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
Winners will be announced following the Challenge GP and will leave contact information with the manager
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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.
Over half this week’s GP Challenge were new faces including Mike Buritica who finished 2nd. Charles Abbott was the top qualifier with an impressive 39.40 qualifying time and went on to lead all 7 laps to become this week’s champ.
We’re looking forward to next month’s GP!
This was an intense race between Robert Kane and Ed Voras with only the podium finish on their mind. As the green flag goes Robert was off to a good start battling it out with Ed. It was an easy win for Robert he lead from start to finish.
We’re excited to see more racing action next month!
We had another great turnout in Ontario for the Challenge GP for April, with 14 racers ready to compete for the win. There were the usual regulars that were atop the leader board after qualifying, with Bryce Raygor taking pole position with a 46.624 second lap. The next competitor was almost a full second behind him with a 47.516 by Robert Hernandez and Noah Stein qualifying third with a 47.547.
The A Main was packed with racers ready to make a move on the competitor right in front of them. Bryce took them to the green flag with Robert not allowing Bryce to break away like he normally does. Robert stayed on his bumper, just hoping Bryce would make a mistake. This also allowed fourth place starting Michael Eshleman to take the third position and also have time to catch up to the lead pack. Michael made some daring moves into a couple corners but couldn’t make the pass cleanly, so he wisely backed off and continued to try. Bryce was able to hold on to the victory but not by much, with Robert in a close second, only. 467 behind and Michael in third, only .819 behind. Christopher Morales finished in fourth and Tyler Walker rounded out the top 5.
With four races in the books for the season, there are only 2 races left before we crown the champion for the Ontario Challenge GP. We look forward to seeing more of you try out the best adult racing league in the Inland Empire next month on May 5th!