Kiwi driver Matthew Hamilton scored Aluminos chassis its first SpringNationals victory (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
Success continues for the Aluminos brand as it nears the one-year anniversary. Securing a victory at the Superkarts! USA SummerNationals last season in its national stage debut, the Aluminos chassis was at the top of the podium in Las Vegas for the SKUSA SuperNationals thanks to New Zealand driver Matthew Hamilton. The Kiwi driver returned to the United States, helping Aluminos complete the tri-fecta, earning a win at the SKUSA SpringNationals event at the Dallas Karting Complex. The entire Aluminos squad showed speed throughout the May 2-4 weekend in Caddo Mills, Texas, setting up for another solid SKUSA Pro Tour campaign in 2014. Later during the month of May, the Aluminos brand earned two more checkered flags at the recent Red Line Oil Karting Championship event in Sonoma, California.
Hamilton, visiting the Texas facility for the first time, got up to speed quickly and was in the hunt for S4 Master Stock Moto glory during the opening round on Saturday. Winning the second heat race gave the Aluminos driver the pole position for the main event. After fighting early for the lead position and escaping trouble with lap traffic, the Kiwi driver survived and conquered the race to earn Aluminos chassis its first SpringNationals victory. Hamilton came back on Sunday as the driver to beat after just missing out on the top spot in qualifying. He drove his Aluminos Rio chassis to the win in both heat races while recording the fast lap of the races in the process. The opening lap of the main event did not favor Hamilton, as he slipped back to fifth. Trying to find his way forward quickly, some contact was made and Hamilton received the worse of the action. He spun off into the barriers and was unable to continue. While recording a DNF, the New Zealander is second in the championship standings with ground to make up at the SummerNationals in August.