The best in indoor kart racing were at K1 Speed in Carlsbad California this past weekend for round four of the Challenge GP Race Series with a large group of drivers on hand. A good mix of new and returning faces would make up the nights main events and creating some great racing action for all involved. Double qualifying rounds on the reverse-ran track layout proved to be challenging for some, Kyle Wicka was able to find a fast line early on and lay down a 26.647 second single lap time to take the pole position for the A-Main. The rest of the drivers would fall in behind Kyle creating three tight main event fields.
The C-Main drivers would start off the nights racing, with a number of new drivers making up the group and some close racing action would follow as varying driver talents were quickly shown from the rolling start style format. The race to watch was for second, third, and fourth positions as Shane Macfarlane would hold off Brad Handley, who had Michael Caldwell sticking pretty close to him after Brad passed Michale on lap eight to take over third. The checkered flag seem to come out as quick as the race got started and Tom McGinn would take the win with Shane MacFarlane in second and Brad Handley would cap off the top three on the podium.
B-Main for the night was a intense battle right from the start with drivers remaining tight to each other right from the start into turn one on the green flag rolling start. Tyler Johnson would find his way through traffic as multiple position changes were made by everyone Tyler found himself running up front after 3 laps and would pull away from the rest of the field. Once the drivers got settled in and thinned out a bit the group would hold in their position to the end with Tyler Johnson taking the win, followed by Dustin Schechter in second and Christopher Fraser would round out the top three in third.
Closing out the nights racing were the A-Main drivers consisting of a number of tough competitors that were all capable of a podium finish. Right from the start it was a battle as pole setter Kyle Wicka found after getting passed on the first lap by Ian Enz for the lead. Charles Eichlin would use his multiple experiences on track to make a move to take over second place from his third place starting position on lap two. Ian would pull away from the field taking advantage of the open track putting some distance between himself and the rest of the field. The drivers would settle in and separate out a bit to take the checkered flag, Ian Enz would cross the start finish/line first followed by Charles Eichlin in second and Austin Barnes would take third.
With round four set and done for K1 Speed in North San Diego, just two more races remain for the Carlsbad location. Drivers are in a hard charging fight in the overall points championship making for a close battle between the top drivers in the series at this location. Come out to our next race May 20th and see what the fun is all about!