11. February 2009
Valcourt, February 11, 2009 – If there is a year where a local snocross driver may shine in front of his fellow Québec fans and dominate his American and English Canadian opponents at the Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt, it’s 2009. This native Quebec driver who turned 23 last November, must be Tim Tremblay, a name currently on the lips of anyone following the North Americam snocross scene. A native of Sainte-Jeanne d’Arc, a tiny village located a few kilometres east of Dolbeau in the Lac Saint-Jean area of Québec, the Ski-Doo driver has been simply impressive since early January on the AMSOIL ISOC series courses and is expected to be just as good, the weekend of the championship 6th leg, February 20, 21 and 22, in Valcourt.
With two wins, two second, a 4th, a 7th and a 8th place finishes since the beginning of the 2008-2099 season, Tremblay is engaged in a fierce battle for Semi Pro Open title against American Christian Salemark, Bobby Lepage and Dan Ebert; and Cory Davis, Dylan Martin and the same Ebert for the Semi Pro Super Stock title. In the Open class, he is currently 3rd, 15 points behind the leader while he is a strong 2nd, just 5 points away from the firs rank in Super Stock. If Tremblay maintains his pace at the last meeting before Valcourt, this coming weekend in the Finger Lakes region of New York, he may show up in the World’s snowmobile capital as the leader of both Semi Pro classes.
Everything goes well now. I must thank the team for the hard work. They have been giving me the best possible sled. We are doing a lot of testing and it is well rewarded so far, says the Lac Saint-Jean native who isn’t dissatisfied with the slow start he encountered, his less impressive results having been earned at the two first events in December. Last year I came in not very well prepared. We didn’t do enough testing, it went too fast and I have been injured. My whole season lasted five days. This time, we have taken all the necessary time. We have studied well our machine and personally, I’m in great shape,
also said Tremblay.
Yet a veteran of the Canadian motocross scene that he joined in 2003, Tremblay is in his third snocross campaign. In fact, 2008-2009 can be seen as its second since a severe knee injury kept him away from the courses last winter and compromised a good share of his 2008 motocross racing season. A member of the solid Warnert Pro Team, he has fellow Québec native Mathieu Morin, from Val D’Or, as a teammate battling in the Pro classes. In less than two weeks, the 6-foot tall strong and healthy Tremblay will have the opportunity to become the first Quebec driver to win a Pro or Semi Pro Class race on the circuit Yvon Duhamel course since international snocross has been added to the Valcourt winter classic program, ten years ago.
The Valcourt course do not represent a special challenge, it is pretty much the same as elsewhere. But the big diffference, the great motivation if I can say will be to race in front of my whole family expected to make the trip from Lac Saint-Jean. This is exciting. There are no doubt in my mind, I’m going to Valcourt with a clear objective: win both Semi Pro races and nothing less,
added a confident Tim Tremblay.
11. February 2009
Celebrating The 50th Anniversary of The Brand: Legendary Yvon Duhamel Invited by Ski-Doo.
For some twenty years now, the circuit hosting every winter the Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt bears the name of one of motorsports greatest legends: Yvon Duhamel. A member of both the international motorcycle and snowmobile racing Hall of Fame and of the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame, the Montreal native has been the very first Ski-Doo racing team star. His memorable accomplishments in snowmobile racing have been a world championship title earned on the Eagle River oval in 1970 and his win in the challenging Winnipeg/St-Paul 500-mile cross-country race in 1972. Also a winner of the Daytona motorcycle race in 1969 and a World Champion in 1972, Duhamel will be an honorary guest of BRP Inc. during the Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt weekend, a few months before he turns 70, next October.
11. February 2009
Valcourt: A Golden Opportunity for New England Fans to See Vermont Native T.J. Gulla in Action
Currently third in the Pro Open and fifth in Pro Super Stock standings, Vermont native T. J. Gulla may see the coming races in New York state this weekend, and at Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt in ten days as great chances to close the gap with the current leader and eventually clinch a championship title, if not two. [More]
4. February 2009
Ski-Doo 50th Anniversary celebrations and more
Since its beginning, the Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt has always integrated to its program a number of festivities for the whole family and for snowmobilers. The 27th edition will not be short of such events, thanks to the co-operation of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Museum for a very special portion of the program celebrating Ski-Doo Golden Jubilee. [More]
29. January 2009
RACING VENUE READY A MONTH AHEAD OF TIME, OUTSTANDING TRACK CONDITIONS EXPECTED FOR THE UPCOMING GRAND PRIX SKI-DOO DE VALCOURT.
Valcourt, January 29, 2009 – The drivers lining up on the oval or the snocross course starting lines at the upcoming Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt, February 20, 21 and 22, will probably encounter the very best conditions ever seen at Canada’s most popular motorsport winter event, if of course Mother Nature remains as co-operative has she’s been so far this year. In fact, as the organizers were explaining this week, the ice covering the oval at circuit Yvon Duhamel is already 31 centimeters thick (over a foot) and the snocross course is virtually ready, built with the equivalent of 1,200 truckloads of snow. According to the site co-ordinator, the entire racing program on ice and snow could have been held this coming weekend. [More]