Great afternoon of racing at Round 5 of the 2016 Pembrokeshire Karting Championship. Several new drivers took to the track in what turned out to be a very competitive afternoon.
An early charge by Stuart Davis saw him claim pole in the lightweight qualifying followed by two race wins leading many to suspect he was on course for his first PKC win. That was until Sam Joseph was able to reverse the momentum into his favour by winning the final two races which was enough to climb ahead of Stuart on the podium for the win. Fresh off his victory at the PKC45K, William Samuel Dolbear who tops the Lightweight standings was eager to increase the margin to his rivals but found himself having to deal with a returning Carwyn Bowen who just pipped him to the third spot on the podium.
In the Heavyweight division, Michael Lloyd Davies and Brian Newtoncontinued their battle for the title, but found they had to contend with new driver Geoff Marsh who instantly showed he had the pace to be at the front of the pack. Despite consistent finishes, Michael was forced to accept second overall to Geoff whilst Brian took third.
With his result, Brian is still on course to win the Masters Trophy, whilstMelany Howell still tops the Female standings but could be placed under pressure from Jess Holmes in the closing stages of the Championship.David Burger maintains his lead in the Rookie standings ahead of George Rogers.
After the event, we held our fourth Fastest Lap Challenge of the year, which saw Sam Joseph win, but is just 0.05 ahead of Stuart Davis in the league table.
Organisers would like to thank the staff at Carew Karting for hosting the event and Ryan Thomas of R. Thomas Photography for capturing the action on camera.
The PKC will return after the Summer break for Round 6.
What a fantastic event tonight! Our first ever PKC45K was a huge success! Drivers were paired according to their weight, ensuring we had as close and fair matching as possible! The fastest laps from the top 6 teams were separated by just three tenths of a second, which is a testament to both the talent of the competitors and the mechanics at West Wales Karting for doing such a great job.
The race itself was a testing 70 minute endurance race which saw close racing throughout. The podium finishing teams all finished on the same lap with the driver pairing of Michael Lloyd Davies and William Samuel Dolbearclaiming the win by racking up 163 laps. In a very close second were the pairing of David Burger and Lewis Thomas with Rich Hooper and Jess Holmes rounding off the podium.
A huge congratulations to every competitor who took part in the physically demanding race and a thanks is extended to the staff at West Wales Karting for hosting the event.
The results from this round have turned both the Lightweight and Heavyweight standings upside down and thrown everything wide open, meaning there is still a huge opportunity for all leading drivers to seize the incredible prize of a factory tour at a top Formula 1 team.
Attention now moves to Round 5, which returns to Carew Karting where the normal race format will return along with the Fastest Lap Challenge.