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.
A-Main: The winner for 1st place podium goes to Spencer Mayeda. Spencer beat out 45 competitive racers to take top honor in todays GP2 Season Premier, Super Track Event. With Spencer taking a commanding lead for 1st place, the real race was between 2nd, 3rd, and 4h place racers. With the rest of the race group scattered amongst each other. Overall, the racers ran a clean race with very few incidences of bumping or slamming into walls.
B-Main: This was an entertaining race to watch, and tonights audience clearly enjoyed watching the racers compete. Our track staff did a good job in notify drivers that were violating our no-bumping rule, but driver, Olivia Ma, clearly must of had a brief laps in following our rules when she almost took out half of the racers going into Schumacher corner. No incidences of injury came of Olivia’s mistake in judgement.
C-Main: this was another fun filled race that made us cheer. Drivers Steve Butscher, Rishabh Shuklla, and Ryan Husband faught it our for a 1,2,3 podium finish. These 3 drivers were not making it easy to move in positions. With there tactical driving and constant focus, lead all three to the podium finish line.
D-Main: Matt Carpenter lead the race from start to finish. It seemed that the group would challenge each other towards the beginning of the race, but as the race moved on, all drivers had a 1 or 2 car length gap between each other. Still an all around clean and fun race, but not much position changes.
Top Qualifier: KC Cook 26.038
1st: KC Cook
2nd: Henry Morse
3rd: Emilio Garcia III
4th: Paul Ciralli
5th: Craig Robertson
6th: Darryl McCrary
7th: Benjamin Morse
8th: Michael Dozier
As always a very competitive race. Started off great, KC cook managed to pull away from the pack very early in the race and not to far back followed by Henry Morse both finishing 1st & 2nd. Paul Ciralli started 3rd but in the middle of the race lost it in turn 3, Henry Morse took advantage to gain the 3rd spot. Paul and Henry later found themselves in a small crash which led Emilio Garcia to regain & finish in 3rd place followed by Paul Ciralli in 4th.
1st: Jake Hernandez
2nd: Bob Hyman
3rd: Mitch Metling
4th: Jacob Flynn
5th: Oleksiy Zabavskyy
6th: Bobby Schacht
7th: Noah Manohar
8th: Brittany Ramirez
Bob Hyman started pole position but couldn’t manage to keep the lead to young Jake Hernandez who took first place. New to the Adult GP Challenge Jacob Flynn, dropped to 4th place from 3rd to Mitch Metling who started the race in 5th place.
Fastest Qualifying Lap: Justin Tolman(24.542)
C Main(Slowest Qualfiers):
- Great race with a number of brand new drivers who performed very well.
2. Ivan Maric
3. Todd Carroll
- Chuck Gentile passed to take the lead early in the race.
- Daniel Hinton made several passed to move up in the pack
- A great battle for first with a very close fiish.
1. Chuck Gentile
2. Michael Dozier
3. Daniel Hinton
A Main(Fstest Qualifiers):
- Lots of position changin in the front of the pack.
- 5 karts all battled closely for a podium finish.
- Charles Eichlin made a good pass on lap 5 to move into 2nd place.
- Xando Miller qualified for the A Main and raced very well even though it was his first time at K1 Speed.
1. Justin Tolman
2. Charles Eichlin
3. Andrew Lemons
We look forward to seeing you all at next months Challenge GP!
Check out this YouTube video of the Grand Prix, A-Main, Picture in Picture
The top qualifier in K1 Speed Phoenix Challenge GP event was Alec Faubion with a 24.715, followed up by Sean Grimes and Hector Montero. All 3 of these racers were first time GP racers here in PHX. In the final event Alec jumped out to a big lead after taking the pole. In lap 2 Cole Loftsgard jumped from 4th position, into 3rd and Hector took over the 2 spot. In turn 1 of lap 7, Cole took the inside on Hector and moved into 2nd position but was having trouble in some lap traffic closing the gap on Alec the leader. With 3 laps to go, Alec started feeling some of the affects of the lap traffic and Cole closed the gap to less than a car length. Heading into turn 3 with less than 2 laps to go, Gary Every blew a tire which caused Alec to catch him in turn 4 and force him outside. Cole chose the inside of Gary and chose wisely. Cole jumped into first position heading into the final turn with 1 lap to go. Cole ended up holding Alec off and it finished Cole Loftsgard, Alec Faubion, and Hector Montero in that order.
