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Carter Williams

Born: August 2, 1998

Birthplace: Clovis, California

Residence: Clovis, California / Dronfield, United Kingdom

Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

Weight: 150 (68 Kg)

Year Started Racing: 2004

Current Series

BRDC British Formula 3

 

Racing Goals

To become a full time driver in Formula 1 or the NTT Data Indycar series and Indy 500 champion.

Carter started racing go-karts at the age of 6 in 2004.  Carter's father got him into karting with the intention of it being quality father son time.  On the very next day, Carter competed in his first race the Kid-Kart "B" class, lapping the field twice and winning the race.  From there, in 2005, Carter went on to win his first California State Championship in the Kid-Kart class.  

In 2006, Carter moved up to the Junior 1 Comer and Rookie Sportsman classes at the age of 7 competing in the I.K.F. Region 7 karting series.  At the end of the 2007 season, Carter would compete in the California State Championship in four classes (Junior 1 Comer, Rookie Sportsman, HPV 1, and 80 Cadet shifter) , and would go on to win the Junior 1 Comer class for his second state championship and take podiums in the other three classes.  In 2008, Carter took home his first I.K.F. Region 7 series win in Rookie Sportsman at Willow Springs.  He also competed in his first National race in the Snap-On Stars of Karting at Miller Motorsports park (Utah Motorsports Campus). There he claimed his first Stars of Karting pole position in Junior 1 Comer.  At the end of 2008, Carter competed once again in California State Championships in the cadet category, scoring his second Junior 1 State Championship, and third overall.  2009 was Carter's last season in the Cadet category.  He competed in the first round of the Stars of Karting west coast series where he claimed a third place finish in Junior 1 Comer.  And, to cap off his Cadet campaign, competed for the final time in the California State Championships in cadet, where he went on to win Junior 1 Comer for the third year in a row, and for his fourth California State Championship.

In 2010, Carter started his Junior karting career at the age of 11.  Carter started racing in the HPV 2 category, but quickly moved to the Tag Jr. category competing in CKI and SKUSA events including the SKUSA Supernationals at the end of 2010.  In 2011, Carter competed full time in the SuperKarts USA! Pro-Kart Challenge and Pro-Tour with Buddy Rice Karting in the Tag Jr. Category.  He went on to win the SKUSA Pro-Kart Challenge in Tag Jr. in 2011. In 2012, Carter made the move to Phil Giebler Racing (PGR) where he competed in the Tag Jr. and S5 Junior Stock Moto Category.  He went on to win both categories in the Pro-Kart Challenge winning multiple races.  In the Pro-Tour, he had two wins and three podiums in Tag Jr. with a Top 10 finish at the SuperNationals to finish second in the Pro-Tour.  In S5 Junior Stock Moto, he claimed two Pro-Tour podiums with one of them being a second place at the SuperNationals finishing third in the Pro-Tour points standings. Carter also competed in the IKF Grand Nationals in the Jr. Super Sportsman, Tag Jr. and KPV 2 classes.  There he won the Jr. Super Sportsman and Tag Jr. classes to grab two Duffies and obtain the prestigious "Expert" number plates.  The 2013 season was Carter's last in his Junior karting campaign. He wrapped up the year with his third Tag Jr. Pro-Kart Challenge championship and fourth overall.  He also was recognized as the inaugural Streets of Lancaster scholarship recipient by SKUSA.  This included a full year karting sponsorship from SKUSA and the city of Lancaster, California.  With that Carter added a Pro-Tour victory in S5 Junior Stock Moto and ended the year second in the Pro-Tour standings. 

 

2014 marked the start of Carter's senior karting career.  He decided to focus full time on his Stock Honda shifter program and entered the S2 Semi-Pro Stock moto category.  There he ended the year third in the S2 Pro-Kart Challenge championship in 2014.  2015 marked the start of an incredible year for Carter.  He once again entered the S2 Semi-Pro category in SKUSA racing series.  He started the year off with five of five victories including back to back Pro-Tour wins.  He then went on to win yet another Pro-Kart challenge race to win the Pro-Kart Challenge championship, and his fifth SKUSA Pro-Kart championship.  In between his last race in the Pro-Kart Challenge, he competed in the VMB Scholarship Shootout for a ride in a FormulaSpeed 2.0 formula car on the west coast.  He did not initially win the scholarship.  Carter then ended the year on a high obtaining enough points in the SuperNationals final to become the SKUSA Pro-Tour S2 Semi-Pro National champion, and his sixth championship with SKUSA.

In 2016, Carter moved up to the S1 Pro category in SKUSA competition.  Before his first Pro-Kart challenge race Carter got a phone call and was offered the VMB Scholarship after they decided to award to in the 2017 racing season.  This marked Carter's start in his Formula Car campaign.  During the 2016 season he went onto win five of fourteen races in the Formula Car Challenge  winning the Triple Crown championship and coming in second by a few points in the regional championship.  Carter decided to return to WorldSpeed Motorsports under the VMB Scholarship for the 2017 season in the FormulaSpeed category.  He went on to win nine of the fourteen races, clinching the Regional Championship and the Triple Crown championship.  In doing so, Carter punched his ticket to the 2017 Mazda Road to Indy Shootout.  There, seventeen champions from around the world competed for $200,000 to go towards a ride in the 2018 USF2000 series.  He did not win the scholarship. Carter was also selected as a Team USA Candidate in the 2017 season.

In 2018 Carter made the unconventional move across the Atlantic to the United Kingdom to race in the Avon Tyres National Formula Ford championship with Don Hardman Racing. The move to what most consider, one of the toughest Formula Ford championships in world, lived up to its name.  With only one test day prior to the season, Carter made steady improvements race by race learning the circuits and the car. He ended the national championship with multiple top 10's, top 5's and a podium finish in the final round of the year.  Carter also competed in the legendary Formula Ford Festival, which Formula 1, Indycar and many other professional drivers have driven in.  He started eighth out of seventy drivers in the final moving up to seventh on the opening lap.  Unfortunately Carters race ended one lap later due to an incident.  To ended the season he also competed in the Walter Hayes Trophy, which is the largest formula ford race in the world.  Carter capped off the season with a thirteenth place finish out of over one hundred drivers.

2019 proved to be one of the best seasons to date for Carter.  Moving up to the Ultra Competitive and prestigious FIA British Formula 4 Championship with JHR Developments.  The British F4 championships alumni include Formula one and Indycar drivers.  Carter, with only two test days before the start of the season, proved him self immediately grabbing a podium in the first race weekend.  From there he went on to take three commanding victories (Thruxton 2, Knockhill 1) and ended the championship with six podium finishes and seventh overall in the championship. 

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