As the 11 driver field came down the back stretch to take the first green flag of the 2012 Challenge GP Series at K1 Speed Seattle, fastest qualifier and pole sitter Dana “The Dude” Glenn lead the way followed closely by number 2 qualifier Hans Malzar and brother Jayce Glenn in 3rd. Malzar and younger brother Jayce immediately began pressuring “The Dude” and the three drivers began a race long battle for the lead with each setting blistering lap times in their fight for the number one spot. Malzar was showing he meant business by pressuring Glenn and nearly taking the lead at some points. Glenn would respond to Malzars’ advances and put down an amazing 16.882 lap, besting even his qualifying time of 16.923 seconds. The two raced clean. Meanwhile, an intense battle for the 4th position was heating up just 2 laps in to the 16 lap final between several drivers including Adrian Corona, Matthew Curran, Bohdan Velushchak, the very fast and methodical RJ Napitupulu and the 3rd of the Glenn brothers Dallas. These 5 drivers were locked together in a tight battle for the majority of the race, swapping positions each lap and almost in every turn. Up front the duo of Glenn and Malzar had put a small gap between them and the rest of the field after Jayce Glenn made a trio of small mistakes in the infield section of the track allowing Dana and Hans Malzar to pull away and the fast 5 to catch up to his rear bumper.
On lap 12 of 16, the leaders caught lapped traffic and things got interesting. Leader Dana Glenn managed to make passes quickly on the tight K1 Speed Seattle course, and as a result increased his lead on Malzar who unfortunately got pinched off by lapped traffic causing him to fall outside of the top 3 and a podium spot. 4th and 5th place drivers Curran and Velushchack also became a victim the intense battles through lapped traffic and fell back. At the checkered flag it was Dana “The Dude” Glenn taking the win, followed by RJ Napitupulu who started 5th, and an amazing 3rd place finish for middle brother Dallas Glenn who started 7th. Jayce Glenn and Hans Malzar round out the top 5. Also Extremely impressive in his first ever competitive race of any kind, was young 13 year old Adrian Corona who came home 7th after battling for a podium spot at one point during the night. Look for Corona to improve as he gains experience in the upcoming rounds. The field is stacked for the 2012 Challenge GP Series here in Seattle, as the top 6 drivers lap times were separated by Roughly two and a half tenths, any one of them could take home a win this season.