Another big turnout for the second round of the 2018 PKC held at Carew Karting. The sun was out and the temperature was just right in creating perfect track conditions allowing the lap record to be smashed multiple times throughout the event.
The heavyweight drivers were the first on the track with reigning Champion Michael Lloyd Davies (Carmarthen) trading places and fastest lap times with championship rival Damien Holmes (Haverfordwest) over the course of the event with both drivers equally matched. Martin Lewis and Will Butler-Jenkins (both Carmarthen) troubled the leaders on occasion with Lewis taking a win and several strong finishes along the way but was ultimately unable to prevent Davies from taking the overall win ahead of Holmes.
In the intermediate category, it was difficult to pick a favourite initially as several drivers displayed a mixture of speed and ability. Jack Jay Allen(Kidwelly) and Matthew Morgan took top spot in qualifying and race 1 respectively until James Williams (Swansea) found his stride to win races 2 & 3. Ashley Hutchings (Pembroke) raced hard with old rival Chris Davies(Crymych) with Trev McCullagh (Newport) and Alix Alliston (Capel Dewi) finding themselves closely matched on the track. In the end, it was Williams who found consistency and took the win ahead of a returning Brian Newton(Llanybri) and PKC newcomer Nathan James (Neath)
There were fireworks in the lightweight division as several big PKC names were pitted against each other. Reigning Champion Sam Joseph (Swansea) found himself in the pack fighting with old rivals Kieran Davies (Tycroes) and Colin Rowland Mason (Johnston) but was able to keep his head down and claim several decisive wins. Mike Holder (Llanycefn) did a fantastic job defending his position in the opening race. Joshua Partis (Milford Haven) made an impact by posting some quick times during the event along with Callum Davies (Tycroes) who consistently topped the second tier group. It was Joseph who took the overall win whilst setting several new lap records on the way meaning it was damage limitation for Kieran and Colin who finished second and third respectively.
With his strong drives in the heavyweight races, Martin Lewis secured the best Rookie Driver of the event, with Tash Reynolds (Letterston) picking up the best Female Driver honours. Brian Newton picked up the award for best Masters Driver but faced stiff competition from Will Butler-Jenkins.
Off the back of his new lap record for the circuit, it was no surprise that Sam Joseph took the quickest lap in the Fastest Lap Challenge after the event.
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along to the event and especially to the drivers mentioned above and also those who may not have received a mention this time round. The racing across the board was very impressive and often the competition among the second tier drivers was more thrilling than the top drivers!
Also a big thank you is extended to the staff at Carew Karting for hosting and running the event.
Round 3 is now less than three weeks away as the PKC heads back indoors.
Keep an eye on our website for full results