We reached the half-way point of our Challenge GP indoor kart racing league this weekend at K1 Speed Torrance in Los Angeles, California, and the event proved to be quite interesting! During Qualifying, the fast lap time was being set and reset by different drivers constantly, as everyone was very competitive right out of the gate; the result of this back-and-forth between the drivers were two separate fields with diverse and competitive starting grids. Though we had a familiar face take the pole position to start on the front row of our A-Main race, several drivers who are accustomed to competing in the A found themselves in the B-Main race instead, such was the closeness and relative equality of the field.
The drivers for our Challenge GP indoor kart racing league at K1 Speed Torrance in Los Angeles, California.
During the A-Main race, John Tanaka was able to pull away from the field after the drop of the green flag, but surprisingly started to slowly lose ground as the race wound its way down. With only a few laps remaining, David Kelmenson was right on John’s rear bumper and went for the pass, but John’s defensive line prevented David from overtaking. In the melee, David and Brandon Cruz, who was following behind in a close 3rd place position, nearly were passed by Michael Arnold who had been hovering back in 4th, but in the end, all three drivers were able to defend their positions and cross the finish line in the order that they started the race. The action was intense though as everyone was watching anxiously as David and Brandon began inching their way back up to the front towards the end of the race!
A-Main Race - 1st: John Tanaka 2nd: David Kelmenson 3rd: Brandon Cruz
Regular competitor Khalifa Alasiri started the B-Main race in 2nd place but was able to quickly pass pole-sitter Joe Batwinis for the lead, and he never looked back. Though Joe was unable to maintain his position at the front of the pack, he was able to prove his mettle on track by holding off long-time K1 competitor Kirk Meese, who was doing everything possible to make a pass. Determined not to lose another place on the podium, Joe raced a classic defensive battle and was consistent throughout, which allowed him to hold off Kirk and finish the race behind Khalifa in 2nd place! Battling Khalifa and Kirk certainly illustrated quite clearly to everyone who was there that Joe is someone to lookout for in the future, and we expect him to do well!
B-Main Race - 1st: Khalifa Alasiri 2nd: Joe Batwinis 3rd: Kirk Meese
Everyone was very competitive this weekend and the racing was some of the closest that we’ve seen! If you want to compete in our Challenge GP go kart league, join us at our K1 Speed Torrance indoor karting center in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 25th for the next round! We hope to see you there!