TEAM ALUMINOS OPENS 2010 SEASON WITH VICTORY AT PROKART CHALLENGE SOUTH Diaz sweeps G1 category at CalSpeed for first Aluminos victory of 2010 FONTANA, CA (January 30, 2010) -- The 2010 season got underway for Team Aluminos as the Northern ...
TEAM ALUMINOS OPENS 2010 SEASON WITH VICTORY AT PROKART CHALLENGE SOUTH
Diaz sweeps G1 category at CalSpeed for first Aluminos victory of 2010
FONTANA, CA (January 30, 2010) -- The 2010 season got underway for Team Aluminos as the Northern California-based operation headed south to Fontana for the opening round of the Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge South at the CalSpeed Karting facility. Eight drivers piloted Aluminos-prepped machines in five categories ranging from Stock Moto to TaG. Ending the 2009 season with Team Aluminos driver coach Tom Dyer on top of the S3 podium at the SKUSA SuperNationals XIII, Team Aluminos began the 2010 season in the same fashion as Fernando Diaz put in a stellar performance in G1 for the victory to jump-start 2010.
A contender at the SKUSA SuperNationals XIII until a mechanical issue put him on the sidelines, Diaz returned behind the wheel for redemption. Diaz set the tone for the event as he posted the fast lap in the qualifying session - 45.569, quicker by nearly two tenths over his next competitor. In the 10-lap heat races, Diaz would walk the field to wins by three-seconds and five-seconds to secure the pole for the main event. At the start of the final, Diaz was relegated to second behind the defending class champion. After just two laps, Diaz regained the top spot and immediately stretched out to strong advantage, going on to take the victory by just under two seconds.
"It feels great to start the season with a win," commented Diaz following the event. "We tested here two weeks prior and I feel it helped me a lot in order to find the right setup. Working with Fritz Leesmann and Tom Dyer under the Aluminos tent certainly helped with making the right decisions on the set up as the event went on to help secure the victory. I can't thank them enough."
Flying the Aluminos colors in the headline S1 category was Brad Dunford. The young driver that has progress with Aluminos over the last few years has reached the top level in the new SKUSA structure with the top S3 drivers now competing in the S1 division. Beginning the event fourth in the qualifying session, Dunford battled to fifth and sixth place finishes in the heat race. In the main event, Dunford positioned himself into the third spot at the beginning of the race. Holding strong, he trailed the bumpers of the top two for the majority of the 20 laps until one driver crashed directly in front of him. Able to avoid making serious contact with the flipping kart, Dunford held on for the remaining laps to secure the second step on the podium in his S1 debut.
Returning under the Team Aluminos tent, Larry Fraser carried Team Aluminos in the stacked TaG Senior field. After qualifying seventh, Fraser worked his way forward in the heat races to finish fourth and second to start outside row one for the main event in hopes of a possible victory. That would come to fruition as contact on the second lap dropped Fraser down the order. Falling back to 12th, Fraser put his head down to do work and secure the sixth position at the checkered flag.
The S4 contingent for Team Aluminos ended the opening weekend with mixed results. A solid field put the three drivers - Peter Workum, Phil Dunford, and Jonathan Allen - to the test. Workum and Dunford were seventh and eighth on the time sheets following qualifying with Allen in 14th. Workum ran to fifth place in both heat races to set himself up for a podium run in the main event. Dunford was pushed back to the tail of the field in the opening lap of the first heat, going on to record finishes of 14th and 10th. Allen advanced to 12th in the opening moto however retired early in the second stint. Both Workum and Dunford battled inside the top-10 for the majority of the final. On lap 14, Dunford retired after receiving the black flag for his side pod that had broken off. Workum went on to finish eighth while Allen advanced up to 11th.
Joining the Team Aluminos squad on the weekend included G1 driver Brad Dhesi and S3 newcomer Todd Wilson. Dhesi was a consistent top-10 runner in the early stages of the event before advancing up to as high as fourth in the final before retiring due to a non-karting injury that would not let him continue on. Wilson made his debut in the new S3 category for novice drivers in the Stock Moto division. Working with the Aluminos squad, Wilson progressed and ended the weekend sixth.
Next on the calendar for Team Aluminos will be the opening round of the ProKart Challenge North at the Jim Russell International Karting Center in Sonoma, California.
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