KENT, Wash. — (June 27, 2010) By the end of the inaugural Stars of PGP SuperMoto event on Sunday, Ryan Pugh was pretty tired. The 34-year-old from Puyallup, Wash., finished first in two main events and two heat races, set a track record and then broke his own mark just hours later.
“I’m pretty beat, the way this track is run it’s so efficient, you get more racing in for sure,” Pugh said of PGP Motorsports Park. “Everything — practice, qualifying, heats, finals — is scheduled out so there’s very little downtime, so you almost get more time on the track than you can handle.”
By his own choice, Pugh started last in the 450 final but by the halfway point he had taken the lead, making his final two passes in the dirt section on PGP’s South End. Gary Pugh — the 57-year-old father of the race winner — took second place by holding off a strong charge by PGP owner Paul Zalud. Dougan Milne was fourth.
Ryan Pugh had an easier run to victory in the 35+(Vet) final, starting from pole position and leading every lap. Pugh also set a new track record during that race with a lap of 1 minute, 27.670 seconds, eclipsing the time of 1:28.687 he set earlier in qualifying. Although other SuperMoto events have been run in the year PGP has been in operation, electronic timing was not used, making Pugh’s qualifying lap Sunday morning the track’s benchmark.
“I like that this track keeps its consistency, the conditions are always the same,” Pugh said. “At other tracks, the grip level changes from visit to visit. I know I can come back to PGP next week and put down the same lap time I did this week.”
In the Vet(+35) final, Dave Kemp passed Gary Pugh for second place on the track’s North End on lap 2, and the two finished in that order. Zalud finished fourth after getting around Tyler Sandell in the dirt section, and Brian Coleman rounded out the top five.
Sandell lost several laps in the Vet(+35) race after pulling off the track to replace a flat tire, but he did record a runner-up finish in the Unlimited main event won by Kemp, with Jesse Elliot rounding out the top three. For Sandell, the experience of racing at PGP was both rewarding and eye-opening.
“It’s a very impressive track, technically challenging and I expected to be faster than I have been,” the 45-year-old from Seattle said. “A lap around here is pretty fast, there isn’t time to take a breather, you’re always busy.”
Elliot started the 250/400F final from pole, and he made it first through turn 1 en route to victory. Jim Martin was second and Debra Johnson third. In the BBR final, Mike Redling was first and Martin second.
For Redling, who traveled to PGP from his home cross the Puget Sound in Hansville, Wash., the trip would have been well worth it even without a trophy.
“Racing (PGP) is a lot of fun,” the 50-year-old said. “The track surface is perfect, the dirt section is challenging but not overly so, the track is centrally located and the staff is awesome.”
In the Open Amateur final, Sam Roher and Milne swapped the lead back and forth several times during the early laps, with Roher faster in the dirt section and Milne having better speed on the asphalt. Milne was finally able to hold the lead through the dirt section and hold on for the victory, with Milne second and Eric Montenegro third.
Round 2 of the Stars of PGP SuperMoto Series will be Sunday July 18, followed by Round 3 on Aug. 29 and Round 4 on Sept. 19.
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About PGP Motorsports Park
PGP Motorsports Park is the Northwest’s premier multi-purpose racing facility and is located in close proximity to the greater Seattle metropolitan area. Named “Best Guys Weekend Destination” for 2010 in the KING 5 Evening Magazine Best of Western Washington contest, the track is easy to get to and inexpensive to utilize, making PGP a rare combination of top-level racing excitement and affordability. For more information on PGP events and services, visit www.pacificgp.com or call (253) 639-7223.