Season points leader Sasha Rigaud won the qualifier and went on to win the final and season. Tim Dobbs made a come back starting in 7th position to take fourth and nearly passed Douglas Friar on the last lap for the third place.
We look forward to seeing everyone back for Season 2!
The season ending Main Event was fast and clean. With a possible 4 racers in contention for the season’s overall points championship, Reese Williams did all he could do by winning the race at hand. He put up the best lap time in the qualifiers to take the poll and from there he never looked back. He beat last month’s GP winner Sean Gosset by a narrow 1.623 sec margin, followed by Darrin Wicken, who took home the 3rd place honors. The overall points leader coming into last nights event, Ted Smith, did just enough to win the GP Overall Points Championship by only 2 points!! Sean Gosset finished 2nd overall, followed by Timmy Palmer, Ignacio Martinez and Reese Williams.
We look forward to next season’s GP starting next month. Stay tuned for details.
In the first qualifier Scott Borgia locks in his 1st place spot right from the start with Jonathan close behind. The top 3 in this race were Scott, Jonathan, and Nick.
The racers took off with a competitive energy. In the third lap Scott took a strong lead being the first to get in the 23s but he was closely followed by Jonathan and Roddy. With only 7 laps left Nick takes third place from Jonathan. It was a very close race with all the top 4 racers getting times within the 23s. The race ended with Scott in first, Roddy in second, Nick in third, and Jonathan in fourth.
In the final Scott quickly secures a strong lead. A newcomer to the league, Alex Velasco, raced smart and tailed Scott, but he was closely followed by Jonathan and Roddy. With only four laps left Alex takes the lead from Scott by swiftly passing him on a turn. In the last two laps Jonathan passed Scott, maneuvering himself into second. With only seconds left in the race Roddy took third. Surprise newcomer Alex took first in the last race of this season with Jonathan and Roddy taking second and third place. It was an exciting race that proved that the with enough skill, thought and luck, the final can be anyone’s race.
Season 1 of the Challenge GP at K1 Speed San Francisco is in the books. Mike was the top qualifier and really proved himself in the final race. He was on the 5th place on the 1st qualifer, 2nd place on the 2nd qualifier. On the 3rd lap of the final race, it was looking like he was going to get passed by Tom Flanders, but he was able to remain in the 1st position. At the final turn, Mike race his left hand and said “Yes” i did it!!! knowing that these race was only his 2nd time visit here in K1. We had a great turnout for the new season with Leo Montero taking 1st followed by Rick Kane in 2nd and Tom Flanders in 3rd.
We look forward to seeing new faces and more racers return for the second season.
We had a very exciting 6th and final race for Carlsbad’s 1st Challenge GP season. There were moves that were made in this race that stunted some driver’s final points totals and helped others climb ahead of the competition. Brandon Walsh qualified with the fastest time and was able to start and finish in the top spot because of this. The battle for 2nd and 3rd lasted the entire race between Charles, Benjamin and Paige following closely behind. In the first half of the heat KC was spun out sending him from 4th all the way back to 7th. He impressively was able to climb back up a couple spots and secure a 5th place finish. Although he came in 5th for this race, the points he accumulated gave him just the nudge he needed to win overall for season 1′s Challenge GP.
Jonathan quickly took the lead in the first qualifier followed closely by James and Scott. In the fourth lap Jonathan was passed by James. Roddy was close behind in fourth place. With only 6 laps left Brian took fourth place from Roddy and Jonathan took first place from James. In Lap 13 Scott took first place and the race finished up with Scott in first Jonathan in second and Brian in third.
It wasn’t until about the third lap that everyone finally started settling into their places. Scott, Roddy, and James quickly took first second and third closely followed by Kevin in fourth. With only three laps left Roddy is the first and only racer in this qualifier to hit a 23, taking the lead from Scott. The race finished with Roddy coming in first, Scott in Second, and James in third.
The top four lineup for the final race was Roddy, Scott, Jonathan, and James. As they took off Roddy was spun out before completing his first lap. That left Scott in the lead trailed by Jonathan and James. With nine laps left James passed Jonathan. Roddy who had been put in last place after the spin out was not going to settle for that and passes Richard to take seventh place with only three laps left. It was an exciting and close race that left Scott in first, James in second, and Jonathan in third.
