News, results and images from our Challenge GP go kart racing league.

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tor 1 11 a K1 Speed Torrance Challenge GP Results

K1 Speed in Torrance, California kicked off their first 2011 Challenge GP race series this past Sunday on their unique etched concrete racing surface. With the track being run in reverse for this race series, drivers were forced to learn an all new line around the track, and to be competitive they had to learn it fast or be left behind. Qualifying would be a smooth battle between drivers and, after double qualifying rounds, Matthew Widner grabbed pole position with a fast lap of 27.268 seconds.

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B-main finalists would start off the night of final rounds with David Comstock leading the group around for the green flag rolling start. David would run away from the pack right off the bat, lapping the back two drivers to take the win. The battle for 2nd and 3rd was the race to watch as 4th place qualifier Derek Esquibel made his way around two other drivers to finish second with 3rd place qualifier Sean Brazeau trying to hold off Derek’s charge to the front. Sean would remain in third to finish out his night and round out the podium in the B-main.

The A-main race action closed out the evening, with overall top qualifier Matthew Widner sitting on pole leading the group around for the rolling start. The racers would freight train into turn one and it wasn’t long before Matthew found himself fighting off Robby Stanovich who came from the 4th qualifying position and made a charge to the front. Robby would get past Matthew to take the lead and never look back, going on to take the checkered flag for the win and Matthew would have to settle for second to finish his night. Steve Jasinski who qualified in 2nd could only watch as Robby got around him and Matthew and he dropped down into third to finish out his night and wrap up the top three in the A-Main.

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Round 1 is now in the books for all locations and the points totals are in. With multiple races left in the 2011 season there is still plenty of time for just about any of driver to take the top podium spot and the overall points championship. The race for the chase is on and its up to you to come out and take on the best in exciting indoor kart racing in Los Angeles.

Round 2 starts this coming Sunday to K1 Speed in Irvine, California and it’s open to any and all drivers – just $55 to enter and race against the best indoor kart racers in OC! Come out and see if you have what it takes to race and win against the best.

Check out the upcoming schedule for all K1 Speed locations and the Challenge GP Race Series.

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junior K1 Speed Challenge GP Junior League Starts Next Month

Get ready junior and teen racers, the K1 Speed junior/teen Challenge GP race league starts in just 1 month! With three K1 Speed locations to choose from, the first part of the 2011 race series with K1 Speed’s indoor high performance electric karts give young racers a chance to experience the thrill of competition, and take that first step into motorsports. Many professionals have taken this path over the years and it’s led them to the top ranks of racing including NASCAR, Grand-Am Series, American Le Mans competition and Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).

K1 Speed’s Jr League will begin in March of 2011, it will take place once a month, on the first Tuesday of every month, and ends in October 2011. The cost is just $40 per driver per race to enter which gives junior and teen drivers a 14 lap qualifying round and a 16 lap main event round. Participants of all skills levels a chance at making an appearance on the podium. The final race of the season will be a 12 lap practice race, a 14 lap qualifying race and a 16 lap main event round.

Ask the front counter staff at our Anaheim, Ontario, or Carlsbad locations for details, or check out the Junior League Page on our website for more information.

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Irvine K1 Speed Go Kart Track K1 Speed Irvine Challenge GP Postponed for this Sunday!

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL SUNDAY FEBRUARY 20TH DUE TO THE SUPER BOWL.

This Sunday February 6th, the first round of qualifying for round 2 of the Challenge GP Race Series for K1 Speed in Irvine, California starts at 7PM. The reverse-run Super Track configuration is fast and creates an all new driving line for competitors to race. The points battle for the overall champion is already heating up with the top 10 drivers all within 2 points of each other. With 2 qualifying rounds and corresponding main event rounds – drivers of all skill levels are encouraged to compete. Cost is just $55 per driver, sign-ups will begin at 6:30pm.

Come out and race the best indoor kart racers in Southern California at K1 Speed in Irvine – right in the heart of OC!

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Torrance K1 Speed Go Kart Track K1 Speed Torrance Challenge GP this Sunday!

Coming this Sunday to K1 Speed in Torrance, California – Round 1 of 2011 of the Challenge GP race series will begin at our Los Angeles-based facility. With a unique etched concrete track surface and professionally designed layout that will be run in reverse, this tight technical course creates a different driving experience, as racers will need to remain focused to put down consistent fast laps to take the pole position and to ultimately emerge victorious.

If you want to race with the best indoor kart racers in L.A., come out to K1 Speed in the heart of Carson, California and take on our challenging course. Sign-ups will begin at 6:30 pm and racing will begin at 7:00 pm cost is only $50 per driver.

