K1 Speed in Ontario, California opened up their Challenge GP race series this past weekend to a number of returning drivers that are all heavy hitters in the So-Cal indoor kart scene. To kick off the second half of the 2011 series the Super-Track layout has been changed to give drivers an all new challenging race course and the largest indoor race facility in the Inland Empire area. Qualifying on the extended distance track remained close as drivers took a few laps to get used to the all new layout. Robby Stanovich found his quick way around early on, posting a 51.544 second lap time, landing him the pole position for the main and setting the pace for the rest of the field.
Even with double qualifying rounds, Stanovich remained on top and would lead the field for the green flag rolling start. Tyler Pope would follow closely in second from his qualifying position as he looked to be glued to Robbie’s back bumper and Gabriel Familathe would be sitting in third. Tyler did what he could to pressure Robby who was driving a good defensive line not allowing any room for Pope to find a way around. while Gabriel sat in a solid third place watching the action up front. The rest of the field would fall in line with RJ Sterns, Emillio Garcia III and John Tanaka falling in line in 4th, 5th, and 6th trying to find a better way around the course. By the time the checkered flag came out the top three drivers remained in their starting positions with Robby taking the win, Tyler in second and Gabriel rounding out the top three in third.
This was a great start to the season and with the points back to 0 for each location its anyone’s ball game for who will be at the top of the podium for the overall points champion. The question seems to be if anyone can catch the young Robby Stanovich and his dominating performance when he shows up to race.
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