K1 Speed’s indoor electric karting center in San Bernardino wrapped up Round 5 of its Challenge GP race series this past weekend with a strong group of drivers all after the top podium spot. With the points chase for the overall championship still on the line, this 5th race surely set the pace for what’s to come in the final round next month. Qualifying remained straightforward as drivers have found the fast line around the exciting Super Track configuration that’s being run in the reverse direction for this series. Vincent Burke was the man of the evening taking the pole position for the main with a fast lap of 55.762 seconds. The rest of the group would follow in tow, just missing his quickest lap time by a few tenths of a second.
The drivers took to the track for the main event and Vincent would lead the pack into turn one for the rolling start in true freight train fashion. He quickly had everyone on his back bumper. Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t in the lead long as Ryan Rich found a way around him and took off with the lead. Out in clean air, Ryan would pull away from the pack as he had ample room to make clean laps. Vincent dropped back to second and then had a racing incident that got him tangled up in a corner and he dropped back a few more positions, leaving him to chase people down with only a small number of laps remaining. Ryan would go on to take the win, Vincent found his way back into second place and Ron Rich would round out the podium in 3rd.
With just one race left in the first half of 2011 Challenge GP schedule, it has shaped up to be a good challenge for the overall points championship that’s hanging on the outcome of the final race next month. So, come out to K1 Speed in Ontario, California on June 12th and take on the best indoor kart racers in the Inland Empire.