K1 Torrance MPTCC

MPTCC at K1 Speed in Torrance

by Justin Banner

Yeah, we know. "How can we joke about NASCAR yet still cancel an event because of rain?" you ask. Well, that’s mostly because none of the racers own rain tires considering our series competes in Southern California. For something you may use once every five to a million years, rain tires aren’t exactly a great investment for the grassroots racer in SoCal. It also doesn’t mean we still can’t have a bit of fun utilizing a racetrack that’s never affected by the weather either though.


K1 Torrance MPTCCNo rain tires? No problem! K1 Speed in Torrance is just a few miles away from the MPTCC Office in Gardena!
K1 Torrance MPTCCBefore each race, there was a driver's meeting that was mandatory by K1 Speed. Not too far off what we do for our big series!

Way before the rains came, but when the forecast had made them a guaranteed possibility, our drivers had asked to cancel or move the date for race 1 and 2. However, one driver suggested something different and it was an idea too good to pass up! We went to K1 Speed in Torrance, California and scheduled a private race on Saturday afternoon. The more local drivers made their way down and we also opened it up to fans or friends of the MPTCC.

K1 Torrance MPTCCK1 Speed allows you to bring your own helmet, so that meant that drivers brought out their own helmet cams!

K1 Torrance MPTCC

Edo Stepanyan, Steve Rockwood, Martin Gonzales, and Nick Betz represented the MPTCC while Khiem Dinh, Harut Stepanyan, Robert Grattan, and John Brizuela came along representing the friends and fans. The karts were paired fairly and by race time all of the drivers were within 1.1 seconds lap time from first to last. That is an impressive feat to say the least. Mike Kojima, though, was not able to compete because he came after registration was done. He was busy working on MotoIQ Long Beach aka the MegaShop.

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Friday, March 07, 2014 9:19 AM
Very cool. I was at MB2 two days ago and had a blast. If K1 was closer I would have gone there.
Friday, March 07, 2014 10:50 AM
Hey, I ran somewhere in the 28 second range in race 2! Recheck those times fool! ;-p

BTW, it was fun, but man do I miss the gas-powered karts. Also, I've never driven karts that understeered this badly. Short of slamming on the brakes and yanking the wheel, you could not get these things to do anything other than plow through the corners, esp the first couple of laps before you got some heat in the tires.

BTW, I was using my hand to scrap all the marbles and assorted OPR (other people's rubber) off the tires. Sadly, it just made me suck less. :)
Nick B
Nick Blink
Friday, March 07, 2014 1:09 PM
@Rockwood - I went in and modified the tables, it now has "Best Lap" and "Average."
Friday, March 07, 2014 2:08 PM
I had the worst kart on the planet during the race. During braking the rears locked up. Then its whent into Understeer mode, then to oversteer while on power. I was drifting through the whole session. I got the no drifting sign shown to me several times.
Friday, March 07, 2014 8:52 PM
So did everyone drive their tow rigs over with trailers still attached? Would make for quite the scene in the parking lot.
Thursday, March 05, 2015 3:22 PM
We raced in the rain at WSIR even without rain tires just last weekend. It ain't that bad.
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