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cb 1 11a K1 Speed Carlsbad Challenge GP Results

K1 Speed Carlsbad in north San Diego, hosted the first round of their Challenge GP race series to kick off the 2011 race season this past weekend. The reverse-run layout would prove to be a new challenge for everyone in attendance with a different driving line for everyone to learn, along with a full fleet of new kart chassis to even the playing field. The first two rounds of qualifying were smooth and straightforward. Johnny Miller surprised the group by posting a fast lap of 29.575 seconds to take the pole position for the main event over last years overall points champion Matt Merrill.

cb 1 11 K1 Speed Carlsbad Challenge GP Results

Closing out the night, the drivers would take a green flag on a rolling start led by pole sitter Johnny Miller and freight train down into turn one where Matt Merrill would duck underneath Johnny to take the lead. The rest of the group would follow each other around for 3 laps before any other position changes were made. Local resident Jon Simms would drop back a bit out of his 7th place starting position but eventually made his way back up through the field by the checkered flag to take 4th for the evening. Kirk Meese, who competed at CalSpeed Karting’s 4 hour enduro at Auto Club Raceway the day prior and took the 3rd place podium spot with his team on Saturday, would start in 4th for the K1 Speed Carlsbad Challenge GP and moved up into 3rd around Ivan Maric by the time the checkered flag dropped. Unfortunately for Ivan, he dropped back a few positions and was unable to recover. Matt and Johnny would battle back and forth but when it was time for the checkered flag it was Matt sitting in the right position to take the top spot on the podium and Johnny would have to settle for a 2nd place finish to round out the evening.

With the 1st round of the K1 Speed Carlsbad Challenge GP in the books the race for the chase to the overall points championship is well underway. The points battle looks to be tight all season as even the veteran drivers will have to learn a different track layout, and with everyone running tight qualifying times the rest of the season won’t be something to miss. Come out to the next race February 20th and see if you have what it takes to race with the best indoor kart racers in San Diego at K1 Speed in Carlsbad, California.

Check out the series schedule here

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Carlsbad K1 Speed Go Kart Track K1 Speed Carlsbad Challenge GP this Sunday!

COMING THIS SUNDAY TO SAN DIEGO K1 Speed Carlsbad is hosting round 1 of its Challenge GP Series which will be running on the track IN REVERSE! Think you know the layout at Carlsbad like the back of your hand, wait until you run it in reverse! With the course layout run in this direction it will create an all new racing experience for drivers and the points are reset back to 0 at the start so everyone is on a even playing field for the first round of 2011.

Come out this Sunday to the best indoor kart racing facility in North San Diego and compete with our newest fleet of indoor electric karts on our high speed layout. Sign-ups start at 6:30pm and racing will begin at 7:00pm. Cost per person is just $50.

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Click here for the series schedule for all locations

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ont 1 11 K1 Speed Ontario Challenge GP Results

K1 Speed in San Bernardino held round 1 of its Challenge GP race series this previous Sunday on its reverse ran Super Track layout in Ontario, California. With the points back to 0 everyone was working on qualifying for that pole position spot to grab the extra bonus points for their efforts. After 2 smooth rounds of qualifying Jonathan Wright would take the top starting position for the nights main event with a fast lap of 55.624 seconds.

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Going into the main, the drivers would have a green flag rolling start with Jonathan having his work cut out for him with David Comstock and Tyler Pope sitting right on his back bumper in 2nd and 3rd. Tyler was definitely on a mission as he set his sights on getting around David and eventually Jonathan for the lead. Two laps into the main Tyler found his way around David and set up to get around Jonathan. Jonathan and Tyler would battle back and forth giving each other using over-under moves getting around one another with David putting himself in there and add to the fight for the lead. Tyler would end up coming out on top and started to pull away from Jonathan and go on to take the win. Jonathan would hold onto second with the hard charging David Comstock sticking to him to round out the top 3 at the drop of the checkered flag.

Round 1 went off great and with 2 other locations holding their first rounds of competition in the coming weeks it looks like 2011 is going to be a great year for indoor kart racing. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in the best indoor karting competition with K1 Speed’s various locations.

Check out the upcoming schedule here

Ontario K1 Speed Go Kart Track K1 Speed Ontario Challenge GP this Sunday

The 2011 race season has started at K1 Speed as we look to week two and the next Challenge GP race. Round one of the Challenge GP race series for our Ontario location will be this Sunday January 16th utilizing our Super-Track configuration which will be ran in reverse.

