TLR Cup Tour points leader Gunnar Sterne. Photo by Brad Malmgren.
In less than 10 days, the TLR Cup Tour Championship will make a stop at the Grand Prix Ski-Doo of Valcourt, presented by Intact Insurance (Feb. 10-12). The competition will be fierce on the track of the Yvon Duhamel Circuit in Valcourt, Quebec, the birthplace of Ski-Doo. Here, the greatest oval ice track pilots in the world will compete in different classes, including the impressive Pro Champ category.
Last weekend, Rounds 4 and 5 of the prestigious American Championship were held in Wausau, Wis. Gunnar Sterne (220) of Illinois took home top honors in the elite Champ 440 category. The young Jordan Wahl (747) surprised many by finishing in second place in the finals, in front of triple Valcourt champion and Wisconsinite Nick Van Strydonk (13).
Cardell Potter (58), who won the first three rounds of the TLR Cup Tour, had a rough weekend in Wausau and is currently third overall in the general classification of point standings. Matt Schultz (38), winner at Valcourt in 2007, is second in the overall general classification. Sterne is the points leader after four races in the Champ 440 class. In this same category, keep an eye on Quebeckers Sabrina Blanchet (79), Steven Marquis (37), Jason Lavallée (66) and Felipe Roy-Lalonde (48).
Winter temperatures facilitate snow-making at Circuit Yvon Duhamel in Valcourt, Quebec.
According to Sterne, the competition will be fierce at the Grand Prix Ski-Doo of Valcourt, one of the most anticipated events of the TLR Cup Tour.
"It is an event with one of the biggest tracks of the Championship," said Sterne. "The atmosphere at Valcourt is very different from the other races, the fans are warm-hearted people … winning in the Ski-doo town is very special! There will definitely be lots of action with the TLR CUP this year!"
The oval racers will stop at the Viking Speedway in Wisconsin this weekend (Feb. 3-4) for Round 6 before hitting the road for Valcourt. Spectators have until Feb. 3 to take advantage of reduced pre-sale ticket prices. Regular admission tickets, as well as the 3-day passport for $45, are available online at grandprixvalcourt.com or by phone at 1-866-532-7543. Children 12 years old and under, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted free of charge.