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    Villeneuve will return to racing January 31st

    Posted by AmSnow
    on Friday, January 9, 2009

    Jacques Villeneuve, famously injured Canadian snowmobiler, said he will return to racing on January 31st at Boonville and then at the Grand Prix Ski-Doo Valcourt, according to Grand Prix Ski-Doo Valcourt's press release.

    Villeneuve, who turned fifty a few years ago, intended to show up to Boonville healed after having broken his leg at Beausejour in Manitoba, Canada.

     "I felt that I had to be a little more cautious and choose to return to the track only at the end of the month. This way, I have better chances to do all of the Eastern Pro Tour races including of course, going back to Valcourt where I couldn't race last year," Villeneuve said.

    He intends to race a 1979 440 Vintage Sled and his Ski-Doo Champ 440 at the Grand Prix de Valcourt. His Ski-Doo Champ 440 was damaged during the accident in Beausejour.

    Villeneuve has won three times on the Circuit Yvon Duhamel iced oval. His first win was in 1986, a few weeks after his return to snowmobile racing and his third World Championship crown earned at Eagle River and also claimed consecutive wins in 2005 and 2006 at Valcourt.

    In 2007, Villeneuve suffered a knee injury at the Circuit Yvon Duhamel and forced him to disqualify. Then in 2008, a major accident at Eagle River in January ended his racing season prematurely.


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