It was the first GP of the season and what a great turn out! 18 racers and most of them new to the GP. The first heat of the first qualifier started out with Scott, Kevin, and James taking a strong lead over the competition with Sonny and Nick not too far behind. At about the 7th lap James and Nick were neck and neck for the top spots.The top three for this race end up being James, Scott, and Nick. The second heat for the first qualifier it took a while to space out but half way through the racers settled into their spots with Jonathan, Roddy, Luis in first, second, and third. with 3 laps left Jonathan and Luis in first and second. With 2 laps left Jonathan stays in first and Roddy takes second from Luis. Last lap Jonathan takes first and Donnae comes in and swoops second place leaving Roddy in third.
The first heat of the second qualifier started off with Scott, Kevin, and James in the lead. It’s a close race with the placing constantly switching up. Scott, Kevin, Alex, Nick, Sonny, and James all hitting 23s. The top 3 of the race end up being Scott, Kevin, and Alex. The second heat of the second qualifier began with Roddy, Luis, and Jonathan with a strong lead. The placing switched up constantly throughout the race but Roddy, Luis, Jonathan end up in first, second, and third.
Donnae, Nick, Sonny, and Felix start off in the top 4 spots in the first heat of the final race. Donnae quickly took a big lead leaving Nick, Sonny, and Felix to battle it out. Nick stayed strong and kept his position. Sonny was passed by Felix in the 9th lap. Nick was spun out in the last lap and was passed by Felix. First place for this race went to a newcomer to the GP Donnae, second place went to Felix, and third place went to Nick. In the second heat of the final race The line up started off with Roddy, Scott, Luis, and Jonathan. Jonathan is quickly on Roddy’s tail with both of them taking a huge lead, leaving Scott in third. In the 10th lap Jonathan gets a track record of 22.918 seconds but was still in second place. With only 3 laps left Roddy was spun out and Jonathan took the lead. In the last lap Derek passed Scott, leaving this final with Jonathan in first, Roddy in second, and Derek in third.
Smaller than normal showing but didn’t mean there wasn’t a lot of excitement. Austin started off in 1st but took a turn wide and was passed by Craig. As the race progressed Craig took a commanding lead, and by the end of the race was almost a full lap ahead. Nice racing Craig!.. Austin held on to second place followed by new comers Sean and Ashley taking 3rd and 4th. Fun race to start off our second season’s Challenge Gp Event.
This Final was a much closer race. Larry Bell held the pole and fought for 6 laps to hold off Daniel Harness and Alan Ma Wong. As the race progressed Alan and Daniel edged one another out of first place by fighting for second place as Larry Bell was able to pull slightly ahead of 2nd and 3rd place and winning our first race in season 2 of 2013.
In this seconary Final Parker started out in front and never looked back. But lap 6 he was 5 seconds in front and kep the pressure on. Once the checkered flag dropped Parker had opened a 10 second plus lead on 2nd place Steve Plenti and 11.7 second lead on 3rd place Dusty Duke.
Sunday night was the first race of the new Challenge GP season in Ontario. We have a brand new track layout for the new season and had 18 racers come to try and start the season off with a win to start their championship battle. Qualifying had the usual regulars at the top of the board, with Bryce Raygor setting the fast lap for qualifying with a 50.171. Since we had such a large group for the first round of the season, the field was split in two for the final races.
The B Main started out with Chase Billings on the pole, who took the whole field very slow down for the rolling start to take the green flag. Clay Trueman, who started 4th, was able to time the start perfectly and got a great jump on third place, Sean Fite, and passed him cleanly into turn 1. The battles continued throughout the field, as Chase was on a mission to show he deserved to be at the top of the podium. After all 7 laps were complete, Chase took the checkered in first place by 5.3 seconds over second place Clay Trueman. Daniel Murray who started in fifth was able to claw himself up to 3rd place, with David Fancis Jr. in forth, and Sean Fite in fifth.
The A Main had a few new faces up towards the top of the lap chart, but Bryce was ready to take advantage of his top starting spot and show everyone why he finished towards the top of the points last season. Everyone started off very cleanly for the first lap or two and then the battles started to really show themselves, especially last year’s points champion, Robert Hernandez, who started 8th in the final, slowly worked his way up towards the front of the pack. There was no stopping Bryce, who pulled a pretty sizeable lead from the start of the race and was able to maintain that for the entire race. Bryce ended up taking the checkered with a 5 second lead over second place Evan Sumpter. Robert Hernandez was able to gain five positions throughout the race and ended up in third, Trevor Teerlink in forth, and Kyle Luna in fifth.
We look forward to seeing more new faces the next Ontario Challenge GP on August 4th. Remember you can always come and practice the Supertrack in Ontario on Monday’s! See you next month!
What a start to season 2 of the 2013 Carlsbad Challenge grand Prix! There were a few new GP racers this month who all did great. After our second round of qualifying, local racer Paige Kaufman narrowly edged out Brandon walsh by 0.03 seconds with a fastest qualifying lap of 24.747 seconds. This qualifying intensity surely carried on to the final position race and proved to be nothing short of exciting for 16 long laps. The race proved to be a battle for the 2nd and 3rd podium positions. Several critical position changes took place early, leaving top qualifiers scrambling to regain position. In the end, racer Brandon Walsh, known for his ability to run crazy fast laps rounded out the podium in 3rd. Benjamin plant, who proved he can hang with the best, kept the heat on for 16 laps to claim a second place podium finish. And last but certainly not least, Paige Kaufman, this month’s only female competitor proved she has what it takes to beat some of San Diego’s best racers. Paige held a commanding lead for the majority of the race and proceeded to make her mark here at K1 Carlsbad by taking 1st position in race number 1 of the season 2 Challenge Grand Prix here in Carlsbad, California.
