Aluminos’ Fritz Leesmann celebrates his 2010 SKUSA Pro Tour S1 championship (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
Created on Wednesday, 15 December 2010 17:05
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.