Another night of great racing at Round 4 of the 2018 PKC. Carew Kartinghosted the event in one of the hottest days of the year. The competition stepped up a gear as each race in each weight category saw a different winner meaning the podium was within reach to nearly every driver.
In the lightweights, an early pole for Sam Joseph had bittersweet consequences as he had to start race one at the back of the field due to the reverse grid rule. Joseph and closest title rival Colin Rowland Mason had their work cut out to fight their way through the pack but were unable to get the better of the leading drivers. Eirian Joyner drove a fantastic race to claim his maiden PKC race win ahead of a charging Wais Kuba. Race 2 saw Mike Holder claim the lead in the opening laps and was able to maintain his position to take his first outdoor win of the season. Race 3 saw Colin Mason back at the sharp end of the grid with a victory with Sam Joseph taking the win in Race 4. Despite their wins, brilliant defensive driving and consistency from Joshua Partis allowed him to finish near the front in each of the races and some flashes of brilliance from Wais Kuba put him into the mix. Ultimately it was Sam Joseph who was able to draw on his many years of experience and talent to just edge his rivals to the top step of the podium and secure the event win ahead of Joshua and Colin.
It was a very similar story in the intermediate class with pole sitter James Williams unable to convert his pole into a win in Race 1 with Trev McCullaghstorming to his second win of the season. Williams had the speed to put his kart on the front row for Race 2 and managed to jump ahead of Brian Newton to take the honours before Tess Howell staked her claim to the podium with a win in Race 3. For Race 4, it was Ashley Hutchings who took the victory after starting on pole and holding his position. Notable drives from Nathan James, Brian Newton and Alix Alliston allowed them to be in with an outside chance of the podium but Williams was able to take the overall win ahead of Hutchings with Newton narrowly missing out to McCullagh due to on-track finishes.
It was a good event for heavyweight driver Michael Lloyd Davies as he was the only driver present from the category that made his weight class, it meant he left the event with maximum points for his division but was able to race with the Inters during the round.
Wais Kuba took the accolade for being the best rookie driver of the day with Brian Newton claiming best masters driver. Tess Howell took home the best ladies driver award.
In the Fastest Lap Challenge, drivers were treated to the reverse layout of the circuit. A spin on the outlap for Wais Kuba effectively takes him out of the running. Colin Mason took the kart home in a quicker time than Sam Joseph and John Mason and claimed victory on this front. There is now just 0.167 seconds between Colin and Sam on the leader board heading into the second half of the season.
A big thank you to Carew Karting for hosting the round and to all the track staff who worked through the heat and blazing sun to look after the drivers.
The PKC now looks ahead to Round 5 when we head back to West Wales Karting on Saturday July 28th at 5pm