Another spectacular Challenge Grand Prix race at K1 Speed Carlsbad is in the books. This was an intense race with bumper to bumper action throughout. Several position swaps took place within the first three positions very early in the race. Garrett Prutch who qualified toward the back of the pack made some great passes to work his way forward in the pack. Kyle Wicka, who qualified first was involved in some early race position changing, but managed to work his way back into the lead to take the win.
Last GP of the season is December 16, 2012. See you then!
The Ontario Supertrack Challenge GP was Sunday night for the 5th race of the six race season. There were eight racers ready to battle it out to see who the best in the Inland Empire was that night. Qualifying was very straightforward with no incidents and everyone posting very good lap times. KC Cook was able to put himself at the top of the chart, with a lap of 47.876, grabbing the pole position for the final race. We had a couple newcomers to the Ontario GP on Sunday night and were able to adapt to the track very quickly.
As the final started, KC was able to gap the field, as everyone else fought hard to keep their positions. The final race went very smooth, with everyone giving plenty of space and respect to one another. KC was able to come home in the first position, 6.2 seconds in front of second place Robert Hernandez. Bob Hyman finished in third, John Carroll in forth, and rounding out the top 5 was Chuck Gentile. We look forward to seeing more new faces for the final race of the season next month on December 9th!
In our main event we have Nicholas Haye taking top honors. Not only did Nicholas win the race but he also recorded the fastest lap time of the night with a 44.057 time. The race leader to a commanding lead from the start with very few position changes among the rest of the field. Clean and enjoyable race to watch.
Sergei Maffei took a commanding lead at the start of the race. However, first time GP racer Akhil Patel and the racer that goes by Ghost weren’t going to let Sergei take first place with out a fight. As the group spread out in the race field the first place podium was going to be decided if Akhil or Ghost would be able to catch up to Sergei. With three laps left in the race it looked as if Akhil would gain enough ground on Sergei to challenge his position. In the end Sergei won the race with a full second ahead of 2nd place finisher Akhil followed by Ghost. A fun race to watch.
First place podium goes to Steve Butscher. Steve was remarkable quick in establishing his race lead and maintained a health lead throughout the race. The race to watch was going to see whom would eventually grab the second and third place podiums. Nick Buttacavoli, Brad Drew, and Mark Kempkey all charged hard and showcased some great pacing maneuvers between the three of them. In the end Nick and Brad respectively finished 2nd and 3rd.
For the penultimate round of the Challenge GP Winter league at K1 Speed Seattle, things really heated up. As the drivers took to the track for qualifying early on it was newcomer Garrett Foss setting the pace with an impressive 16.791 in his first ever attempt at the Seattle course in the reverse direction, followed by the other fast youngster Theo Mechain who was making his 2nd go at the series with a time of 16.823. As the 2nd qualifying session got underway, the regulars began to show their skill by topping the charts. Dana Glenn would throw down an astonishing 16.459 in his qualifier, a simply unheard of lap time in the opposite direction, followed by RJ Napitupulu with a 16.639, Hans Malzar with a 16.764 and Jayce Glenn with a 16.871. New GP driver Aniwait Ratana would round out the field with a 17.038. Not bad at all for his first attempt.
As the Final was set to start, a familiar face in Jeremy Keeley who is a long time regular of K1 Speed Seattle showed up to do battle for the final and rolled off for the pace lap in the 8th position as he was unable to make the qualifiers. At the green flag Dana Glenn was again leading the field, but in to the first turn Hans Malzar dove to the inside and was able to out brake Glenn and take the lead. The Dude then came under fire from RJ Napitupulu who had a run on him down the back stretch and out braked to the inside going in to the final turn, moving him up in to the number two spot. Jayce Glenn came in to the picture now with Dana Glenn in tow, the two would pass Napitupulu back in turn one, on lap 7 the order was now Hans Malzar, Jayce Glenn, Dana Glenn, RJ Napitupulu , Jeremy Keeley who had moved up from his 8th palce starting position, Garrett Foss, Theo Mechain and Aniwat Ratana. On lap 8 an incident in the final turn brought the race to a hault and forced a restart, as the green flag flew once again the it was Hans Malzar and Jayce Glenn leading the field in to turn one, followed closey by Napitupulu, Keeley, Dana Glenn, Foss, Mechain and Ratana. The drivers funneled into turn two and Foss made his move to the inside of Glenn, and would take over the 4th spot. The two would continue to battle hard for the remainder of the race. Keeley, was now on RJ’s bumper and pressuring him. The two began to set some of the fastest laps of the race as they ran down leaders Jayce Glenn and Malzar. The pair worked there way past Jayce and RJ seemed to at this point turn up the pace just that much more, and set his sights on Malzar who had established a decent lead on the field. Keeley settled in to the number 3 spot where he would remain for the closing laps. With just 3 laps to go, RJ had caught Malzar and was able to secure the lead with a clean pass. At the drop of the checkered flag it was RJ Napitupulu taking his first win of the season, followed very closely at the line by Hans Malzar in 2nd and Jeremy Keeley in 3rd with an incredible drive from the rear of the field at the start. 4th place goes to Garrett Foss who was just able to edge out The Dude after their nearly race long battle, Dana the Dude Glenn would cross the line 5th, certainly not what he was used to after winning the first 4 rounds. 6th through 8th went to Jayce Glenn, Theo Mechain, and Aniwat Ratana who were all victims of multiple kart freight train passes and just the all around war that this race was.
