The Ontario Challenge GP was this past Sunday night, with 8 fierce competitors ready to battle it out. Robert Hernandez was able to grab the pole position for the A Main, with a fast lap of 52.017. Qualifying was very smooth, with everyone putting in their all to post the fastest lap they could.
The Final started with Robert taking them down very slow for the start of the race and once the green flag flew, Robert never looked back and pulled away as soon as the rounded the first corner. The battle was on for the remaining seven positions, as all the competitors were nose to tail from 2nd to 8th. They continued to swap positions and really put on an exciting race for all the spectators in the building. After the 7 laps were complete, Robert took the checkered flag by 4.2 seconds over second place Daniel Murray. Sean Fite finished in third, Zackary St. Onge in forth, and Clay Trueman rounded out the top 5.
We look forward to seeing more new faces the next Challenge GP in Ontario on September 1st. Registration starts at 6:30pm and the racing starts at 7pm. See you next month!
As competative as this season has started this was a good one.. For Henry Morse it was a cruise for victory lane qualified 1st and finshed on top. Can’t say the same about Seth Reiter who started behind pole but ended up in last place. As for Craig Robertson, he manage to work his way up a slot and finish in 2nd. Austin Farr who finished 3rd last month didn’t have much luck in the qualifying rounds started last but worked his way up to 5th place. Not bad for the 2nd race this season which I’m sure will turn out to be a exciting season 2.
The second GP of the season we saw Nick White take 1st followed by Justin Henry and Mario Castellanos.
We look forward to next month’s GP in September.
July’s GP Main Event was hot….just like the 100 degree heat outside. Reese Williams put up blistering lap times and once he pulled past the pole setter, Timmy Palmer, on the 2nd lap and then he never looked back. There was almost a 9 second gap between Reese and 2nd place finisher Chris Gonzalez. GP #1 winner Sean Gossett finished in 3rd place. The sweltering Texas heat, combined with a very busy month for vacations, led to a smaller than normal GP field. Expect that field to grow for GP#3 in September! We will see you there!
First Challenge GP at our newest in San Antonio is in the books. We’re excited see the outcome of Season 2!
A main: The racers snaked out of every turn following the lines, feeling the track under their tires. Then BAM!!! On the third lap around turn 1 they went three wide. Hunter Hughes pulled out ahead, followed by Ryan and Blaine. Ryan and Blaine were going rounds, but around the sixth lap Ryan pulled ahead. RJ Spindel did a great job beating our 23 second lap time with top lap being 22.999.
B main: WOAH!!! CHRIS BARNES NEW FACILITY RECORD!!! Not only did he break it once but twice. First to break our 23 second lap with 22.9. Then turning right around and breaking it again with a 22.75. Congrats going out to Chris. That is not the only excitement from this race! Even with Chris’s phenomenal run, the gap between him and second place, Miles Hall, was only 1.26 seconds.
C main: Neck and neck start, and all out battle for first from Luis Carriles and Enrique Quinones. The competitive race almost got the best of Luis; when the two competitors went to to lap Fernando in lap 13. But he held it together and won it with only a 2 second gap.
After a really great start Jonathan Tristan blew away the competition. Brian had a better start but Jonathan’s consistency in lap time not only allowed him the fastest qualifier for this heat but he also had a great eleventh lap with a 23.64 lap time. Luciano and Rionelle ran side by side battling it out for our 3rd place lap time. Rionelle ran faster than Luciano, but just not fast enough to pass him. Racers are excited for the next Challenge GP to improve their times.
Even though we had a small showing it was an extremely competitive race. Had one newcomer to the event, Hasller Ortega, who came from behind to claim the victory over the seasoned veterans. Which goes to show that even a newcomer with karting experience outside K1 has an opportunity to take gold.
This is the first time we ever run the track in reverse and Micah Erickson dominated the field in qualifying and the final. Not far behind were Tom Flanders, Joshua Edelman, and Jacob Edelman. Tom qualified in last but battled with Joshua the entire race and took second place. On another note, Joacob Edelman the youngest racer in the field struggled with the track layout but showed much promise. We cant wait to see what he will do next month.
Challenge GP 2 – Season 2 ended with Boelo Lussenburg taking the pole but could not hold off Charles Abbott who took the checkered flag.
A new track layout welcomed the drivers back to Seattle for season two Challenge GP round one, and after qualifying was all said and done the times were very close. However, it was past season champ Garrett Foss securing the pole position, followed closely by surprisingly fast newcomer Michael Perkins sitting 2nd and RJ Napitupulu would finish 3rd fastest. It was very interesting to watch how many different lines drivers would take as they worked to figure out the new track.
As the A-main went green, Foss lead the pack in to turn one and through the chicane and immediately battles began all throughout. Foss however got a very good run out of turn two and pulled a slight lead. Napitpulu went to work trying to pass Perkins, but was having no luck in the early stages as he just couldnt seem to find the run he needed to make a pass stick. Directly behind Rj was the very fast pair of Paul Zhao and Carter Harris who were back and forth in a race of their own for 4th. Down the stretch Zhao eventually got the upper hand and would make his final move securing 4th for the finish. Meanwhile, perhaps the most exciting racing to watch was between positions 6th through 9th between Chris Holt, Peter Callender , Adrian Corona and Jie Jake. These 4 were absolutely going at it. Not one of them had a clear advantage at any point on the track. However, a costly late race mistakey J. Jake would cause him to lose the pack and drift back, eventually losing the lead lap to Foss. Holt, Corona and Callender were literally inches apart the from green to checkers.
At the end, it was however young Chris Holt who would hold on to win the fight and bring home 6th in his first race. Very impressive, considering he is only 13, racing in our adult league and battling with the best drivers we have here. In fact, all of the new drivers tonight were very impressive and showed some real speed. As the laps wound down, Napitupulu would finally get the run he’d been working all race for on Michael Perkins out of the chicane on to the straight and would take over 2nd place where he would stay for the final 4 laps. As the race came to a close, Garrett Foss would grab another win, RJ Napitupulu 2nd, Michael Perkins 3rd, Paul Zhao 4th, Carter Harris 5th, Chris Holt 6th, Adrian Corona 7th, Peter Callender 8th and Jie Jake 9th. As close as the racing was, anyone could easily win at some point. It will be fun to watch this one play out.
The 1st GP of the season was a FAST one! Last night’s lap average was the fastest of any GP run to date in Austin. It picked up right where last season ended with the top 4 racers from a season ago taking the top spots in GP #1. Sean Gosset was able to get around pole winner Timmy Palmer at the halfway point and then never looked back to take home 1st place honors. Timmy finished 2nd, followed by Reese Williams and Ted Smith.
Several new-comers to Austin’s GP events littered the field of the B-Main. Skyler Moore held off a group of fast racers to take home 1st place hardware. He was followed by Fred Cohagen and Austin GP veteran Darrin Wicken. Next months GP will be raced in reverse direction!
So tell all your friends to show what they got and be at K1 Speed Austin for the August GP!