The dust has settled and round two of the K1 Speed Challenge GP race series for the K1 Speed Irvine location is in the books. A large number of drivers were on hand to compete on the popular Super-Track configuration which combines both track-1, and track-2 to create one large layout giving the OC the biggest indoor layout to compete on. Qualifying was fast and exciting with a number of new younger faces in the mix to give the veterans a run for their money. Robby Stanovich was again the man to beat with a pole positions qualifying time of 41.614 seconds to set the pace and fields for the nights main events. Multiple drivers would follow suit sitting within a few hundredths of Robbie’s qualifying time which made for some tight fields.
Main event action for the night would start off with the C-Main drivers taking the green flag, rolling start style format which was a mix of veteran drivers and new drivers which created a fun field to watch. Mike Buongirono would start off on pole, but it wasn’t long before he was pressured by California Lightning Sprint car driver and long time K1 Speed customer Jon Simms for position with Thor Herbst in third sticking to Jon’s back bumper. Thor found his way into the lead by the third lap but it didn’t last as he was passed by Simms on lap 4. Thor would drop back to third to pole setter Mike Buongirono who was able to get on pace and make a move to the inside of Thor. Once the front runners were settled in the checkered flag was out and it was Simms in front, Mike would take second and Thor rounded out the top three in third
B-Main drivers were on track next with a number of new young faces in the mix one of which was 13 year old Noah Gragson who was on pole for the start. The green flag was dropped and the field would freight-train into turn one, the field remained tight and eventually Noah dropped back to second on the third lap to Nicolas Rebeil who had qualified in second for the main. The rest of the field would stay pretty tight in their positions, and once the checkered flag was out the top three would see Nicholas Rebeil in first, Michael Tekstra in second, with Royce Mohler in third. Unfortunately Noah fell off the pace a bit and had dropped back a number of positions and was unable to recover.
Rounding out the night was the A-Main drivers with many of the usual faces running up front to set the field. Robby Stonovich has been giving a lot of the veteran drivers a good run and this race was no different, sitting on the pole for this race he would take the green flag on the rolling start and set the pace going into turn one. KC Cook stuck to Robbie’s back bumper waiting for him to make a mistake so he could capitalize and move to the front, but Robby wasn’t going to give him an inch and would instead start to pull away by the third lap. Edward Bergenholtz who started in 5th was able to make some early moves and make his way into third and eventually caught up to KC just before the checkered flag. Robby would go onto to take the win, with KC holding in second and Edward would hang onto third to round out the top three.
With the second round now in place the points battle is going to start to heat up. Right now Robby Stanovich seems to be hold a few points lead over the rest of the drivers for the Irvine location, but also has a strong presence in other K1 Speed locations through out Southern California. There are still plenty of races left in the 2011 season and there is still plenty of chances for other drivers to take a win.
With the K1 Speed Junior and Teen Challenge GP race league under way for the second half of 2011, K1 Speed’s San Diego location is one of the hosting facilities in the Southern California Region giving younger racers the chance to compete in competitive kart racing. The well known Carlsbad facility has one of the faster track designs which drivers really enjoy as they turn a fast lap or two in the electric race karts.
This past Tuesday evening, a number of young drivers participated in the popular series, as the field of Jr. drivers (4′-4’10″) would be in attendance and being the main show for the night. The field would have a smooth qualifying session which lead into the Formula 1 style main event start. Brayden Stansel would go on to take the win by the time the checkered flag came out with Daniel Shifron taking second and Kelly Chau rounding out the top three.
This was a great night of participation for all, and the growing popularity of the this series fills up the fields quickly with a number of very capable young racers. Come out and participate in the next event which is scheduled for September 6th at various locations.
K1 Speed in Carson, California is the place to race for younger drivers looking to give kart racing a try in Los Angeles. The growing Junior/Teen Challenge GP league which held its second round to the second half of the 2011 series this past Tuesday hosted a number of drivers at the K1 Torrance facility. With two sets of groups splitting the drivers up by height Junior class drivers are 4′-4’10″, and teen drivers fall in the 4’10″ and up category giving everyone a chance to compete with others of the same skill level and age range.
The Junior drivers would see clean driving all evening with Max Barnett taking the overall feature win for this class. He was followed by Chase Calero in second and rounding out the podium was Mathieu Ishida in third. The Teen group of drivers was no acceptation to the clean driving with Henry Morse showing his dominance by taking the class win. Rees Barnett would finish closely in second place and Gavin Shanofsky would round out the top three of the field in third.
