SAM Joseph (Swansea) accelerated to the top of the standings after a strong performance at the opening round of the 2014 Pembrokeshire Karting Championship.

Sam was forced to make full use of his talents to claim a victory in the final over the very competitive Adam Jones (New Hedges).

With the forecast promising rain, drivers were keen to gain as much of an advantage as possible early on in the event. Dan Thomas (Templeton) looked to be Sam’s biggest threat by winning two of his heats until a backmarker spun in front of him in the semi-final, causing him to miss out on the final.

Adam Jones initially looked like the favourite to win the round until a mechanical problem forced him to finish last in one of his heats. Despite the setback Adam was able to claim enough points to allow him to land a place in the A-final where his abilities were no match for an on-form Sam leaving.

Elsewhere Richard Francis (Cross hands) secured third in the event putting him top of the Heavyweight standings. Jack Allen's (Carmarthen) performance ensured he was the best Rookie. With very little karting experience, Michael Roderick (Swansea) set the fastest lap of the event.

With another five rounds to go, everyone still has a chance to win the VIP factory tour of a leading Formula 1 team in November. Open to everyone aged 16 or over, no experience is necessary to race in the Championship, with many different categories available.

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