2019 was a huge year for British Motorsport. Lewis Hamilton is now a 6 time F1 World Champion, all 3 F1 Rookies were British (Albon races under a Thai flag but was born in London), Colin Turkington won a record equalling 4 BTCC titles and even the first ever winner of the brand new W-Series was Britain's Jamie Chadwick. 2019 also saw the launch of a localised arrive and drive style karting championship, RapiKart Racing League. Although not in the same league as the achievements above, grassroots racing is as important as grassroots football, rugby or any other sport. Most of us race for fun but what was incredible was the quality of the racing!
Round 1 - Llandow
The season opened at the South Wales Karting Centre, or more commonly referred to as Llandow. A full grid paved the way for some interesting battles. It was a learning curve for everyone, nobody had raced each other so it was a baptism of fire for Rapikart, not just the drivers! The Lightweights dominated the top 3 spots with Sam Parrant winning the first ever round of the RapiKart Racing league. Anthony Davies kept Sam honest but couldn't quite mount a challenge. Jason Boldero came in 3rd ahead of the first Heavyweight Sam Taylor. Brothers Graeme Thomas and Gareth Thomas completed the Heavyweight podium.
Round 2 - SupaKart, Newport
The season moved on to Round 2 at our only indoor venue, SupaKart in Newport. Another full grid lined up to sample this multilevel, tight and twisty track. The indoor setting mixed up the grid and equalised the Lightweights and Heavyweights, allowing some drivers the chance to shine. It was new comer Andrew Warren that showed everyone how it is done with a superb display taking the overall win, despite being a HW. Round 1 winner Sam Parrant followed home in 2nd but taking the LW win. Tom Simmonds really got to grips with the meandering turns bringing it in 3rd, which would be his seasons best placed finish. Jamie Higgins also impressed having had bad luck in Round 1, finishing Round 2 in 4th overall but 3rd in the HW class.
Round 3 - Herefordshire Raceway
We travelled up for Round 3 to the Herefordshire Raceway. As you turn into this picturesque farm, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd taken a wrong turn, but then this gem of a track is just visible as you approach. It's a challenging layout with some really fantastic corners, including a final corner that drops away from under you. On top of this, they run twin engine karts which many racers had never experienced before. It didn't take long for everyone to get up to speed but it was local master Kris Pugh, making his RapiKart debut, who took the overall win, just fending off a sustained challenge from championship front runner Sam Parrant. Gareth Thomas took advantage of a first lap collision between Mark Poyner and Jamie Higgins, to finish 3rd overall and 2nd in class, just ahead of Trevor McCullagh, who finished in his season best result. Liam Evans claimed 2nd in the LW with his season best result ahead of Jason Boldero.