The growing popularity of the Jr League is gaining popularity quickly and is a great way to get younger races to experience competitive kart racing. Come out to the next event which is scheduled September 6th and check out the K1 Speed Jr League Challenge GP race series.
K1 Speed in Anaheim which is the forefront of the Jr League race series held the second round of their Jr/Teen Challenge GP race league this past Tuesday with a number of returning faces on hand to make a run to the front. The run group were split according the drivers height, with the Junior drivers (4′-4’10″) and the Youth/Teen group (4’10″ and up) creating some exciting racing across the board for all competitors. Qualifying was straight forward with new comer Jake Black putting on a show out qualifying the entire field by a few tenths of a second with a fast lap of 34.044 seconds in the kids karts. The Youth/Teen group would see returning racer Alizae Arbona, who has been practicing lately make a run for the front out qualifying the field with a 29.103 second lap running a full 2 tenths of a second quicker than the next competitor
With the fields set for the night the Jr. drivers would be out on track first, with a Formula 1 style start drivers would drag race into turn 1 and all come out un-scathed. In true Sebastian Vettle style, pole setter Jake Black would go wire to wire for the win putting a significant gap on the rest of the field while doing so. Hard charger Tyler Thayer-Pham would come from the back of the field to work his way up to second place by the time the checkered flag came out. Grant Michael would take the final podium spot in third holding off Christian Timple just long enough to hang onto the position.
Youth/Teen drivers would close out the night with Alizae Arbona showing her increasing skills holding off a full field of drivers. Alizae would go on to take the win holding off Trevor Boungiorno who placed second and Dan Bailey who finished the night in third to round out the top three.
There are just two more races to go till the end of the Jr League season for 2011 with multiple locations participating there is sure to be a K1 Speed location near you that is hosting an event. Check with your favorite K1 Speed location and find out when the next Jr. League race is!
Los Angeles, California – K1 Speed’s Torrance facility kicked off the second half of the 2011 race season this past week to a number of drivers making a run for the locations points championship. With the new track layout in place drivers would take a few laps to get used to the concrete surfaced facilities technical layout which puts drivers skills in check as Southern California’s tighter track course puts the racers abilities to test. Qualifying was fast and clean as a number of well known faces were mixed together to make up the fields. Robby Stanovich, who just won the previous week at K1 Speed in San Diego, would take the overall pole position for the evening which set the rest of the run groups for the main events.
With qualifying done and the fields set the B Main drivers would go out first with a number of well known faces to take to the track from the green flag rolling start format. The unique concrete surfaced facility adds to the race action as cornering abilities and on-track position plays a key role for drivers to make positions changes at the right time. By the time the checkered flag came out Jake Hardy would take the win, followed by Emilio Garcia III in second and Michael Arnold would round out the top three to close out the B Main.
A main drivers were on track next, with everyone gunning for Robby Stanovich who has had a run of wins over the past few months at the various K1 Speed locations through out Southern California, and he has recently started to transition to outdoor karting where his skills he has picked up have helped him in his racing with K1. Robby took his pole position starting position and seem to run away from the field to go wire to wire taking the win. That left the rest of the field to battle it out, and when the checkered flag came out it would be KC Cook in second and Matthew Widner in third to round out the top three on the podium.
The question now is, who can keep up with Robbies pace on track, with a few well know Challenge GP competitors missing from the action in some of these first races, and 5 more rounds of racing to go, there is still plenty of time for drivers to make a run for the points championship at the various locations. Come out to the next set of events scheduled for the month of August and take on the Challenge GP race series and see what the fun is all about.
The Challenge GP race season is under way with round II going this month for a number of K1 Speed locations. The San Diego location kicked off the first round of the second half of 2011 in late July, with an all new track layout, and a full house of drivers all very capable of making a podium appearance and a run for the overall points championship. Double qualifying rounds and corresponding main event rounds gives drivers plenty of opportunity to make a run for the front and places drivers of equal abilities with other drivers based on their qualifying positions. Robby Stanovich is still an unstoppable force as he has proven to be a very fast and young driver at various locations and this was no exception.
After qualifying was done and the fields were set the B Main drivers were out on track first with a full field of drivers and a number of well know returning racers in the group. On the green flag rolling start it was a drag race into turn one, with everyone freight training each-other keeping for some close racing. A few drivers would make position changes back and forth and by the time the checkered flag came out it was Michael Anderson taking the win with Johnny Miller in second and Justin Tolman round out the top three in third.
