There was a HUGE sense of excitement in the air before the GP started. Last years undefeated GP overall champion and this seasons points leader, Ignacio Martinez, was not in the building! Everyone thought this was THEIR shot at victory. Ignacio’s 6 consecutive win streak looked like it was going to come to an end. The first round of qualifiers went off with everyone posting solid times and looking like they had a legit shot. Then, as quickly as the excitement built, it was gone with the swing of the pit door and the arrival of Ignacio! He then lit up the second qualifier to earn pole position and then once again, he blew away the field in the main event! Wiley veterans, Ted Smith and Timmy Palmer, rounded out the top 3 podium spots. There is are talks of a secret bounty out on Ignacio and the #1 spot on the podium next month. Can he continue his winning ways with everyone gunning for him event after event? Come race the next GP in REVERSE direction and see where you stack up against Austin’s best.
This month’s GP was full of new-comers. Lots of good racing took place in the B-Main from top to bottom but nobody could touch last seasons most improved racer, Dale Daugherty. He blew past the pole getter early on in the race and did not look back and took home the #1 hardware. Dale was followed by Bryce Widdison and Kyle Moss who took 2nd and 3rd honors respectively.
A Main: The battle began early for second and third positions with Sasha Rigaud taking the second position from Charles Abbott at the end of the first lap. Pedro Lopez led the first six laps but lost the lead to Paul Lopez who took the checkered flag.
B Main: Edgar Moyano and Todd Stamm battled it out for first place but in the end it was Edgar taking the checkered flag.
Shotaro qualified in the first position for the final with the time of 23.784. He took the lead in the final race & pulled ahead of everyone while Jonathan, Ryan & Scott had slight bumping while making the first turn in the final race Jonathan gained his 2nd position in the 2nd lap by passing Ryan the order stayed like that the entire race with Shotaro finishing first, Fonathan 2nd & Ryan in 3rd place.
We had an amazing turnout for the Challenge GP Sunday night, with 19 participants! Qualifying had the usual suspects up at the front of the board, with Bryce Raygor setting the fast lap for qualifying with a 47.967!
The B Main was set with Noah Stein on pole and John Carroll right on his back bumper to start the race. Noah was able to get a gap John just enough where John wasn’t able to make any moves to take the lead. John stayed poised and just patiently stayed close behind, waiting for Noah to make a mistake. Noah ended up being mistake free during the B Main and claimed the victory! John Carroll finished 2nd and newcomer Aaron Stewart finished in third after starting from 6th spot.
The A Main had Bryce Raygor starting from pole with a hungry RJ Stearns ready to make him work for every second he was in the lead. Bryce was able to set some blistering laps the first few laps and was able to gap RJ by a pretty good margin. Bryce continued to set fast laps and was able to bring home the 1st place trophy for the A Main. RJ finished in 2nd spot, with Matthew Yoakum close behind. Don Diego Veloria finished in the fourth spot and hard charger Mike Marino finished in 5th after starting from 9th place on the grid.
It was a great night of racing Sunday night and hope to see an even bigger field next race on March 3rd in Ontario!
Very fun race with the Russ McGrane leading the pack. Russ took the jump off the rolling start and pulled away from the rest of the pack. The real excitement was between Kevin and Michael fighting for that 2nd spot. Going around the teardrop on track 2, Kevin motored his way past Michael to claim that 2nd position. A lot of new faces to the 2013 GP Season.
The B Main got off to a rocky start with 2 drivers spinning out on lap 3 breaking each kart. Got new karts put in place and off we go! Nick, Randy, and Tony after the restart were untouchable, pulling away from the entire pack taking the podium finishes. Some great talent this Sunday. We look forward to the upcoming events to see how their talents progressed.
For the 2nd round of the 2013 Challenge GP season saw 15 drivers show up to battle it out on the tight Seattle course and it was yet another battle throughout qualifying as drivers swapped the top spot with nearly every passing lap. Theo Mechain, however, was able to lead the 10 fastest drivers to the green flag in the A-Main after setting the top qualifying time with a 16.491, his best qualifying effort so far followed by Rj Napitupulu, Garrett Foss, Dana Glenn, Jayce Glenn, Ricky Henderson, Terrell Broomer, Jon Jordan, Patrick O’Leary and Brandon Goebel.
The first few laps saw things staid relatively calm as the order stayed roughly unchanged. Lap 6 saw Napitupulu leave the door open just enough heading in to turn 2 at the end of the straight for Foss to dive to the inside and wrestle for the 2nd position, and take the spot heading in to turn 3 in the infield. Mechain, Foss and Napitupulu were now in a 3 way battle for the lead without an inch to spare between their bumpers. Behind them, there was a war going on for 4th between Dana Glenn, Jayce Glenn and Ricky Henderson. Henderson would get by younger brother Jayce and begin his attack on “The Dude” to try and move into that 4th spot. Dana would have none of it however as the two came out of the final corner and on to the front stretch side by side, he held Henderson to the inside going in to turn one and as a result caused him to run wider on the exit , and with a quick stab of the brakes and a dive back to the inside squared off the corner and was gone. Ricky would then come under fire from Jayce Glenn, and after a short battle that eventually forced Henderson into a mistake through the chicane, Jayce would take over the spot. Further back, there was a battle just as intense all its own between Patrick O’Leary, Terrell Broomer and John Jordan. These 3 were locked together and fighting for position nearly the entire race and so evenly matched you just never knew who might come out on top. Eventually Broomer found his groove and moved back into 6th place. A very impressive run for the newcomer to the GP league. Up front Napitupulu made a costly mistake in turn one trying to pass Garrett Foss that caused him to drop to last place, where he would remain the rest of the race. At the checkered flag it was Theo Mechain taking his first win and just edging out Garrett Foss who finished a close 2nd, Dana Glenn would take 3rd. Behind them it was Jayce Glenn 4th, Terrell Broomer 5th, Patrick O’leary 6th after starting 9th, Ricky Henderson 7th, Jon Jordan 8th, Brandon Goebel 9th and Rj Naptitupulu 10th.
