Sean Naslund once again dominated the Challenge GP event at our K1 Speed Seattle-Redmond indoor karting center, demonstrating quite clearly why he is the defending champion! Despite missing Round 2 of our indoor kart racing series and finishing in 3rd place in Round 1, Sean is back in contention for the series lead with Javier Cantu-Lucero and Randy Olivarez after claiming victory in the last two races. Though they put forth their best efforts, Randy and Javier were unable to make a pass on Sean, who was able to start the race from the front row after setting the fast lap during qualifying to claim the pole position. Javier and Randy followed closely behind Sean for the entire race, and finished in order to take the final two spots on the podium, but that’s probably of little comfort to them now that the realization of Sean’s return sets in! With two rounds remaining in the season and the points race tightening up, the series is starting to get exciting!
If you are interested in participating in K1 Speed’s Challenge GP indoor karting series, the next event in Seattle is scheduled for Sunday, November 1st. At this weekend’s event, newcomers Michael Raiche, Scott Young and Vashutosh Agrawal did very well and were able to hold their own against seasoned veterans, proving that you don’t have to be a regular K1 competitor to have fun in the Challenge GP series. Whether you’re completely new to the sport of karting or are an avid motorsport enthusiast, the Challenge GP kart racing league is a great way to hone braking and throttle inputs, master racing lines, and experience the thrill of wheel-to-wheel racing in a safe and affordable environment.
1st – Sean Naslund
2nd – Javier Cantu-Lucero
3rd – Randy Olivarez
4th – Michael Raiche
5th – Scott Young
6th – Vashutosh Agrawal
We reached the half-way point of our Challenge GP indoor kart racing league this weekend at K1 Speed Torrance in Los Angeles, California, and the event proved to be quite interesting! During Qualifying, the fast lap time was being set and reset by different drivers constantly, as everyone was very competitive right out of the gate; the result of this back-and-forth between the drivers were two separate fields with diverse and competitive starting grids. Though we had a familiar face take the pole position to start on the front row of our A-Main race, several drivers who are accustomed to competing in the A found themselves in the B-Main race instead, such was the closeness and relative equality of the field.
During the A-Main race, John Tanaka was able to pull away from the field after the drop of the green flag, but surprisingly started to slowly lose ground as the race wound its way down. With only a few laps remaining, David Kelmenson was right on John’s rear bumper and went for the pass, but John’s defensive line prevented David from overtaking. In the melee, David and Brandon Cruz, who was following behind in a close 3rd place position, nearly were passed by Michael Arnold who had been hovering back in 4th, but in the end, all three drivers were able to defend their positions and cross the finish line in the order that they started the race. The action was intense though as everyone was watching anxiously as David and Brandon began inching their way back up to the front towards the end of the race!
Regular competitor Khalifa Alasiri started the B-Main race in 2nd place but was able to quickly pass pole-sitter Joe Batwinis for the lead, and he never looked back. Though Joe was unable to maintain his position at the front of the pack, he was able to prove his mettle on track by holding off long-time K1 competitor Kirk Meese, who was doing everything possible to make a pass. Determined not to lose another place on the podium, Joe raced a classic defensive battle and was consistent throughout, which allowed him to hold off Kirk and finish the race behind Khalifa in 2nd place! Battling Khalifa and Kirk certainly illustrated quite clearly to everyone who was there that Joe is someone to lookout for in the future, and we expect him to do well!
Everyone was very competitive this weekend and the racing was some of the closest that we’ve seen! If you want to compete in our Challenge GP go kart league, join us at our K1 Speed Torrance indoor karting center in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 25th for the next round! We hope to see you there!
This weekend marked the half-way point for our Jul-Dec 2009 Challenge GP season at K1 Speed Carlsbad, and we had several very fast competitors come out to battle for the win. Among the racers who showed up were Curt Chapin, who is a former Challenge GP champion and ProScore record holder, regular competitors Paul Ciralli and Kirk Meese, and father and son team Stephen and Jordan Robertson. The qualifying session was very close, with several drivers in contention to start the race from the front row of the grid, but in the end, Paul Ciralli was able to set the fast lap and take the pole position at our indoor karting center. Jordan Robertson, who is under 18 but has qualified to compete in Challenge GP events, was able to best his father’s time and qualify on the front row in 2nd place, and Curt Chapin was able to beat the rest of the field despite a recent hiatus from the track to qualify in 3rd.
