Kiwi driver Daniel Bray carried his Aluminos entry to third both days in S1 (Photo: Fast Company - DB)
Created on Wednesday, 02 May 2012 21:52
The Aluminos race team kicked off the 2012 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour season with a trio of podium finishes at the PKRA Formula K Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona on the April 20-22 weekend. Battling the largest fields recorded at the MG Tires SpringNationals, and 100-degree weather, the Aluminos operation proved again why it’s one of the top karting race teams in the country. Nine drivers in five categories flew the Aluminos colors with returning team driver Daniel Bray standing on the third step both days and team newcomer Austin Versteeg earning his first SKUSA Pro Tour podium finish.
Bray made the long journey from New Zealand to defend his SKUSA Pro Tour championship in the S1 Pro Tour Stock Moto division, teaming up with Aluminos as he had in previous years in his trips to the United States. Carrying the #1 SKUSA plate for 2012, Bray was in the sights of every driver in the field. Among the leaders during testing, Bray clocked in the third quickest lap in qualifying to start Round #1. Going the wrong direction with the set-up in heat one, he lost a few positions but regained them back in heat two. Breaking away with two others in the main event, they were all evenly matched and Bray had to settle for third to start his title defense. The following day Bray was top dog in qualifying, breaking into the 44-second barrier and just missing out on the fastest lap of the weekend by three-hundredths of a second aboard his Aluminos-prepared GP/Stock Moto. A tad slow off the line, Bray lost the lead and ran second in heat one, losing another spot in heat two in similar fashion. Starting third for the main event, Bray worked his way into the second spot. Crossing the line in the runner-up position, officials ruled his defensive line was considered blocking, docking him one position. The Kiwi sits third in the championship chase, well within striking distance of the top spot.