Another great turnout for the Ontario Supertrack Challenge GP Sunday night, with 15 participants! Round 5 of the 6 race season is turning out to be a great battle for the top position between Bryce Raygor and Robert Hernandez. Qualifying had some new faces showing their strength on the Supertrack, but after both qualifying rounds were complete, Robert Hernandez was able to pull off the best lap, with a 47.019.
The A Main started with the championship leader, Bryce Raygor, starting in 9th, ready to try and pick up as many points as possible to keep his championship lead. Robert Hernandez took the green flag and was able to grab a healthy lead from the start. There were a lot of close battles from 6th on back, with positions swapping multiple times per lap. Robert was able to comfortably take the win in Ontario last night, with Tyler Walker finishing second, Christopher Morales in third, John Carroll in fourth, and Wilmer Valentin in fifth.
The championship battle was even closer after round 5, with Robert taking the lead by 6 points with only one race remaining. The next GP in Ontario should be a nail biter as we close the season out. Look forward to seeing a great turnout for the round 6 on June 2nd.
Say it aint so! Ignacio Martinez did not win GP #5….he did not even make it into the Main Event! Sean Gossett has improved every event this season and he claimed his first GP win and pair of tickets to the V8 Supercars at COTA in two weeks!! Sean bested a stacked field that included most all of the best racers at the Austin location since the doors have opened exactly 1 year ago. The race for the next 2 podium spots was where all the excitement was! Matt Hammock, Ted Smith and Reese Williams battled the entire race. Matt Hammock barley held off charging Ted Smith to take the second spot on the podium. Ted Smith could not find a way to pass, even though he set the track record with a blazing 26.616, and had to settle for 3rd. Ted extended his season points lead and looks to be in great position to win GP Season 2! Sean, Ignacio and Timmy palmer will all have something to say next month at the GP finale. See you all there!
We are used to Ignacio Martinez winning everything he enters. It is old news saying that he finished first overall and took home top honors. We have never seen him anywhere but 1st place overall in any event he has entered!! That all changed in GP #5! Ignacio failed to make the Main Event and took his frustrations out on the B-Main field. Ignacio finished 1st, followed by Chris Smith and Edward Galvis.
For the penultimate round of Challenge GP Season 1, it was Dana “the dude” Glenn taking top honors in qualifying with a 16.5, just edging out younger Jayce who put down a solid 16.531. The Glenn Bro’s were followed by Rj Napitupulu, Garrett Foss and Theo Mechain who early on looked to be the fastest on the night after Q1, and Adrian Corona heading in to the main event for the night. As the Green flag dropped 2012 GP Champ Dana Glenn led the way as the field thundered down the back stretch and in to turn one, the drivers funneled in single file close behind. For the first few laps the running order stayed the same as they settled in and found their grooves. The first of the group to make a move was Napitupulu who put a solid pass on Jayce Glenn for 2nd spot coming down the front stretch. This pass seem to set things in motion as the rest of the race was action packed.
At the tail end Corona , Foss and Mechain were all battling it out through the chicane and infield sections, going two and 3 wide at times, all the while catching the drivers up front. Soon it was a 4 way battle as Jayce joined in on the fun. 10 laps in and the Dude still held a small lead over Napitupulu, who was locked on his rear bumper. You could see something in the works for several laps though as Rj would peak inside on the hard braking corners, looking for any opening to make his move. Lap 12 and it happened, with a good drive out of the final turn Rj was able to pull along side Dana going into turn one and take over the lead where he would remain for the closing laps. Back to the rest of the pack where 4 drivers were battling for one spot, Foss had at one point moved in to 3rd, but Jayce Glenn and Mechain would fight back hard and once again shuffle the points leader backward. Theo and Jayce duked it out for a few more laps and eventually Mechain got the upper hand moving solidly into 3rd position. Jayce would hang tight and finish 4th while Garrett Foss would come home 5th, certainly not without an incredible fight though. Adrian Corona would finish 6th after running 4th and nearly third at one point and with the many battles these four drivers had tonight, it certainly wasnt about speed this evening in the A-main, it was all about driver skill in traffic and being able to make passes. Look for Corona’s finishes to improve as he gains experience running with the faster drivers, as the youngest driver we have racing the GP, he is still always blazing fast and he certainly will have a breakthrough drive at some point. The championship battle is now down to the final race next month, as Mechain was able to take advantage of Foss’ 5th place finish, he closes up to now just 4 points behind. Who will take it? Who could play the spoiler?