5th Challenge GP at Torrance
It was a great night of racing as K1 Speed in Torrance California held its 5th Challenge GP of its 6 race series. Qualifying went pretty straight forward, even with the new track layout that now features more technical and challenging corners keeping the drivers abilities in check. Michael Arnold took the pole for the A main with a 27.23 second single lap time, which was also the quickest lap time for the new track layout. Alton Arnold would qualify in second with a single lap time of 27.513 seconds, followed by Paul Ciralli with a lap time of 27.550 seconds.
The green flag rolling start brought the drivers down around the front straight away and into turn one with Michael was working hard to keep everyone off of him. The rest of the pack had a lot of passing going on. Ciralli worked his way up to second place after getting around Alton who dropped back to 4th after getting passed by Gardena local Emilio Garcia who was coming off a bad finish after the Carlsbad GP the week before. The front three would remain unchallenged all the way to the end with Michael taking the top spot on the podium, followed by Paul Ciralli in second and Emilio Garcia finishing out the top three.
The B main would see pole sitter Casey Willhardt with a single best lap time of 27.724 seconds, followed closely by Derek Esquibel with a 27.782 second lap. Troy Roberts started in third with a 27.820 second lap keeping the top 3 qualifier’s within inches of each other. Casey brought around the group for the green flag rolling start but wouldn’t last long as he would drop back to the 4th position. Derek worked his way up to the front and held off a hard charging Troy Roberts. Steven Jasinski made his way up to third and that’s how the B main would finish out with Derek taking the win, followed by Troy in second, and Steven taking the final podium spot.
There’s just one race to go in this 6 race series, the points battle is heating up with different faces on the podium almost each month. Come out to our next Challenge GP June 27th and come race with other K1 enthusiasts with the best in indoor kart racing in Los Angeles.
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