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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Aluminos Starts Quick and Visits Podium at SKUSA SpringNationals in Tucson

Kyle Hathcox drove to victory in S2 (Photo: SKUSA - On Track Promotions)It was a busy yet successful weekend for the Aluminos operation as they helped kick off the 2011 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour with the running of the Honda Racing/HPD SpringNationals at the Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, Arizona. Aluminos set the pace for the weekend early as S1 driver Brad Dunford was first to set a new track record at the facility. Dunford joined fourteen additional drivers under the Aluminos banner, competing in four different categories on the weekend in a double-round weekend. Leading the Aluminos group in the result column was returning driver Kyle Hathcox, team driver coach Tom Dyer along with veterans Larry Fraser and Fernando Diaz.

“Under our tent, successful race weekends are more than defined by results, they are judged by each driver’s ability to improve no matter what the skill level. In Tucson, we were stacked in the skill department, both behind the wheel and our entire crew working on each and every kart, but skill can’t always compensate for bad luck,” joked team principle Rob Soares.

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Dunford and Workum Put Aluminos on Podium at Buttonwillow

Peter Workum earned his first victory in the G1 category at Buttonwillow (Photo: dromophotos.com)Entering the fourth month of the 2011 season, the Aluminos operation is preparing to enter the core of the season and the start of the national championship campaign. To get ready for the upcoming Superkarts! USA SpringNationals at the end of April in Tucson, the professional kart racing team traveled down to Buttonwillow Raceway Park for one final day of wheel-to-wheel action before the trek to Arizona. The ProKart Challenge South program was host of the two-day event with six drivers competing under the Aluminos banner. G1 driver Peter Workum and S1 standout Brad Dunford put Aluminos back on the podium with a victory and runner-up finish on the day.

Dunford - who earned the feature win at the opening round of the series - was a consistent front-runner at round three in Buttonwillow. After coming up just 58-thousandths short of the fast lap in qualifying, Dunford led the opening heat race before losing the spot to finish second. Placing second once again in heat two, Dunford started the main event from outside row one. As he showed last year at the SKUSA SuperNationals, Dunford was great on cold tires as he grabbed the holeshot and led the early portion of the race. On lap eight, Dunford lost the lead and began a long battle to hold onto the second spot. Still within reach of the leader, Dunford took the checkered flag in the second position.

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