News, results and images from our Challenge GP go kart racing league.

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Challenge GP Header K1 Speed Carlsbad Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1
The Challenge Grand Prix 2K13 has official begun and the first race of the season surely lived up to all the hype. This season the racing direction is counter clockwise, which is backwards compared to regular public racing and proves to be fun for beginners as well as test experienced drivers at their ability to adapt to a different layout. The top 12 racers surely battled it out on Sunday, never giving up an inch. The rolling start of this race was nothing short of a nail biter. All 12 karts were bumper to bumper coming into the first turn at speeds exceeding 40 mph! The remainder of the race was just as exciting; with all the non-stop action we’ve known and come to love from the Challenge Grand Prix series. In the end, it was Louis Pilloni who was victorious, earning himself 46 points in the first of the 6 race season. See you all next month!!

Our pole position racer for the B-Main event race also happened to be a brand new kart racer. His first time racing and Key Dougherty was already leading the B Main race. For most of the race the top 4 drivers battled it out intensely, fighting for a podium position. Paige Kaufman had a fire in her eye this race and was nipping at the leaders heels for nearly half the race. Although new to racing, Key Dougherty displayed impressive defensive driving abilities and managed to block Paige and her numerous pass attempts. Meanwhile; Jon Simms, one of our seasoned veteran drivers was determined to make his way to the front of the pack. Jon successfully made several great passes, working his way to 2nd position, but ran out of time to catch the leader. Finishing in 1st this race was first time K1 Speed racer, Key Dougherty. Congrats on the win! We hope to see you and all the other participants back next month!

CGP 2013 K1 Speed Carlsbad Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1
CGP 2013 Carlsbad K1 Speed Carlsbad Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1

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Challenge GP Header K1 Speed Santa Clara Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1
Scott Borgia and Jonathan Sarceda were neck and neck at the beginning. Scott took the lead on the 8th lap, ending up with a time of 24.2. Jonathan ended with a time of 24.054. Shotaro Saito came in at 3rd place with a time of 24.911. Overall it was an exciting start for the new season.

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CGP 2013 K1 Speed Santa Clara Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1
CGP 2013 Santa Clara K1 Speed Santa Clara Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1

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Challenge GP Header K1 Speed Houston Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1
The start of the 2013 season was full of anticipation and excitement as returning contenders and champion, Teddy Hoang, battle for the top spot.

It was great to see familiar faces at the first Challenge GP of the season. We look forward to see those racers return, as well as seeing more and more newcomers come out and try to see if they can beat the best of the best.

CGP 2013 K1 Speed Houston Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1
CGP 2013 Houston K1 Speed Houston Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1

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Challenge GP Header K1 Speed San Francisco Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1
We’re excited to include K1 Speed San Francisco in this year’s Challenge GP season! We had a good turnout for the beginning of the 2013 season with 2012 Top 50 K1RS racer Rick Kane taking the first win. We had 12 racers ready for the new season, eager to make a name for themselves and put them in contention for the championship.

It was great to see familiar faces at the first Challenge GP of the season. We look forward to see those racers return, as well as seeing more and more newcomers come out and try to see if they can beat the best of the best.

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CGP 2013 K1 Speed San Francisco Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1
CGP 2013 San Francisco K1 Speed San Francisco Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1

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Challenge GP Header K1 Speed Ontario Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1
We had a good turnout for the beginning of the 2013 season on the reverse Supertrack here in Ontario. We had 13 racers ready for the new season, eager to make a name for themselves and put them in contention for the championship. It was a brand new challenge for everyone this season, since no one had ever driven the track in the reverse direction. Qualifying went very smooth with the new configuration, with Robert Hernandez taking the top spot with a lap of 48.099 seconds.

