Billy Musgrave ended the season with victory at the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix and scored the Pro Shifter win at the SuperNationals (Photo: eKartingNews.com)Success continued throughout the 2018 season for the Aluminos chassis in North America. The hours and days of hard work put in between race weekends, testing and development paid off with a solid finish to the season for the brand. Two of the biggest events for Aluminos come at the end of the season with the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix in southern California and the annual Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 22 in Las Vegas, as each provide their own unique challenges and excitement, and both ended with Aluminos raising trophies in victory.
Members of the Aluminos team celebrate during the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix ceremony (Photo: Aluminos.com)The end of the year began with the final event for the California ProKart Challenge – the annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix. Held at the end of September, the two-day event welcomed racers from all over the country to compete on the southern California city’s streets for the 10th time. The Aluminos team came away with three victories, delivered by three series champions. Billy Musgrave won the headline S1 Pro Stock Honda aboard his MRC Aluminos chassis. Musgrave became the first driver in California PKC history to sweep the entire season, leading the qualifying, Prefinals and Finals in all six rounds of 2018. The highlight of his PKC season was his wire-to-wire victory under the lights at Streets of Lancaster, earning him his first career victory at the event.
Matt Hamilton earned a fourth straight podium at the SuperNationals in Pro Shifter (Photo: eKartingNews.com)A third victory and championship title came in the S5 Junior Stock Honda division. Jacopo Pizzinato won the main event on Sunday by over two seconds, helping to secure his second-straight California PKC championship in the category. At the same time, Kyle Loh grabbed his third podium of the season, a result that would position him in third in the S3 Novice Stock Honda class standings, one spot behind fellow Aluminos driver Eddie Tafoya. Mike Mantel and Jim Kidd added podium results for Aluminos in the S4 and S4 SM divisions, each placing third in their respective classes. For a fourth time on the year, Carlos Calderon placed second aboard his Aluminos in the X30 Master class. That runner-up finish locked up the vice-champion position in the standings.
John Crow won at the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix and placed on the podium in Master Shifter at the SuperNationals (Photo: eKartingNews.com)John Crow ended the 2018 schedule as the top Super Master driver in the Master Shifter race, landing on the podium in the fifth position. Crow had his Aluminos up to third at one point, settling back into the final spot on the podium by the checkered flag. Tiffany Hamilton, Nick George and Jimmy McNeil made it four Aluminos drivers in the top-10 of the Master Shifter main event. Carlos Calderon wrapped up the top-10 performances for Aluminos at the SuperNationals, placing eighth in X30 Master.