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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Aluminos Doubles Up in Win Column at ProKart Challenge South

Brad Dunford en route to his second PKC South victory of the season in S1 (Photo: dromophotos.com)Coming off a successful opening round of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour, the Aluminos operation made a quick turn-around to contest the organizations ProKart Challenge South event at the Streets of Willow circuit in Rosamond, California this past weekend. With just four drivers, Aluminos left the Southern California complex with a number of fast laps and two victories - thanks to S1 driver Brad Dunford and G1 pilot Peter Workum.

One element of the race weekend that Dunford has mastered under the Aluminos tent of late has been qualifying. Recording a track record at the recent SKUSA Pro Tour, Dunford continued that trend in Saturday’s qualifying session by dropping the fast lap of the day (1:16.196) and posted fast lap in each race. After starting heat one on the pole position, Dunford battled for the win up until lap seven when his engine quit due to a faulty stator. The Aluminos engine crew went to work and had his powerplant ready to go by the start of heat two. Dunford knifed his way up to third at the end of heat two and was in position to battle for the victory in the main event. Engaged in a three-kart battle throughout the 16-lap feature race, Dunford sat second as they received the white flag. At the optimal moment, Dunford slid by for the lead and took the checkered flag for the second time on the year.

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