Our reverse run layout will create an all new driving line for competitors to race on, and an all new track to learn. With the points back to 0 for all for the start of the season its anyone’s game for the shot at the overall points championship for our Inland Empire Location.

Come out this Sunday at 630pm and sign up to race with the best indoor kart racing facility in San Bernardino, and take your chance at the top podium spot at K1 Speed in Ontario, California.

Can’t make it this Sunday – check out the rest of this seasons race schedule here

IRV 2011 A main K1 Speed Irvine Challenge GP Results

IRV 2011 B main K1 Speed Irvine Challenge GP Results

IRV 2011 C main K1 Speed Irvine Challenge GP Results

The 2011 race season has began, and with round 1 in the books for the Challenge GP race series at K1 Speed in Irvine, California – many returning competitors were looking to see what it would take to lay down a fast lap on the Super-Track configuration. To create an all new course for 2011, the current Super-Track layout will be ran in reverse creating a new driving line, and new challenges for drivers around each corner. The qualifying format is the same for 2011 with two qualifying rounds allowing drivers to get use to the new track design and make every effort possible to grab the pole position and get the 2 extra bonus points to stay on top of the overall championship points chase. Professional D-1 driver and import dragster driver, Ed Bergenholtz showed everyone his racing skills in a kart are just as good as they are in a full size car by posting a 42.243 second lap time to take the pole position, and possibly take the track record in a competitive event for the current Super-Track configuration in reverse.

C-Main racing would start of the nights main events and the new track layout made for some interesting spectating. With a few new faces in the mix anyone could potentially take the top podium spot for the C-Main. After a bit of a shaky start, the group was able to get everything rolling in the right direction and it would be a pretty clean race for the rest of the evening. Ronald Bottano would take the top spot on the podium followed by Steven Frame in second and Michael Guyon rounding out the top three.

The B-Main qualifiers would be up next with a few familiar faces in the mix to make for some bumper to bumper racing. Michael Arnold had qualified for the pole position for the start of the race and would ultimately pull away from everyone and take the checkered flag. Neil Nombrado was working to crank out a fast lap or two, but was unable to catch Michael and would finish out his night in second. The battle for third was a bit tight with Sergei Maffei doing everything he could to keep John Perry from getting around him, unfortunately John would spin out and the pack would drive around him before he was able to get his kart pointed in the right direction. Sergie would round out the top three for the B-main and John was unable to recover finishing in the back of the pack.

Finishing out the night were the A-Main drivers with top qualifier Ed Bergenholtz on pole for the green flag rolling start. Unfortunately Ed had some handling issues and was unable to place in the top three but was still able to finish out the night on the lead lap. Taking the win was familiar face Toby Rodriguez, but it wasn’t easy with Connor O’Brien and Anthony Porta giving chase for the entire race making for a great battle between the top three drivers. The mid pack battle saw Kirk Meese, Joon Maeng, and 2010 RS Score Champion Emilio Garcia all in the mix going back and forth with each other but were unable to catch up to the top three.

The 2011 race season is off to a great start and there are plenty of more races to come. If you want to take a shot at racing at one of the best indoor kart racing facilities in Southern California, check out the race schedule and come visit the closest location near you.

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junior K1 Speed Challenge GP Junior League schedule for 2011

K1 Speed introduces an expanded Challenge GP Junior League schedule for 2011 starting in March. This specialized race program is geared towards junior and teen drivers looking to participate in the Challenge GP race series, but do not meet the necessary requirements to participate in the adult league Challenge GP events .

K1 Speed Anaheim Manager Uli Perez states “This has been a great program here at our Anaheim location and has given our younger racers a chance to compete on an even playing field in the world of indoor electric kart racing. Thanks to our success here, we are able to expand to our other locations that have the junior karts in there fleet, and reach out to more of our fans and customers looking to participate in this series.”

This race program will be offered at our Anaheim, Ontario and Carlsbad locations on the first Tuesday of every month in a 4 month long race series from March to June, and again from July to October. Junior and teen racers will compete against other drivers of their age and various skill levels. The format will include a 14 lap qualifying session and a corresponding 16 lap main event position race for the first 3 races, with a 12 lap practice a 14 lap qualifier and a 16 lap main event for the final championship race. The top 3 drivers will be awarded prizes at the end of each racing event and an overall points winner will be determined after the final championship race.

Cost per driver is $40 per event, sign ups will begin at 7pm in the evening and racing will begin at 730pm. For more information please visit our Junior League page.

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