Article By: Race Tech Development
Up and coming motorsports star Parker Thompson from Red Deer, Alberta was back on the top step of the podium on two occasions last weekend at the challenging Lancaster Grand Prix in Lancaster, California. Racing in both the Junior 1 Comer and Rotax Mini Max classes, Thompson steered his Tony Kart to another pair of victories and added to his already impressive racing resume. After arriving to the Lancaster area on Thursday evening, it was off to work on Friday morning putting the finishing touches on his Tony Kart West prepared chassis before the first round of practice.
"The Lancaster Grand Prix was by far one of the coolest events I have ever been a part of," stated Parker Thompson when the event was over. "The track is very tricky and lined with hay bales and barriers, so you need to be fast but stay out of trouble to fight for the win. My goal was to do both of these and it started with our very first session on Friday."
By the time the one and only official event practice day came to a close, it was Thompson that could be seen at the top of the time sheets. The Canadian driver worked with his crew to make sure the kart had enough overall grip on the slick racing surface that only sees karting action once a year.
Saturday morning would see qualifying take place and Thompson would look to continue the momentum from Friday's practice sessions. With sixteen karts in the field, Thompson was the fastest driver and scored the elusive pole position in the Rotax Mini Max class while claiming the outside front row starting spot in the Junior 1 Comer class. Looking to take advantage of starting from the front of the field, Thompson would enter the heat races excited and eager to get the wheel-to-wheel action started.
After dominating the Rotax Mini Max heat race and claiming the checkered flag well ahead of his competition, Thompson had some trouble in the Comer class as they missed the necessary combination to be at the front of the field. Forcing him down the running order, Thompson finished nearly five seconds off the pace as the Canadian pilot salvaged a seventh place finish and would look to rebound in Sunday's main event.
Going into victory Sunday, Thompson's hopes were high as he wanted to prove to all the American competitors that he is one of the best junior drivers in North America. When the green flag flew at the start of the Mini Max main event, Thompson showed his true desire as he stormed away from the field. Combining the Mini Max class with the much faster and older Rotax Junior division, Thompson would run with the third and fourth place drivers in Junior as he left his fellow class peers seconds behind him. Thompson drove a smart and clean race going on to take the win and his first career Lancaster Grand Prix championship.
After Saturday's disappointing Junior One Comer heat race, both P1 Engines and Tony Kart West went to work to ensure all the problems were solved for Sunday's final. High off his victory earlier in the day, Thompson would look to do the double but understood the challenge in store starting on the inside of the fourth row.
Looking to attack and gain positions early, Thompson was the recipient of a great start and moved to the fourth position on the exit of the first corner. The Canadian showed his speed again by the close of lap one as he moved by the third place driver and was running with the leaders. Looking to settle into a rhythm and be smart about his approach to the last half of the race, Thompson used his experience from earlier that day to set himself up for the win.
After making an unsuccessful bid for the lead just past the halfway mark, Thompson positioned his P1 Engines powered Tony Kart in the second position and held station until the final circuit. Utilizing a bold late braking move on the final lap, Thompson shot into the lead with a few corners to go and drove to the victory. This was the Canadian's second win of the day and the second championship earned at the Lancaster Grand Prix.
Thompson added, "The Lancaster Grand Prix was nothing but first class. I was awarded tv and newspaper interviews from my win which is great for both my career and my sponsors. I can't thank P1 Engines and Tony Kart West for all their hard work over the weekend."
Parker would like to thank his current supporters and sponsors: Tony Kart West, Apollo Motorsports, BGR Graphics and Sylvan Lake RV for all their hard work and continued support.
For more information on Parker Thompson including press release and media information, please contact Mike Maurini and Race Tech Development at 317.270.8723 or via e-mail at Mike@RaceTechDevelopment.com .