On Sunday, March 8th, K1 Speed Irvine had its third Challenge GP event of the 2009 season. Running the reverse Super Track, the event attracted many of our regular competitors as well as some new faces. Coming out of the qualifying races, the top positions were held by long-time K1 Speed competitor John Tanaka, Khalifa Alasiri, and Taylor Hays.
The first position race was a smooth, clean battle that finally saw veteran K1 Speed racer Kirk Meese taking the number one position on the podium. A new competitor brought a touch of drama and surprise to the event too, making this Challenge GP particularly memorable. Adi Chung, a new face to the Challenge GP, took the 2nd position in the first race, beating out Stephen Robertson who had to settle for 3rd. Needless to say, the first position race was very exciting and turned out to be the perfect segue into our main event.
Leading from the pole position in the main event, John Tanaka quickly put distance between himself and the competition as racers farther back on the grid battled it out for position. As John Tanaka maintained the 1st position, the back field racers were fighting it out. Paul Ciralli started in 9th position and moved up as high as 5th before being overtaken. He eventually finished the race in the 7th spot after putting up a valiant and exciting effort! In the end, the top three qualifiers maintained their positions throughout the race, with John Tanaka taking the 1st place position, Khalifa Alasiri finishing in the 2nd spot, and Taylor Hays rounding out the top 3. Former Challenge GP champion Toby Rodriguez ended up finishing in 4th.
With 3 of 6 races completed, the first season of 2009 is half way over, and the competition is heating up and the scores are tightening! We will keep you updated on the competitors’ progress as the season continues – you don’t want to miss it!