K1 Speed Seattle Challenge GP 5 2K13 – Season 1
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For the penultimate round of Challenge GP Season 1, it was Dana “the dude” Glenn taking top honors in qualifying with a 16.5, just edging out younger Jayce who put down a solid 16.531. The Glenn Bro’s were followed by Rj Napitupulu, Garrett Foss and Theo Mechain who early on looked to be the fastest on the night after Q1, and Adrian Corona heading in to the main event for the night. As the Green flag dropped 2012 GP Champ Dana Glenn led the way as the field thundered down the back stretch and in to turn one, the drivers funneled in single file close behind. For the first few laps the running order stayed the same as they settled in and found their grooves. The first of the group to make a move was Napitupulu who put a solid pass on Jayce Glenn for 2nd spot coming down the front stretch. This pass seem to set things in motion as the rest of the race was action packed.
At the tail end Corona , Foss and Mechain were all battling it out through the chicane and infield sections, going two and 3 wide at times, all the while catching the drivers up front. Soon it was a 4 way battle as Jayce joined in on the fun. 10 laps in and the Dude still held a small lead over Napitupulu, who was locked on his rear bumper. You could see something in the works for several laps though as Rj would peak inside on the hard braking corners, looking for any opening to make his move. Lap 12 and it happened, with a good drive out of the final turn Rj was able to pull along side Dana going into turn one and take over the lead where he would remain for the closing laps. Back to the rest of the pack where 4 drivers were battling for one spot, Foss had at one point moved in to 3rd, but Jayce Glenn and Mechain would fight back hard and once again shuffle the points leader backward. Theo and Jayce duked it out for a few more laps and eventually Mechain got the upper hand moving solidly into 3rd position. Jayce would hang tight and finish 4th while Garrett Foss would come home 5th, certainly not without an incredible fight though. Adrian Corona would finish 6th after running 4th and nearly third at one point and with the many battles these four drivers had tonight, it certainly wasnt about speed this evening in the A-main, it was all about driver skill in traffic and being able to make passes. Look for Corona’s finishes to improve as he gains experience running with the faster drivers, as the youngest driver we have racing the GP, he is still always blazing fast and he certainly will have a breakthrough drive at some point. The championship battle is now down to the final race next month, as Mechain was able to take advantage of Foss’ 5th place finish, he closes up to now just 4 points behind. Who will take it? Who could play the spoiler?