The Final Countdown
'Tis the eve before the final round of the inaugural RapiKart season. The year has flown by and exceeded all expectations. The quality of driving throughout the field has been exceptional, from unearthing some incredibly fast front runners, to the closest, fairest racing we've seen, in any series. With both championships still to be decided, it is a testament to the closeness of the series. It's time to acknowledge and say a massive thank you to all of the drivers who competed this year. This championship would not have succeeded without a full grid. We've seen some incredible progression in those who've stayed with us as the season unfolded. I know there are a lot of guys not competing for the championship but I hope each and every one of you can recall an epic battle, a favourite overtake or even a perfect lap. RapiKart was founded to encourage competitive racing, which will breed success, in the same way a footballer needs game time to fulfil their potential. However, there are champions to be crowned!
The Heavyweight championship is incredibly close, with Graeme Thomas leading Andrew Warren by just 4 points. Incredible consistency by Graeme, as he is yet to stand on the top step of the podium at any round so far! Andrew came into the series at Round 2 and dominated in his first race. Gareth Thomas sits just 10 points further back but would need to benefit from a bad race from the top two to make inroads. Just outside the top 3 is Jamie Higgins, just 2 points behind Gareth, looking to break into the podium positions. Paul Butcher occupies 5th place as he looks to dislodge Jamie and Gareth, whilst simultaneously fending off Sam Taylor. Sam is the only HW to win twice this season but unfortunately had to miss a few rounds, taking him out of the title race.
The Lightweight title has seen Sam Parrant dominate, taking 4 wins from 5. Despite his dominance, Jason Boldero has kept him honest all season, including taking victory in Round 4. This means Jason will need to claw a 26 point deficit back, just to tie. James Cook will be looking at that 2nd place podium spot, as he's just 10 points behind Jason. Bryce D'Souza was very quick last time out in Llandow and will be looking to dislodge James from the top 3.
There is one thing we do know and that is that racing is unpredictable. With rain a possibility for the final round and the full Llandow layout running for the first time, it really is unpredictable!