Making his first start of 2013 in North America, Canadian Parker Thompson joined Buddy Rice Karting for the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix, as part of the 2013 ProKart Challenge. The annual event in Southern California, USA, continues to grow every year with all kinds of local media attention and fans making it a spectacular event.
Competing in the 28-strong TaG Senior class, Alberta’s Parker Thompson was the lone Canadian taking part in the event and he was back aboard a familiar Energy Kart for the race. Saturday would see Thompson qualify third before a tough run in heat one saw him battle throughout before crossing in eighth at the line.
Returning for Sunday, the event race format had drivers start heat two from their finishing position in heat one, with the second heat race deciding the starting lineup for the Final. Thompson rebounded from his eighth place start to finish second.
Grabbing the holeshot into the first corner of the final, Thompson would immediately be involved in a three-kart scrap for the lead. Trading the top spot, the leaders eventually settled down by the midway point with Thompson in second. Running static from there the Energy Kart pilot scored a respectable runner-up finish in his first Senior race.