The Inland Empire is the place to race with K1 Speed in Ontario California, hosting round four of their Challenge GP race series this past Sunday to a number of drivers making for a good mix of new and returning faces to make up the nights main events. Jumping right into the qualifying sessions Chris Singleton was fast from the start posting a single lap time of 51.478 second on the reverse-ran super-track configuration to set the pace for the main events. First time racer to the series Justin Simpson would take the second overall qualifying position putting himself into the A-Main with a 52.246, with Wesley Thu qualifying third with a 52.526.
The B-Main would be out on track first and it would be a close battle right from the drop of the green flag on the rolling start between the top three as they kept nose to tail with each other after they got them selves settled in. Immediately after the green flag was dropped Derek Finley would be passed by third place qualifier David Gutierrez, with Robert Hernandez in tow to take over second dropping Derek back to third on the main straight. The top three would go back and forth with the rest of the field playing catch-up. With just one lap to go, David and Robert were running within a few inches of each other, Robert tried to find a way around but David closed the door on him not letting him by. David Gutierrez would go on to take the win, with Robert Hernandez taking second, and Derek Finley would round out the top three on the podium.
Closing out the night were the A-Main drivers with Chris Singleton taking advantage of grabbing the pole earlier in the night by putting over five kart lengths on the field at the drop of the green flag on the rolling start style format. Second place qualifier Justin Simpson would eventually reel him in and start to pressure Chris in the corners to make a mistake, but Singletons experience was able to hold him off. Wesley Thu would make a move into second getting around Justin on the back straight a few laps later but Justin was able to slip right by along with Patty Kuykendall to move into third. Justin was able to catch back up to Chris and the rest of the top four would follow. No one was able to find a clean way around another by the time the checkered flag came out. Chris Singleton would go wire to wire for the win with Justin Simpson holding onto second and Patty Kuykendall would cap off the top three on the podium.
With just two more races left in the season, it will be a close race to the finish with the top drivers in the over all points standings all within striking distance of each other. Come out to our next race May 13th and check out the best indoor kart racing competition in San Bernardino with K1 Speed in Ontario, California.