Aluminos Chassis Continues Gaining Victories in 2014

Stephan Gaudreau drove to an Aluminos victory at the Red Line Oil Karting Championship opener (Photo: dromophotos.com)

Enjoying success from season to season is nothing new for Team Aluminos. Though the 2014 season is young, Aluminos and its chassis brand is already putting up strong results to start the year. At the end of March, the northern California karting team contested the opening round of the Red Line Oil Karting Championship at the SimracewayPerformanceKartingCenter in Sonoma. Aluminos drivers put in a solid weekend of racing to kick off the growing regional series in strong fashion. Led by Stephan Gaudreau’s win in Rotax Masters, Team Aluminos recorded a podium finish in Micro Max along with a host of top-10 performances.

Gaudreau began his Round One victory at the RLOKC by qualifying third in the timed session, two tenths off of the pole position. Gaudreau worked his way up to second by the third lap after falling to fourth at the start of the first heat race, which is where he would finish the race. Gaudreau slipped at the start of heat two, dropping to the fifth position before regaining his lost ground to finish third. The Aluminos crew put together a solid game-plan and set-up for the main event on Gaudreau’s Aluminos chassis to contend for the win. Gaudreau drove consistent and fast laps, despite a dust up at the start that would drop him to fifth on the opening lap, working his way back up the leaderboard. By lap 10, Gaudreau had taken over the lead. Fending off challenges for the final five laps, Gaudreau drove to the first main event win of the season and established himself as a threat for this years championship. Behind Gaudreau was Team Aluminos driver Billy Scott. The opening round went well for Scott as he fought to stay in the top-10 all day and finish in the 10th position in the main event.

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Two-time Superkarts! USA Pro Tour champion makes switch to Aluminos chassis

Fritz Leesmann joins Team Aluminos for 2014 (Photo: dromophotos.com)

The winter months between the old and new karting schedules are often referred to as the ‘silly-season’, where drivers often look to join new operations and move to new equipment. For the prominent teams like Aluminos, there is no real ‘off-season’, as work continues from the last race of one season through to the opening event of the new year. Included in the tireless preparation that Team Aluminos has put in over the last few months is the addition of long-time associate and friend Fritz Leesmann to the driver roster for the 2014 season. The two-time Superkarts! USA Pro Tour S1 Pro Stock Moto champion is set to pilot the new yet very successful Aluminos chassis during the upcoming SKUSA Pro Tour season, including the SKUSA SuperNationals XVIII in Las Vegas come November.

Aluminos Logo“I’ve had the chance to watch first-hand how Fritz has grown as a driver and a person over the years,” stated Aluminos owner Rob Soares. “He’s been like family for many years. Behind the wheel, he is a very talented driver, however outside the seat, his work ethic is second to none. No matter the task, he gets the job done. Many of our drivers under the tent have already worked with Fritz as a driver coach, and they know that he is a great asset. His addition to our already knowledgeable roster of mechanics, tuners and driver coaches elevates our program even more. It was his own decision to come and work with Aluminos full-time, and I, along with the rest of the crew, couldn’t be happier to have Fritz with us.”

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Team Aluminos Kicks Off 2014 at California ProKart Challenge

Cory Milne scored the S1 Pro pole position and main event fast lap on his Aluminos chassis (Photo: dromophotos.com)

The 2013 season was big for Team Aluminos, as the NorCal-cased karting operation launched its own chassis and won a number of major events. Victories in club, regional, national and international competition fueled incredible momentum and high expectations for this year’s campaign. ‘Off-season’ preparations were non-stop, as the squad was focused on coming out of the box strongly. Fully-prepped, Team Aluminos kicked off their new season this past weekend at the opening round of the Superkarts! USA California ProKart Challenge, firing up a schedule that will see them run both the PKC and the SKUSA Pro Tour. Rob Soares and his Aluminos squad enjoyed a successful weekend at the ButtonwillowRacewayPark as their drivers ran near the front, all aboard the team’s Aluminos chassis.

Team Aluminos got the weekend rolling in style early Saturday morning when Colorado’s Cory Milne laid down a 44.244-second run in qualifying to earn the S1 Pro Stock Moto pole. In the first heat, Milne rebounded very well from a slow launch off the grid to drive back to a solid third place finish. The second heat race went well for Milne, as he remained in the top-five to earn a spot on the outside of row two to start the main event. Cory was shuffled back at the start, but the pace of the Aluminos chassis was strong throughout the 20-lap distance, which gave him the ammo he needed to steer himself back to a fourth place finish, posting the fastest lap in the S1 category. It was a great start to the season for the sophomore Pro pilot. Former PKC frontrunner Brad Dunford made his return to Team Aluminos in Buttonwillow after a year away from the sport. A DNF in heat one put him behind the eight ball, but Dunford gained back a few positions in Heat #2 and improved a couple more spots in the main event to end the day with an eighth-place result in his return to the seat.

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Aluminos Chassis Wins at SKUSA SuperNationals XVII

Kiwi drivers Daniel Bray, Marcus Armstrong and Matthew Hamilton put the Aluminos chassis on the podium at the SKUSA SuperNationals XVII (Photo: Aluminos.com)

Making history this year, the Aluminos operation introduced their own chassis to the North American market and found success right out of the box. Debuting at the Superkarts! USA SummerNationals three months earlier, the Aluminos chassis made its SuperNationals debut this past November at the 17th annual SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final stop on the SKUSA Pro Tour and the second national race for the new chassis went very well as the team left with a SuperNats victory, two podium finishes as well as a collection of strong performances from all Aluminos team drivers.

“It’s been a great five months for Aluminos,” stated owner Rob Soares. “We earned victory at our first national event with the new chassis, and it has continued to win at the regional and national level, including the Red Line Oil Karting Championship here in Northern California and the SKUSA Pro Tour. The Sonoma chassis has proven well in the shifterkart categories, and the new Estorli for TaG competition is now ready to contend for major titles in 2014. I couldn’t be happier with the performances we had in Las Vegas for the SuperNationals with all the weather issues, and it’s great to see Aluminos on top once again. An interesting fact, seven drivers have won their first race aboard the Aluminos chassis, including myself, Fraser, Bray, Toft, Buckwalter, Calderon and now Hamilton. It’s an exciting time for us here at Aluminos.”

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