A Main drivers would close out the night with a number of familiar faces making up the run group, which created some exciting early race action as drivers made some aggressive moves early in the race. After the field settled down a bit the race was on and Robby Stanovich would be out in front and making a run for the checkered flag. Most of the race action was happening mid pack as returning drivers would battle back in forth for position. Once the checkered flag was out it was Robby Stanovich in front with Gabriel Familathe in second and Jared Buccola taking third.
The second round is coming later this month and the points battle is going to be close for this second half to the 2011 season. Come out to San Diego’s best indoor kart racing facility in Carlsbad California and take on the K1 Speed Challenge GP race series yourself and see what the fun is all about.
K1 Speed in Phoenix, Arizona is growing rapidly, especially with its Junior and Teen Challenge GP race league, which is geared towards the younger racers. Taking the ever popular program that began at K1 Speed in Anaheim and bringing it to the Southwests best indoor kart racing facility has grown as rapidly as the facility itself as the place to go if you want to get into kart racing.
This past Tuesday was no exception with a number of younger drivers on hand to battle it out for that top podium spot. The groups were split by height and age range with the younger drivers (between 4 foot and 4 foot 10″) taking to the smaller kid karts for the first round of qualifying. The younger drivers have quickly picked up on where the fast lines are and it has made for some tight racing. Alexander Lynch would take the pole position posting a fast lap of 33.092 seconds to set the field. The taller drivers would be in the adult karts (4′-10″ and up) would be out on track next for their qualifying round. Another fast paced group of drivers would see Cahlei Schildts taking the pole and setting the field with a 32.439 second lap.
Main event rounds would be even more exciting with the Junior group on track first with Alexander leading the field into turn one. He would stay out in front for the duration of the race going wire to wire for the win. Second place qualifier Ryan Soper would follow suit, staying in second place and holding off the rest of the field to take the second podium spot. Third place qualifier Jarret Anderson wasn’t so lucky, has he dropped back a few positions and wasn’t able to recover. The would create a battle between a number of drivers with Parker Dahlgren and Kelly Kazmierczak making their way through the field. They both got around Evan McCamman, placing Parker on the final podium spot in third and Kelly in fourth respectfully.
The Teen drivers would close out the nights main events with Cahlei on pole and leading the field into turn one. Second place qualifier Drew Anderson would find his was around Cahlei to take over the lead and hold off the field to take the win. Cahlei would remain in second place for the remainder of the race to finish out the night. Third place qualifier Chris Tabares would drop back giving up positions to a number of drivers which left the door open to sixth place qualifier Austin Miller who moved up into third to round out the top three on the podium.
This was a great night for all participants, and the list of drivers keeps growing – come out next month with your younger racer and see what the Jr League Challenge GP is all about.
K1 Speed in Hollywood, Florida is getting ready for round II of their Challenge GP race series this coming Sunday August 7th to the concrete surfaced Super-Track layout. A record setting 80+ drivers were in attendance for the South Florida Inaugural event and this one is sure to be just as big if not bigger. The Super-Track layout which combines both indoor tracks is the largest of its kinda to serve the North Beach, Hollywood, and Fort Lauderdale area. Kart racers from all over have experienced the all new European style indoor kart racing facility putting K1 Speed on the map in one of the countries top kart racing arenas! Sign ups will begin at 6:30 PM and qualifying will start at 7:00 PM, entry fee is only $55 per driver.
K1 Speed in Irvine, California is hosting the second round of the Challenge GP race series for the second half of 2011 this Coming Sunday August 7th. The all new Super-Track layout was well liked by multiple drivers at the first round and you can be sure to find a high level of competition at this one. The over all points chase for the championship is in full swing as well as drivers are all looking to grab the top spots on the podium. Sign-ups will begin at 6:30 PM, and qualifying will start at 7:00 PM with double qualifying rounds and corresponding main event rounds. Entry fee is only $55 per driver.
Get ready Junior and Teen racers! The K1 Speed Jr. Challenge GP race league has round II coming next week August 2nd to the various So-Cal and Southwest locations. Younger drivers will have the chance to compete in the growing race series that has seen more and more new faces coming out over the last few months to create an extremely popular race series which have given multiple drivers the chance at competitive kart racing in the K1 indoor kart centers. Many of the locations have changed their track layouts as well giving racers a chance to compete on an all new challenging race course and make a run at a podium appearance. The Mini GP race format which incorporates a single qualifying race session and corresponding main event rounds gives everyone a chance at finishing at the top! Entry fee is only $40 per driver.
Be sure to check with your favorite location OR – Click here to see the participating locations and league info