By: ISOC Racing
WINTER PARK, Colo. (Dec. 16, 2016) – The AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series Presented by RAM moved west to the high-country of Colorado. Surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains, Grand County Colorado is home to a wide range of winter sports, including some of the best snowmobiling in the country.
Colorado Adventure Park was built as the largest local tubing hill, but for two days it became the ultimate playground for the hot-shots of Snocross. With only one round of racing officially in the books after round two had to be canceled due to foggy conditions, Lincoln Lemieux stood tall on the box after a dominating performance in Duluth, Minn. Grabbing a third in round one, Tucker Hibbert likely had a new game plan coming into the weekend with hopes to lock in his first win of the season.
Pro Lite Final
Montana Jess had some unfortunate luck after he took the holeshot in the first heat, putting him in the LCQ, where he was unable to finish. Jake Angove grabbed a second and a first in the heats, while Travis Kern snagged a first and a third.
After some heavy winds and nearly zero visibility, the riders lined up for the final round of the day. Heading down the Polaris section toward the AMSOIL finish line, Marcus Ogemar Hellgren lead the field, with Alex Berglund on his heels. The rider out of Rovaniemi, Finland – Aki Pihlaja – was the big surprise of the day as he worked his way up front and checked out from the field to grab his first win of the season, followed by points leader Angove and Kern.
Pro Open Final
When you’re in the Rocky Mountains, anything can happen with the weather. As storms rolled in and out of the area with high winds, ISOC officials had to delay the action during the heat races. When racing resumed, the riders battled the ever-changing course, and Corin Todd took a win in his heat, as well as Tucker Hibbert, putting him as the top qualifier.
ISOC officials decided to change the direction of the track for the event, resulting in a course with nothing but right turns. At many of the venues on the ISOC roster, riders are used to mostly left-hand turns; however, this change did not affect racing – it was some of best of the season. Off the line of the final, Hibbert grabbed a mid-pack start and worked his way through the field. At one point he was almost 10 seconds back.
Tim Tremblay and Petter Narsa battled bar-to-bar for several laps, while Hibbert worked his way through the field and eventually challenged for third. Starting on the back row after coming up from the LCQ, Elias Ishoel made a great run and found himself in fourth in just his second Pro Open race. As the race neared the finish, Hibbert made a move into second and eventually overtook Tremblay to lock in his first win of the season, followed by Tremblay and Kody Kamm.
Source: Amsoil Racing