Race Report: Northwest Gold Cup - Rounds 1 and 2

Pugent Sound Go Kart Association hosts the opening rounds of the new Northwest Gold Cup season.

NW Gold Cup at PSGKA
/Lisa Gadekan

Racing at the Mountain Highway racetrack in Tacoma, Washington is a unique experience.

The track is an older track, designed back in the 1960s, and it's character reflects that. Narrow and undulating with large elevation changes, the track is really a reflection of its namesake. The track surface is made up of different materials from concrete to asphalt, aged over the years for different levels of grip in each corner. 

It truly is a Mountain Highway that karts race on.

The circuit is relatively small as well, making for a relentless and intense lap. Especially in the faster TAG and shifter karts, drivers rarely get a moment to take a rest when lapping alone. Add a field of other competitors all fighting for the same piece of tarmac, and racers get a dramatic experience unlike the other circuits in the Pacific Northwest.

So take all that, add in the spring rainfall that the Northwest is known for, and racers were in for a dramatic weekend for the first and second rounds of the Northwest Gold Cup, sponsored by LeCont tires on April 14th and 15th.

The rainfall made for changing track conditions almost every session. Skilled drivers ignored the laptimes they were running, and focused on finding the limit of grip that the tires would give them.

This weekend was all about staying on the island as the rain felt, rather than a primo setup or focusing on the ultimate laptime. The intense conditions helped some of the best drivers shine at the front of the grids in their respective fields, and was an education on how to race in the rain for everyone else.

In addition to that, the local community provided prizes and awards to all of the racers who braved the elements. These sponsors, along with LeCont tire will be supporting the series all season with prizes, awards, gifts and vouchers.

Briggs & Stratton sponsored entry vouchers for the JRI and JRII 206 classes, up to 30 entry vouchers worth  $2250. CMC sponsored the World Formula class, awarding $150 to the winner each day with a total contribution of $1500.

Kart-O-Rama provided cash drawings for the 4 Cycle group, up to $50.  Mike's Kartstands provided Spinning T-handle wrenches for the 2 Cycle racers, a value of $125 a set. Odenthal Racing  awarded an EZ set motor mount, worth $270 and Seattle Tees  awarded all the racers the official shirt of the NWGC. 

The next round of the Northwest Gold Cup is at the high speed track at McMinville, Oregon during the May 4th to 6th weekend. As a bonus, PKA will be giving away Race Weekend Entries one for McMinnville race and one for SOK Medford race

Thanks to the racers and sponsors for a fantastic time and hope to see more of you at the next one!

Current Class Leaders.

Tag Cadet

  1. William Ginn
  2. Massimo Valiante

Jr 1 Briggs 206

  1. Trey Arnzen
  2. Preston Franzke
  3. Mason Smark

JR II Briggs 206

  1. Kason Lau
  2. Caleb Shrader
  3. Jacob Smith

TAG JR

  1. Cole Faker
  2. Kason Lau
  3. Caleb Shrader

TAG Sr

  1. David Schorn
  2. Ricky Worley
  3. TJ Madonna

TAG Heavy

  1. Davin Sturdivant
  2. Gary Roehl
  3. Wade Janssen

Shifter

  1. Mateo DeLeon
  2. Travis Henson
  3. Kevin Janders

Senior Briggs 206

  1. James Carson
  2. Jeff Lewis
  3. Kevin Janders

CMC World Formula Heavy

  1. Mike Schorn
  2. Bryan Green
  3. Tom Bailey