For the 2nd round of the 2013 Challenge GP season saw 15 drivers show up to battle it out on the tight Seattle course and it was yet another battle throughout qualifying as drivers swapped the top spot with nearly every passing lap. Theo Mechain, however, was able to lead the 10 fastest drivers to the green flag in the A-Main after setting the top qualifying time with a 16.491, his best qualifying effort so far followed by Rj Napitupulu, Garrett Foss, Dana Glenn, Jayce Glenn, Ricky Henderson, Terrell Broomer, Jon Jordan, Patrick O’Leary and Brandon Goebel.
The first few laps saw things staid relatively calm as the order stayed roughly unchanged. Lap 6 saw Napitupulu leave the door open just enough heading in to turn 2 at the end of the straight for Foss to dive to the inside and wrestle for the 2nd position, and take the spot heading in to turn 3 in the infield. Mechain, Foss and Napitupulu were now in a 3 way battle for the lead without an inch to spare between their bumpers. Behind them, there was a war going on for 4th between Dana Glenn, Jayce Glenn and Ricky Henderson. Henderson would get by younger brother Jayce and begin his attack on “The Dude” to try and move into that 4th spot. Dana would have none of it however as the two came out of the final corner and on to the front stretch side by side, he held Henderson to the inside going in to turn one and as a result caused him to run wider on the exit , and with a quick stab of the brakes and a dive back to the inside squared off the corner and was gone. Ricky would then come under fire from Jayce Glenn, and after a short battle that eventually forced Henderson into a mistake through the chicane, Jayce would take over the spot. Further back, there was a battle just as intense all its own between Patrick O’Leary, Terrell Broomer and John Jordan. These 3 were locked together and fighting for position nearly the entire race and so evenly matched you just never knew who might come out on top. Eventually Broomer found his groove and moved back into 6th place. A very impressive run for the newcomer to the GP league. Up front Napitupulu made a costly mistake in turn one trying to pass Garrett Foss that caused him to drop to last place, where he would remain the rest of the race. At the checkered flag it was Theo Mechain taking his first win and just edging out Garrett Foss who finished a close 2nd, Dana Glenn would take 3rd. Behind them it was Jayce Glenn 4th, Terrell Broomer 5th, Patrick O’leary 6th after starting 9th, Ricky Henderson 7th, Jon Jordan 8th, Brandon Goebel 9th and Rj Naptitupulu 10th.
We now have a 2 way tie in points for first between Garrett Foss and Theo Mechain, and also a two way tie for 2nd place with brothers Dana and Jayce Glenn. Patrick O’leary now sits 4th in points after a solid drive followed by Terrell Broomer for your top 5 currently in points. With 4 drivers going for the top two spots at the moment, things are sure to be shaken up at the next race.