PODIUMS ALL AROUND FOR TEAM ALUMINOS IN PROKART NORTH GP Kart team goes four-for-four in podiums at third ProKart Challenge North event SONOMA, CA (June 14, 2008) -- It was a successful weekend for Team Aluminos at the third round of the ...
PODIUMS ALL AROUND FOR TEAM ALUMINOS IN PROKART NORTH
GP Kart team goes four-for-four in podiums at third ProKart Challenge North event
SONOMA, CA (June 14, 2008) -- It was a successful weekend for Team Aluminos at the third round of the ProKart Challenge North series, held at the Jim Russell Karting Center at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. With four drivers flying the Aluminos GP kart colors at the June 14 event, which saw the race run the popular track in the reverse direction, each driver found their way to the podium in their respective class to cap a successful outing. Team driver coach and engineer Tom Dyer got back behind the wheel with a late entry and was second in TaG Senior, Sergio Machado was also second in S4, while Marc Elliott and Brad Dunford stood second and third on the S3 podium. All in all, it was a big weekend for the popular team.
Dyer, a driver coach for Team Aluminos, strapped on the helmet for the weekend to test the new Aluminos GP with Rotax power, thanks in part to the tuning assistance of Kris Shaw. Despite having logged just one day of testing with the package leading into the event, Dyer was on his game, posting the best lap in qualifying to won the pole for the first heat. He continued to lead the field in the two heat races, setting up for a thrilling final. Matching wits with two fellow top-notch drivers, the trio put on an exciting show. Dyer came up just short at the finish line, crossing the stripe in second behind Alex Speed.
The S3 stable of Elliott and Dunford continued to prove the speed and durability of the Stock Moto package that Team Aluminos has to offer. Elliott was quickest in qualifying and paced the field in the two heat races to start the main event from the pole position. Elliott would battle hard for the 15-lap run, but would have to settle for second. Dunford ran second behind Elliott in both qualifying and the opening heat before opening lap contact took him out of the second heat races and put him to the back of the main event starting grid. Coming from the tail of the field, Dunford worked his way up to third to join Elliott on the podium.
A late entry was logged for Team Aluminos as Machado hooked up with squad when he was able to get his regular ride ready for competition. Machado was put into 'Betsy', a stalwart GP chassis that the team uses for 'lead-follow' training exercises and customer demo drives. With no time to test with Machado behind the wheel, the team worked to get the kart faster and faster and they succeeded greatly. Running third in S4 qualifying and the first heat, Machado moved to second in the final heat race to start on the front row. Although he ran his fastest laps of the weekend in the main event, Machado would settle for the runner-up spot, capping a great weekend that proved the quality and durability of the GP chassis line.
The next journey for Team Aluminos will take the squad to round four of the ProKart Challenge South at the CalSpeed Karting facility in Fontana, CA on June 27-28.