Aluminos/PSL Karting Race Team Score Top-Five Finishes at SKUSA SummerNationals

Kiwi driver Daniel Bray scored a top-five finish in the competitive S1 Pro Stock Moto category (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)The professional Aluminos/PSL Karting race team took on a packed paddock at the Superkarts! USA SummerNationals in Tooele, Utah. The Miller Motorsports Park was the site of the third and fourth rounds of the SKUSA Pro Tour on July 20-22, where the operation fielded eight drivers in four categories. Kiwi driver Daniel Bray returned to the states to record a fifth place finish in the headline S1 category with TaG Master driver Larry Fraser matching the same result.

Bray, the defending series champion, qualified third to begin Saturday’s action. He finished third in the opening heat race but struggled with too much grip in the second, dropping to fifth and holding the position through the main event. The following day was another battle trying to free up the GP chassis. Qualifying third once again, Bray suffered a two position penalty for a parc-ferme infraction. Despite his best effort, the rest of the day did not pan out as expected, placing eighth in the main event. Bray commented on the weekend, "We were OK in qualifying because we could do a good time for a couple of laps before the kart started gripping up. But it was weird. We tried everything to dial the grip out but nothing, and I mean nothing, we tried - and which would have worked at any other track - seemed to work there."
TaG Master driver Larry Fraser experienced an up-and-down weekend, ending with a solid fifth place finish at the end of Sunday. Larry began Saturday in the top-five until contact dropped him down the order in the first heat race. Advancing his Aluminos-prepared CRG forward in the second heat and the feature, Fraser nearly broke into the top-five until the water pump belts to his Motori engine broke and began overheating the engine. Larry pulled off to limit the damage to the engine and retired early. Fraser qualified 10th to begin Sunday’s round and once again raced his way forward. Through the two heat races and the feature, Larry ended the day in the fifth position to put himself sixth in the championship chase.

The weekend was a tough outing for the S4 contingent under the Aluminos/PSL Karting tent. Jonathan Allen made his first Pro Tour start of the season, improving each session on-track. Allen improved seven positions from qualifying to finish 16th on Saturday while making up four spots Sunday to end up 18th. Colorado driver Mike McDonough continued to show speed aboard his GP machine, but two separate incidents took him out early in both main events.

Some of the young talent under the Aluminos tent continue to progress as the season moves along. Colorado driver Cory Milne made the transition to S1 Pro from the S2 category this season, racing against the best shifterkart drivers in the country. Milne hovered around the top-10 for much of the opening round but fell back in the main event when conditions went from dry to wet before they ended the race early. Milne was classified 13th. The following day was much of the same with Milne crossing the line 11th in the main event. He continues to improve under the eyes of the Aluminos squad with plenty of success coming in the future.

Austin Schimmel earned his first pole position in his rookie S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto season (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)The other to show some progress this season is S2 driver Austin Schimmel. The 2011 SKUSA Pro Tour S5 Junior Stock Moto champion is in his first season racing at the Senior level. The 16-year old from Colorado battled through a rough SpringNationals, collected in a hard wreck on Sunday that benched him for the rest of the day. He bounced back in Utah, running with the leaders both days. Schimmel was fourth in qualifying but fell back to 11th by the end of heat two. He came storming back in the main to finish sixth but was disqualified for coming in underweight - due to losing all the water in the radiator because of a puncture. He came back the next day to earn his first SKUSA S2 pole position by 15 hundredths of a second. A third in heat one was followed by a slow launch off the line, dropping him outside the top-10. That would put him in harms way for the main event when he was collected in an opening lap wreck, ending his race early. Despite the tough results, the weekend was a great improvement for Schimmel.

“The transition from S5 to S2 was eye-opening for me as a driver,” commented Schimmel. “As soon as I made the move over, I knew I had my work cut out for me. The SpringNationals in Phoenix was a tough weekend for me. As soon as school got out, I made plans to fly out to California to test some chassis and get driver training with Rob Soares, Larry Fraser, and Daniel Bray. So far, the hardest part of the transition has been giving feedback to my dad and the team. We are working on that each time we hit the track and the crew at Aluminos has been great helping me learn. That week I spent with them made me come back twice the driver. I went from struggling to competing inside the top-10 and to setting pole on Sunday at the SummerNationals. The guys at Aluminos are the true definition of a class act. Most teams today give divided attention, to whoever is fast. Whether you are Daniel Bray, or the weekend warrior in an arrive and drive, you get the same attention.”

Aluminos/PSL Karting can formulate arrive and drive programs, driver coaching services, or customized tailored programs to fit your needs in either Stock Moto or TaG categories. Be sure to visit http://www.Aluminos.com for more information on their professional race team operation and also ShopAluminos.com for new and used chassis listings.

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