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?
Carlsbad Challenge Grand Prix event number five is in the books. The single file rolling start to this race was a sight to be seen and was near flawlessly done by all 13 racers. And the start surely set the tone for the remainder of the race. Kc Cook quickly pulled away from the pack, but the battling went on for the remaining two podium spots and in the end it was Kc Cook on top, Brandon Walsh in second, and Charles Eichlin rounding out the podium in third.
Torrance’s Challenge GP show-cased some great driving by some talented racers. We start off with Austin Farr taking the pole with his best qualifing lap of 26.808 sec. Right behind Austin in the race field was Craig Robertson and Puneet Khattar. At the beginning of the first couple of laps Craig tried to position himself to take a shoot at passing first place leader Austin. His risky moving on turn 5 put him into the wall and the race field passed him by. Austin continued to stretch out his lead and took a commanding 1st place win. Puneet and Andrew Buckler made up second and third place.
This was a close race but Juanpablo Villacis took the lead in the sixth lap passing Charles Abbott and went on to take the checkered flag. Congratulations Juanpablo!
Sasha Rigaud took the checkered flag and Tim Dobbs finished 2nd, while Gaston Fernandez finished third.
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Registration 6:30pm – Race starts 7:00pm
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Austin, TX 78758
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The fourth round of Challenge GP 2K13 Season 1 saw Garrett Foss return to the top step of the podium for his 3rd win, and add a bit more breathing room between himself and the other drivers in the championship. We also saw the return of the Glenn brothers, Dana and Jayce as well as RJ Napitupulu who all put in solid drives. As the field headed toward the green flag drivers immediately began scrambling for position it what proved to be a wild first few laps. Napitupulu had the early lead and looked strong out front but was being hounded by Mechain and Foss who were two wide early on through the infield sections of the track. Behind the front 3 there was a battle all its own going on between the Glenn brothers, and young Adrian Corona who was making his return to racing after a 3 month hiatus. Dana, who surprisingly qualified slowest on the night was turning things around in the main and was charging hard. Within the first 5 laps, he had worked his way up from dead last to 3rd methodically working his way past others with passes that were no doubt difficult to pull off cleanly through the chicane after the back stretch. Foss continued to pressure RJ up front and eventually made a pass stick with a run down the front stretch and soon was under fire from Theo Mechain and Glenn as well. Glenn, who wasnt done yet, passed Mechain on lap 6, and Napitupulu on lap 7. 7 laps to go from dead last, to 2nd. Garrett Foss by this point had built a small lead over the field while the others battled, but it would not last long. With just a few laps to go the two up front were nose to tail , one mistake could have cost either their positions, but as the checkers fell it was Garrett Foss taking the win, followed closely by Dana Glenn in 2nd, RJ Napitupulu in 3rd, Theo Mechain in 4th, Jayce Glenn 5th and Adrian Corona 6th.
Another exciting Carlsbad Challenge Grand Prix is in the books. This race was all about the second and third positions. Andrew Lemons, the top qualifier had a great start and quickly pulled away from the pack, leaving the rest to battle for the remaining podium spots. Charles Eichlin, Paige Kaufman and Brandon Walsh left it all on the line and put the pedal to the medal, battling bumper to bumper for a podium finish. In the end, Andrew took the win, Paige claimed second and Charles rounded out the podium in third.
Not to take anything away from Reese Williams first victory of the season but the biggest story of the night was the absence of last season’s GP champion and this seasons undefeated points leader, Ignacio Martinez. He was nowhere to be found and the field of racer’s spirits were all flying high at the thought of a shot at winning this month’s GP. The racing was extreamly fast all evening. The track record was broken in the quals twice and then rebroken in the main event by Reese Williams. Reese blew away the field in what was the single fastest 16 lap race average for a GP to date!! The new track record is now 26.676…….and this was all done in reverse direction on the track!! Ted Smith finished second and took over the season’s points lead. Sean Gossett had a very strong showing and made the podium for the first time this season taking home 3rd place honors. Ignacio is still undefeated but this may put some wind in the sails of many. We will see you all next month!
Edward Galvis raced hard and held of Chris McNelis and Darrin Wicken to win the B-Main.