The September Challenge GP started just after the sun went down in the Inland Empire, with 10 fierce competitors ready to start racing! Both qualifying rounds went very smooth, with KC Cook putting a lap record time of 47.302 to take the pole position for the Main. KC Cook would start the main off by ticking off fast lap after fast lap to pull a pretty sizeable gap between him and the rest of the field. He would be able to pull away by about 3 seconds until the last lap when Lawrence was able to get around Bryce Raygor for second and start to take some time off of KC’s gap. He was only able to make up a second or so but if the race had been just one more lap, we could have had a photo finish. As we head into the fourth round next month and the weather starts to cool off, we hope to see more of you out to compete against the best of the best here at K1 Speed Ontario.
Hans Malzar was able to snag the number one qualifier position for round 3 of the K1 Speed Seattle Challenge GP, and after taking the green flag lead the field into turn one followed closely by Dana Glenn, Jayce Glenn, Adrian Corona and Garret White in 5th.
Through the infield and on to the back stretch it was Malzar still holding on to the number one spot with The Dude latched to his bumper. Behind them younger brother Jayce and Corona were side by side for the number 3 spot, with Corona hanging tough on the outside for the completion of lap one. Corona would hold the position for the next few laps while the front two began to put on a clinic and pull away from the field. Jayce however, decided it was go time and on lap 7 made quick work of Corona with a solid run down the back stretch, making the pass and taking over 3rd spot. Corona immediately came under fire from Garrett White who was finding his rhythm and picking up the pace at the halfway point. Corona however, responded to the pressure from White and began to set some seriously fast lap times and close back in on Jayce Glenn in the closing laps. Meanwhile, back at the front The Dude was absolutely flying, showing no signs of weakness after coming from a 2nd place starting spot he made his first and lass pass of the night on Malzar going down the straight at around the halfway point. Malzar held strong though and used his head to once again gain valuable points in the championship. In the end it was Dana “The Dude” Glenn taking yet another win, followed in second by Hans Malzar, Jayce Glenn, Adrian Corona and Garrett White in 5th. Malzar is showing some blazing speed lately in qualifying, and with his methodical driving and finishes, he is now tied for 2nd place in the standings with RJ Napitupulu. Look for him to keep improving in the coming rounds, a win could definitely be in the cards for Malzar. Jayce Glenn is now tied for 3rd, and Adrian Corona also moved up 2 spots in the points at the end of the night. Things are getting interesting!
A Main: And the top spot in this months GP Season Premier goes to Spencer Mayeda. Spencer recorded the fasted qulifying time of 44.262. With Nicholas Haye and Cody Phillips taking 2nd and 3rd place to round out the podium standings. A very new line up which is always great to see on the podium. Further back in the group a dog-fight for 5th, 6th and 7th went down to the wire with nose to tail racing to the end. We look forward to seeing them all in our next event.
B Main: John Tanaka to a commanding lead at the start of the race. However, Justin Bosecker and Nicholas Rebeli weren’t going to let John take first place with out a fight. As the group spread out in the race field the first place podium was going to be decided if Justin or Nicholas would be able to catch up to John. With three laps left in the race it looked as if Justin was going to have a chance to make a charage on capturing first place, but in the end with a bump from 3rd place finisher Nicholas, Justin would have to settle for 2nd place. A fun race to watch.
C Main: Joe Xie, Steve Butsher, and Jacob Romano demonstrated excellence under pressure. Not as seasoned as some of our other drivers, they are on the pursuit to that A main arena. With some hard throttling and some last minute braking, these 3 warped around the track at light speed. A Very new line up which is always great to see on the podium. We look forward to seeing them next round for the next challenge.
D Main: Our D-Main race introduced us to a new-comer Christian Steele. A fast and young racer with lots of potential, Christian took first place. With Aj Cook and Chris Hanson taking 2nd and 3rd. Once again, a very new line up which is always great to see on the podium. We look forward to see these new faces again.
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 qualifying run by all racers. The difference between A Main and B Main was 7/10ths of a second. B main was ran without issues. All racers had a good run but Alan Ma Wand finished in first place with Adam Johnson in second and Bobby Zilliox and distant 3rd.
The A Main was FAST!! Racing the track opposite direction did not slow anyone down this night. Track record holder, Ignacio Martinez, almost set it again by putting up 26.3 lap after lap to go on and win for the second straight time. Jason Young has improved week after week and finished 2nd this week. Rounding out the top 3 was Matt Hammock.
The B Main was the most interesting race of the night. It was full of excitting racing and and had a top 3 that consisted of father and son, current #6 in the K1RS Overall points and a former top 12. Hunter Hughes held of the father son duo of Donald Munroe and Bray Munroe to win the B Main and show why he was in the top 12 K1RS Overall. Donald Munroe , who is ranked #6 overall could’nt quite catch the leader and had his hands full holding his hard charging son, Bray Munroe who recovered from a bad start and climed from last to 3rd.
