Two Victories for Aluminos at California ProKart Challenge in Monterey

Hunter Pickett scored his first S1 Pro Stock Honda victory at the California ProKart Challenge event in Monterey (Photo: DromoPhotos.com)

The 2017 season continues to be a successful year for the Aluminos chassis in North America. Two victories in the headline category at the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour has been the highlight, however, the hard work and dedication that has helped to develop the Aluminos chassis is done at the regional and local level. The operation traveled to the California ProKart Challenge event at the Monterey Bay Karters facility in Marina, California on September 1-2 where two more victories were added to the 2017 total, including the chassis’ first championship of the season.

The Aluminos brand has now won four of the five S1 Pro Stock Honda features at the 2017 California ProKart Challenge, thanks to Hunter Pickett and Billy Musgrave. The two drove to a 1-2 finish in Monterey, tightening up the championship chase between the two of them. Musgrave – vice champion in the 2017 SKUSA Pro Tour championship chase – set the pace throughout much of the day aboard his MRC Aluminos. Pickett powered his Aluminos past Musgrave in the main event with fast laps of the race, staying out front to earn his first California PKC victory of the season. The two enter the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix as the favorites to leave with victory under the lights on September 30.

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Aluminos Continues Dominance at California ProKart Challenge

Billy Musgrave won his third straight in the California PKC S1 division with Aluminos (Photo: DromoPhotos.com)

The California ProKart Challenge resumed its 2017 championship program on June 2-3 at the CalSpeed Karting Center with the Aluminos operation continuing its success. The Fontana, California facility is one location the Aluminos chassis has seen a number of laps on, and it translated into five top-five performances for brand in the S1, S2, and S4 Super Master categories. They were led by MRC driver Billy Musgrave has he earned his third straight California PKC victory in 2017.

Musgrave has been the cream of the crop throughout the 2017 season in the S1 Pro Stock Honda category, thanks in part to his work with the Aluminos operation. Two wins on the SKUSA Pro Tour in four rounds of racing have put him in the championship hunt on the national scene. At the regional level, Musgrave is the driver to beat. Fellow Aluminos driver Hunter Pickett nipped Musgrave by 95 thousandths of a second. Pickett’s lap of 46.464 seconds became a new track record at the CalSpeed ‘Grande’ circuit, another triumph for the Aluminos chassis. Musgrave got the better of Pickett in the opening heat, taking the win as the duo went 1-2 in the second heat race. That pattern followed into the main event, with Musgrave taking his third victory of 2017 and Pickett placing runner-up, giving Aluminos the top-two positions on the podium.

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Wins Continue for Aluminos at Superkarts! USA Pro Tour

Billy Musgrave scored his first SKUSA Pro Tour victory with Aluminos (Photo: eKartingNews.com)

The Simraceway Performance Karting Center is the home facility for the Aluminos operation. The Sonoma, California circuit is where many laps of development were taken when the Aluminos chassis was created. Development continues with the brand to keep providing the best product for their customers. In return, the Aluminos drivers continue to gain solid results at the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour, claiming a victory and numerous top-five finishes at the recent SKUSA SpringNationals held at the Simraceway circuit on May 5-7.

Two race weekends, two victories for Aluminos in the S1 Pro Stock Honda division. Hunter Pickett scored his first Pro Tour triumph in March at the WinterNationals, while Musgrave took home his first aboard an Aluminos at the SpringNationals. Musgrave was a contender all weekend long, placing fifth on Saturday. Sunday, Musgrave was top-three until getting pushed back on the final lap of the Prefinal to seventh. The MRC driver fought his way forward in the main event, eventually taking the lead with two laps to go. A hard battle commenced in the final two circuits, with Musgrave crossing the line second until the provisional winner was removed in post-race tech, thus handing Billy his third SKUSA Pro Tour victory in three years. Pickett put two Aluminos drivers on the podium, placing third in the final classification for his second trip to the steps this season.

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Aluminos Victorious in SKUSA Action on the Streets of Willow

Aluminos driver Jason Pettit became a first-time winner in the S2 Semi-Pro class (Photo: DromoPhotos.com)

NorCal-based karting operation Aluminos continues to pad their resume with race wins and championships, and the 2017 season is already off to a great start. The team is focused on running their own Aluminos chassis on the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour and the California ProKart Challenge, while the chassis added a S1 Pro Stock Honda win to its resume at NOLA Motorsports Park at the hands of Hunter Pickett, who topped a stacked field at the SKUSA WinterNationals in March. The Aluminos tent was packed at the recent PKC race at the Streets of Willow in Rosamond, CA on the March 31-April 1 weekend with 17 drivers representing the brand.

The Aluminos chassis carried drivers to four podium finishes on the Streets of Willow event, including wins in S1 Pro, S2 Semi-Pro and S5 Junior Stock Honda. MRC’s Billy Musgrave is campaigning the chassis this year and topped the S1 Pro class, while Hunter Pickett and Callum Smith steered the kart to top-five finishes as well, taking fourth and fifth respectively. Add in the sixth place finish by Clinton Schoombee, and four of the top-six finishers were on the Aluminos chassis. Jason Pettit stood on top of the podium in S2 Semi-Pro, placing sixth overall in an impressive performance for his first category victory. Brad Dunford finished fourth in S2 and 12th overall, making it half of the top-12 carrying the Aluminos colors.

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