Team Aluminos Throws Four Podiums on the Board at ProKart Challenge Buttonwillow

Brad Dunford (Photo: Aluminos’ 2012 Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge campaign began with 6 drivers competing in 3 classes at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, and ended with a 1-2 punch on the podium in the premier class of racing.

Throw in a couple of 3rd place knockout performances, and it’s easy to see that this team may well be off to one of their best starts in 5 seasons of competition within the series.

Long-time team member Brad Dunford, began 2012 the same way he started the 2011 season en route to the S1 class championship by winning the S1 main event. He was followed by teammates Cory Milne finishing in 2nd and Kyle Hathcox in 6th. It was Dunford’s smart driving and patience that paid off, as it took a bit of good fortune, courtesy of a racing incident from the leaders, to cement the win. Dunford, who is being groomed for a career in racing, was solid all weekend, beginning with a qualifying run putting him at P4 to start the day. A heat one run to P3, and a consistent second heat slotted him in P3 for the start of the main. The plan for the final, according to Dunford was, “to keep pace and gain some time here and there on the leaders, and look for opportunities”. And that opportunity came when leader Jimmy McNeil and Clinton Schoombee tangled midway into the main. Dunford steered clear and into the lead going on to the race win. Said Dunford later at the hauler, “I’m so happy for this win, regardless of how they come because this class is so competitive and tough. It’s a great result to begin the year and quest to defend last year’s championship.”


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“After operating a successful kart team for the past five seasons, we have gathered a number of karts and parts that have filled up space in the shop. will not only allow us to sell these products to new and existing karters, but also allow us to showcase the number of new products we will be promoting in the 2012 season and beyond,” stated Aluminos owner Rob Soares. “We are unique because we are primarily a racing operation, working to reach the goals on-track for our customers more than producing products sales like a typical kart shop. This new site however will allow us to do both without taking focus away from our trackside support and driver development programs. It's lets us pass on many of our new and used team products to consumers who aren't directly involved with our team.” 


Aluminos Guides Hathcox to SKUSA Pro Tour Championship

Kyle Hathcox scored the SKUSA Pro Tour S2 championship at the SuperNationals (Photo: 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.


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: 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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