Everyone in college football is talking about the “Luck of the Irish”. In Austin they are talking about the luck of Ignacio Martinez and how he used it to win his 4th consectutive Challenge GP. Ignacio spent well over half the race in 4th position and then capitolized on a timely crash involving leaders Chris Splendoria and Matt Hammock to all but lock up the points race for the season. Jason Young had another strong outing collecting 2nd place hardware and youngster Bray Munroe battled from last position all the way up to 3rd place.
The B main was dominated by several new GP Challenge racers. Sarin Kodappully raced hard and won the B main in his first outting of the season. Another first timer, Adam Fujawa, finished in 2nd place. Donald Munroe, who is #5 in the national K1RS overall points standings, finished in 3rd place.
Join us next month for the final GP of the season!
In the practice round Rick Kane took the lead by passing Roddy & Jonathan & kept the lead the entire race with the time of 23.84. In the qualifier round Roddy passed Rick in the 3rd lap and in the 7th lap Jonathan passed Rick & held his position in second & Roddy leading and finished in first with the time of 23.58. In the final round, Roddy pulled away from everyone with the lead the entire race. Rick Kane started in 3rd position and in the 5th lap Rick passed Jonathan for 2nd spot and held his position as 2nd.
In the B-Main there were a lot of new racers, David Tchankot and Ivane Zazunish went side by side passing each other multiple times but in the 4th lap David finally passed Ivane and help lead the rest of the race finishing with the time of 24.54 as the best lap time.
Top qualifier Michael Whipple encountered some aggressive and determined racers on the second to last lap entering turn 4 and was passed on the inside and spun into a wall dropping him from his chance to be top dog in both the qualifying run and A main, but finished a strong fourth. Charles Abbott continued his consistent performance with his first win of the season after finishing runner up in the last four challenge GPs.
It was great to see Crista Brown back on the K1 track as she took home the first place trophy for dominating the B Main over long time racer Gary Wiesel. Several new faces were seen at K1 South Florida for this Challenge GP and we hope that with only one race left, December has the strongest attendance since opening weekend.
Henry Morse continues his domination of the Torrance GP this season by laying down a solid 26.596 as his qualifying time. This put him solidly on top of the pole for the modest 6-person main. Henry did nothing during the final except for put space between him and the other racers. Michael and Micah held on to 2nd and 3rd for the entire final, and all three of the podium finishers ended up lapping the rest of the field. Randall, who started in 4th started to lose power around lap number 9 and was able to hold on to his position until lap 12 when Craig made his move. His move ended up spinning Randall out, so Craig did the classy thing and let Randal have his position back. The only one who really scored out of that deal was C’Jay who moved out of his 6th place start during the scuffle to take 4th, where he finished.
This month’s A-Main event was exciting, as always! The top 9 out of the 18 competitors were battling it out for the checkered flag and not to mention, bragging rights for the next month. Shortly into the race, Kyle Wicka (the fastest qualifier) held it down just like in qualifying and pulled away from the pack, gaining a commanding lead. From then on it became a battle for second and third place with Andrew Lemons and Josh Krauss battling it out K1 style! In the end, Kyle took the win, Josh claimed second place and Andrew rounded out the podium in third.
Another great B-Main event at K1 Speed Carlsbad! Passing is most certainly the theme of the first half of this race. Several intense position changes and passes took place, none of which were given up easily. Finally towards the second half of the race the drivers settled into their positions and it became a battle of speed and lap times. B-Main final positions are as follows: 1st- Charles Eichlin, 2nd- Michael Dozier, 3rd- Cristina Castro.
Yet another great K1 Speed Challenge Grand Prix in the books. See you next month!
A Main: A familiar face is back… KC Cook takes the 1st place podium in our GP Season Premier. KC as we know was a amazing competitor last season and proves once again to be another threat this season. It was a tough battle for 2nd place with Paul Ciralli, Kenny Takemoto, and Nicholas Haye rubbing bumpers during the entire race. Paul Ciralli eventually took 2nd place with 3rd and 4th place racers finishing bumper to bumper in the final lap. Overall a clean race to watch with one incident of some hard bump.
B Main: Race winner Michael Dozier took a commanding lead right out of turn one and never looked back. As the race field tried to catch-up to the leader some heavy bumping ensued during the middle of the race. Second place finisher Jason Kooken displayed some precision driving to make his way through the race field to gain a second place showing. Fun race to watch with some great drivers showing off there racing talents.
C Main: First place podium goes to Steve Butscher. Steve was remarkable quick in establishing his race lead and maintained a health lead throughout the race. The race to watch was going to see whom would eventually grab the second and third place podiums. Jake Hernandez, Benjamin Ku, and Keith Takemoto all charged hard and showcased some great pacing maneuvers between the three of them. In the end Jake and Benjamin repectivley finished 2nd and 3rd.
A Main: Rick Kane started in the lead & kept his lead the entire race. Jonathan Davian started in 5th place & made is way to 2nd place but lost position in the 11th lap. Joshua passed Jonathan & finished in 2nd place & rick kan in first.
