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.
News out of Redmond, WA. Jeremy Keeley put down an insane 16.280 on the 16th and final lap of his race last night at K1 Speed Seattle. Nearly 2 tenths faster than the previous mark of 16.430 set by Challenge GP regular, Theo Mechains.
Congratulations to Jeremy on breaking the lap record. Who’s next?!
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