Hamilton Returns to California to Defend Street Event Win


Christchurch driver Matthew Hamilton returns to the US this week to defend his class win last year at the big Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix kart meeting in California. Photo credit: Fast Company/Todd McCall 

Christchurch kart ace Matthew Hamilton is returning to the town of Lancaster in California this week to defend the S1SKUSARnd1PhoenixMattHamilton-2.jpg stock moto class title he won at the annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix kart street race meeting this time last year.

Lancaster is north-east of Los Angeles and as a round of the SuperKarts USA (SKUSA) organisation's annual California ProKart Challenge series it attracts some of the top kart racers in the United States.

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Aluminos Triumphs in Lancaster

The Aluminos squad celebrates the two victories at the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix (Photo: Aluminos)

The 2015 season is coming to a close, and the Aluminos operation continues to strive to be at its best for crunch time. When a season begins, teams and drivers work to be at its best when the prestigious victories and championships are on the line. Aluminos always positions itself to be among the contenders, and the recent Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix was a prime example. The seventh annual event in the southern California area took the California ProKart Challenge program and the best from the western half of North America to the city streets for a rare two-day event on a temporary circuit. Aluminos traveled south with a handful of drivers, coming away with a victory in the S1 Pro Stock Moto division behind Matt Hamilton and the triumph by Will Preston in the S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto category.

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Aluminos Continues Gaining Victories and Podium Results in 2015

Reigning SKUSA Fikse Wheels Pro Tour S4 champion Gian Cavaciuti is competing in the United States aboard an Aluminos chassis (Photo: eKartingNews.com)

Aluminos LogoThe Aluminos name is well-established in the sport of karting here in the United States, and the last two years has been about developing their own chassis brand. Reaching its inaugural victory at the 2013 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SpringNationals. Aluminos has continued to win races and help drivers reach the podium from the local level to the biggest stage of the sport. That type of success has been on display during the first half of the 2015 season.

Carlos Calderon, Will Preston, and Jim Kidd have led the Aluminos brand at the California ProKart Challenge program. Calderon opened up the season with a victory in Buttonwillow, making his TaG Master debut, adding a runner-up finish at the last round of competition. Preston and Kidd notched their first wins of the season at the most recent event at the Simraceway Performance Karting Center on June 6. Preston has continued development under the Aluminos banner, clinching his first in the S2 Semi-Pro division. Kidd is among the new drivers moving over to the S4 Super Master division, earning his first win in the category at his home track.

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Victories for Aluminos During Month of May

Kiwi driver Matthew Hamilton scored Aluminos chassis its first SpringNationals victory (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Success continues for the Aluminos brand as it nears the one-year anniversary. Securing a victory at the Superkarts! USA SummerNationals last season in its national stage debut, the Aluminos chassis was at the top of the podium in Las Vegas for the SKUSA SuperNationals thanks to New Zealand driver Matthew Hamilton. The Kiwi driver returned to the United States, helping Aluminos complete the tri-fecta, earning a win at the SKUSA SpringNationals event at the Dallas Karting Complex. The entire Aluminos squad showed speed throughout the May 2-4 weekend in Caddo Mills, Texas, setting up for another solid SKUSA Pro Tour campaign in 2014. Later during the month of May, the Aluminos brand earned two more checkered flags at the recent Red Line Oil Karting Championship event in Sonoma, California.

Hamilton, visiting the Texas facility for the first time, got up to speed quickly and was in the hunt for S4 Master Stock Moto glory during the opening round on Saturday. Winning the second heat race gave the Aluminos driver the pole position for the main event. After fighting early for the lead position and escaping trouble with lap traffic, the Kiwi driver survived and conquered the race to earn Aluminos chassis its first SpringNationals victory. Hamilton came back on Sunday as the driver to beat after just missing out on the top spot in qualifying. He drove his Aluminos Rio chassis to the win in both heat races while recording the fast lap of the races in the process. The opening lap of the main event did not favor Hamilton, as he slipped back to fifth. Trying to find his way forward quickly, some contact was made and Hamilton received the worse of the action. He spun off into the barriers and was unable to continue. While recording a DNF, the New Zealander is second in the championship standings with ground to make up at the SummerNationals in August.

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