Carter Williams Fourth at Lancaster GP, Thrid in SKUSA ProKart Challenge Championship
Carter Williams of Clovis, Calif., drove to a fourth-place finish in the S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto feature at the 6th annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix on Sunday to take third in the championship of the SuperKarts! USA California ProKart Challenge.
“I definitely was upset right after the race that I finished fourth in the main,” Williams said, “but I’m very happy about finishing third in the championship. When I look back at the season, it was an accomplishment to finish third.”
The 16-year-old Williams was a rookie in the S2 shifter kart class in six-round California PKC and raced with the S1 Pro Stock Moto karts in all six events. On the .7-mile Lancaster course, Williams qualified third in S2 and seventh overall in the 16-kart combined field.
“We were ahead of some of the S1 karts,” Williams said. “We felt pretty good about that.”
Williams was fourth in both heats and started fourth in the 20-lap feature in S2, 12th overall. He finished 11th in the combined classes in the feature.
“We were pretty fast all weekend,” Williams said. “We finished fourth again (for the fourth time in six PKC events), but we were closer to the front runners. We had a poor start and we finally got going and finished on the bumper to our Phil Giebler Racing teammate, Blake Murdock.”
Williams was awarded the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix Scholarship following last year’s event and the city recognized him in several ways this year. He walked into the lobby to see a life-size billboard in the lobby of the Holiday Inn and had a gift basket waiting in his room. There was a story in the race brochure and he was interviewed in front of the crowd on Saturday.
“We walked into our hotel lobby when we arrived on Friday and saw a poster with my name and picture on it,” Williams said. “It was awesome, a total surprise. It’s never happened to me before. The entire weekend was a tremendous experience. I was proud to have won the scholarship and I want to thank the city of Lancaster for it. It’s a big help this season.”
Williams has one more race funded by the scholarship, the SuperKarts! USA SuperNationals at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas from Nov. 19 to 23. It’s the final round of the SKUSA Pro Tour and annually one of the major karting in the events in the world.
“We were eighth (in S2, which runs as a separate class in the Pro Tour) at the Modesto Grand Prix and I’m definitely looking forward to see what we can do at the SuperNats,” Williams said.