LANCASTER, Calif. (Sept. 19, 2012)—Phil Giebler Racing’s Ethan Wilson bounced back from contact on the opening lap that sent him to the back of the field to win the TaG Master feature and Carter Williams had an impressive victory in S5 Junior Stock Moto feature in the fourth annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix on Sunday (Sept. 16), the sixth and final event of the Superkarts! USA California ProKart Challenge.
Williams of Clovis, Calif., also finished second in the TaG Junior feature, securing the championship. Williams also was the champion this season in S5.
Williams was in a combined S5/S4/S3 shifter class and started the 20-lap race ninth out of 13 starters. He won overall, taking the lead on the 19th lap.
Wilson of Campbell, Calif., was on pole for the 20-lap feature, but was involved in a crash with Gabriel Zughella that brought out a full-course yellow. He restarted from 10th, raced from eighth to fourth on the seventh lap, moved up to third on the 10th and second on the 16th and passed Billy Cleavelin for the lead on the 18th and held it to the checkered flag.
“It was a great run for Ethan (Wilson),” team owner Phil Giebler said. “Ethan broke his wrist early in the year and came back like the champion he is. Carter (Williams) was the overall winner in S5/S4/S3 and did it in dramatic fashion with an impressive pass for the lead. In TaG Junior, Carter took pole, won both heats and was nipped on the last lap in the feature by Brenden Baker. It was an awesome season to win both championships and he earned a funded race in the IAME Cup World Finals in Italy later this year.”
Mason Daughters of Polo, Mo., finished third, Joel Miller of Hesperia, Calif., was eighth, Kevin Hernandez of Mexico was 15th and Dakota Dickerson of San Diego was 16th in the 18-kart TaG Senior feature.
“Mason was up and down in the heats, but very quick,” Giebler said. “He fought hard to claim a podium. Joel drove into the lead (on the ninth of 20 laps), but was involved in an accident on the next lap (10) and was knocked down to ninth. He was fast.
“Kevin also had an up-and-down weekend and showed the speed to run in the top five in the feature, but he was knocked out in a crash early. Dakota ran strong all weekend and would have been fighting for a podium spot, but was involved in an accident in the feature that left him with a heavily damaged kart and eliminated him after completing one lap.”
Trenton Sparks of Bakersfield, Calif., finished second by.19 of a second and Cameron Kaihatu of Carlsbad, Calif., was fifth in the TaG Cadet feature.
“Trenton did a great job all weekend,” Giebler said. “This kid has a great attitude and wants to win so badly. He is great at taking instruction and his family is a joy to have in the pits. Cameron learned a lot in his first event with PGR and in the TaG Cadet class with the Vortex Mini Rok engine. He had to fight his way back to the group running from third to seventh and managed fifth. He ran very quick and competitive lap times.”
Vatche Tatikian of North Hollywood, Calif., overcame two rough heat races to finish third in the TaG Master feature.
“Vatche had mechanical problems in the heats, but the feature was the best race of the year for him,” Giebler said. “He was just catching the leaders as the race ended.”
Paul Grey of Mission Viejo, Calif., dropped out with five laps completed and finished 12th in TaG Master.
Noah Grey of Dana Point, Calif., started 17th and finished sixth in the TaG Junior feature.
“Bad luck continues to bite Noah, but he keeps his head in the game and never gives up,” Giebler said. “He had an accident in the first heat and a mechanical problem in the second and didn’t finish either, then saved the weekend with an excellent drive to sixth.”
Dallas Hollins of Fontana, Calif., finished 16th in the TaG Junior feature.
Nicky Freytag of Paradise Valley, Ariz., finished third in S1 Pro Stock Moto and seventh overall in the combined 24-kart S1/S2 feature from 18th on the grid.
Freytag spent much of the weekend working on his kart.
“Nicky had an extremely difficult weekend,” Giebler said. “He had only a few laps in the first practice before being struck with engine gremlins and was in a big wreck on the second lap of the second practice. He had to build a new kart from the ground up between sessions. Nicky was in another big wreck in the first heat and had to rebuild the kart again. He didn’t finish the second heat when his air filter was knocked off. He did a great job salvaging third in S1 and seventh overall after such little running.”
Owned by the 2007 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, Phil Giebler Racing is based in Orange, Calif., and competes nationally at the highest level of karting in the United States. Giebler is a resident of Huntington Beach, Calif. The team uses Fernando Alonso and Tony Karts.
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Phil Giebler Racing feature results at the SKUSA 4th annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix
Sunday (Sept. 16): TaG Master—1. Ethan Wilson, Campbell, Calif., 3. Vatche Tatikian, North Hollywood, Calif., 12. Paul Grey, Mission Viejo, Calif.; S5 shifter—1. Carter Williams, Clovis, Calif.; TaG Senior—3. Mason Daughters, Polo, Mo., 8. Joel Miller, Hesperia, Calif., 15. Kevin Hernandez, Mexico, 16. Dakota Dickerson, San Diego; TaG Junior—2. Williams, 6. Noah Grey, Dana Point, Calif., 16. Dallas Hollins, Fontana, Calif.; S1 shifter—3. Nicky Freytag, Paradise Valley, Ariz.; TaG Cadet—2. Trenton Sparks, Bakersfield, Calif., 5. Cameron Kaihatu, Carlsbad, Calif.