This past weekend on July 5th, our second Challenge GP season of 2009 was kicked off at K1 Speed Irvine on the brand new Super Track configuration! There were many familiar faces, including John Tanaka who dominated last season, as well as some faces that we haven’t seen in awhile like long time racer Robert Dlugos. Needless to say, everyone had a great time and the event was a fantastic start to the season!
The qualifying session was clean, providing everyone with the opportunity to lay down some fast laps to determine the running order of the races. In the B Main race, Bill Kreig was able to finish the race in 1st place, ahead of Jordan Robertson and Steven Bordeaux, who finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Jordan Robertson and his father are regular racers and we were impressed to see Jordan finish on the podium amongst such experienced competition. We anticipate that all of our B Main podium finishers will improve their skills even further by the end of the season.
The A Main race was fast and exciting, with Toby Rodriguez, John Tanaka and Robert Dlugos leading the pack from the start. John and Robert both gained positions going into Turn 1, with John moving up one spot from 3rd place to 2nd and Robert gaining two positions from the competition by moving up from 5th place to 3rd! Both men were able to capitalize on having the inside line into the first turn, and once they made their passes, John and Robert never looked back! Toby Rodriquez wound up taking the win ahead of John, who got off to a strong start defending last season’s championship with a 2nd place finish on the podium, and Robert Dlugos who finished in 3rd despite taking a hiatus from our Challenge GP race league.
We would like to congratulate all of our racers and invite you to compete at our next K1 Speed Irvine Challenge GP race on August 2nd! We look forward to seeing you there!