Paul went into the race with the points lead and was eager to defend his position, but Jordan and Curt were on his tail as soon as the green flag dropped and the racers headed into the first corner. Such was the pace of Paul, Jordan and Curt that Kirk Meese, who is an experienced and very fast competitor himself, was unable to match the top 3 drivers and started to drop back with the rest of the field. Paul, Jordan and Curt were setting very fast lap times and were able to maintain their pace lap after lap as they headed around the track in a 3 car train (several times it appeared as if all three karts were attached to each other as they made their way around the track)! Though Paul and Curt were impressive on track, Jordan Robertson did particularly well this weekend and was a man determined to win! Jordan was on the tail of Paul Ciralli for the entire race and ended up setting the session’s fast lap in the process with a blistering time of 26.28 seconds, but he was never able to make a pass. Any potential move on Paul might have allowed Curt to slip by, so Jordan played it safe and maintained his position. After 16 hard laps of racing, the top 3 drivers finished in the order that they started with less than 1 second between them! Kirk Meese led the rest of the field past the finish line some 10 seconds later.
With 3 rounds completed in our Carlsbad Challenge GP go kart league, the season is definitely heating up: Paul has started to solidify his lead against the competition – though there are still 3 rounds remaining so another driver, such as Jarrod Buccola, may still be able to take home the championship – and Jordan Robertson made a name for himself in a big way this weekend, and will be one to look out for in the future! We are eager to see how the rest of the season progresses; barring any mishaps, Paul is in a strong position to take home the top prize but the competition is starting to put on the pressure! Join us at K1 Speed Carlsbad on Sunday, October 18th if you are interested in competing in our Challenge GP go kart league and think you have what it takes to race against the very best!
1st: Paul Ciralli
2nd: Jordan Robertson
3rd: Curt Chapin
4th: Kirk Meese
5th: Erwin Solis
6th: Stephan Robertson
7th: Jon Simms
8th: Jim Mihal
Having finished in 3rd place in Round 1 of our six round Challenge GP series and missing Round 2 altogether, defending champion Sean Naslund needed to take home the victory this weekend if he wanted any chance of repeating his success from last season. Racing against veteran competitors Randy Olivarez and Javier Canto-Lucero, Sean had his work cut out for him – especially considering the performance that these two men have put on in the last two races – but he didn’t let the pressure deter him. After setting the fast lap time in qualifying and taking the pole position, Sean led the field all the way to the checkered flag to take an unchallenged win, greatly boosting his standings and putting him back in the running.
Though neither Randy nor Javier found themselves on the top step of the podium this race, both are still in contention for the championship with the season half over, thanks to strong finishes in all three rounds. We look forward to seeing how the rest of the series pans out and we expect that all three men will give everything that they have to take home the gold at season’s end! If you would like to take part in our Challenge GP kart racing league, join us at K1 Speed Seattle for the next round on Sunday, October 4th!
Thanks to the size of our Super Track, we were able to accommodate all 14 drivers who showed up to compete in Round 3 of the Jul-Dec 2009 season of our K1 Speed Ontario Challenge GP go kart racing league at one time, resulting in some great racing! Though many Challenge GP events end up being broken up into separate run groups, this race was great as it allowed new racers and many competitors who typically race in the B-Main event to compete head-to-head against some of our very best K1 drivers! Though there were some familiar faces on the podium at the end of the race, several new drivers made quite a name for themselves too, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.
In qualifying, veteran K1 speed racer David Messimer was able to grab the pole position with a lap time of 52.05 seconds, beating out fellow Challenge GP regulars Khalifa Alasiri and John Tanaka, who qualified in 2nd place and 3rd place respectively. At the drop of the green flag, David was able to lead the Top 3 drivers around the track in a fast and error-free procession, and pull away from the competition. David, Khalifa and John maintained their qualifying positions for the entire race and finished in order to take the top positions on the podium. Further back in the pack, Barry Wright, one of four new competitors, nearly broke into the Top 5, but was just edged out and ended up finishing the race in 6th place. We look forward to seeing Barry compete in future events and expect that he’ll be battling for the win soon!
If you want to race under the lights and battle head-to-head against some of the very best indoor karting stars in Southern California, join us at K1 Speed Ontario for the next round of our Challenge GP go kart league. Featuring our exclusive Super Track and high performance electric karts, we feel that the Challenge GP kart racing series is one of the best ways to experience authentic wheel-to-wheel racing!
