VALCOURT, QC – Extreme sports fans will be delighted with the return of Freestyle Snocross competition at the 31st running of the Grand Prix Ski-Doo of Valcourt presented by FOX, which will be held February 15-17, 2013. Two exhibition shows are scheduled on the specially prepared track where athletes will showcase their skills doing high-flying aerial tricks while riding their 190 kilos (450 pounds) snowmobiles. The first show will start on Saturday February 16 at 5:00 p.m. following on-track activities on Circuit Yvon Duhamel, with the second event being held Sunday prior to the Grand Prix of Valcourt’s final two races.
Some of the best freestyle snocross riders from the American Northeast will be competing at Valcourt for prizes and glory, including eighteen-year old Joe Mclafferty, one of the headliners at the Grand Prix. The Turner, Maine rider has been invited to compete in the next X-Games in Aspen, Colorado from January 24-27. His main competition in Valcourt will come from 22-year old freestyler DJ Coffin and from Seth and Brandon Bell. Admission to the Freestyle Snocross exhibition is $10 per person after 3:00 p.m., and free of charge for Grand Prix of Valcourt ticket holders.
“The addition of the Freestyle Snocross competition to this year’s program fits right in with the tradition of mechanical winter sporting competitions that has made the Grand Prix of Valcourt world-renown over the years,” said Marie-Pierre Lemay, General Manager of the event. “Our fans are always looking for new thrills, and there is no doubt that they will come in droves to watch the freestyle competition. This type of event requires knowledge and expertise and to ensure the success of this year’s event, we are working in collaboration with the Outer Limits Tour. It is also with great pleasure that we are announcing the return of the Friday Night Drag Racing Under the Light event, a true crowd pleaser.”
Since its introduction to the Grand Prix program in 2010, the Friday Night Drag Racing Under the Light has been a great success with both fans and drag racers with the number of entrants on the rise ever since. The on-track activities are scheduled to begin with free practice at 3:00 p.m., followed by the friendly amateur drag racing showdown. Rider information can be obtained at www.grandprixvalcourt.com/en/courses/acceleration/. The competition will conclude around 9:00 p.m. following the Pro Outlaws class finals. The action will then move under the big top with music from the Budweiser Show: This Side Up. Admission to Circuit Yvon Duhamel is free of charge for anyone passing through the Grand Prix turnstiles after 3:00 p.m.
For three days, the Grand Prix Ski-Doo of Valcourt on Circuit Yvon Duhamel will showcase the world’s best ice oval track snowmobile racers, as well as the top professional snocross riders in North America. Also on the program for the Grand Prix weekend are the exciting motorcycle, ATV and UTV ice racing competitions. There will also be plenty of fun and games for the whole family, including live rock bands, slides and snowmobile rides for kids.
From Max d’Orsonnens