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.
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.
SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY! Get ready racers the 2011 Challenge GP Race Series is here with K1 Speed. Starting off this Sunday at K1 Speed in Irvine, California – their Super-track layout will be running IN REVERSE! The reverse run layout creates an all new driving experience, as the racing line, and on track strategy changes.
Sign-ups will begin at 630pm and racing will start at 7pm sharp, cost per driver is $50. Come out and experience the best indoor kart racing competition in The OC with K1 Speed in Irvine, California.
There’s just one race to go this Sunday December 19th for the Challenge GP race series in Torrance California. The race for the chase of the overall points champion will come down to this final event with the top drivers all running within a few points of each other. Come out and race against the best indoor kart drivers in the Los Angeles area and see if you have what it takes to lay down a fast lap on our technical concrete layout.
Sign ups will begin at 630pm and racing will start at 7pm with double qualifying rounds for drivers to grab the overall pole position and corresponding main event rounds for drivers of all skill levels. Don’t miss your chance to participate in this final Challenge GP event for 2010!
SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY – K1 Speed in Carlsbad California will be hosting its final Challenge GP Race for 2010. The points battle is going to come down to this final all out battle between the top drivers for the overall points champion as drivers are all separated by just a few points. Don’t miss out on your chance to participate in the best indoor kart racing competition San Diego has to offer.
Come out December 19th as sign ups will start at 630pm and racing will begin at 7pm, with 2 qualifying rounds and corresponding main event rounds for all skill levels of driving – don’t miss it!
The season is in the books, as K1 Speed in San Bernardino finished out its Challenge GP Race series this previous Sunday. With the overall points leader holding onto a good lead for the championship the 2nd, and 3rd overall points winner was a battle that would be determined after the final checkered flag of the main event. After two rounds of qualifying, John Tanaka grabbed the pole position for the main event with a fast lap of 55.598 seconds earning him 2 bonus points for his efforts on the Super-Track configuration.
The main event for the evening was straight forward with Tanaka leading the group for the green flag rolling start. Overall points leader Tyler Pope was right on Johns back bumper sitting in the second qualifying spot and new comer to the Challenge GP series Blue Feurt in third. At the start of the race John Tanaka would run away from Tyler spoiling his perfect winning streak season. Tyler would hold his position not allowing anyone around him, letting his second place finish give him the number one overall championship win. Blue Feurt held onto third place respectively to take the final podium spot for the main event.
The battle for the second and third place points championship between John Perry and Nicholas Sima would be close as the two went back and forth with each other looking to find a way to capture any additional points. John Perry would end up taking 4th in the main with Nicholas Sima in 5th creating a points tie between the two. Nicholas would be awarded the second in the championship points overall since he attended all 6 events and Tyler would take the third overall respectively.
K1 Speed Ontario will be changing the start time for the final race of the Challenge GP. The date will remain the same 12-12-2010. Sign ups will now be at 9:00 AM, Race starts at 9:30 AM. K1 Speed apologizes for the inconvenience and is looking forward to seeing all racers at the new start time.
K1 Speed in Ontario is wrapping up its Challenge GP Race Series this Sunday December 12th. The Super Track configuration offers some of the most challenging driving in the San Bernardino area with its ultra long straight-away section combined with some technical corners creating the absolute best karting experience in the Inland Empire area.
The overall points championship will be determined at this final event with the top 10 drivers all looking to take that number one spot on the podium.
Sign-ups start at 9:00AM. and racing starts at 9:30PM. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to race with some of the best indoor kart drivers in So-Cal.
The dust has settled and the results are in, K1 Speed in Irvine California wrapped up its Challenge GP race series for 2010 this past Sunday. If you weren’t in attendance you missed out, this was the race event of the season, with the overall points championship being determined at this final race. The top 5 drivers all had a battle on their hands to hold onto their position in the points standings and it was close.
Qualifying remained relatively straight forward and without incident, as drivers had 2 rounds of qualifying to take that top qualifying spot and earn the two bonus points that have been helping drivers get that slight edge over the rest of the competition. John Tanaka would be the top qualifier with a fast lap of 42.221 seconds, giving him an open race track for the start of the A Main.
C-main race action would kick off the main event rounds for the night. Sergei Maffei was on pole for the rolling start, to set the pace for the race. Just before the green flag dropped Niki Luna jumped the gun slightly, nearly spinning himself out taking him out of contention for a podium finish, but he was able to recover and finish 6th for the night. Sergei would keep his pace from the drop of the green flag earning himself the top spot on the podium. Tommy Kistler would take second place, followed by Rob Drew to round out the top 3. Sergei, Tommy, and Rob have all worked over this past season to grab podium finishes and this was a well deserved finish for the top three.
The B-main would be next on the Super-Track layout and it would be a bit of a battle as the drivers all worked to find that fast line around the track. At the half way mark, Kirk Meese would let the pack go by him, as the racing got to be a bit rough and he didn’t want to be part of the bumper car game that was going on behind him. Toby Rodriguez would end up taking the win followed by John Perry taking second just 0.9 tenths of a second behind Toby. Connor O’Brien was sitting in third and it wasn’t an easy task with the hard charging Bill Kreig sticking to Connor’s back bumper waiting for him to make an error and slip past him. Connor didn’t give up his position and Bill would have to settle for 4th and Connor would round out the top three podium finishers for the B Main.
The final main event for the night were the A-main qualifiers with TQ driver John Tanaka on pole. John would go completely unchallenged as he practically ran away from the pack on the first lap and going wire to wire taking the overall win for the night. Michael Tekstra who qualified second tried to keep pace with Tanaka but was unsuccessful, and had to settle for finishing the same way he started in the second finishing spot. New comer William Cruz seemed to come out of no where taking the third podium spot. William will definitely be one to watch in 2011 as he showed that he has the ability to give some of the other veteran drivers a good run for their money.
With the main events finished up for the night it was time to crown the overall points champion. John Tanaka would take the overall points championship for the second half of the Challenge GP Race Series at Irvine just keeping ahead of Toby Rodriguez thanks to some better qualifying rounds over Toby. Toby respectfully finished out the season in second place. Out of no where Jonathan Wright would end up taking the third overall finishing spot in the points championship passing Bill Kreig who was in third. Bills finish in the B-main helped Jonathan as well, as he finished in the A-main for this final event.
This was a great season for all that were involved, and we are looking forward to a new series in 2011. There are still a few final rounds to go at various K1 Locations around Southern California. If you want to be part of the best in indoor kart racing, check out the schedule for the remainder of the 2010 year and come in and participate.
It all comes down to this, K1 Speed in Irvine, California in the heart of the OC will be wrapping up its 2010 Challenge GP race series this Sunday December 5th! The overall points chase for the top 5 drivers will come down to this final event. Come out and join in on the best indoor kart racing competition in Southern California – sign ups start at 630PM and racing will start at 7PM. $50 gets you 2 qualifying rounds and qualified into the final rounds of the night. Don’t miss it!