B Main: Alexander Grundner started with the lead in the final with Scott Allen right behind him. On 6th lap Alexander lost his position in turn #3. Scott took over George Romero and kept ahead of every one the entire race. Scott took the lead over George on lap 11 and finished in first place.
The Main event was plain fast tonight. It was the best race of the GP Challenge to date. All but one of the racers posted best laps in the 26 second range. Nobody could catch Ignacio Martinez again for his 3rd straight Main Event win. In the qualifying rounds Ignacio set the track record again with a 25.878. 2nd place went to Jason Young for a 2nd straight week and Brian Medieros rounded out the top 3.
The B Main was fun to watch. Sean Gossett held of hard charging new comer Brandon Pond and the youngest racer in the GP Challenge Josh Munroe to win the race. It was a pretty even field from top to bottom and it proved to be pretty entertaining racing.
The C Main was full of 1st time to the GP Challenge racers and full of excitement. Chris Harwood took 1st place followed by Jake Young and Gerald Henderson respectively. They just keep getting better and better. Next months GP will be raced in reverse direction so get ready!!!
Only one word comes to mind for the 4th round of the 2012 Challenge GP Series in Seattle…Epic! Qualifying was an all our brawl for the Pole Position as 7 of the 9 drivers laid down 17.1 or faster lap times. Although drivers Theo Mechain, Dave and Andrea Champlin, Patrick O’Leary, Calvin Chan and Alec Anderson may have been newcomers to the series, they were by no means new to going fast. These drivers were absolutely flying all night, with each of them taking turns setting fastest lap during qualifying.
Come race time though, it was once again Dana Glenn putting the hammer down and snagging the two extra bonus points for top qualifier with a time of 16.713 seconds. The field was still very close though, as even 6th place starter Calvin Chans’ qualifying time was less than half a second slower than the Dude. As the green flag flew it was Dana Glenn leading the field down the front stretch followed by the 8 kart freight train of RJ Napitupulu, Theo Mechain, Patrick O’Leary, Dave Champlin, Jayce Glenn, Calvin Chan, Andrea Champlin and Alec Anderson. As the drivers funneled in to turn one Napitupulu showed that he was here to de-throne The Dude’s run of dominance by diving to the inside and out braking him to take the lead early. Glenn, being calculated from years of driving sprint cars and coming from a family of racers, fought back immediately and took back the lead. Napitupulu was not done however and continued to pressure and battle with Dana in the coming laps. Behind the front two, young Theo Mechain was getting being pressured by the SCCA Touring Lites driver Patrick O’Leary who made several pass attempts with runs up the inside, but just couldn’t quite make them stick on Mechain who would respond every time and shut the door. Dave Champlin was wanting to move forward as well as he and Glenn’s younger brother Jayce were both attached to the rear bumper of O’Leary through the infield sections of the track for several laps.
An unlikely mistake by O’Leary mid-race and skills that no doubt come with being part of the Glenn family allowed younger brother Jayce Glenn to move by both him and Dave Champlin and move in to the number 4 slot where he would stay the remainder of the race. Calvin Chan moved in to the picture and now began to pressure Champlin, knowing the race was winding down he made his move on lap 14 and slipped into 6th, a solid drive for the newcomer. Champlin would fight back going in to turn one, but couldn’t make it happen. Instead he seemed to settle in at this point and take home a solid points finish. Smart, after the battles he had just been a part of for nearly the whole race. Up front The Dude had built a slight lead over RJ and was looking fast and smooth. Mechain however, was getting comfortable with the pace of the leaders and, in fact was now getting even faster as he began to close in on the back of RJ Napitupulu after nearly being 2 seconds adrift at one point. With just three laps to go, Mechain made his move on Napitupulu in the infield section of the track and moved into the 2nd spot.
At the drop of the checkered flag it was again Dana “The Dude” Glenn taking the win, followed by Theo Mechain in 2nd, and RJ Napitupulu in 3rd. 4th through 9th was as follows at the line: Jayce Glenn, Patrick O’leary, Calvin Chan, Dave Champlin, the impressive and very fast Andrea Champlin who definitely has the speed to run with the boys, and Alec Anderson. This round was by far the most intense and action packed to date. There were battles everywhere all race long, far too many to list in fact, and everyone was going for it from green to checkers. Dana extends his points lead over 2nd place RJ Napitupulu, and Jayce Glenn moves up in to 3rd by just one point over series regular Hans Malzar who unfortunately was forced to miss this round and now falls to 4th in the standings. With Hans returning at the next round, and several fast drivers turning up as of late, things are sure to get even more intense as the last two rounds of the season commence…Stay Tuned!
Final A main started with a major crash that spun out three driver putting Scott Adams, Hernan Palermo and Teddy Huang a good distance out in front with no real chance for other drivers to make a real effort to contend. Scott Adams pulled to a comfotable lead as Hernan and Teddy battled it out for 2nd and 3rd. At the end of the race Scott had a nice lead and finished the race in 1st place with Hernan in 2nd and Teddy in 3rd place.
It was a great Qual. run by all racers. The diff between A main and B Main was 7/10ths of a second. B main was ran without issues. Alll racers had a good run but Alan Ma Wand finished in first place with Adam Johnson in second and Bobby Zilliox and distant 3rd.