K1 Speed has taken over the bay area of Northern California as the top producer of competitive indoor kart racers with K1 Speed located in Santa Clara, California. The Challenge GP Race Series rolled into the fast paced concrete surfaced facility this past Sunday, with a number of the top indoor kart racers from the area all making a run for a podium finish, and a chance at the overall points championship. The double qualifying format would set the fields, with Ryan Cougil taking the pole position with a qualifying lap time of 22.290 seconds followed by Robert Nieves in second with a single lap time of 22.406, and Roddy Balanga would qualify third with a 22.585. The rest of the drivers would fall in place behind them by just a few tenths making for a tight couple of field to make up the main events for the night.
B-Main drivers would kick things off and show they had just as much driving skill as the other participants with first time GP participant Jonathan Sarceda leading the field from pole on the green flag rolling start into turn one. He would take advantage of the open track early on and put some distance between himself and the rest of the field. That left second, third, and fourth place qualifiers Alex Jacobsen, Nelson Rosa and Geon McKenzie in a tight battle with the rest of the field in tow. Alex would have an unfortunate spin out allowing over half the field to get by before he was able to get things pointed in the right direction and get moving again Geon McKenzie would make a move on Nelson Rosa to move up into the second, which dropped the Nelson to third. The rest of the field would shuffle around a bit but made for some clean driving to the end. With the checkered flag out Jonathan Sarceda would take the win, with Geon McKenzie taking second and Nelson Rosa was able to hold onto third.
The A-Main would close out the night with pole setter Ryan Cougill taking the green flag on the rolling start with the rest of the field close behind headed into turn one. Third place qualifier Roddy Balanga would get the jump on second place qualifier Robert Nieves to take over second place early in the race and pressure Ryan for the duration of the main event. Robert would slip down to fourth but have a great battle with Scott Levin for third for a number of laps but could seem to fin the opening he needed to make up the position. The rest of the field would stay in the respective qualifying positions, and with the checkered flag showing the top four remained pretty close to each other as they came across the start/finish line. Ryan Cougill would take the win just edging out Roddy Balanga, Scott Levin would hold onto third with Robert Nieves just about half a kart away in fourth.
With round four in the books its going to be a close race to the end, and with the championship points on the line multiple drivers who are all in the points chase are after a top spot on the podium as these final races wind down. Come out to our next race May 20th and see what the race action is all about with the best indoor kart racing facility in the bay area with K1 Speed in Santa Clara, California.