"Point leader heading to final event"
Press release prepared by: Race Tech Development
Photo courtesy of: Sean Buur – Go Racing Magazine
March 2, 2011 – It was another successful outing for Canadian driver Parker Thompson at the second round of the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas, this time at the CalSpeed Karting Center in Fontana, California. Competing in the large Rotax Junior class, the Tony Kart pilot went on to claim one main event victory, one pole position and a pair of solid podium results.
“This was a great weekend for me and our hunt for the championship,” expressed Thompson. “I cannot wait to get to the third and final round of the series.”
Saturday would see some difficult conditions for all competitors as severe weather would move into the area providing for some great rain racing. After qualifying in the second position, Thompson would have a horrible opening corner in the prefinal as he would close lap one mired back in the sixteenth position. In the attempt to avoid an incident, the talented Canadian found himself in the barriers before charging his way back to the second position.
The skies opened again before the start of the main event as once again, rain began to fall. Looking to get a better jump on the field, Thompson utilized the outside line to exit the first corner in P3. Moving into second early, the Canadian worked hard to concentrate on driving consistent race laps and avoiding any incidents. With water pooling up on the track in certain areas, Thompson utilized his natural skills to drive to a solid second place result.
Sunday would prove to be a much better day for Thompson. After taking the pole position by nearly two tenths of a second, the rookie junior competitor would battle to a third place result in the prefinal before being awarded the second position after another driver was penalized.
Thompson added, “I wasn’t really looking forward to starting on the outside again, but that is racing and I was determined to work my way through it.”
After being cautiously aggressive for the start of the main event, Thompson would be relegated back to the fourth position. With a kart coming to life by mid race, Thompson was on a tear to the lead as he piloted the train of a five kart draft. An incident behind the Canadian would see him open up nearly a five second gap on second place as he went on to claim his third race win in the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas in 2011.
With one event weekend still on the docket, Thompson currently leads the overall point standings as they head to the March 18 – 20 race at the Jim Russell Karting Center in Sonoma, California.
Parker would like to thank his current supporters and sponsors: Tony Kart West, Courtney Concepts, Sparco, 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 .