K1 Speed in North San Diego County held the 5th round of its Challenge GP series this past Sunday with a number of new and returning drivers all after a podium finish to help their chances in the championship points chase. The double qualifying round format gave racers multiple opportunities to post a fast lap and grab the pole position for the main events. Robby Stanovich was in house and seemed to be in a world of his own setting a lap record for the week of 26.538 seconds in qualifying. The rest of the drivers would fall in line behind Stanovich and the fields were set for the night.
B-Main action would get out on track first and the green flag rolling start had Jonathan Dimock leading the field into turn one with the rest of the field close behind. The field would thin out a bit in the next few turns for but the group would freight-train around for a number of laps staying within a couple of seconds of each-other as the laps wound down. The checkered flag came out and Jonathan Dimock would take the win with Greg Muender in second and Bryan Ma closing out the top three.
The A-Main drivers would close out the night with Robby on pole to lead the group into turn one on the rolling start. Stanovich was in a world of his own immediately pulling from the field and setting a track record of 26.221. As Stanovich pulled away early in clean air, the rest of the field would battle for position back and forth, looking for the quickest way around the track and a way to catch Stanovich. With the checkered flag showing at the starters podium Stanovich would go on to take the win, followed by California Lightning Sprints driver Jon Simms, followed by Olivia Ma in third.
With just one race to go in the 2011 Challenge GP Race season the top drivers in the points chase are headed into what will be one of the biggest points battles to date. Come out next month December 18th for the final round of racing, and to see who will be crowned the overall points champion for K1 Speed Carlsbad.