Mostly regulars – and a few newcomers – came out for the fourth round of the Ontario Challenge GP on Sunday, April 26, and the competitors put on a great show for the spectators in the building. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night though was a young newcomer by the name of Braidyn Danelik, who is only 14 years old and has already achieved an astounding XP Score of 1,268! Not only can he hold his own out on the track, but he went out and actually competed for the win in his first Challenge GP appearance! Not bad for someone who can’t even drive a real car!
The B Main race went pretty smoothly with no major incidents, as the man starting on the pole position, Michael Arnold, won in dominating fashion. Second place went to Michael Chen and third to Frank Hsu.
The A Main didn’t go as smoothly! John Tanaka started on pole position, but was quickly under pressure as soon as the green flag dropped. The first two laps were fairly clean with very close racing; in fact, you could probably throw a blanket over the first 5 drivers everyone was so close! Once the third lap started however, the intensity began to heat up! Braidyn Danelik slipped by David Messimer and they went at it for a few turns until Braidyn got smashed hard into the barrier and ended up catching a little hang time. Despite the incident, Braidyn was able to recover for a top 5 finish. That one mishap though gave John Tanaka the breathing room that he needed to really focus and put down some solid laps to take the win. Paul Ciralli ended up finishing in second place, with Taylor Hays finishing in third, Braidyn Danelik in forth, and Ahmed Alasiri in fifth position.
As the season winds down, the battles keep getting closer and closer and the level of competition is stronger and stronger each Grand Prix weekend. We look forward to seeing new faces at the next Ontario Challenge GP on May 31!