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By: ISOC Racing
WINTER PARK, Colo. (Dec. 17, 2016) – After nearly whiteout conditions in round three and delayed racing action, riders were greeted with frigid temperatures and icy conditions. Despite the challenges, the fourth round of AMSOIL Championship Snocross was full of great racing action in both Pro Open and Pro Light, as well as some great action in the amateur ranks.
Pro Lite Final
Some say Pro Light is often the best racing in the series, and tonight was no exception. Aki Pihlaja found his rhythm again today, taking two wins in the heats. Cole Cottew also had a great run, wrapping up two second-place finishes, while round-three podium finisher Travis Kern was unable to find a ticket to the final round.
With sub-zero temperatures, the riders lined up for the start of their final race of the weekend. Top-qualifier Pihlaja battled bar-to-bar with Nickolas Lorenz lap-after-lap. As the two riders swapped the lead several times, Cottew and Jake Angove were also within striking distance for the lead. Lorenz and Pihlaja began to check out, but Lorenz fell back two spots, giving Angove and Cottew a chance at Pihlaja. As the laps wound down, Pihlaja started to check out and took his second win on the weekend for a clean sweep. Cottew landed his first podium finish, in second, and Angove rounded out the podium in third.
Pro Open Final
Rookie rider Elias Ishoel is finding new challenges in the Pro Open ranks and was forced to run the LCQ. After getting pinched off in the start, he made quick work of the field and finished first, putting him in the back row of the final. Tucker Hibbert had a sixth-place finish in the first heat, but came back with a win in the second heat, while Kody Kamm and Lincoln Lemieux finished strong in their heat races.
With the green flag in the air, Ross Martin grabbed the holeshot and the early lead in the final. Hibbert, on Martin’s heels, was able to make the pass on Martin and move into the top spot. AMSOIL/Air Force rider Tim Tremblay worked through the field and halfway through the race was able to get around Martin for second. Ishoel, who came from the back row, was a contender for a top-five or better finish; however, while pushing to pass Tremblay in the rhythm section, he lost control of his sled and was thrown off. With the checkers in the air, Hibbert extended his lead by more than 10 seconds, grabbing his second win of the weekend, followed by Tremblay and Martin. Hentges Racing riders Petter Narsa and Kody Kamm rounded out the top five.
Source: Amsoil Racing