K1 Speed in the heart of Orange County hosted the final round of the Challenge GP Race Series this past weekend to a packed house full of drivers all after the championship points standings. A number of veteran drivers would make of the field of the top indoor kart racers along with a large number of new comers to the series all looking to take on the best indoor kart racers in So-Cal. With double qualifying rounds it would be a tight battle for the top qualifier position with KC Cook showing his driving skills early in the rounds to take the pole position with a 41.526 second single lap time to get him there.
With the fields set for the mains it would be the drivers in the C-Main out first for the green flag rolling start. Justin Couto showed impressive driving skill right from the start and was able to quickly put some distance between himself and the rest of the field and eventually going on for the win. There would be a good battle between second place finisher Justin Swartenberger and third place finisher Hans-Peter Klett showing they will be contenders in the second half of 2012.
B-Main drivers would be out on track next and this would be a good mix of drivers, with the front runners setting the pace early on to get things going. Elie Shine would make things look easy, going wire to wire for the win and would have been a contender in the overall championship if it wasn’t for a single missed race keep him out of contention. Chris Gaumer and Russ McGrane had a good battle going till the end taking second and third respectfully. New comer to the series Elvis Castaneda had a strong showing as well finishing sixth for his first time out.
Closing out the night, the A-Main drivers always put on a great show and with the championship points on the line this would be a close race. Pole setter KC Cook somehow grabbed a very large margin off the rest of the field on the drop of the green flag giving himself a 5 kart lead right from the start. This left the championship points battle between the two Nicks, with Nicholas Haye and Nicholas Rebeil looking like a 2-car freight train for most of the race. The rest of the field were in their own tight battle of their own including last years dominating indoor kart champ Robby Stanovich who has been taking a break from racing outdoor karts and having some fun back in his roots of kart racing with the Challenge GP Race series.KC cook would go on to the easy win followed my Nicholas Haye in second and Nicholas Rebeil rounding out the top three.
With the checkered flag dropped the overall champions would take their spot on the podiums to claim the title for the first half of the 2012 Challenge GP Race series. Nicholas Haye would be the top driver of the series taking first overall with Nicholas Rebeil taking second and Jason Foreman would round out the top three on the podium for the series.
With the first half of 2012 coming to an end be on the look out for the series schedule to be released shortly for the second of 2012 in the coming weeks!