Aluminos Guides Hathcox to SKUSA Pro Tour Championship

Kyle Hathcox scored the SKUSA Pro Tour S2 championship at the SuperNationals (Photo: dromophotos.com)The 2011 season wrapped up for the Aluminos operation with the 15th running of the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. While victories eluded the team and its 16 drivers under the tent, the week was a successful one for the Northern-California operation. Two drivers stood on the podium thanks to Aluminos-prepared Stock Moto packages while Arizona driver Kyle Hathcox locked up the S2 Semi-Pro SKUSA Pro Tour series championship.

Hathcox entered Vegas as the point leader in the S2 category with little room for error with a host of drivers close behind in the standings. Among the front runners in practice, qualifying came and the speed was gone as he clocked in 35th overall. Starting from row nine for each of the three heat races, Hathcox put in a championship-like performance in all three as he drove through the field. Recording results of second, eighth and fifth, he soared up the results order to start sixth in the main event. Quick early, Hathcox was on the edge of the top-five until his competitors began racing rough. Wise to stay out of trouble with the big picture in site, Hathcox elected to stay away from trouble despite falling down the order. Finishing 10th and keeping his championship rivals in close proximity; Hathcox earned the series championship and the coveted #1 plate for 2012.

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Solid Outing for Team Aluminos at Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix

Kyle Hathcox drove to a third place finish in the Pro Shifter category (Photo: dromophotos.com)As the season nears the end, the Aluminos operation is in full preparation for the biggest race of the season - the SKUSA SuperNationals XV. To prepare for the upcoming November event, seven drivers suited up for the third running of the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix in Southern California on October 8-9. The street race gave the Aluminos squad a great test circuit for the temporary course outside in the Rio Hotel and Casino parking lot where they have scored victory and will look to clinch SKUSA Pro Tour championship this year as well. Leading the way in Lancaster was Arizona driver Kyle Hathcox as he stood on the podium in the Pro Shifter category.

Brad Dunford joined Hathcox in the Pro Shifter division, recording the third quickest time in the qualifying session. Hathcox clocked in with the fifth fastest lap but charged forward in the opening heat race. Up to third after the first lap, Kyle went to the lead by the completion of lap two. Battling for the position the entire 10-lap moto, Hathcox ended the run in a photo-finish, coming just inches short of the victory and finishing in second position. Dunford was looking to move forward as well until contact with the barrier was made on lap four, ending his race. Hathcox continued his battle at the front but was shuffled back to fifth in the final two laps. Dunford worked his way up to seventh after starting at the back of the 20-kart field but was gone after lap five in the main event when he misjudged the speed of a kart in front of him, making contact with their rear bumper and was sent off into the barriers. The 20-lap main event proved to be solid for Hathcox - the SKUSA Pro Tour S2 point leader - as he eventually locked up the third position to stand on the podium.

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Aluminos Drivers Dunford and Workum Claim ProKart Challenge Titles

Brad Dunford scored his fourth PKC victory on the year to earn his first regional title (Photo: dromophotos.com)Aluminos, a professional karting operation, tackled the Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge West Coast Shootout over the August 12-13 weekend at the Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Southern California. Seven drivers flew the Aluminos in seven different categories with two coming home with gold. S1 Pro Stock Moto driver Brad Dunford continues to shine in 2011, adding a fourth regional victory on the year and clinching the series title. Master driver Peter Workum accumulated enough points at the Shootout event to score the G1 series championship.

Dunford positioned himself in the right position out of the trailer. One to find a solid qualifying lap throughout the year, Dunford posted the second quickest lap of the session (47.611), just 22-thousandths off the pole position time. Through the opening heat race, Dunford held his second position after a 10-lap run, matching pace with the polesitter lap after lap. At the start of heat two, Dunford grabbed the holeshot and battle for the lead till the end, coming up just short to finish second once again despite leading seven of the 10 laps. Once the main event began, Dunford set his eye on the prize. Leading all but the first lap, Dunford scored his fourth regional victory of the season to lock up his first regional title.

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Dunford, Dyer, and Milne Take Aluminos to Four Victories at SKUSA SummerNationals

Brad Dunford scored his first SKUSA Pro Tour victory in S1 at the SummerNationals (Photo: SKUSA - On Track Promotions)The Aluminos operation continues to build the success of its drivers and reach goals each weekend out. The recent trip to the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SummerNationals at Grand Junction Motor Speedway in Colorado was no different. Focused on driver development while providing optimal equipment for each customer, Aluminos helped guide drivers to four victories on the weekend - sweeping the S1 and S2 categories - while a host of others produced their best results on the season.

Aluminos fielded three drivers in the S1 Pro Stock Moto category - Tom Dyer, Brad Dunford and Canadian Don McGregor. Dyer and Dunford qualified third and fourth to begin Saturday and fought through the heat races looking for a way to advance. Dyer clocked in the fast lap of heat one while Dunford did so in heat two. Starting the main event second and fourth, Dyer grabbed the lead and fought off early challenges. A sudden impromptu dust storm resulted in challenging track conditions, making it an inconsistent and tricky track to drive. Excelling in these variable conditions, Dyer stretched out to a sizable lead, while teammate Dunford reeled in the second place kart, ultimately assuming the spot. On Lap 13 of the 20-lap event, Dyer slowed on the course with a rare detached fuel line. He was able to assess the situation and reattach it, but only after falling down to the tail of the lead lap, eventually finishing in sixth at the checkered flag. Dunford, still pushing, assumed the lead to keep the Aluminos colors up front. Pressured to the checkered flag, Dunford kept up a consistent pace - posting the fast lap of the race en route to piloting his Aluminos machine for the first SKUSA Pro Tour victory of his career. McGregor put two Aluminos entries into the top-five, placing fifth after improving on each session on an unknown track.

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