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K1 Speed Irvine Challenge GP Kart Racing Results – January 2010

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A racer slides our electric kart through a corner in our Challenge GP kart league!

A racer slides our electric kart through a corner in our Challenge GP kart league at K1 Speed Irvine!

The first race of the new 2010 Challenge GP season took place at K1 Speed Irvine this past weekend, and the new format seemed to be well-received by the participants! Perhaps the biggest change to our kart league, besides the fact that the race was run in the reverse direction on our Super Track, was the new rolling start. In the past, the racers have lined up on our grid for a Formula One style standing start, but we decided to add one more new element to keep the series interesting and challenging for our regular participants. The rolling start allows the pole sitter to set the pace and potentially jump away from the pack at the drop of the green flag; however, it also gives those in the back of the pack an opportunity to try and build momentum to make a carefully timed pass just as the green flag is waved! Needless to say, we expect to see some dramatic starts as the season goes on.

A competitor heads backwards on the starting grid in our reverse layout!

A competitor heads backwards on the starting grid in our reverse layout!

The A Main race saw regular drivers Toby Rodriguez, David Messimer and David Kelmenson (who competes in our Torrance series on a frequent basis) claim the top spots on the podium. As the flag was waved and the race got underway, Toby put in some amazing laps and ran consistently fast. This performance on track allowed him to build a comfortable lead and take home the 1st place finish in our first race of the new year. Though David Messimer and David Kelmenson did everything that they could to challenge for the lead, on this day Toby was simply unbeatable! We expect to see Toby fighting for the top spot all season long, and we hope to see David Kelmenson put in a full season effort at our Irvine indoor karting track, as we think he has a chance for the championship as well.

Challenge GP A Main Podium: 1st Toby Rodriguez | 2nd David Messimer | 3rd David Kelmenson

Challenge GP A Main Podium: 1st Toby Rodriguez | 2nd David Messimer | 3rd David Kelmenson

In the B Main race, recent Red Bull contest winner Khalifa Alasiri was able to take home the win. No stranger to our A Main races, Khalifa was able to set a good pace during the final, and his experience allowed him to finish ahead of the field. Finishing in 2nd place was Jason Foreman, who was able to defend his position against a hard-charging Brad Drew, who claimed the final spot on the podium. Overall, it was a great B Main race with some superb drives. With his win though, we expect that Khalifa will be eager to fight amongst our A Main competitors next month!

Challenge GP B Main Podium: 1st Khalifa Alasiri | 2nd Jason Foreman | 3rd Brad Drew

Challenge GP B Main Podium: 1st Khalifa Alasiri | 2nd Jason Foreman | 3rd Brad Drew

We would like to thank everyone for joining us for the first round of our new 2010 Challenge GP go kart league! We truly appreciate the support of our fans, and we look forward to hosting them once again next month for Round 2! If you would like to compete against the best indoor karters in Southern California or the Pacific Northwest, feel free to join our Challenge GP kart racing series! We hold races at several of our indoor go kart tracks throughout Southern California and Seattle, Washington, and it is a great way to experience the thrill of racing in a safe and affordable environment!

Tackling our Super Track in the opposite direction requires participants to learn a whole new layout!

Tackling our Super Track in the opposite direction requires participants to learn a whole new layout!

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