The 2014 Pembrokeshire Karting Championship ended in the best way possible with a high attendance of competitors from across the County racing under the floodlights at Carew Karting. Having claimed his third title at the previous event, Champion Sam Joseph (Swansea) hoped to round off his most dominant season with a final victory before the Winter months but was denied by a strong showing from rivals with Adam Jones (New Hedges) seizing the initiative to win the event.
Despite missing out on the win, Sam was able to finish second on the night and break through the 300 point barrier to consolidate his new accolade of being the most successful driver in the history of the competition. With three Pembrokeshire Karting titles to his name and having the fastest lap in every year bar one, Sam has proved that he is one of, if not the best racing driver in South Wales. Behind Sam in the standings were Dan Thomas (Templeton) and Carwyn Bowen (Efailwen).
It was also a successful night for Richard Francis (Cross Hands) who retained his Heavyweight title becoming the first man to secure back-to-back Heavyweight titles. Consistency was the key to Richard's season with regular appearances in the A or B finals at each round ensuring his points tally steadily rose, as opposed to his rivals who struggled to match his ability at times. Brian Newton (Llansteffan) and Gareth Davies (Milford Haven) finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
As a reward for their efforts this year, Sam and Richard will be sent on a VIP exclusive factory tour of the Force India Formula One team. Both drivers will be shown the key areas of the factory and have the opportunity to see exactly what makes a leading F1 team tick.
Elsewhere Carwyn Bowen (Efailwen) captured the Rookie of the Year title by proving himself to be a dominant force on the track. Carwyn received his award from Jeff Joseph of Business Finance Wales and looks set to become a strong favorite for the 2015 Championship. Lewis Thomas (Haverfordwest) and Gareth Davies (Milford Haven) finished behind Carwyn.
This year, organisers wanted to recognise the hard work some of the drivers lower down the field put in at each race. Whilst not always reaching the finals, drivers Leigh Freeman (Llangennech), Melany Howell (Waungilwen), Michael Davies (Carmarthen) and Bleddyn Davies (Haverfordwest) each showed consistent improvement over each event.
With 2014 being hailed as the best season to date, Championship Coordinator Royston Badham was very pleased with the increasing popularity of the series;
"Each year more drivers take part in the Championship and we regularly uncover future stars and encourage them to hone their skills. This year has been no exception and we have seen a broad range of talent. A big congratulations not just to each of our Champions, but also every competitor, spectator and supporter who have braved the weather to attend each event. As always we couldn't run these events without the support from Carew Karting or West Wales Karting and Smith & Jones Electrical, Business Finance Wales and Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo"
All eyes now move onto the Winter Endurance League, where teams race over 2 hour events in order to rack up the most number of laps. The winning team this year will win tickets to the opening round of the British Touring Car Championship in April 2015. Registration is open on www.pembrokeshirekarting.co.uk