Phil Giebler Racing’s Hays wins S5, Wilson Second in TaG Master, takes SKUSA PKC crown at Lancaster GP
Phil Giebler Racing’s Nicky Hays drove to victory in S5 Junior Stock Moto feature and Ethan Wilson’s second-place in TaG Master in the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix on Sunday carried him to the TaG Master championship in the Superkarts! USA Califronia ProKart Challenge’s sixth and final event of the season.
Wilson of Campbell, Calif., finished second in the 20-lap feature and won the title over race winner Kevin Manning with the 10 points earned for the fastest lap of the race. Wilson’s 44.209 seconds lap, an average speed of 57.002 miles per hour on the .7-mile circuit, edged Manning’s 44.217 second, 56.992 mph.
Wilson also won the pole worth 10 points and was second and first in the heats Manning was first and second in the heats.
“It came down to which one of them came out on top in the final race,” team owner Giebler said. “Ethan was perfect the whole race led almost every lap with Kevin on his bumper. On the final lap, Kevin pushed Ethan wide into the final hairpin and Ethan finished second. The deciding factor for the championship came down to Ethan having the fastest lap of the race.
“Ethan worked hard all year and it was great to see him take the points championship.”
Hays had to rally from the back of the combined S3/S5 field in the feature. The 12-year-old from Huntington Beach, Calif., completed only three laps and suffered damage to the front end of his kart in the opening heat and was 12th overall in the second heat. Hays drove to the front in the feature and took the checkered flag in second. He was elevated to first when the race winner was disqualified for having an illegal restrictor
“Nicky showed a lot of maturity to keep pushing to take second place in the final laps,” Giebler said. “
PGR’s Blake Murdock of Discovery Bay, Calif., finished third and Carter Williams of Clovis, Calif., was fourth in the S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto feature, run with S1 Pro Stock Moto.
Murdock was 10th overall, Williams 11th in the combined shifter kart feature.
“Blake wasn’t able to run a lap in qualifying because of an engine issue and made a nice comeback to take third,” Giebler said.
Williams was third fastest and seventh overall in qualifying, fourth in both heats and the feature. The 16-year-old winner of this year’s Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix scholarship, awarded at the Lancaster GP a year ago, took third in his rookie season in the S2 championship.
“Carter finished right on the bumper of his teammate,” Giebler said.
Connor Wagner of Flower Mound, Texas, finished seventh in S1 and ninth in the combined S1/S2 class. He qualified seventh in class and was sixth and ninth in S1 in th heats. It was his first time to race on the temporary course.
“Almost all of his competitors were returning to the Lancaster Grand Prix for their second time and it’s a difficult circuit to adjust to with the narrow streets, barrier-lined track and top speeds of 90 miles per hour,” Giebler said. “The returning drivers had a clear advantage since there are only two practice sessions. Connor did a good job throughout the weekend.”
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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