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TEAM ALUMINOS SCORES SECOND STRAIGHT VICTORY AT PROKART CHALLENGE NORTH Kiwi driver Bray earns first S3 feature win to put Aluminos on top of the podium once again SONOMA, CA (August 15, 2009) -- For the second straight Superkarts! USA ProKart...

TEAM ALUMINOS SCORES SECOND STRAIGHT VICTORY AT PROKART CHALLENGE NORTH
Kiwi driver Bray earns first S3 feature win to put Aluminos on top of the podium once again

SONOMA, CA (August 15, 2009) -- For the second straight Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge North event, Team Aluminos took the top step of the podium following the action during the sixth round on August 15 at the Jim Russell International Karting Center in Sonoma, California. With team manager Rob Soares overseeing the Team Aluminos activities throughout the weekend with help from national driver Fritz Leesmann and team engine specialist George Tavares, the four drivers contesting the event were in good hands.

Three drivers flew the Aluminos colors in the S3 division, led by New Zealander Daniel Bray. The Kiwi driver has been competing in the United States all season and switched to the wildly popular and successful stock moto division at round two of the PKC North program. Bray clocked in the second best lap time during qualifying, missing out on the pole position by just 0.069-seconds. Steve Reasoner and Brad Dunford joined Bray in the class, posting the fifth and sixth quick laps of the session.

Bray however would relinquish the top spot on the opening lap of heat one as a rare chain failure put him on the sidelines. Reasoner however picked up the pace and ran to a second place finish and went on to lead all eight laps for the win in the second heat race. Bray played catch-up and was up to fourth at the checkered. In the main event, both were entangled in a great battle for the lead position in the 20-lap race. Reasoner briefly held the lead but would be relegated back to fourth. Bray, on the other hand, was up to second place quickly and worked the leader for many laps before pulling the trigger on lap 12. From there, he went on to take the victory by just under two-tenths of a second.

Dunford would experience a tough day that he or anyone under the Aluminos tent had no control over. An unusual defect in a tire caused it to blister terribly and then eventually lost all the air inside in the opening heat. The next time on track, Dunford began gaining some of the positions lost in the first heat race until contact from another driver forced him off track and out of the race. While working to get back near the top-five in the feature race, a broken coil wire on lap 10 would be the next dagger to end Dunford's event on a sour note. Looking forward, Dunford is in position to move into the top-five in the championship standings at the season finale.

Earning the other Aluminos podium from the event was S4 championship contender Peter Workum. Piloting an Aluminos-prepared entry, Workum was in the hunt all day in the S4 category. Posting the third quickest lap in qualifying - one tenth back of the pole sitter - Workum ran to finishes of second and fourth in the two heat races. Working himself up to the second spot early, Workum held that position for most of the race until falling back to third on lap 14. From there he held onto the spot for his fourth podium finish of the PKC North season while gaining a few points on the championship leader.

The Aluminos squad will now gear up for the ProKart Challenge South season finale at the CalSpeed Karting facility in Fontana, California for the August 29 event. The PKC North program will wrap-up on September 12, back at the Jim Russell International Karting Center, with the Aluminos drivers looking to secure the top positions in the point standings.

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