Newcomer Perry Pham bested a strong and experienced C Main field to win his first medal of the season. Chase Williamson and Darrin Wicken had a strong race and avoided some wrecks to take home 2nd and 3rd respectively. It was another great turnout and expect the Oct 7th event to be even bigger with all the hype going about the F1 event coming soon! See y’all then.
Fastest Qualifier: Josh Krauss (24.831)
1st Joshua Tuffs
2nd Alex Kuznik
3rd Zhiqian Peng
1st Josh Krauss
2nd Ian Enz
3rd Charles Eichlin
There were a lot of new faces that came out for the Challenge GP this month in Ontario and were looking to make a name for their selves. KC Cook was solid during qualifying and landed himself on pole position with a 47.795 second lap. Since there were only 16 racers, they all decided they wanted combine the 2 finals and run just one main. KC Cook got a great start coming to the green but within a couple laps, Chris Singleton was able to close in on his back bumper. They were both turning around the same lap times so it was very difficult for Chris to get any advantage to pass KC. KC was able to secure the top spot for the final laps and take the victory in the second race of the Ontario Challenge GP. Chris Singleton was second, followed by Evan Sumpter in third, Bob Hyman in forth, and Marcin Balazy in fifth.
The A Main Event was FAST! Great racing from top to bottom with everyone hitting a 27 second fastes lap time. Track record holder Ignacio Martinez beat the field and showed why he is Austin’s track record holder. In his second qualifier he put up a 27.397 to earn the pole position and earn bonus points in the standings. Timmy Palmer battled from several spots back to take 2nd while Chris Splendoria turned in another great performance to finish 3rd and move into 2nd in the overall points standings for the season. Season Points leader Donald Munroe finished 4th.
The B Main had a lot of good racing from the start to the finish. Newcomer to the GP Challenge Jason Young held off Matt Hammock and a charging Phil Hammel to win and receive 36 points in the overall standings.
The C Main was full of excittement and everyone was wondering how these guys didn’t put up faster qualifier times after watching this one. The top 3 finishers were Brian Gilbert, Dale Daugherty and Chase Williamson. GP # 2 was bigger and faster than the last. We expect the momentum to keep on going. Look for next months GP to be run in reverse direction on the the track!! See you all then!
Sea Fair Sunday welcomed the racers back to K1 Speed Seattle for the 2nd round of the 2012 Challenge GP series. Many of the heavy hitters still showed to do battle, and it sure was a good one. This time around it was RJ Napitupulu who was able to secure the number one qualifying position with a time of 16.921, just besting the likes of Dana “The Dude” Glenn and Hans Malzar who had times of 17.031 and 17.1, respectively in their qualifiers and snagging the 2 bonus points awarded for number one qualifier. As the drivers took the green flag and headed for turn one, it was RJ Napitupulu with the lead followed closely by Glenn, Malzar, Brandan Hammock, 14 year old Jordan Walker and Keith Witt. Glenn immediately began searching for a way around Napitupulu, and as they entered turn two it was RJ to the inside and “The Dude” running the outside lane, allowing Malzar to close in to both drivers’ rear bumper and nearly make a pass on Glenn. RJ Napitupulu managed to stay in control of the lead through the remainder of the infield and on to the back stretch, but Glenn would sneak to the inside coming in to the final turn and made a pass but in the process slide wide and RJ retaliated immediately and the two drivers again went two wide in to turn one, allowing Malzar to close in and join the battle for the top spot with the talented Brandan Hammock in tow. This same 2 wide 3 kart battle for the lead would continue for the next 6 laps.
Meanwhile, Keith Witt and young Jordan Walker who was making his first appearance this season were locked in fearce battle for the number 5 spot, with Walker eventually able to find his groove and distance himself slightly over Witt and gain a bit of ground on Hammock. At the halfway point, Dana was able to make his last pass on Napitupulu, but the battle was not over. RJ would make several runs up the inside of Glenn,nearly passing him several times, but just wasnt quite able to squeeze by. Malzar meanwhile was sitting comfortably in 3rd, a mere 2 kart lengths behind RJ. The two drivers battled until the checkered flag with Dana “The Dude” Glenn taking his second win of the season by only 1.2 seconds over RJ Napitupulu in 2nd. Hans Malzar would bring home 3rd place and gain valuable points and move up in the standings. Jordan Walker would cross the line 4th, well earned after a mid race bobble would send him back to 6th and having to race his way back up. Brandan “Chili” Hammock finished 5th, Keith Witt 6th. Both Keith and Brandan are showing huge improvements on lap times over the previous rounds, and will soon be in contention as well. The points gap however, remains the same for the top two spots with just 4 points seperating Glenn and Napitupulu. Big movers on the day however points wise were Malzar and Hammock who moved up three places each in the standings.