It was another action filled event for K1 Speed in Irvine this past Sunday for their 4th Challenge GP Race. The super-track layout brings drivers of all skill levels to the event. Toby Rodriguez would take the pole position for the A Main, with David Messimer sitting in second and Michael Arnold sitting in third. When the green flag dropped Toby and David would runaway from the pack with Michael defending his line against Ahmed Alasiri. It looked as though the top three qualifiers would finish in the order they qualified in with their great driving performance keeping them ahead of the game. Mid-race there was a small incident with resident driver Kirk Messe, as he was battling it out with Edward Bergenholtz gong into turn one and spun around which dropped Kirk to the back of the field once he got the kart pointed in the right direction. Toby Rodriuez would end up going wire to wire and take the win with David Messimer remaining in second for the entire race. Mean while Michael Arnold would round out the top 3 spots for the main as he spent most of the race trying to catch up with Toby and David.
The B Main kept the racing action going with Khalifa Alasiri taking the pole position, followed closely by another well know GP participant John Tanaka. Shane Geivet would take the third qualifying spot keeping the pace fast for the rest of the drivers. On the rolling green flag start Khalifa and John would run away from the group and have their own battle back and forth putting on a show for the crowd. Shane Geivet would hold off the rest of the group and wind up finishing third. Khalifa and John would finish in the same positions they started in, with Khalifa taking first and Tanaka taking second. Honorable mention goes to Joon Maeng who is a very appreciative driver within the line-up and his skills are coming along as he had a 4th place finish against some of the toughest indoor electric kart drivers in Southern California.
With the Challenge GP series of races reaching its half-way point, the overall points winner at each location is still up for grabs as there are no drivers running away from the rest of the competitors in the points chase. K1 Speed Irvine offers some of the most competitive indoor kart racing in Orange County and is worth coming out to the next event May 2nd to test your driving skills. Thanks to all participants that make the K1 Speed Challenge GP series a great competitive event.