An all Ski-Doo Pro Open class podium, Tremblay’s joined by Mathieu Morin and Robbie Malinoski on the BRRP box; Kody Kamm continues reign in Pro Lite!
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GLYNDON, Minn. (March 3, 2012) – Saturday night snowmobile racing on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota was a smash hit for the locals as one of the larger crowds of the 2011-’12 AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series assembled at Buffalo River Race Park’s (BRRP) to witness a superior another display of supreme skill and speed by Ski-Doo racer Tim Tremblay as he again took the Pro Open class victory, while Kody Kamm (Polaris) also completed his sweep of the BRRP Pro Lite class.
Tremblay’s win, coupled with a 4th place Pro Open main finish by Ross Martin (Polaris), gave Tremblay a 15-point (425-410) lead over Martin heading into the penultimate round of the ACSS this coming Friday and Saturday at Elk River, Minn.’s Extreme Motorpark (ERX).
AMSOIL Pro Open Saturday Final
In front of a packed house at BRRP Ski-Doos and Canadians dominated the Pro Open podium – the second time this season Ski-Doo has swept the overall Pro Open podium, and the first time a Pro Open class racer (Tremblay) has won back-to-back on the ACSS circuit this year.
With Arctic Cat’s Tucker Hibbert parlaying the top qualifying times/places into the No. 1 gate pick, Ski-Doo’s Mathieu Morin would stun everyone – beating Tremblay and Emil Ohman (Ski-Doo) to the tape, with Robbie Malinoski (Ski-Doo) and Garth Kaufman (Arctic Cat) rounding out the top five as the defending champ Hibbert struggled to get out of the first turn in the top ten.
By lap three Morin was still flying, posting a hyper-fast lap time of 41.386, and put three seconds on now 2nd place Tremblay. Lap five of the 14-lap Pro Open main had Morin still up, but Tremblay was closing fast. Three laps later (lap eight) Tremblay took advantage of a Morin miscalculation in the rhythm section and blew past his fellow Canadian and into the lead – a lead he’d eventually extend through the checkers.
While Polaris’ Ross Martin and Kaufman would dog each other for the next few laps, Hibbert mounted a charge and moved up onto Kaufman. The local from nearby Pelican Falls, Minn., would rail past Kaufman and move right onto Martin’s track. But Martin would have none of it – holding off Hibbert at the checkers as they both caught up to Malinoski – all three finishing in the air when the checkers flew.
Final: 1st Tremblay, 2nd Morin and 3rd Malinoski.
Said Tremblay: “I had not started very well all day and finally got a pretty good start in the main, made a good choice for the final. Mathieu was pretty fast, especially during the early laps. But I was able to get the lead and had a pretty good race after that.”
Added Morin: “I got an awesome start, ran and awesome race … everything was perfect. I really liked the track and a big ‘Thanks’ to everybody!
Sledhead 24/7 Pro Lite Saturday Final
Ripping a clean holeshot through the crisp Minnesota air, Ski-Doo’s Derek Ellis led the Pro Lite race early, towing Polaris’ Colby Crapo and ACSS Pro Lite series points leader Kody Kamm (Polaris) into the first turn and through lap two.
Then, on the side rhythm section – in one fell swoop – Kamm disposed of both Crapo and Ellis to forcefully take the lead. Crapo went down in the action and Ellis held on strong for second. But it would only be a matter of time – like one lap – when Kamm had put four seconds up on Ellis.
While Kamm cruised to a seemingly effortless win (nine-plus seconds), Ellis remained in 2nd – the same 1st/2nd Pro Lite podium finish as last night at BRRP. That said, the fans’ attention was focused on an absolutely ballistic battle between Polaris riders Jake Scott and Andrew Carlson for 4th and 5th, the ferocity of the duel putting them right on the tail light of 3rd place runner Brett Nastala (Polaris). Scott, who placed 3rd on Friday, waited until the final lap to get past Nastala (4th) – while outlasting Carlson (5th) as well.
Said Kamm: “That was a fun race, actually. I got a 3rd place start and I obviously had some good lines, so I’m happy with that.”
Added Ellis: “I had a good run at the front, got the holeshot and have to thank my team for that setup. It frustrating getting 2nd again, but it’s better than a lot of other positions.”
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Next up …
Who: World’s top snowmobile racers, including Minnesota’s own Robbie Malinoski, hard-charger Ross Martin, Canadian Tim Tremblay, defending ’11 champ Tucker Hibbert – also from Minnesota – and yet another Minnesotan in New Year’s eve snowmobile jumping legend Levi LaVallee!
What: Penultimate round of the 2011-’12 AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series
When: March 9-10, 2012
Times: Opening ceremonies are at 6 p.m. both Friday at Saturday
Where: Elk River Extreme Motorpark (ERX) … http://www.erxmotorpark.com/
ISOC/ACSS photos by Gary Walton
About ISOC Racing
The International Series of Champions (ISOC) is the premier snowmobile race sanctioning organization in North America and sanctions the national AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series, in addition to affiliating with nine regional circuits. Visit snocross.com for more information, fan and racer memberships, schedule details and more.