Chicopee Ski Resort in Kitchener, Ontario played host to this past weekend’s CSRA races. Lots of snow on the hills and great weather made for a great racing weekend. We have to thank Ric Wilson for his hard work in the groomer making a great, large track to race on. The track was almost twice the size of our regular flat track courses.
Jamie started off the weekend with the Semi-Pro Stock class. Jamie was very happy with the sleds performance in practice and was ready for the qualifiers. In Moto 1, Jamie didn’t get the best of starts and was 4th going into the 2nd corner.
He was able to avoid the pile-up in the second corner by ducking to the inside and taking the lead. Jamie was able to hold off the #287 Cat to grab the win. In Moto 2, Jamie’s Polaris 600 IQ, Woody’s Studs and Dayco Belt, hooked up off the start and grabbed the hole-shot and led the race from start to finish for the second win.
Qualifying 1st for the final, he lined up to the outside for the start where he had grabbed the hole-shot from in Moto 2. Jamie got a great start in the final, coming out of the first corner in 2nd and was able to make the pass for the lead on the inside of corner 2. Jamie led the whole race but made a mistake in the last corner of the last lap that cost him the win, which allowed Polaris rider #440 to take the checked with Jamie finishing a close 2nd.
After spending all Saturday night thinking about the Stock final, Jamie set out to make up for it in Sunday Open class. He got pinched off the start in Moto 1 putting him to the back of the pack, coming out of the first corner in 9th.
Jamie was charging hard through the field, making his way up to 5th before catching and edge in a corner and was tossed off the sled falling back to 8th. He got back up and was able to pass one rider before the finish for 7th. Jamie knew he needed a good finish in Moto 2 to make a front row start for the final. He grabbed the hole-shot and led for 2 laps before getting passed at the top of the hill and held on for the 2nd place finish.
Jamie qualified 8th for the final and was able to start on the outside of the start line as he did in the Stock final. He got a great start and was 3rd into the 2nd corner. The Top 3 racers were tight together and pulled away from the rest on the pack.
With the 3 riders close together the pressure was on the leader who tipped the sled at the bottom of the hill handing the lead off to fellow Polaris rider #381 Brady Dennis. Jamie stayed close to Dennis and one lap later, Dennis got tossed off the sled going through the rhythm section at the start finish line.
Jamie took over the lead and ran the rest of the race by himself taking the Checkered Flag for his first win this season.
“I’ve waited all year for this win!” Jamie said after the race. “I had to make up for the mistake in the Stock class (Saturday). This is the same sled, event and class that we got our first Win at last Season. So pumped!”
The Next and Final race of the season is the Home Town race for Byers Motorsports at Horseshoe Valley Ski Resort between Orillia and Barrie. This is the fifth and final CSRA National Race for 2011. Kyle will be joining us again to take on the Sport class in front of Family and Friends.