Senior and Micro Max drivers earn victories at Simraceway as rest of team add strong results
SAN RAMON, CA (October 26, 2012) – The Aluminos/PSL Karting professional race team continued its assault on the Red Line Oil Karting Championship series, contesting the ninth round of the 2012 season at the Simraceway in nearby Sonoma, California. A busy 2012 season has seen the Northern California-based operation travel to a number of events of the past 10 months, all coming to a close with the final remaining events of the seasons. For the drivers, achieving each of their personal goals is the highest priority each and every weekend, with securing victories an added bonus. The year has been solid in the win column for the team, scoring a number of victories on the season with championships as the year closes out on the horizon. Adding to that total were Carlos Calderon and Ethan Tavares as they each scored victory on October 14.
Calderon entered the event still in the Senior Max championship hunt. The ninth round began with Carlos qualifying second, a bit off the pole position pace with a cold track. Grabbing the lead at the start of the opening heat race, Calderon led a few laps before he was shuffled back due to contact, falling to fourth. He fought his way back to second by the end of the eight lap event. The second heat was similar, as he settled into the second spot and trailed the leader’s bumper closely. Unfortunately, a lapse by the lead kart forced Carlos into quick reaction to avoid making contact, resulting in a spin. That dropped him to seventh in the order, managing to climb back to fifth at the checkered flag. A great start to the feature put him second after the opening lap. By lap six, he was back to the familiar position - at the front of the field in his Aluminos/PSL Karting entry. He led the remaining laps of the 15-lap event to earn his third victory of the season and recording the fast lap of the race. Alex Kwan, a new member to the Aluminos/PSL Karting team, drove to a fifth place finish in Senior Max. It was only his second time in a kart, and he was turning consistent times, not too far off the series front runners.
The Micro Max drivers under the Aluminos/PSL Karting banner continue to improve under the guidance of the experienced staff. Ethan Tavares and Max Ellgen qualified fourth and sixth respectively. Each moved forward in the opening heat race, Tavares advanced up to third with Ellgen fourth. They remained in the same positions through the second heat race to set up for a solid run at the podium. Tavares battled for the lead early on and secured the position on lap 10. He would lead the final six laps to secure his fourth victory of the season. Ellgen gained another position in the 15-lap run to also stand on the podium in the third position.
New Aluminos/PSL Karting driver Allan Cesarman took on the challenging field in the Pro Stock Honda category. Hailing from Mexico, Cesarman visited the team as a tune-up event for the upcoming SKUSA SuperNationals XVI in Las Vegas. Cesarman ran sixth place, showing good speed against a number of top regulars. Jonathan Allen joined him in the Stock Honda race group, competing in the Masters division. Making his second start of the season, Allen qualified seventh and worked his way up the order. With a high finish of third in the heat races, Jonathon was running toward a podium finish in the main event when contact from behind spun him around as they entered the challenging tic-tac-toe section of the course. Allen was unable to continue and forced to sit out after nine laps.
Aluminos/PSL Karting owner Rob Soares was again the quickest driver in the Rotax Masters field. Qualifying on the pole position, he drove to the win in heat one. During the warm-up lap of heat two, Soares experienced an issue with his kart and was unable to start. That put him at the tail of the 11-kart field for the main event. With fast laps of the race, Soares worked his way up to fourth in the 15-lap event, moving him up to third in the championship standings after missing the opening three events. Billy Scott made his fourth start with the Aluminos/PSL Karting operation, improving on his 10th place in qualifying to end the day in the sixth position.
Aluminos/PSL Karting will be trackside for upcoming Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XVI in Las Vegas, Nevada. The proficient operation can formulate arrive and drive programs, driver coaching services, or customized tailored programs to fit your needs in either Stock Moto or TaG categories for that event or if your already planning for events in 2013. Be sure to visit www.Aluminos.com for more information on their professional race team operation and also ShopAluminos.com for new and used chassis listings.
Started as a manufacturing and distribution company specializing in kart racing specific products, the San Ramon, CA based operation created its racing team toward the end of the 2007 season. Led by Rob Soares, Aluminos has put together the essential pieces to help groom drivers of any age to reach their personal goals. Driver coaches Tom Dyer and Fritz Leesmann - both successful karters - teamed with their in-house Stock Moto program led by engine guru George Tavares, the Aluminos Trackside Support and Arrive & Drive program is above any other outfit in the country. Their results convey the success achieved by a number of drivers under the Aluminos tent with multiple ProKart Challenge series victories and championships, in addition to the two straight years of SKUSA Pro Tour championships. Aluminos has formed a relationship with PSL Karting, the leading CRG distributor in the world, to offer the best karting product line available. Find out more at www.aluminos.com and the new www.shopaluminos.com for new and used products on-sale from the respected operation.