The points battle going in to the final round is on for the 2nd and 3rd steps on the podium between Hans Malzar, Rj Napitupulu and Jayce Glenn. Who will it be? we’ll find out. Dana the Dude Glenn however, only needs to cross the finish line essentially to clinch the championship after his first 4 rounds of dominance. But, if this race was any indication anything can, and certainly will happen. See you next time.
Everyone in college football is talking about the “Luck of the Irish”. In Austin they are talking about the luck of Ignacio Martinez and how he used it to win his 4th consectutive Challenge GP. Ignacio spent well over half the race in 4th position and then capitolized on a timely crash involving leaders Chris Splendoria and Matt Hammock to all but lock up the points race for the season. Jason Young had another strong outing collecting 2nd place hardware and youngster Bray Munroe battled from last position all the way up to 3rd place.
The B main was dominated by several new GP Challenge racers. Sarin Kodappully raced hard and won the B main in his first outting of the season. Another first timer, Adam Fujawa, finished in 2nd place. Donald Munroe, who is #5 in the national K1RS overall points standings, finished in 3rd place.
Join us next month for the final GP of the season!
In the practice round Rick Kane took the lead by passing Roddy & Jonathan & kept the lead the entire race with the time of 23.84. In the qualifier round Roddy passed Rick in the 3rd lap and in the 7th lap Jonathan passed Rick & held his position in second & Roddy leading and finished in first with the time of 23.58. In the final round, Roddy pulled away from everyone with the lead the entire race. Rick Kane started in 3rd position and in the 5th lap Rick passed Jonathan for 2nd spot and held his position as 2nd.
In the B-Main there were a lot of new racers, David Tchankot and Ivane Zazunish went side by side passing each other multiple times but in the 4th lap David finally passed Ivane and help lead the rest of the race finishing with the time of 24.54 as the best lap time.
Top qualifier Michael Whipple encountered some aggressive and determined racers on the second to last lap entering turn 4 and was passed on the inside and spun into a wall dropping him from his chance to be top dog in both the qualifying run and A main, but finished a strong fourth. Charles Abbott continued his consistent performance with his first win of the season after finishing runner up in the last four challenge GPs.
It was great to see Crista Brown back on the K1 track as she took home the first place trophy for dominating the B Main over long time racer Gary Wiesel. Several new faces were seen at K1 South Florida for this Challenge GP and we hope that with only one race left, December has the strongest attendance since opening weekend.
Henry Morse continues his domination of the Torrance GP this season by laying down a solid 26.596 as his qualifying time. This put him solidly on top of the pole for the modest 6-person main. Henry did nothing during the final except for put space between him and the other racers. Michael and Micah held on to 2nd and 3rd for the entire final, and all three of the podium finishers ended up lapping the rest of the field. Randall, who started in 4th started to lose power around lap number 9 and was able to hold on to his position until lap 12 when Craig made his move. His move ended up spinning Randall out, so Craig did the classy thing and let Randal have his position back. The only one who really scored out of that deal was C’Jay who moved out of his 6th place start during the scuffle to take 4th, where he finished.
This month’s A-Main event was exciting, as always! The top 9 out of the 18 competitors were battling it out for the checkered flag and not to mention, bragging rights for the next month. Shortly into the race, Kyle Wicka (the fastest qualifier) held it down just like in qualifying and pulled away from the pack, gaining a commanding lead. From then on it became a battle for second and third place with Andrew Lemons and Josh Krauss battling it out K1 style! In the end, Kyle took the win, Josh claimed second place and Andrew rounded out the podium in third.
Another great B-Main event at K1 Speed Carlsbad! Passing is most certainly the theme of the first half of this race. Several intense position changes and passes took place, none of which were given up easily. Finally towards the second half of the race the drivers settled into their positions and it became a battle of speed and lap times. B-Main final positions are as follows: 1st- Charles Eichlin, 2nd- Michael Dozier, 3rd- Cristina Castro.
Yet another great K1 Speed Challenge Grand Prix in the books. See you next month!
A Main: A familiar face is back… KC Cook takes the 1st place podium in our GP Season Premier. KC as we know was a amazing competitor last season and proves once again to be another threat this season. It was a tough battle for 2nd place with Paul Ciralli, Kenny Takemoto, and Nicholas Haye rubbing bumpers during the entire race. Paul Ciralli eventually took 2nd place with 3rd and 4th place racers finishing bumper to bumper in the final lap. Overall a clean race to watch with one incident of some hard bump.
B Main: Race winner Michael Dozier took a commanding lead right out of turn one and never looked back. As the race field tried to catch-up to the leader some heavy bumping ensued during the middle of the race. Second place finisher Jason Kooken displayed some precision driving to make his way through the race field to gain a second place showing. Fun race to watch with some great drivers showing off there racing talents.
C Main: First place podium goes to Steve Butscher. Steve was remarkable quick in establishing his race lead and maintained a health lead throughout the race. The race to watch was going to see whom would eventually grab the second and third place podiums. Jake Hernandez, Benjamin Ku, and Keith Takemoto all charged hard and showcased some great pacing maneuvers between the three of them. In the end Jake and Benjamin repectivley finished 2nd and 3rd.