In an unprecedented night of racing K1 Speed’s Southwest location in Phoenix, Arizona wrapped up their Junior and Teen Challenge GP Race league this past week with a growing number of participants on hand to take a shot at the podium. The Junior group which consists of drivers in the smaller kid friendly karts (4′ 10″ and under) saw Alexander Lynch grab the pole position after qualifying with a 32.509 second lap he was just able to edge out Wil Bowker who qualified in second with a 32.538 second lap. The teen group which races in the larger adult sized karts (kids 4′ 10″ and taller) had a great qualifying round with Drew Anderson on pole with a single fast lap of 31.607 seconds, which put him almost half a second faster over the the rest of the field.
The Jr. finalists would be out on track first for the evenings main event with Alexander on pole and tracking the Formula 1 style standing start and leading the field into turn one. Alexander would get out into clean air early on and go unchallenged for the duration of the race. The put second place qualifier Wil Bowker in a position battle with Parker Dahlgren who qualified third. Parker found a way around Wil and moved up a spot which dropped Wil back to third where he would stay on Parker’s back bumper. The rest of the field would not make any position changes and finish out their night in their respective qualifying positions. Alexander would go on to take the win, followed by Parker with Wil rounding out the top three on the podium for the class.
The evening would finish out with the taller kids taking to the track with Drew sitting on pole and leading the field into turn one for the Formula-1 style standing start. Drew front running position wouldn’t last very long as he gave up a few spots to some other hard charging drivers and was unable to recover any positions back. The driver to watch was Cahlei Schildts, who came from a 5th place starting position to move into the first place position an lead the entire field for the finale laps. Second place qualifier Thein Duong, would hang onto his second place qualifying position only allowing one driver to get by – Cahlei Schildts. Third place qualifier Jory Boon dropped back a couple of positions as well giving up the spot to Kenneth Tobler who worked his way up from a sixth place starting position. The field would come to the checkered flag with Cahlei taking the win, Thein in second and Kenneth rounding out the top three.
This was a great final for K1 Speed in Phoenix, Arizona for the 2011 Junior League Challenge GP race series for the our Southwest location. Be on the lookout for the 2012 race season schedule to be announce in the coming months!