Opening of Season 2 at K1 Speed South Florida went off without a hitch. Both heat’s were close with one racer on the B main that pull out due to the heat. Like they say, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen”. The A main finish with the same positions as they start it. Close passing opportunities, but no one was able to gain a position.
Look for the second GP Challenge of the season to be even better August 5th!
Another fantastic finish at K1 Speed Santa Clara for the Challenge GP. Racing was good and clean. Ray Martin started 1st pace and finished in 1st holding the lead for the entire race. James Martinez dropped back from 2nd to 3rd. Jonathan Sarceda came from 7th to 2nd.
Look for the second GP Challenge of the season to be even better August 5th!
What do you know… KC Cook takes the 1st place podium in K1 Speed Irvine’s Challenge GP Season Premier. KC as we know was a amazing competitor last season and proves once again to be another threat this season. But it was a tough battle with Spencer (the Dispencer) rubbing bumpers during the entire race. Paul Ciralli who finished out 3rd place was doing everthing he could to catch up, but those 2 drivers kept pulling away from the rest of the pack. Ultimately KC takes the win in a nail biter.
This was another fun filled race that made us cheer at the antisipation of Austin Yzaguirre and Elie Shline and of course or Championship points winner last season Nicholas Haye. These 3 drivers were not making it easy to move in positions. With there tactical driving and constant focus, lead all three to the podium finish line.
Will Dobrenen, Ryan MacBeth, and Max Shline demonstrated excellence under pressure. Not as seasoned and 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.
As the 11 driver field came down the back stretch to take the first green flag of the 2012 Challenge GP Series at K1 Speed Seattle, fastest qualifier and pole sitter Dana “The Dude” Glenn lead the way followed closely by number 2 qualifier Hans Malzar and brother Jayce Glenn in 3rd. Malzar and younger brother Jayce immediately began pressuring “The Dude” and the three drivers began a race long battle for the lead with each setting blistering lap times in their fight for the number one spot. Malzar was showing he meant business by pressuring Glenn and nearly taking the lead at some points. Glenn would respond to Malzars’ advances and put down an amazing 16.882 lap, besting even his qualifying time of 16.923 seconds. The two raced clean. Meanwhile, an intense battle for the 4th position was heating up just 2 laps in to the 16 lap final between several drivers including Adrian Corona, Matthew Curran, Bohdan Velushchak, the very fast and methodical RJ Napitupulu and the 3rd of the Glenn brothers Dallas. These 5 drivers were locked together in a tight battle for the majority of the race, swapping positions each lap and almost in every turn. Up front the duo of Glenn and Malzar had put a small gap between them and the rest of the field after Jayce Glenn made a trio of small mistakes in the infield section of the track allowing Dana and Hans Malzar to pull away and the fast 5 to catch up to his rear bumper.
On lap 12 of 16, the leaders caught lapped traffic and things got interesting. Leader Dana Glenn managed to make passes quickly on the tight K1 Speed Seattle course, and as a result increased his lead on Malzar who unfortunately got pinched off by lapped traffic causing him to fall outside of the top 3 and a podium spot. 4th and 5th place drivers Curran and Velushchack also became a victim the intense battles through lapped traffic and fell back. At the checkered flag it was Dana “The Dude” Glenn taking the win, followed by RJ Napitupulu who started 5th, and an amazing 3rd place finish for middle brother Dallas Glenn who started 7th. Jayce Glenn and Hans Malzar round out the top 5. Also Extremely impressive in his first ever competitive race of any kind, was young 13 year old Adrian Corona who came home 7th after battling for a podium spot at one point during the night. Look for Corona to improve as he gains experience in the upcoming rounds. The field is stacked for the 2012 Challenge GP Series here in Seattle, as the top 6 drivers lap times were separated by Roughly two and a half tenths, any one of them could take home a win this season.
K1 Speed Austin had a great turnout for their 1st GP Challenge ever. There were alot of regulars present trying to show how all that practice week after week has paid off. Among those regulars were Donald Munroe, #8 in the Top K1RS Overall points standings, and Hunter Hughes who was #9. They proved to be stiff competition in a field of great racers. Donald Munroe earned top honors besting a talent loaded main event and crossing the finish line first to take home the first trophy of the season. His best lap time was 26.533. Tony Davis earned top honors in the second final just beating out first time racer ever at a K1 Speed, Christain Romay. Christain put up a best single lap time of 26.809 in the second final. Look for the second GP Challenge of the season to be even better in August! Get practicing!!”