The best indoor kart racers in Los Angeles came together at K1 Speed’s Torrance, California location for round 2 of the Challenge GP series to make a run for the overall points championship. A number of drivers are in the hunt for the championship this year and several new drivers were on hand for this race to mix it up with the regulars. Qualifying on the concrete etched-surface track still proves to be a challenge as drivers only have two qualifying rounds to find the fast line on this season’s reverse-run layout, which many drivers are seeing for the first time. Matthew Widner had a strong showing and laid down a fast lap of 27.381 seconds to give him the pole position for the night’s A-Main.
B-Main qualifiers were first on track with Heath Sosa leading the group around for the rolling start. Calculating the start just right, Heath was able to pull away from the group early and go relatively unchallenged for a majority of the race. Working to chase down Heath was second place qualifier Zachary Shewendenman and third place qualifier Andre Davillae, who had their own battle back and forth for position. Heath would take the checkered flag for the win and Zachary and Andre would finish in the same positions they qualified in, 2nd place for Zachary and 3rd place for Andre. The rest of the B main would finish out the same way they qualified as well.
The race to watch was the A-Main which had a good battle between the top five drivers. Pole sitter Matthew Widner would take the green flag rolling start but it wouldn’t be long before he found himself having to work to hold his position. He was able to keep the other drivers from getting around him until just before the white flag when he took a corner a bit too wide and second place qualifier Robby Stanovich got underneath him, and unfortunately spun Matthew out. Robby would go on for the win and third place qualifier John Tanaka would move into second while fourth place qualifier Darin Nishimura would round out the top three. Matthew was able get his kart pointed in the right direction and finish out the night in fourth place.
The midway point for the Challenge GP series for K1 Speed in Torrance is March 27th and there is quite a battle for the overall points championship going on between the top 10 drivers. The overall battle will probably come down to the final race before we can determine a champion. Come out and race in the best indoor kart series in LA with K1 Speed in Torrance, California.