The Stars of PGP Karting Series wrapped up its first full season with a paddock full of karts, new lap records and first-time champions crowned.
A respectable showing of drivers made up the field for the finale on Saturday, Oct. 2 at PGP Motorsports Park, including 16 karts in an exciting shifter class paced by the Hammer Nutrition Team. Hammer teammates swept the podium in the shifter feature event, won by Skyler Benoit with celebrity driver Matt Jaskol and Steve Perdue in second and third respectively.
SuperPro driver Jaskol, a former kart champion and three-time winner in the Formula BMW for Team Red Bull, put on a passing clinic during the shift final, racing from the back of the field to the podium in his first visit to PGP Motorsports Park.
Two drivers making their inaugural starts in the Stars of PGP Series walked away winners on Saturday. Kyle Byers in Rotax Senior and Molly Helmuth in Rotax Junior swept the day in their classes, setting the fastest qualifying times and winning both the semi-final and final.
With championships in several classes going down to the final race, the level of competition was fierce as drivers sought to find every bit of speed in their karts and themselves as they attacked PGP’s state-of-the-art .82-mile track. Indicative of this were new counter-clockwise lap records set by Brian Nixon (Shifter-Heavy, 1 minute, 02.076 seconds), Dorion Ford (Shifter Junior, 1:01.468) and Caleb Daniells (Rotax Micro, 1:11.916).
In addition to setting a new PGP benchmark for Rotax Micro, Caleb Daniells won Saturday’s feature race and was crowned class champion. Joining him as a series champion was sister Tessa Daniells in the TaG Junior class. Jake Preston was the Rotax Mini champion, Parker McKean took the series title in Rotax Junior and Edward Portz was the TaG Cadet champion.
The Rotax Senior championship podium was filled with first-year drivers, including title-winner Jerry Peterson, runner-up Jessica Dana and third-place Cameron Grimes-Hess. Dana was the TaG Senior champion while Todd O’Neel finished as the Rotax Master champion and Jim Nelson took the TaG Master crown.
Sean Naslund, another first-year kart pilot, took the crown in the Stock Moto Light category while Dorion Ford added the Stock Moto Junior crown to his new lap record. Bruce McKean won the Stock Moto Heavy championship and Jason Hall took the G1/Open Shifter title.
The Stars of PGP Series finale was streamed live on the Internet by PGP using EventBuilder.com, and it can be replayed at any time by following the link on PGP’s website, www.pacificgp.com. Future events will also be streamed live and PGP plans on including an audio feed — all part of the continued effort to improve and enhance the racing experience at the track named a “Best Destination” in the KING 5 Evening Magazine Best of Western Washington contest.
For PGP veterans and newcomers alike, last weekend’s Stars of PGP finale is not the end of the racing excitement at the region’s premier multi-purpose motorsports venue. This weekend marks the beginning of the Fall & Winter Rental Kart Racing Series at PGP and Sunday, Oct. 17 is the kick-off for the six-round Stars of Kart Fall & Winter Series. For more details on all the upcoming events at PGP Motorsports Park, visit www.pacificgp.com.
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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.
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