Beautiful weather and a fast track led to some memorable racing as the I-5 Corridor Series wrapped up its Washington swing with Round 3 on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 21-22 at PGP Motorsports Park. The track's own Stars of PGP Series, which included a rental kart class, also was incorporated into both days.
"Saturday was a beautiful day after the extreme heat the previous weekend," said PGP owner Paul Zalud. "Sunday had the threat of rain but it never showed and instead we had perfect weather to lay down some fast times."
The weather must have agreed with Cameron Egger, who made the trip up from Oregon to compete. Egger put down some blistering laps in Sunday's Shifter Kart final, not only recording the first sub-1 minute circuit of the track for any class, but doing it again and again as he drove from the rear of the field -- he started in the back after a mechanical failure in the heat race -- to finish second behind fellow Oregonian Skyler Benoit.
Even though there were other events going on at the same time in Oregon, PGP hosted a strong field of karts for Round 3 of the I-5 series, including 19 in the Shifter class. A collaboration between Zalud and Chris Egger, father of Cameron Egger and owner of Pat's Acres Racing Complex in Canby, Ore., the four-round I-5 Corridor Series wraps up on Sept. 11-12 at PARC. Round 1 was held at PARC May 15-16, and PGP hosted Round 2 on June 19-20.
To keep things fresh for Round 3, PGP reversed the direction of racing on the full .82-mile course, putting the start-finish line on the backstretch. It was just the second time ever, and first time in dry conditions, that PGP had run a competitive event in this direction on the full track configuration, but "everyone loved the flow of this technically challenging circuit," said Zalud.
Sean Naslund rounded out the top three in Sunday's Shifter final, and the PGP regular finished second in Saturday's final won by Egger. Steve Perdue, another PGP regular, finished third in the first day's Shifter final, which was down two drivers from the heat race after a multi-kart incident resulting from fighting for position heading into the first corner.
Jim Lilleberg, who swept the weekend in the Shifter class during Round 2 at PGP, blew up his kart and had to borrow one from Joe Street to compete. Entering the weekend as series point leader in the Stock Moto Light category, Lilleberg finished fourth both days to stay on top.
The same three drivers made the podium both days in the Rotax Senior class, with PGP regular Jessica Dana winning on Sunday and taking third-place honors on Saturday. Russell Francis took home the winner's trophy on Saturday and was the runner-up on Sunday, with Ben Naemura finishing second and third, respectively.
Some of the tightest racing of the weekend was in the rental kart class, with Maurice Shawyer edging Jerry Peterson for first-place honors both days by just eight-tenths of a second. Frankie Officer and Rick Donohue finished took third on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Parker McKean, Joseph Schwager and Dalton Egger finished 1-2-3 in the Rotax Junior class both days. Brady Egger and Matthew House took turns hoisting the winner's trophy in the Rotax Mini class, with Brady Egger taking first place on Saturday and House on Sunday. Andrew Evans was runner-up on Sunday and House was second the previous day. Caleb Daniells took the top spot in Rotax Micro both days.
Complete results can be found at www.MyLaps.com (Organization: PGP Motorsports Park) and I-5 Corridor Series standings are available at www.patsacres.com under the "Racing at PARC" tab. Additional photos from the weekend can be found on PGP's Facebook page, "Pacific Grand Prix."
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