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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Multiple Podium Finishes for Aluminos at PKC South Willow Springs

Todd Wilson scored his first podium of the season with a second place run in the S3 category (Photo: dromophotos.com)Another solid weekend at the track for the professional kart racing team Aluminos as they did battle at the Willow Springs kart track in Rosamond, California for round two of the ProKart Challenge South series. Nine drivers in six categories kept the Aluminos tent busy throughout the March 11-12 event and the hard work paid off with four drivers earning trips to the podium and two others adding top-five results.

Aluminos doubled up on podiums in the S3 Novice Stock Moto category with second year team member Todd Wilson and newcomer Jim Baltutis. Both were making their first starts of the 2011 season and each were just a bit off pace during the qualifying sessions. As they day went on, both continued to shake the rust off and gain pace. Wilson was up to fourth in both heat races while Baltutis, away from the driver seat for some time, continued on at the tail of the field. When the main event waved off, the two crept their way forward. Baltutis shined as he showed the way ahead of Wilson for much of the race as they moved up to the second and third positions. Wilson kept close and took over the spot on lap 19, holding on until the checkered flag with Baltutis in third. For both, the podium was an excellent start to the season with plenty of room for improvement as the year goes on.

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