The Supertrax / Byers Motorsports team made their last trip to Quebec this past weekend for the 30th running of the Grand Prix de Valcourt.
The Grand Prix is always a great event with the top snowcross racers from the CSRA, Quebec’s SCMX, New York’s ECS and National ISOC series coming to compete. The Grand Prix had many other events going on all weekend as well as snowcross including a Big Air Snowboard Competition, Snowmobile Drag races and the fastest show on ice, Snowmoible Ice Ovals.
Jamie had a tough go in the Pro-Lite Open class on Saturday, starting with getting tagged on the start of Moto 1, ejecting him off the sled.
After catching his breath, Jamie got back on the sled and finished the race. In Moto 2, he got a good start and made the pass for the lead at the end of the rhythm section. Jamie went on to pull away from 2nd and win the race.
With 35 riders in the class, Jamie had to go to the LCQ to advance to the final. Jamie had a good run going in the LCQ, running 3rd, but had an awkward landing in the rhythm section and came off the sled, falling out of the transfer spots.
Sunday was a new day for Jamie in the Stock class, wanting to make up for Saturday’s events. He felt good with the track and this Polaris IQ’s set-up after the morning practice session.
Jamie got a bad start in Moto 1, sitting in 7th at the end of the first straightaway. He put his head down, found good lines and made his way to 3rd. In Moto 2, he got a good drive through the rhythm section putting him self in the lead to take the win.
With strong Moto finishes, Jamie qualified 3rd for the final and got a good starting position on the inside. He was able to avoid a first corner wreck and put himself into 3rd place. Jamie stayed on second place’s, #720 Chris Roberston, tail for the first few laps before finding his opportunity to make the pass.
After completing the pass, he rode a strong remainder of the race coming across at the checkered flag in 2nd for the podium position.
“All in all it was a good weekend. Had some tough luck on Saturday but was able to pull it together in the Stock final today,” Jamie said pumped after the final.
We will not be attending the next CSRA event this weekend in Cochrane, Ontario as Jamie is attending SnowShoot in West Yellowstone, Montana with Supertrax Magazine to shoot and ride the 2013 sleds. The next event for Byers Motorsports is March 3-4 in Sudbury, Ontario at the Sudbury Downs racetrack.
We would like to take this opportunity to honor Bill Rader who passed away on Monday. Bill, who had worked at the BRP Racing and most recently at the Polaris Race Department, was very knowledgeable with race set-ups and got to know the racers on a personal level.
He had helped us greatly since the start of our racing career and loved to talk to us about his summer car projects any time we called. Bill will be greatly missed in the racing community and we thank him for all his help over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.