Overall points leader Randy Olivarez went into the penultimate round of the Jul-Dec 2009 Challenge GP season at K1 Speed Seattle with a chance to clinch the title, and it was evident that he wanted the win! Defending champion Sean Naslund unfortunately could not make the race, and thus gave up any hope he had of scoring a second consecutive championship, but Javier Cantu-Lucero could force a runoff at the final round of the season if he took the win in Round 5. The qualifying round would determine the starting order, and very likely the results of the race, so everyone was eager to see who would take the pole position at our indoor karting center!
Javier Cantu-Lucero had a very good performance in qualifying and was consistently fast, but in the end, he was edged out by Randy Olivarez. Clearly looking for the win and the overall championship, the lap record holder on our current track configuration went about dissecting the course corner-by-corner and ended up claiming the pole position for the final race. At the drop of the green flag, Javier did everything that he could to apply pressure on Randy, but his technique wasn’t quite good enough to get him past the race leader. Randy passed the finish line after a dominating drive and claimed the championship for the Jul-Dec 2009 Challenge GP season! Javier came in just behind Randy and earned valuable points for his standings, but in the end his championship hopes were over.
With 2nd place still up for grabs between Javier and Sean Naslund, the final round of the year should be exciting! Stay tuned for more news!