ALUMINOS SCORES VICTORY BEHIND SOARES AT PROKART CHALLENGE NORTH Team owner wins third on the season in Sonoma as team continues to hit podium SONOMA, CA (August 12, 2008) -- It was a full tent of top-notch karters in Sonoma, California for...
ALUMINOS SCORES VICTORY BEHIND SOARES AT PROKART CHALLENGE NORTH
Team owner wins third on the season in Sonoma as team continues to hit podium
SONOMA, CA (August 12, 2008) -- It was a full tent of top-notch karters in Sonoma, California for the emerging Team Aluminos squad at the fifth round of the Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge North event, held at the Jim Russell International Karting Center on August 9. Seven drivers flew the Team Aluminos colors in five different divisions, each attacking the field in search of victory. With the addition of veterans Tom Dyer and Joe White to the stellar Aluminos trackside staff, all six drivers were on their game and battling for wins and podium positions, rallying behind team owner Rob Soares who set the bar.
Soares has been on fire since returning from a wrist injury, earning a clean sweep of the action in the TaG Masters category. Soares was tops in his category and third overall in the race that included the TaG Masters Light drivers. Running nearly 40-pounds heavier than his competitors in the Light classification, Soares stepped up and took both the class and overall victory in heat one, heat two and the 20-lap Final. With his win in the books, Soares then set about watching his pilots add to the podium results.
Three drivers were aboard Aluminos-GP Karts in the S3 division as Marc Elliott, Brad Dunford, and Jason Berry were each part of the battle in Sonoma. The trio went third, fourth, and fifth in qualifying, respectively, with Elliot leading the way. Both Elliott and Berry advanced one position in heat one while Dunford fell back to sixth. Troubles continued for Dunford in heat two as he was unable to finish, although Elliott and Berry ran second and third to set up for a successful main event. The final would showcase the Aluminos trio as Elliott battled for the win of the 20-lap event, eventually settling for the runner-up spot. Berry ran third for most of the race, that is, until Dunford charged from the tail of the field to put in an impressive run to the final podium spot, dropping Berry to fourth, giving GP Kart the top four positions.
Sergio Machado was in the hunt all weekend for his first S4 victory of the season. Running second to the championship leader in qualifying and heat one, Machado was able to work past in heat two for the race win. Setting up to battle hard during the 20-lap feature, Machado would have to watch from pit lane when the field hit the track as electrical issues prevented his engine from starting on the pre-grid. After showing great speed, a victory is certainly right around the corner for Machado.
New Zealander Daniel Bray made the long journey to California to run under the Aluminos tent as a warm-up for the SKUSA SuperNationals XII, where Bray will be aboard an Aluminos arrive-and-driver machine. Running in the S1 division, Bray was fast out of the trailer with a second in qualifying, running behind a two-time national champion. Bray ran fourth in the two heat races while trying different setups in each run. Come the 20-lap Final, Bray had dialed the right set-up and was running third when electrical gremlins put him on the sidelines on lap 14. If this weekend was any indication, Bray will once again being challenging for SuperNationals gold in Las Vegas this coming November.
In TaG Senior, new Aluminos pilot Nicola Galloni was set to battle the top drivers as he has in the past few rounds until a rib injury suffered on Friday practice hampered his performance on race day. Galloni muscled through the day until eventually retiring early in the Final.