The dust has settled and the results are in, K1 Speed in Irvine California wrapped up its Challenge GP race series for 2010 this past Sunday. If you weren’t in attendance you missed out, this was the race event of the season, with the overall points championship being determined at this final race. The top 5 drivers all had a battle on their hands to hold onto their position in the points standings and it was close.
Qualifying remained relatively straight forward and without incident, as drivers had 2 rounds of qualifying to take that top qualifying spot and earn the two bonus points that have been helping drivers get that slight edge over the rest of the competition. John Tanaka would be the top qualifier with a fast lap of 42.221 seconds, giving him an open race track for the start of the A Main.
C-main race action would kick off the main event rounds for the night. Sergei Maffei was on pole for the rolling start, to set the pace for the race. Just before the green flag dropped Niki Luna jumped the gun slightly, nearly spinning himself out taking him out of contention for a podium finish, but he was able to recover and finish 6th for the night. Sergei would keep his pace from the drop of the green flag earning himself the top spot on the podium. Tommy Kistler would take second place, followed by Rob Drew to round out the top 3. Sergei, Tommy, and Rob have all worked over this past season to grab podium finishes and this was a well deserved finish for the top three.
The B-main would be next on the Super-Track layout and it would be a bit of a battle as the drivers all worked to find that fast line around the track. At the half way mark, Kirk Meese would let the pack go by him, as the racing got to be a bit rough and he didn’t want to be part of the bumper car game that was going on behind him. Toby Rodriguez would end up taking the win followed by John Perry taking second just 0.9 tenths of a second behind Toby. Connor O’Brien was sitting in third and it wasn’t an easy task with the hard charging Bill Kreig sticking to Connor’s back bumper waiting for him to make an error and slip past him. Connor didn’t give up his position and Bill would have to settle for 4th and Connor would round out the top three podium finishers for the B Main.
The final main event for the night were the A-main qualifiers with TQ driver John Tanaka on pole. John would go completely unchallenged as he practically ran away from the pack on the first lap and going wire to wire taking the overall win for the night. Michael Tekstra who qualified second tried to keep pace with Tanaka but was unsuccessful, and had to settle for finishing the same way he started in the second finishing spot. New comer William Cruz seemed to come out of no where taking the third podium spot. William will definitely be one to watch in 2011 as he showed that he has the ability to give some of the other veteran drivers a good run for their money.
With the main events finished up for the night it was time to crown the overall points champion. John Tanaka would take the overall points championship for the second half of the Challenge GP Race Series at Irvine just keeping ahead of Toby Rodriguez thanks to some better qualifying rounds over Toby. Toby respectfully finished out the season in second place. Out of no where Jonathan Wright would end up taking the third overall finishing spot in the points championship passing Bill Kreig who was in third. Bills finish in the B-main helped Jonathan as well, as he finished in the A-main for this final event.
This was a great season for all that were involved, and we are looking forward to a new series in 2011. There are still a few final rounds to go at various K1 Locations around Southern California. If you want to be part of the best in indoor kart racing, check out the schedule for the remainder of the 2010 year and come in and participate.