This past weekend, we had one of our greatest turnouts ever for a Challenge GP race, with 43 drivers showing up to battle for victory! Needless to say, we were extremely pleased with the attendance and the racers did not disappoint! To accommodate the large number of racers, we ended up splitting the competitors into four separate groups – A through D – based on qualifying times, which not only allowed us to better organize the event but also keep the competitors on a relatively level playing field with the other drivers on the grid. Being that we had twice the number of entries as an F1 starting grid attempting to race on an indoor go kart track (even one as large as our Super Track), we figured dividing the field up into groups would be the best solution, and the Challenge GP event ended up running very smoothly.
Not surprisingly, there were some familiar names in the A Main race of our go kart racing league, including John Tanaka, Toby Rodriguez and Irvine’s local hero Kirk Meese. Toby has been doing particularly well this season, no doubt inspired by John’s dominating performance last season, and once again ended up on top of the podium at the end of the race. John finished in 2nd place ahead of Kirk, who took the final spot on the podium in the A Main race against some stiff competition, including regulars Robert Dlugos, Khalifa Alasiri and Alton Arnold III. The battle between these guys is definitely heating up and we look forward to seeing how the rest of the season will play out, as we suspect that neither John nor Toby will give in!
As the competitors who showed up this weekend to race can testify, this Challenge GP event was unlike any other. The turnout for Round 3 of the Jul-Dec 2009 K1 Speed Irvine Challenge GP go kart league was so great (and the racers so competitive) that some individuals who typically take part in the A Main race wound up in the B Main race. This was the case with Michael Arnold, who used his skill and experience behind the wheel to take 1st place in the final race of the B Main, ahead of Steven Bordeaux and Jonathan Wright. Rather than be thrown or distracted by his qualifying time, Michael set out to prove that he has the skills to compete, and he proved it with his win. In the C Main, Royce Mohler finished ahead of Jason Bordeaux and David Robinson to take the win and Jason Foreman ended up winning the D Main race, with Joe Batwinis finishing in 2nd and Brandon Peckham finishing in 3rd.
The racing this weekend was some of the best that we’ve seen and it was a thrill to see so many competitors vying for the win! If you would like to take on the best K1 Speed racers in Orange County, and indeed, Southern California, join us at K1 Speed Irvine October 4th at 6:30PM for Round 4 of our K1 Speed Irvine Challenge GP series. We can assure you that it is an experience like no other and that it is one of the safest and most affordable ways to go wheel-to-wheel racing. We’ll see you there!
Round 2 of our inaugural Challenge GP series at K1 Speed Torrance took place this past weekend, and we are pleased to say that the event was fantastic! The qualifying rounds were extremely close, with the top 5 positions for both the A and B-main races separated by a mere tenth of a second or two, so it was anyone’s race to win in the final. The B-main event saw Richard Langsdale and Adam Langsdale battling for the top spot from the drop of the green flag, with each man mirroring each other through every corner. With only 2 laps remaining of the 16 lap race though, Richard’s relentless pace caught up with him and he started sliding his kart; this slight mistake allowed Adam to build up the lead he needed to comfortably take the win. Following closely behind Richard and Adam was Tyler Bryant, who finished the B-main in 3rd place.
In the A-main race, John Tanaka once again dominated the event. Though the qualifying times were pretty close to each other for the Top 5 racers, John was able to consistently set fast lap after fast lap in the race and started building up a healthy lead. In the process, John also set the new lap record for our current Torrance track configuration, with a lap time of 26.70 seconds! The fact that John was able to set this time in a race, and not during a practice or qualifying session, is a testament to John’s ability to maximize his performance and that of the kart regardless of conditions or pressure. Needless to say, John is definitely the man to beat at the moment! Finishing in 2nd place was Paul Ciralli, who definitely has the pace and the ability needed to win, and in 3rd place was Michael Arnold, a veteran competitor who is always consistent.
If you want to experience the thrill of wheel-to-wheel racing, join us for our next Challenge GP event in Torrance on September 27th. You will not be disappointed!
The second round of our K1 Speed Ontario Super Track Challenge GP turned out to be a very exciting night! A total of 24 people showed up for the event, including some past regulars that we haven’t seen in a while, resulting in some fantastic racing. Despite the combination of veterans and novice racers, the qualifying sessions went very well, with no major incidents at all!
