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The 6th and final round of the Challenge GP season for 2012 was definitely one to remember, we saw our largest turn out of 13 drivers set to do battle and some of the best racing you could ask for. Qualifying had everyone holding their breath, as each lap around the track saw a new driver set the fastest lap. Everyone was absolutely flying! To give you an idea, a lap time of 16.826 was not fast enough to qualify you for the A-main. All 10 of the drivers in the A-main were a 16.7 or faster. Somehow, once again Dana “the Dude” Glenn was able to secure the number one spot late in his qualifier with an insane lap, just beating out Garrett Foss who earlier looked to be the fastest of the field. The lap times at the end of qualifying for the top 10 were as follows; Dana Glenn 16.489, Garrett Foss 16.518, Dallas Glenn 16.524, Rj Napitupulu 16.529, Theo Mechain 16.533, Hans Malzar 16.603, Jeremy Keeley 16.680, Steve Taylor with a 16.701, Jayce Glenn 16.707, and Steve Huntington with a 16.739. Talk about close!
As the green flag flew and the drivers funneled down into the first turn, all 10 drivers were latched bumper to bumper with no room to spare. Through the infield and on to the back stretch saw Foss get a slightly better drive out of the chicane and pull up along side the Dude as they headed for the final turn, but Dana would drive in just hard enough to hold his spot and keep the lead. The first half of the race was a literal freight train of karts, no one could create any gaps, nor could anyone close one. Everyone was so evenly matched and going so fast, that it was proving difficult to make any sort of attempt to pass. Just past the halfway point however, Dallas Glenn began to find his edge and decided 3rd place was not good enough as he began to pressure Foss and was able to squeeze by with a clean pass at the end of the straight and then set his sights on older brother Dana. Behind the front 3, the racing was also getting intense as Dallas making his pass seemed to start the show. Drivers were now going 2 and sometimes nearly 3 wide in the middle sections of the track. Theo Mechain, Hans Malzar and RJ Naptipulu were locked together and battling all the while catching up to 3rd place driver Garrett Foss at the same time. Behind these 4 drivers, there was more of the same. Jeremy Keeley, Steve Taylor, Jayce Glenn and Steve Huntington were also duking it out trying to better their positions and follow everyone else toward the front. In the closing laps up front, Dallas had attached himself to the rear of Dana’s kart and was not giving an inch, just waiting to pounce at the slightest opening or bobble. “The Dude” however remained calm and held him off all the way to the checkers, just barely though as he and Dallas crossed the finish nearly side by side in easily the closest finish we have had all season. Behind them it was RJ Napitupulu in 3rd who had just managed to pass Foss with 2 laps to go, Garrett Foss would take 4th, Hans Malzar 5th, Jeremy Keeley 6th, Theo Mechain 7th, Steve Taylor 8th, Jayce Glenn who unfortunately wasn’t able to advance his position would take 9th and Steve Huntington would finish 10th.
To be honest, this main event was all around great to watch, and great to be a part of. Every driver was going so fast that some finishes don’t reflect on what we’ve seen in the previous rounds. However, it does prove as we said last time that anything can, and will happen. When you put that many fast and skilled drivers on the track, incredible racing takes place. Kudos go out to both of the Steves, Taylor and Huntington, for their drives tonight. It was their first appearance in the Challenge GP and both are new to electric karting as they are regular league drivers in gas karts elsewhere. They hopped in and got right up to speed, and really seemed to have a great time racing. Also, congratulations to our top 3 overall in the Championship. Dana “the Dude” Glenn took home 1st place, RJ Napitupulu 2nd, and Hans Malzar fought back from 5th in the points midway through the season to take 3rd place. Awesome job guys.
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This spring the Sheckler Foundation launched the Be The Change project. The social network was activated, hundreds of people submitted their plans to Be The Change in their community and they nominated four causes to be voted on by you. The Native American Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe won the 1st Be The Change online call to action, and received the most votes for their plans to build a skatepark on their reservation in Washington State.
Join us and watch the S’Klallam Tribe BTC Skatepark Episode 1 as we document the journey on how the Sheckler Foundation is partnering with the S’Klallam tribe and members of their community to see this skatepark built!!!
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.