DUNFORD SCORES FIRST PROKART CHALLENGE VICTORY WITH TEAM ALUMINOS S4 driver earns win against largest field of the event while Aluminos owner Soares records another TaG Master triumph BUTTONWILLOW, CA (June 26, 2010) - What has been an ...
DUNFORD SCORES FIRST PROKART CHALLENGE VICTORY WITH TEAM ALUMINOS
S4 driver earns win against largest field of the event while Aluminos owner Soares records another TaG Master triumph
BUTTONWILLOW, CA (June 26, 2010) - What has been an unprecedented season for the Northern California based Team Aluminos operation, the results from hard work and dedication continue to stream in. With a solid group of 10 drivers representing Team Aluminos, the squad went on attack at the Buttonwillow Raceway Park kart track for the fifth round of the Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge South program. Coming away from the SoCal desert track was Aluminos with two victories and three other drivers standing on the podium at the end of the day.
The great story of the weekend for Team Aluminos was the victory by Phil Dunford. The S4 Master Stock Moto driver took on the largest field of the event (16) that included a number of top guns. Working with the Team Aluminos crew for a few years now, Dunford is challenging each and every weekend. After qualifying second, Dunford battled to third in the first heat and scored the victory in the second. After losing the lead for the opening lap of the feature, Dunford retook the lead and continued on to score the victory by nearly six-seconds along with the fast lap credit.
In the same class, Colorado driver Mike McDonough traveled with the Team Aluminos squad to SoCal and came away with a strong podium performance. Qualified sixth, McDonough battled to slide into the top-five by the second heat race. In the feature, McDonough was the second quickest kart behind Dunford to advance up to third at the checkered flag.
Team Aluminos owner Rob Soares strapped on the helmet once again to tackle the TaG Master group. After qualifying second, Soares fell to the tail of the field in the opening lap though he was able to climb back to fourth. After nearly pulling off the victory in the second heat race, Soares stepped up once again to post the fast laps of the race en route to his second feature victory of the season.
Making it a family affair, S1 Pro Stock Moto driver Brad Dunford earned a podium finish on the day to join in his father's victory. Dunford was fourth after qualifying and picked up the pace once the wheel-to-wheel racing began, running third for the remainder of the event. His results have him third in the championship chase heading into the series finale.
Fernando Diaz made his third start of the PKC season in the G1 category. After two feature wins in his previous outings, Diaz was in the hunt from the beginning. Diaz qualified third and challenged in the heat races but was classified third in both motos. After battling for the lead in the first half of the feature, Diaz settled into the second spot, where he would end up at the checkered flag to help earn Aluminos its fifth podium finish of the event.
Also coming from Colorado to work with the Aluminos staff for the weekend were S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto driver Christian Bird and G1 pilot David Conyers. Bird was a contender throughout the event and came up one spot short of the podium in fourth. Conyers battle strong throughout the day however came one lap short of finishing after running inside the top-five. Brad Dhesi was the third G1 driver under the Aluminos tent and showed speed to run near the front but was unable to finish the feature. The third driver in the S4 class for Aluminos was former winner Jonathan Allen. After a tough qualifying run, Allen was making his way forward and was among the contenders in heat two until contact took him out of contention early. While he was advancing forward in the final, Allen suffered an electrical issue that forced him to the sidelines. TaG Senior driver Larry Fraser was a consistent fifth on the day until trouble put him on the sidelines for the main event.
"This weekend was a solid outing for us," stated Aluminos owner Rob Soares. "I'm happy to see Phil grab his first win as he puts in a ton of time with our driving coaches Fritz Leesmann and Tom Dyer along with our engine specialist George Tavares. The rest of the team did great as well, which should lead into some good things as the PKC season closes."
-source: team aluminos