Despite the clean qualifying sessions, the B main race didn’t start very smoothly. As racers vied for position going into the first few corners, there were unfortunately a few collisions (one racer actually had his helmet camera nearly knocked off, reinforcing the notion that there is no bumping allowed!). After the first lap the racers settled down though and were able to get into a rhythm that allowed for fast and consistent lap times. With about 2 laps to go however, Mike Chen and Joshua Ferguson found themselves in a tight battle for position. The two were swapping positions at almost every corner, alternating between defensive and offensive driving styles, until they got a little too aggressive, and Joshua spun out, losing several positions in the process. Mike was able to continue unimpeded from the incident and finished the race in 3rd place behind 2nd place finisher Jonathan Wright. Chris Weaver, who was able to start from the lead, never really had any pressure from behind and went on to win the B main.
The A main looked a little different than usual at the start, as John Tanaka started from the second row in the third position; still very respectable but quite different from his typical Pole starting position. The beginning of the race was very clean, with John Tanaka taking the second position away from David Messimer on the second or third lap. After passing David, John set his sights on pole position winner Garrett Regan, but was unable to close the quite significant gap that Garret had formed between his kart and the competition. Garret was able to hold on to the top position for the entire race and cruised to an easy win. John Tanaka finished 1.45 seconds behind in second place, and David Messimer, who was consistent the whole race and stayed out of trouble, was able to finish in third. The only incident of the race occurred between Alfredo Anguiano and Chris Singleton, who were both fighting for a chance at the podium but ending up taking each other out in the process.
It was a great turnout this past weekend and we enjoyed seeing some new faces not only compete for, but earn a spot on the podium! We look forward to seeing even more new racers at the next Ontario Super Track Challenge GP race on September 13th. If you think you have what it takes to compete against the best K1 Speed racers, join us!
Round 2 of our K1 Speed Seattle Challenge GP series saw Randy Olivarez and Javier Cantu-Lucero widen the gap they have over last season’s champion Sean Naslund by finishing first and second place respectively for the second race in a row. Sean’s absence from Round 2 may make it difficult for him to make up the points difference with only four races remaining in the season, so we expect the upcoming races to definitely be exciting!
Randy Olivarez qualified on the pole position, just ahead of Javier Cantu-Lucero and Michal Karpinski and was able to lead the field for the entire race. Javier Cantu-Lucero put up a good fight, but could not make the pass on the hard charging Randy. Michal Karpinski, a newcomer to our Challenge GP series put on an impressive performance and was able to finish on the podium in his first race! We hope to see Michal compete in future Challenge GP events and expect to see him apply pressure to our regulars!
If you would like to participate in our Challenge GP series, join us at K1 Speed Seattle on September 6th for the 3rd round of our 6 round series. Qualify for position, challenge for the lead from a grid start, and race against the best local competitors for a fantastic price!
We had a great turnout for Round 2 of our K1 Speed Irvine Jul-Dec 2009 Challenge GP go kart league! Not surprisingly, most of our top drivers showed up to battle it out for points and claim that Number 1 spot on the podium. John Tanaka, Toby Rodriguez, and Taylor Hays finished ahead of the pack, in order, to claim the top spots on the podium, and it looks like there is no end in sight to the domination of this Terrific Trio! Needless to say, it was another exciting final race for this group, though it wasn’t free of incident. Long time K1 competitor David Messimer ended up being pushed under a barrier in a collision, resulting in the race being stopped temporarily. The other competitors were great sportsmen though, allowing David to regain his previous spot, helping him finish in a very respectable 5th position. The camaraderie and sportsmanship displayed by our competitors is just one more reason why we believe the Challenge GP go kart racing league is one of the best ways for novice racers to become involved in competitive motorsport!
The B-Main final was a great race as well, and we were pleased to see a ton of new faces. It’s always great to see up and coming racers attend the GP events. Among the new competitors were Douglas Edwards, who managed to finish in a respectable 7th place, Nicholas Rebeil who wound up finishing in 11th, and Chri Cubeiro who managed 14th in his first ever Challenge GP event. We’re confident that these guys will be making their presence known in the upcoming Challenge GP events. In the end though, it was Steve Wetterau, Jason Bordeaux, and Sean Thomas, who finished on the top of the podium. Steve, Jason and Sean definitely showed that they are contenders to be reckoned with in our upcoming Challenge GP events, and we expect to see them compete in the A-Main before the season ends.
Special thanks to all of our drivers; we hope to see you on September 6th for Round 3 of our K1 Speed Irvine Challenge GP!