell (Drefach Felindre) starting on pole and using it to her advantage to put distance between herself and second placed William Samuel Dolbear (Sageston) who was busy defending from the pursuing drivers preventing him from chasing down Mel. A defining moment of the race came early when Sam Joseph(Swansea) opted to take his mandatory rest break to undercut Dolbear, but didn't realise the pitlane was still closed. The costly error would eventally demote Sam to third at the end of the race. Meanwhile Melany looked set to claim a dominant win until a very rare mistake saw her make contact with the tyre barrier and took Sam and Colin back into contention. Colin was fast and consistent and was often quicker than his two rivals and was able to significantly close the gap when both Mel and Sam ran into traffic. As the flag dropped, Sam took the win, followed by Colin and Mel but after Sam's earlier penalty was applied, Colin took the top step.
We would like to say thank you to all the staff at West Wales Karting for hosting the event and providing refreshments to the drivers during their pit stops.
Full results and updated standings are available on our website www.pembrokeshirekarting.co.uk
Photos will be uploaded over the coming days.
Round 5 takes place Saturday July 29 at Carew Karting.