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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Scherer Drives to Victory with Aluminos

Aluminos’ new team member Casey Scherer earned a debut victory in the S4 Master Stock Moto category in Dixon (Photo: dromophotos.com)The 2011 season began similar to last year with Aluminos coming out on top. The professional kart racing team based in Northern California made its first start of the 2011 season at the Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge North program at the Kinsmen Kart Club facility in Dixon, CA. Following Brad Dunford’s victory at the opening round of the PKC South program a month ago, the full operation trekked out to the track for its official debut, this time with new team member Casey Scherer as he earned the victory in S4 Master Stock Moto category.

The field in the S4 division was dominated with drivers from under the Aluminos banner. Team manager Rob Soares strapped on the helmet to make his class debut on the weekend. Soares set the tone early as he grabbed the pole position with a 28.408-lap time. Colorado driver Mike McDonough was just a bit off Soares time to sit second in the order. Scherer began his debut with Aluminos with the fourth best time in the session while David Conyers and Jonathon Allen sat fifth and sixth.

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Aluminos Prepares for More Success in 2011

Aluminos S1 Pro driver Brad Dunford kicked off the year with first S1 Pro victory at the PKC South opener at Adams (Photo: dromophotos.com)It was a successful 2010 campaign for the Aluminos outfit, based out of Northern California. The professional kart racing team continued their yearly progression of delivering winning results, while once again proving they're a front running effort no matter where they compete. It's a stated goal for Aluminos to offer an environment which provides the best options for drivers at any skill level to learn and excel behind the wheel in a quest to achieve personal higher marks. With team testing already taking place in 2011, the pursuit to improve on the racetrack continues as evidenced with Brad Dunford's breakthrough first win during Round 1 of the ProKart Challenge South series race in the S1 Pro class.

Some of the marks earned for Aluminos in 2010 includes; two SKUSA Pro Tour championships - Fritz Leesmann (S1 Pro), Fernando Diaz (G1), two SKUSA ProKart Challenge championships - Fritz Leesmann (S1 Pro), Jeff Smith (S4 Masters), multiple SKUSA Pro Tour and ProKart Challenge South/North feature wins in S1, S4, G1, TaG Senior and TaG Master.

“2010 was really successful for Aluminos and its drivers,” stated Aluminos owner Rob Soares. “As a team, we accomplished a lot of solid results. Our main concern, however, is how each driver reflects on their own personal season. Many ended the year with a positive attitude and feeling of accomplishment that they achieved personal goals. Whether it’s to learn the mechanics of the kart, scoring consistent top-five finishes or getting that breakthrough victory, we are here to make sure each driver strives to their fullest. It's a learning process for any driver to grow and improve and we're fortunate to have a stable of drivers that are dedicated and understand this. With that said we do like to have some fun along the way as that can never be overlooked.”

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Aluminos Ends Season at SKUSA SuperNationals XIV

Aluminos’ Fritz Leesmann celebrates his 2010 SKUSA Pro Tour S1 championship (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)The Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XIV in Las Vegas last month closed out the 2010 racing season for Team Aluminos. The Northern California karting operation put in a solid effort over the course of 12-months, providing one of the best options for drivers to learn and excel behind the wheel. With 20 drivers under the tent outside the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, the five-day event was busy with action for Aluminos equaling to mix-results. Coming away the big victor, Aluminos driver coach and S1 Pro Stock Moto driver finished runner-up in the main event and scored the SKUSA Pro Tour championship.

Leading the way for Aluminos in Vegas, Leesmann entered the event as the championship leader for the S1 category. Qualifying third, Leesmann held the spot through the three heat races to line up inside row two for the main event. Getting off the line clean, the front of the S1 field shuffled around during the first half of the race until the drivers settled in. Finding himself back in the third position once again, Leesmann held his ground until the closing laps when he advanced to second with four to go. Running times matching the leaders pace, Fritz would take the checkered flag in the runner-up position, clinching the first national championship for the Elk Grove, California driver and Team Aluminos. Leesmann earned a payday of $5,000 for his efforts and will carry the #1 plate in 2011.

A third SuperNationals victory slipped from Tom Dyer’s grasp in the main event after showing the possibility of a win. The lead driver coach for Aluminos strapped on the helmet once again to defend his Stock Moto victory from 2009. Starting fourth, Dyer was involved in an opening lap skirmish and fell down the order to 12th. While working his way up through the field, contact took Dyer out of contention after moving into the seventh spot. A plus was the performance by Aluminos driver Brad Dunford. Qualifying sixth, Dunford held his ground and starting the feature race from the same position. Getting a great start, the Cypress, CA driver was second by the completion of lap three and into the lead on lap four. His run at the point was short-lived, losing the spot the next time by and eventually fell outside the top-five. Finishing eighth, Dunford’s run was his best of his career at the SuperNationals.

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