We now have a 2 way tie in points for first between Garrett Foss and Theo Mechain, and also a two way tie for 2nd place with brothers Dana and Jayce Glenn. Patrick O’leary now sits 4th in points after a solid drive followed by Terrell Broomer for your top 5 currently in points. With 4 drivers going for the top two spots at the moment, things are sure to be shaken up at the next race.
K1 Speed Sacramento’s first Challenge GP race featured many drivers who will likely find their way to the top of the K1RS leaderboard. This was a fast race with lap times well under 30 seconds! We were still running the gas powered fleet, so it will be interesting to see our racers adapt to the new, high powered, electric karts.
The A-Main was no surprise as Justyn Cox took the win but in the B-Main Mindy McCord surprised even herself beating out Mario Castellanos by a nose. The two battled it out for top position in the last few laps of the race, trading first and second before Mindy claimed ultimate victory!
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Start of the new season in 2013 did not disappoint. This was an exciting race with TJ Samm and Sasha Rigaud battling it out for first and second. On the fourth lap Sasha passed TJ and held on to win the race.
We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces for next month’s GP.
The first qualifier allowed our racers to size up the competition and put on their race faces. Each driver got to check under the hood and kick the tires, so to speak, as they tested themselves on the Phoenix track.
The second qualifier of the night showed just how exciting the 2013 GP season is going to be. Race times drastically improved this time around as the adrenaline was pumping, especially with Cole who killed it with a very impressive 23.782!
The evening’s final did not disappoint by any means. Rudy and Juan spent the first half of this sixteen lap finale battling over every inch of track. Juan took control half-way through lap 9 when Rudy spun out trying to take the inside on a turn. Rudy’s focus and solid driving put him back in third by the end of the race however. David couldn’t seem to catch a break during the final after a very strong showing on the evening. Cole seemed to have the race in-hand until Robert’s determination put him bumper to bumper with Cole through the last three laps. Just half a kart decided the outcome as Robert finally got his chance to steal first place on the home stretch. However…Cole managed to hold on just enough to cross the finish line first. Exciting!! February should be interesting!!
The first Challenge GP of the New Year kicked off with Jayce Glenn setting the pace early in qualifying with a 16.5, but that would not hold for long as Theo Mechain and Garrett Foss would both put down some amazing laps late in their runs and steal the top two spots. The top 6 were all very close in times throughout qualifying. As the drivers rolled off it was Garrett Foss, Theo Mechain, Jayce Glenn, Hanz Malzar, Dana Glenn, Arun Bhatji, Patrick O’leary, Andrew Cordona, Taylor Casillas and Andrew Yacovone. As they took the green flag the order stayed the same for the first couple of laps, and then on lap 4 Dana Glenn moved past Malzar with a clean move through the chicane section on the back side of the track and moved up in to 4th and begin to pressure his younger brother. Newcomer Arun Bhatji, seemed to lay back for the first part of the race and let things settle down, began to find his groove and really started putting down some burners midway through the race and close the gap between himself and the front 5 drivers. Up front and in the lead, Garrett Foss was putting on quite the show and looking comfortable. He has always been wicked fast, and was finally out front in a main event showing what he can really do. Behind Foss, Theo Mechain was still holding down the 2nd spot looking strong and fast. Next up it was the Glenn Boys, locked in a battle of their own, the two would swap back and forth a couple of times during the race, Dana “The Dude” passed Jayce early on just a couple of laps after picking off Malzar and looked to be settling in to 3rd. Jayce would keep the pressure on Dana. Behind them, Bhatji was really going for it and put the fastest lap of the race down with a 16.42 as he began to pick up the lines of the GP regulars. He closed the gap on Malzar with 3 laps to go and made his move to take 5th and settled in for the remainder of the race. With just 2 laps to go it was Garrett Foss still with a comfortable gap to Theo Mechain who was now coming under fire from both of the Glenn Brothers who had been feeding off each other and pushing toward the front. Through the 2nd corner Theo went just a bit wider than normal and that allowed The Dude to pull up on his out side as the chicane juked back to the right. This however, proved to be an unfortunate for him as Theo would gather himself and hold the position to the inside of the next turn, and younger brother Jayce was able to goback by nside as well. At the finish it was all Garrett Foss taking his first win, followed by Theo Mechain, Jayce Glenn, Dana Glenn, Arun Bhatji , Hanz Malzar , Patrick O’leary, Taylor Casillas, Andrew Cordona and Andrew Yacovone.