The A Main started off with Robert Hernandez ready to take charge of the race, with his first time on the pole position. Bryce was ready to get back to where he left off last season, with a victory in the last race. Bryce would put some early pressure on Robert as the first couple laps got under way, but Robert held a perfect line around the track in order to keep himself in the lead. There were also good battles mid pack, with Mike Marino trying his hardest to hold off hard charging Eric Ross. Eric would eventually prevail. After a few laps were in the books and Robert started to get into a rhythm, he would slowly start gapping Bryce every corner and would also set the fastest lap of the night with a 47.775 on the 5th lap of the race. Robert Hernandez took the checkered flag in first, with Bryce Raygor finishing second, Bob Hyman in third, Christopher Morales in fourth, and Eric Ross rounding out the top 5.

It was great to see so many first timers to the Challenge GP this month in Ontario and look forward to see those racers return, as well as seeing more and more newcomers come out and try to see if they can beat the best of the best.

CGP 2013 K1 Speed Ontario Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1
CGP 2013 Ontario K1 Speed Ontario Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1

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Challenge GP Header K1 Speed Austin Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1
The first GP of the new season picked up right where last season left off. Ignacio Martinez continued his unbeaten streak and looked as impressive as ever. He failed to grab the pole position in the quals but that did not stop him from capitalizing on a early mash up in the MAIN EVENT to blow away the field once again. Last season’s most improved racer, Dale Daugherty, ran a very fast and clean race which resulted in his best finish in a GP to date…2nd place. There was a battle for 3rd place between three different racers right up to the final lap. Adam Fujawa held on and took home the 3rd place hardware. The remainder of the season will be race in reverse direction. Is there anyone out there that can beat Ignacio Martinez?!?

The B FINAL was filled with new comers from top to bottom. That did not mean there was any shortage of quality racing. Dylan Lee bested a good field to take home 1st place. Ryan Keys ran a solid race to take home 2nd. On his very first visit to any K1 Speed, Timothy Bolding finished in 3rd place and made a statement for GP’s to come. Remember, it is a long season and this was only the first event of the season. We will see you the first Sunday of every month going forward!

CGP 2013 K1 Speed Austin Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1
CGP 2013 Austin K1 Speed Austin Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1

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Challenge GP Header K1 Speed Torrance Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1
Smaller than normal showing but didn’t mean there wasn’t a lot of excitement. Austin started off in 1st but after Turn #2 was passed by Craig. Into the 14th lap though Craig came into Turn #5 too fast and Austin took advantage and was gone from the rest of the pack. There were a few bumps and rubs between Puneet, Kenny, and Craig for 2nd place but Craig kept them behind him.

CGP 2013 K1 Speed Torrance Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1
CGP 2013 Torrance K1 Speed Torrance Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1

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Challenge GP Header K1 Speed Irvine Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1
A Main was a very fun race with the amazing 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.

B Main got off to a rocky start with two drivers spinning out on lap 3. Nick, Randy, and Tony after the restart were untouchable, pulling away from the entire pack taking the podium finishes. A lot of great talent here. We look forward to the upcoming events to see how their talents progressed.

CGP 2013 K1 Speed Irvine Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1
CGP 2013 Irvine K1 Speed Irvine Challenge GP 1 2K13   Season 1

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This month’s Challenge GP was a great finish to the season. Overall titles were on the line and they sure did drive like it. The start could have not been more exciting, with bumper to bumper action like we’ve all come to expect out of the K1 Speed Challenge GP Series. Several laps into the Race, Kyle Wicka started pulling away from the pack and it seemed he may have locked in the win. Meanwhile a fierce battle ensued in the middle of the pack with no driver giving up an inch. Brandon Walsh, a relatively new driver to the GP series was on a mission and had a fire in his eye. About halfway through the race he began a fierce lunge towards the front of the pack, passing several seasoned drivers to take the lead and kept it all the way to the finish.

Event 6 Winners:
1st Place: Brandon Walsh
2nd Place: Kyle Wicka
3rd Place: Charles Eichlin

Overall Challenge GP Season Winners:
1st Place: Kyle Wicka
2nd Place: Justin Tolman
3rd Place: Charles Eichlin

On behalf of K1 Speed Carlsbad, we would like to thank all the drivers who participated in this season’s Challenge Grand Prix Series. You have made yet another season a true success.

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Carlsbad K1 Speed Carlsbad Challenge GP 6 Results

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