Team News: PGR’s Williams Three-Peat Champion in TaG Junior, Wagner Wears S2 Crown in SKUSA California ProKart Challenge
Phil Giebler Racing’s Carter Williams won his third straight championship in TaG Junior and Connor Wagner took the title in S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto in the Superkarts! USA California ProKart Challenge, which concluded its season with the sixth round on Sept. 29 with the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix.
Williams also won the Lancaster Grand Prix/SKUSA Driver Scholarship, worth $11,500. The 15-year-old from Clovis, Calif., finished third in the feature at Lancaster and finished 27 points, 1,250-1,223, ahead of runner-up Brenden Baker for the championship. PGR teammate Noah Grey of Dana Point, Calif., finished third in the points with 1,079. The 13-year-old fell out of the feature at Lancaster and was classified 16th.
“Carter drove a very smart race and was focused on what he needed to do to win the championship,” team owner Phil Giebler said. “He thinks about the big picture.”
Williams also was second in the S2 Junior Stock Moto championship. At Lancaster, he finished second in qualifying, both heats and the feature.
“It was a very strong run for Carter,” Giebler said. “He is one of the few drivers that can be a force to be reckoned with in any class. Doing two classes all year makes it difficult, but he stood up to the challenge and gave (champion) Jarrod Campbell a run for his money.”
Wagner of Dallas won three features this season and had clinched the title prior to Lancaster. He didn’t compete at Lancaster and earned the crown by a 141-point margin, 1,361-1,190, over Robert Marks.
“Connor had a great season, a breakout season,” Giebler said.
PGR’s Ethan Wilson of Campbell, Calif., finished second at Lancaster and in the championship behind Billy Cleavelin and Paul Grey of Mission Viejo, Calif., was fourth in the championship and sixth at Lancaster in TaG Master. Grey had engine problems throughout the weekend at Lancaster.
Trenton Sparks of Bakersfield, Calif., finished a very close second in the TaG Cadet championship, losing by 10 points to Ryan Schartau, 1,181-1,171. It was the second straight season Sparks has been runner-up in TaG Cadet. He finished second at Lancaster.
“Trenton drove great all weekend to claim second,” Giebler said.
Jake Preston of Renton, Wash., finished sixth and Nicky Hays of Huntington Beach, Calif., was 12th in TaG Junior at Lancaster.
“Jake had a solid weekend,” Giebler said. “He spent the whole time in the top seven on a track that was new to him. He raced well. I think this will be a big confidence booster for the SuperNationals in Las Vegas. He learned a lot.”
Hays was caught up in an accident directly in front of him finished 12th in the feature.
“The youngster was quick, but had a chain break in the first heat and that put him in a difficult spot,” Giebler said. “He made it up to seventh in the feature before the crash got him.”
Noah Grey was fifth in the first heat and fourth in the second. “I think he would have been the one to beat in the feature, but his race ended early when the brakes stuck on,” Giebler said.
Austin Dement of Reno, Nev., finished sixth in the TaG Senior feature at Lancaster. He was knocked out of both heats by accidents and drove from the back of the back of the starting grid in the feature.
“He bounced back very strong,” Giebler said.
Vatche Tatikian of North Hollywood, Calif., had an engine failure before qualifying and started last in S4’s opening heat. He finished sixth in the feature.
“Vatche stayed out of trouble in the heats and made a solid run in the final,” Giebler said.
Phil Giebler Racing feature results at the sixth event of the Superkarts! USACalifornia ProKart Challenge at the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix on Sept. 29:
S5 Junior Stock Moto—1. Carter Williams, Clovis, Calif.; TaG Master—2. Ethan Wilson, Campbell, Calif., 6. Paul Grey, Mission Viejo, Calif.; TaG Junior—3. Williams, 6. Jake Preston, Renton, Wash, 12. Nicky Hays, Huntington Beach, Calif., 16. (DNF) Noah Grey, DanaPoint, Calif.; TaG Cadet—2. TrentonSparks, Bakersfield, Calif.; TaG Senior—6. Austin Dement, Reno, Nev.; S4 Shifter—6. Vatche Tatikian, North Hollywood, Calif.
Owned by the 2007 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, Phil Giebler Racing is based in Anaheim, 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 and is a major dealer of OTK brands FA Kart, Tony Kart, Kosmic and Exprit.
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