This GP Challenge had a change of pace. The competitors took on the familiar Santa Clara track in an unfamiliar fashion: reverse. In the first Qualifier James L. quickly takes the lead over Roddy Balanga in lap 2 followed closely by Scott Borgia. James Gouveia takes the lead in the 5th lap but is soon overtaken by Jonathan Sarceda. James Laeno quickly regains fastest lap. With only 7 laps left James L. , Jonathan, and Roddy battled it out for the top 3 places. Brian gets up to 1st place in the final 2 laps with Roddy trying to get back into the top 3 places. with only 1 lap left Roddy is back in 3rd place. Finally finishing wtih Brian, Jonathan, and Roddy in the top 3.
The competition heated up in round 2 as the racers battled it out for racing positions in the final. James G., Jonathan, and Kevin quickly take the lead in the first lap. Roddy speeds up to take 1st place, trailed by James L. and Brian. Halfway through the race Jonathan takes 3rd. The race wrapped up with Roddy, in first James L. in second, Jonathan in third, and Scott in fourth.
The final lineup starts with Roddy, followed by James L., followed by Jonathan for the top 3. They take off with Roddy taking a strong lead and Scott right on Jonathans tail for a position in the top 3. With only 5 laps left Scott passes Jonathan. With only 2 laps remaining Scott gets into second place by overtaking Jonathan. Jonathan then passes James L. in the final lap, leaving us with a top 4 of Roddy, Scott, Jonathan, and James L.
Last night’s Irvine Challenge GP brought a huge crowd of thirsty racers bidding for a podium spot. We witnessed a lot of great driving with the reverse supertrack layout. It seemed to be challenging at first for the new racers but for the veterans it only took a couple laps in.
What a great night of racing with Adam Akers and Louis Pilloni taking the top two spots followed by Luca Bortone in third. Looking forward to the next GP in May.
Another fun and exciting Gp Event was held in Torrance On Sunday. It was great to see old and new faces with a total of 8 racers in attendance. Joseph Cheong grabbed the pole position with his fastest qualifying lap of 26.849 seconds. New face: Austin Farr was right behind him with the second best qualifiying time of the night. In the final race both Joesph & Austin showed off some of there presition racing skills. !st, 2nd, and 3rd place was bumper-to-bumper to the very end. Joseph held onto 1st, followed by Austin and Andrew. Very fun race to watch. We hope to see everyone out again next month!
Top 3 in the final were Roddy, Scott, Shotaro. Scott lapped Roddy in the 7th lap gaining the lead for the rest of the race while Ryan also passed Shotaro and Roddy to gain 2nd place in the race. Everyone kept their position for the rest of the race.
Tim Dobbs dominated from the beginning but the battle for 2nd place was much closer. James Friar led the first four laps but at the end of lap five, Charles Abbott took the second position and held on.
Another great turnout and looking forward to the next GP in April!
One of the cleanest Supertracks we have ever had even though there were 14 racers on the track. The quality of character and the level of competition were truly unmatched.
Very competitive all around GP3 race. Only by a small margin were most of the drivers in the B Group over the A group. So some great racing at hand. We even had a 1st time racer take 3rd in the group. We’re looking forward to next month’s GP!
March had two new racers attend the challenge both prove to be worthy competitors and will likely return to make moves in the standings.
The faster qualifying time belonged to Temple Run with 22.9 earned him a great pole place position but during the course of the finals fell back to fifth. Two of the top 3 finishers where no stranger to the podium last year. 2012 Champion, Teddy Hoang, finished second and Steve Plentl maneuvered his way into First Place. New to the podium was Larry Bell placing third.
This was an intense race between Robert Kane and Aaron Neely with only the podium finish on their mind. As the green flag goes Robert was off to a good start battling it out with Aaron. It was a see-saw battle for the lead till lap six when Aaron made an error on a turn and it was Robert all the way to the finish line.
Sunday’s main event was filled with suspense, excitement, and a high level of competitive racing. Most notable between Craig Robertson and Timothy Tran. Timothy Tran grabbed the pole position with his fast lap of 27.108. However, after a second re-start because of some confusion on the part of Timothy’s mis-understanding of what a rolling start means. Second place Craig was able to take advantage of Timothy’s over cautiousness and blow right by him at the start of the race and took a commanding lead and finished first in tonights race. Second and third place went to fresh new faces of Puneet Khattar and Eric Duke respectively.
Event 3 of the 2K13 season is in the books. This race was nothing short of thrilling. The start was intense with more bumper to bumper action than a SoCal traffic jam. Shortly after the race began it was clear this would be a battle between the top two qualifiers Kc Cook and Kyle Wicka. They pulled away from the pack and battled it out K1 style. Exceptional clean racing was demonstrated by both and in the end Kc Cook ended up out front to take the win. Kyle Wicka took second and K1 veteran Jon Simms pushed forward in the pack to round out the podium in third place.