The starting lights go green for the 2019 PKC!
There was a great turnout at Round 1 with 30 drivers eager to be let loose on the track. Competitors and spectators alike were among the first people to use the new facilities at West Wales Karting with several onlookers making use of the heated viewing area and upstairs balcony!
In the lightweight class, there were a wave of new drivers to challenge the old guard. Out of the blocks, reigning lightweight Champion, Sam Joseph (Swansea) consistently set the fastest lap times each race ensuring he was on pole for the following races. From there, he was able to control the races and stay ahead of the competition to sail through to the top step of the podium. Behind him, Aled Davies (St Clears) and Mac Carrier (Narberth) turned heads as they traded quick times and had the occasional on track battle on their way to second and third overall respectively. Mike Holder was back in action and was keen to make his mark on the young guns and was always in the mix. Elsewhere there were very solid performances from the other lightweights with Cameron Williams (Hendy), Leanne Holder (Llanycefn), Alistair Neil (Llandovery). Kieran George (Haverfordwest) and Jenna Wilson all showing good pace and it will be certainly interesting to see how they get on as the season progresses.
Over in the intermediates, the competition amongst the drivers was impressive from the off. Reigning Champion James Williams (Swansea) couldn't build an advantage as several other drivers were keen to stake a claim on his title. Having just lost out on the 2018 crown, Ashley Hutchings (Milford Haven) was first to draw blood with a blistering qualifying time giving him pole for race 1 where he was able to keep a charging Williams behind him. Race 2 saw a returning Jack Jay Allen (Kidwelly) take the win with Joshua Partis (Milford Haven), who steps up from the lightweights this year, claiming a dominant win in race 4. But it was reigning heavyweight Champion Michael Lloyd Davies (Carmarthen) who eventually came out on top with two strong finishes and a win in race 4. Michael hopes to be the first person to win back to back titles in different weight classes.
In total there were 17 new faces racing with Aled Davies taking home the best rookie accolade, Mike Holder the best masters driver, Kris Fellows (Port Talbot) the best heavyweight and Leanne Holder the best female racer.
A big thank you to everyone who raced and to the spectators who came to support their drivers. Another thank you to West Wales Karting and their staff for putting on a great event for us and looking after everyone.
Round 2 takes place Saturday May 11.
Results, standings and photos will be available shortly on our website and social media.
If you missed round 1, you can still race with only your best 6 out of 7 rounds counting! Visit www.pembrokeshirekarting.co.uk to sign up.
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