Junior League is now in Irvine! Come out and race TONIGHT as this will be an exciting first event!
Event Date: July 2, 2013. Registration for all centers is at 5:30pm with races starting at 6:00
2013 YOUTH KART RACING LEAGUE SCHEDULE
K1 SPEED ANAHEIM
K1 SPEED CARLSBAD
K1 SPEED ONTARIO
K1 SPEED TORRANCE
K1 SPEED PHOENIX
K1 SPEED FORT LAUDERDALE
K1 SPEED SANTA CLARA
K1 SPEED AUSTIN
K1 SPEED HOUSTON
K1 SPEED SAN FRANCISCO
K1 SPEED SACRAMENTO
NOW AT K1 SPEED IRVINE
(Registration at 5:30PM race starts at 6:00PM)
July 2nd – Mini GP
August 6th – Mini GP
September 3rd – Mini GP
October 8th – Mini GP
November 5th – Grand Prix Final
This Sunday is the start of round 2! Get a jump on the competition by coming out and racing to get the most points possible for the season!
Event Date: July 7, 2013. Registration is at 6:30. Races start at 7:00
What a race! Awesome racing from start to finish, Luca Bortone was being hunted almost the whole race with Michael Boanta very close throughout, with three laps to go, Bortone started to pull away from the pack and with the checkered flag flying he ended with a four second lead over second place.
Excellent driving and a great battle for first, Chris Akers, Bang Nguyen & Kenny Takemoto stuck together for the whole race with Chris just barely able to hold them both off. Jacob Hlucky, Edward Gakic & Michael Dozier also battled for 4th with position changes throughout the whole race.
This C-Main turned out to be another great race! 1st, 2nd, 3rd place went to all new faces, great racing, consistant lap times. Jeff Wascher pulled a good lead in the very start of the race and maintained to the finish, Austin Dunphy and Brandon Quinn battled for second the entire race with a slide by Quinn which then sealed the position for Dunphy. Esperanza Rios (our only female driver) did a great job deep in the pack and moved up three spots during the 7 laps.
Micheal Gilbreath pulled and early lead and with that, it was a clear track to the finish. A second position battle between Cameron Dunphy and Robert Velasquez lasted the whole race with a slide by Velasquez in the fourth to final turn that would give second place to Dunphy. All had a great time and are for sure coming back for next season.
Round 6 of the Supertrack Challenge GP was Sunday night, with 14 racers showing up to display their skills that they learned throughout the season. There were two racers battling it out for the championship, Robert Hernandez and Bryce Raygor, with only 6 points separating the two. As qualifying started, both Robert and Bryce made it clear to the field that they were there to win and both posted times at the top of the board. Robert was able to edge Bryce for the pole, with a 47.243. This gave a little more breathing room for Robert since the pole gave him an extra two points towards the championship points.
As the final was rolling out, Bryce was super focused to make Robert earn that top spot and was ready to make a move for the lead as soon as one presented itself. As Robert took the green flag, Bryce was right on his back bumper and during the first couple laps, actually made Robert make a few mistakes and skid a couple corners because of the tight pressure he was putting on. Once Robert settled into the race, he began to click off some very fast laps to get a little bit of gap between Bryce. There was also great racing behind these two, about 8 seconds back, there were a train of karts from third to about seventh place, battling for every position they could.
As the checkered came out, Robert was able to take the victory and secure his point lead for the championship for the Ontario Supertrack Challenge GP. Robert ended up with 170 points, with Bryce finishing with 160, and Christopher Morales rounding out the podium for the championship with 142 points. Christopher Morales was also able to finish in the third spot during the race, with John Carroll in fourth, and Noah Stein in fifth.
It was a great season in Ontario, with some close battles all season long and a very competitive field. We look forward to seeing more of you try out the best indoor racing in the Inland Empire next season, with a whole new track layout! See you in July!
Theo Mechain and Garrett Foss came in to the final round seperated by just four points, and as the two had traded wins all season no one really knew what would happen. When it came time to race, mainly those who were fighting for points and prizes had shown, and as qualifying came to a close it was actually RJ Napitupulu who would come away with the fastest time of 16.704 and take the bonus points. The main event however, was surprisingly mellow considering. The main event win would go to Garrett Foss who led from wire to wire, Napitupulu was on his bumper and applying pressure for the duration of the race, but was never quite able to find the room to get by and would take home 2nd. Behind them, Dana Glenn and Theo Mechain battled back and forth late with Mechain eventually able to edge out Dana for 3rd. The win would give Garrett Foss the championship, but it was not without a season long fight. Theo Mechain would snag 2nd overall in points, coming from a rather large gap at one point, to nearly being able to win it all. Surely he will be a contender in the coming seasons. Last years champ, Dana Glenn would take 3rd overall in points after missing a couple rounds due to other commitments, which is still a great finish. Thanks to everyone who came out and raced with us for season one of 2013. It was a good one!
This was an intense race between PHX regular Mikey Krescanko and Cole Loftsgard with only the podium finish on their mind. As the green flag goes Mikey was off to a good start battling it out with Cole. It was a neck to neck battle between the two, till lap the last 2 laps when Mikey pull away from Cole. Mikey was able to protect his position till the checked flag.
Robert Kane won the overall champion for the first leg of the season with 34 points, followed by Cole Loftsgard with 20 points and Mikey Krescanko for third with 12 points.