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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!

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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.

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Very clean race, right out the start Henry Morse pulled away from the pack and no one ever came close to challanging his 1st place position. The first 5 races started and finished up in the same positon. Henry Moorse manage to also break the track record during the final race. (NEW TRACK RECORD 25.853).

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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.

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Jonathan Sarceda had the lead through 3 laps then Robert Nieves passed Jonathan on the 4th lap. Jonathan regained the lead back on the 5th lap and maintained his top spot on the leader board.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Challenge Gp

Fastest Qualifier: Josh Krauss (24.831)

B-Main:
1st Joshua Tuffs
2nd Alex Kuznik
3rd Zhiqian Peng

A-Main:
1st Josh Krauss
2nd Ian Enz
3rd Charles Eichlin

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