K1 Speed in Torrance, California hosted round three of their Challenge GP race series this past Sunday to a packed house of drivers which would make up 3 mains of racing after the qualifying rounds. Top qualifier spot would go to Christopher Espinoza for grabbing the pole position for the A-Main.
With qualifying done and the mains set the C-Main would be out on track first to start off the nights racing. Jared Brittain would lead the field into turn one on the green flag rolling start with a full field of first time Challenge GP participants in tow. The field would stay in their respective qualifying positions for the duration of the race with one exception of Ashley Lambert who would drop back a position towards the end. The checkered flag would come out and Jared Brittain would go on to take the win, followed by Bob Hyman in second and Shay Williams in third.
B-Main drivers would be out on track next with Tim Bryant leading the field into the first corner from pole position with a hard charging group staying right behind him through the first few turns. The B-Main drivers would consist of a mix of drivers from the regular Challenge GP series, regular arrive-and-drive customers, and a few new faces to make for a fun run group and a great race with multiple clean passes made throughout the duration of the race. One of the most notable performances was by Cory Siler who came from an 8th place starting position and worked his way up the field into 4th to finish out his night. A few drivers would drop back over the duration of the race, which gave people the opportunity to move up in position. With the checkered flag out it would be Vincent Burke taking the win, followed by Kris Hazarian in second and Steve Branson rounding out the top three on the podium.
Closing out the night the A-Main drivers would put on a great display of driving by all as the entire field was made up of experienced indoor kart racers, with the top 4 drivers in the field all posting 26 second lap times making it difficult for anyone to catch them. With pole setter Christopher Espinoza taking the green flag rolling start and leading down into turn one it wouldn’t be long before he was pressured for his position by multiple attempts from Toby Rodriguez, KC Cook, and John Tanaka. With the top 4 running their own race the rest of the field seemed to have their own battle going including Kirk Meese who started in 5th and tried to do everything he could to catch the front runners but found himself getting passed some some of the back of the field which included Paul Ciralli who would close out his night in 5th coming from 8th Michael Arnold who came from the back of the field in 11th to finish 6th and Shane Gaviet who moved from 9th to 7th, unfortunately Meese would have to settle for 9th. The checkered flag would come out and the top 4 would stay in their qualifying positions with Christopher Espinoza taking the overall win, Toby Rodriguez in second, and KC Cook remaining in third, with John Tanaka sitting just off Tanaka’s rear bumper.
With the third round of competition now in the books, and the half way mark for the first half of the 2012 race series reached, drivers have just 3 more races to go before the end of the season. The championship points series is going to be a race to the end with drivers needing to participate in all 6 rounds to have a shot at one of the top three overall championship spots at the end of the series. Come join us for round four April 29th with the best indoor kart racing facility in Los Angeles with K1 Speed in Torrance California.