One of the objectives of the pilot snowmobile in the Semi-Pro Field Sabrina Blanchet was reached late yesterday afternoon. Followed by his closest rivals Danick Lambert and Steven Marquis, the only female athlete in its class is output big winner of the final Semi-Pro Field of the Grand prix Ski-Doo of Valcourt.
It is with great pride that his father Réjean Blanchet spoke of the victory of his daughter, who is immersed in the world of racing since she was a child. “She was able to do the job and I am very proud of my daughter. It was going better and better. We knew that the chassis of the snowmobile was going well, he still had to adjust the mechanics. One is confident, but it is necessary to make sure that the machine finish all of the laps. “
The driver #79 is delighted to have climbed the first step of the podium. “Since yesterday, we have engine problems. Every time that I embarked on the track, the engine was jumping. Today, I ran with a new engine and it has held up. We won the final. We are super happy! ” rejoices the Drummondvilloise.
Followed closely by Danick Lambert, the winner has crossed the finish line with less than a second ahead of his nearest opponent. “I am part on the second line, because I have not finished qualifications. I had to overtake my opponents one at a time. After four rounds, I finally placed third. He remained two towers when I took the first position. It was a great race! The track was almost perfect, ” says Sabrina Blanchet.
Saturday, the pilot will participate in the race of the Pro class Field and Semi-pro Field. “With the cooler weather, the state of the track will be even better “, she adds.
Earlier in the afternoon, the Quebec Steven Marquis, Sabrina Blanchet, Jason Lavallée and Felipe Roy Lalonde qualified for the final Pro Field. They arrived behind Gunnar Sterne in first place, followed by Blain Stephenson and Mike Hakey. Despite his seventh position in the final, Felipe Roy Lalonde is still the bright spot in qualification by adding the best performance among its opponents, quebec, on Friday.
In the class Snocross and the Pro Lite, the young Theo Poirier came a good second, after fighting relentlessly with the winner Maxime Taillefer. The drivers have disputed the first place for almost the entire race.
The franco-ontarian Yanick Boucher won the final of snobike in spite of the weather conditions quite difficult.
Karl Daigle, back on the Circuit Yvon-Duhamel after a foot injury, finished the final Moto in pro Am 450 in the fourth place behind the Quebec Alexandre Mailhot, Samuel D’astous and Alex Dumas (winner).
The first day of Grand Prix races ended in the snow with winds of 35 km/h gusting to 62 km/h.
Hanging on the oval ice
The final Pro formula 500 oval ice had barely begun Friday evening that a clash between the two drivers occurred. More fear than harm since neither of the two pilots was injured. Only the mechanics took a hit.
The warning of high winds advertised on the region of Valcourt has not modified the programme of the races of the Grand prix Ski-Doo Friday. A few practices have been cancelled to keep the oval of ice in a peak state, without more.
“This morning, the temperatures were above zero, so we have adapted the practices to avoid to break the ice. The wind got up this afternoon and we’re only going to cancel the fireworks this evening on the track. It is more to secure the equipment and ensure that they are safe for both the public and for the athletes, ” explains Véronique Lizotte, director-general of the Grand prize.
An accident of snocross took place in the afternoon. The driver was transported to the CIUSSS of the eastern Townships — CHUS in Fleurimont. “This is a young athlete. We had to stop the race “, points out Véronique Lizotte. A driver has had an accident in the evening during the finals of the class snocross sport1. The race was interrupted.
Friday is a day of adjustment for the organizers of the biggest event of the races winter in the world. “For the past two years, we have pre-registration mandatory, so we have a good idea of the number of drivers who will be present. It is a day of adjustment, with late registration on-site. We provide a maximum of incentives for pilots to register in advance. This morning, we had almost 450 entries. This would be a nice edition with a lot of athletes, ” says the director.
The complete program of the Grand prix Ski-Doo of Valcourt is available at www.grandprixvalcourt.qc.ca.