The date change due to the Super Bowl may have limited the participants this time, but it certainly did not limit the action! Our first race was just the beginning of a battle that would not be won easily.
Each of our racers improved their times in the second round showing that the competition here in Phoenix is quite impressive. Ty pulled out another narrow victory over the always impressive Robert.
The final was worth the wait. Kaylee looked quite impressive, putting up her best time of the night. Ty and Robert ran an incredible race getting better with each lap. Robert stayed on Ty’s bumper hoping to capitalize on any mistake he might make. That mistake never happened, but Robert did manage to squeeze by on the very last turn to steal the checkered flag.
February prove to bring the crowd out for the reverse GP Challenge. A hardcore group of 15 came out with 10 new racers challenging five GP veterans. In the group last year’s champion, Teddy Huang, was all geared ready to go knowing he is a marked man. In the qualifying first round no racer could separate himself away from the rest . Reverse proved to be a challenge, no racer cracked the 22 sec mark. Next qualifying round one racer did so after a careful eye of the previous race. John-Conner Hudgeons 22.891 was the fastest so far until Ramiro Diaz 22.609 set the bar for speed for the night. Close behind the reigning champion was at 22.631.
First final was exciting as racers maneuvered for position the whole race…In the pack the only female racer, Laura Castro, held her own with the big boys and placing 5 in the end one notch above hubby, Lucio, in his race in second final…In the end Clement A with some swift turns managed to hold off the pack and take the first place on podium 22.849 second was Steve Plentl 23.051 third was Jason Edwards 23.145…In the grand finale the race change leaders several times until a major crash held up the pack and Jacob Temple took over the lead never looking back. The pack could not catch up as the jockeying continued. Teddy Huang , Alan Ma Wong, John-Conner Hudgeons would seem to switch positions on every turn and lap. Teddy mishap caused him second place and dropped him down to fourth but on the last lap turn John_Conner cut it too close and got hung up causing him a third place trophy. In the mist of the race Clement ran out of laps as he moved from last all the way up to 5th and posting the fastest time of the night 22.566.
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.