The Grand Prix of Valcourt presented by La Capitale General Insurance will celebrate its 30th anniversary of competition from February 17-19, 2012.
To mark the occasion of this great Quebec winter motorsports classic, Xtreme sports fans have until December 25, the opportunity to buy a three-day Trackside Suite Pass for the weekend for only $80 per pass, taxes included. This pre-Christmas offer shaves 33% off the regular $120 price for an “H” trackside suite pass.
This offer is the ideal family gift for Christmas. A trackside suite pass offers an incredible view of all the action on Circuit Yvon Duhamel from the comfort of a heated suite, no matter the weather conditions outside.
“Trackside suite ticket sales are already exceeding our expectations at this time of the year and there are not too many tickets left for the heated suites,” said Marie Lemay, the new General Manager for the Grand Prix Ski-Doo of Valcourt presented by La Capitale General Insurance. “If this keeps up, all the trackside suite tickets for the 30th edition of the event will soon be gone. As for the general admission tickets, we are happy to say that sales are up this year, but we have plenty of room to welcome all the fans. To celebrate this milestone, organizers of the Grand Prix Ski-Doo of Valcourt are scheduling a more impressive program of activities for this three-day extreme sport extravaganza. The introduction to Valcourt of a snowboard freestyle contest will add to the already exciting snowmobile, motorcycle, and ATV series ice oval race program as well as the always exciting snocross competition and the snowmobile drag racing showdown on Friday night.”
This year, spectators will once again enjoy an exhilarating experience with a full slate of activities featuring the best ice oval snowmobile racers in America aiming for top honours in the Grand Prix de Valcourt.
They will share the bill on the 0.8-kilometer Yvon Duhamel ice oval track with top Quebec riders in the studded tires motorcycles and All-Terrain-Vehicles (ATV) classes. Snocross fans will see the top racers from Eastern Canada and the United States as well as those from American Midwest compete on the infield bumpy layout.
Sanctioned by the Quebec-based SCMX Camoplast Sno-Cross Championship, the snocross competition will also include the best riders from the Canadian Snocross Racing Association (CSRA) and from the American East Coast Snocross championship (ECS) as these snocross series have included Valcourt on their 2012 schedule. Once again this year, riders from the three series will face the aces from the professional Ski-Doo teams competing in the American National ISOC Championship.
Introduced last year, snowmobile drag racing returns to Valcourt on Friday night under the lights following an impressive debut on the 660-foot snow dragstrip. Competition will feature an amateur class as well as two professional classes: Four-stoke engine Outlaws and Two-stoke engine Outlaws.
Time trials will start a 3:30 p.m. and the pro semi finals and finals will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end three hours later. The two-lane snow strip will be located near the big top next to the oval track. Admission on site is free for everyone passing through the Grand Prix’s turnstiles on Friday, February 17 after 3:00 p.m.
The addition of a Big air snowboard freestyle contest to this year’s event program should provide new excitement for the Xtreme sports fans on Saturday afternoon. Unlike snowboarders who descend a slope before taking off from a ramp, Big-Air freestylers will be towed by a snowmobile in Valcourt to gather speed before reaching the man-made take-off ramp located in the infield of the ice oval track.
Once in the air, competitors perform complex tricks, all while securing a clean landing. The freestyler who performs the most stunning and spectacular tricks will be declared the winner by a panel of judges. Big Air is the extreme version of mountain snowboarding.
The Grand Prix Ski-Doo of Valcourt, presented by La Capitale General Insurance is the greatest winter motorsports event held in Quebec. The electrifying mood, the intense competition, and the outstanding prowess of the athletes make this annual winter motorsports classic totally extreme.
The Grand Prix of Valcourt is the only event to showcase five types of racing on either ice and snow during the course of a single weekend of activities. The majority of the best professional racers from North America will be in Valcourt trying to claim top honours in their respective classes and series. It’s an event no one wants to miss!
Fans must hurry to take advantage of the three-day Trackside Suite pre-Christmas special. To order tickets, call the ticket-office toll-free at 1-866-532-7543 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about the weekend festivities, events schedules, ticket packages, and lodging information, fans can log on to www.grandprixvalcourt.com.
The traditional rendezvous of snow riders, snowmobile travelers and Xtreme sport race fans will once again be sponsored by Ski-Doo and presented by La Capitale General Insurance.