Hayden clinches ‘Triple Crown’ at Grand Prix of Valcourt

Team Rockstar Energy Polaris Racing’s Iain Hayden clinched the CSRA Triple Crown Championship at the Grand Prix of Valcourt, QC this past weekend. Valcourt hosted the final round of the Triple Crown title hunt on the first night of the three-day event.

 

An on-fire Hayden dominated the proceedings aboard his explosive Polaris IQ600 with a holeshot in the main and a wire-to-wire performance to the checkered flag. At the previous rounds in Rouyn Noranda and Three Rivers, QC, Hayden scored 1 and 2 main finishes respectively.

 

Team Rockstar Energy Polaris/Huber Racing Piller’s Colby Crapo put the finishing touches on the Triple Crown main, following Hayden across the finish line in second place. Crapo ended up finishing runner-up in the Triple Crown Championship, giving Rockstar Energy Polaris a double-punch in the series.

 

Bitter sub-zero temperatures, which averaged -25°C (-13°F) during the day, and strong winds that whipped the abundance of snow into white-out track conditions, ensured the toughest possible racing conditions for the snowcross combatants all weekend long.

 

Despite the blustery weather the Grand Prix of Valcourt classic attracted large numbers of hardcore Quebec motorsport fans who came to see some of the best drivers from their home province, Ontario, and the U.S. in action at the prestigious event.

 

On Saturday Hayden got off to a promising start by nailing down 1-3 finishes in his heat races. In the main, however, he had to come from behind and claw his way through the blowing snow, claiming a frosty ninth place at the checkered flag.  At the start of the race, another driver jumped the start and Hayden, anticipating a re-start, stayed on the line. To his surprise the start was greenlighted, however, leaving him to join the fray at the back of the pack.

 

Sunday’s heat races saw Hayden snare solid 2-3 heat results. He hammered down a fifth place start in the main and held that position till the checkered flag.

 

“Other than the Triple Crown final, Valcourt wasn’t a CSRA points event, and racing conditions were far from ideal. With the snow dust so blinding at times you just hoped for the best,” Hayden said. “So I’m happy with my weekend. I rode okay. I didn’t ride my best, I didn’t ride my worst. We learned a lot and all in all it was a positive weekend.”

 

Hayden’s teammate Dylan Hall did not make the journey to Valcourt, as he is still on the mend from his injuries at Round 2 of the Rockstar Energy Drink CSRA Canadian Snowcross Championships.

 

Everyone at Team Rockstar Energy Polaris Racing sends their congratulations to Iain Hayden for his victory in the Triple Crown points chase, and Colby Crapo for his runner-up finish.

 

The Rockstar Energy Drink CSRA Canadian Snowcross Championships resume this weekend with the Amsoil Kawartha Cup National in Lindsay, ON, February 20-21. 

Tags: canada, snowcross, csra, otsff, polaris, iain hayden

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