The 2016 PKC roared into action this afternoon with 23 drivers taking to the track to test their abilities and race to the limit. The event saw the introduction of an improved format that provides racers with more races and a fairer qualifying system.
The racing was often too close to call with the standard of driving incredibly high, despite there being a mixture of both experienced and rookie competitors sharing the track.
Driver of the day awards go to David Burger (Whitland) for being the best Rookie, Brian Newton (Llanybri) for being the best Over 40's driver and Melany Howell (Dre-Fach Felindre) for being the best Female driver.
In the Heavyweight division, Brian Newton wasted no time in staking his claim for the title by claiming victory in each of his races to stand on the top step of the podium. Reigning Heavyweight Champion Chris Davies (Crymych) began his title defense by producing some solid races and finished second. Rookie driver David Burger turned heads by delivering consistent performances to finish third.
The Lightweight division was much closer with the favourites unable to pull out a lead from each other. Come the end of the event, Sam Dolbear (Sageston) managed to edge in front of his rivals with a string of good results, allowing him to claim the first lightweight victory of 2016. In second place was Stuart Davis (Milford Haven) who was Dolbear's closest rival in 2015. Kieran Davies (Ammanford) kept the drivers honest by delivering some heavy hitting lap times and narrowly missed second place by a single point.
In the first Fastest Lap Challenge of the year, Stuart Davis was able to beat 14 other participants with a time of 24.165 seconds.
Organisers would like to thank all competitors who raced along with the spectators who braved the cold to show their support. Thank you toCarew Karting and their staff for hosting the event and also to Smith & Jones Electrical Ltd for their continued support this year.
Special thanks go to Ryan Thomas of R. Thomas Photography who is the official event photographer for 2016. Photos from the round will be available shortly.
All eyes now turn to Round 2 where the PKC will head indoors on Saturday April 23. All results, standings and details of Round 2 will be available on our website www.pembrokeshirekarting.co.uk