Article By: NWKnews
Round 3 of the Stars of PGP Winter Series is in the books and what a day of great racing and weather it was. As other parts of the country are experiencing unseasonably cold climates this event was graced with comfortable temperatures in the mid 50’s and bright sunny skies. PGP looks to have a bright future as well as each race event grows in both participation and competition. For the first time, spectators were able to enjoy having a hilltop view. To be able to look down at all 14 corners 50 feet below was such a great way for the fans to experience a day filled with great competitive racing.
The day officially began at 9:00 am with practice. Track conditions were somewhat slick from rain that fell the previous night, but quickly dried as the drivers took to the track and began their laps. Following practice and the mandatory driver’s meeting, qualifying started at 11:00 am sharp and finished exactly on time for the exciting lunch time exhibition from “Team Instant Party” Drifting Team. Everyone was treated to some impressive driving from some of the Northwest’s hottest local talent in this unique discipline and it complimented the karting event very well.
The days racing kicked off at 1:00 pm with Chris Egger once again doing a fantastic job on the P/A providing knowledgeable announcing for competitors and spectators alike. Rotax/TaG Masters was up first and once again there was some great driving in the class and in the end Jeff Thomas took home the win, followed by Doug Taylor and Kurtis Hess in second and third. Next up was the combined Rotax Micro, Mini, and TaG Cadet. These future driving stars gave it their all throughout the entire day. Justin Taylor took the first place spot, followed by Kellen Ritter and Edward Portz.
Spectators have come to count on Rotax Senior to provide great competitive racing, and this weekend was no exception. A very fast Stephanova Nekeel took a commanding lead from the start while the battle quickly became one for the second spot. Brad Richards, Geoffrey Roberti and Derek Wang each had their sights set on it, not one of them willing to give an inch, but all of them doing a fantastic job respecting their fellow competitor with clean, hard and very close racing. When the dust settled, it was Brad Richards who was able to secure the second spot with Geoffrey Roberti in third. Stephanova Nekeel breezed to the easy win.
As always, there was some very talented driving along with many fights for positions in the Rotax/TaG Jr. class. These guys and gals also put on a great show all day and in the end, it was Kyle Byers who took the first place spot followed by Parker McKean in second and Paige Wallin bringing home third.
Last but certainly not least was S3, S2 Moto/G1. With the largest field of the day, everyone was lined up at the fence in anticipation of a great race. Jim Lilleberg had a great run taking home his inaugural first place, followed by Craig Sender in second. The real excitement however came at the start of the event as Steve Perdue drove through the field from his 12th place starting position, narrowly missing some slower launchers, and charged up through the field from last place to secure the third spot. It should be noted that it has been a very long time since this many shifters have been assembled in a northwest sprint race and is surely a glimpse of good things to come for this corner of the country.
Trophy ceremonies were held right on time at the end of the day. A big thanks to all the racers and families who came out to support this ever growing series and brand new facility in Kent, WA. There were many smiles and hand shakes among everyone in attendance and you can really start to feel the energy in the air for the new PGP/Pat’s Acres “I-5 Corridor Series” that gets under way this spring. A big thanks to Hammer Nutrition, who is the title sponsor of the Stars of PGP Winter Series. Hammer Nutrition is very well known in the bicycling world with a full line of endurance fuels and supplements and is now expanding with their quality products into motorsports.
Next up will be Round 4 on Sunday, February 14th, which will host a special Valentine’s Day theme and incentives for the competitors loved ones.