Snowcross season ends with top five overall finishes in the title hunt for Team Rockstar Energy Polaris Racing

With sunny, spring like temperatures that reached a high of 18° C, the closing round of the Rockstar Energy Drink CSRA Snowcross Championship – which was held this past weekend at Horseshoe Valley Resort in Barrie, ON – was a pleasant reminder that the winter of 2014/2015 is for all intents and purposes a thing of the past. Although there was still plenty of snow on the ski-slopes, some areas of the racetrack were slushy and had melt areas that resembled small ponds.


For team Rockstar Energy Polaris Racing’s Iain Hayden, Dylan Hall, and Jakob Rosko-Fong, the final event of the season proved to be bittersweet. All three drivers were well positioned to move up in the final points tally, but due to some racing misfortunes they finished the season where they had found themselves after the penultimate round in Kitchener two weeks ago. For defending Pro Open Champion Hayden, that meant a still noteworthy runner-up finish in the points, fourth place for his Pro Open teammate Hall, and fourth for Rosko-Fong in the Pro Lite division.


In Saturday’s Pro Open qualifiers, Hayden got bogged down in the first heat, thanks to a sled pile-up shortly after the start. He resumed the race at the back of the pack and gradually worked his way into a sixth place finish. Heat two saw Hayden grab second place off the start, a position he would lose, but he defended third spot all the way to the finish line. The start of the final was basically a rerun of heat two, with Hayden again nailing down a second place going into turn one. This time it was a position he called his own, finishing in second place at the checkered flag.


While Sunday’s qualifiers started on a positive note, the day would not end on one. In the first heat Hayden blasted off the start line to snare the holeshot and then lead the freight train all the way to the finish line. The second heat saw Hayden start in second place behind archrival in the series, Lee Butler. Although Hayden challenged Butler for the lead throughout the heat, he would have to take satisfaction with second place when the checkered was waved.


The final saw a super motivated Hayden nail down his second holeshot of the day. Moments later Hayden, intending to jump over a melt area, launched sideways off the jump at high speed and violently cartwheeled upon landing. Fortunately he didn’t get hit while lying on the track by any of the 14 drivers behind him and survived the crash with minor injuries. His Polaris IQ 600 sled, however, was too damaged to continue the race and Hayden’s season was prematurely over.


“It was definitely not the way I wanted to finish the last race of the season. But taking into account it could have been a much worse ending, I’m happy to have been able to walk away from the crash in one piece and still have enough points to grab second place in the championship,” Hayden said. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the entire Rockstar Polaris team for their hard work this season and a tip of the hat to Lee Butler for winning the championship. He was a relentless opponent all season long.”


Dylan Hall, meanwhile, started the weekend with recording the holeshot in both his qualifying heats on Saturday. In the first heat, however, Hall was taken out by another driver, which resulted in a dead last remount and a tenth place finish. Heat two transpired much better for Hall, and although he was unable to hang on to first place, he was able to take second all the way to the checkered flag. In the final, Hall got off to a mediocre start that had him pour on the gas to eventually cross the finish line in sixth place.


On Sunday Hall experienced some technical hiccups when water off the track got into his engine intake, but he still booked 13-6 qualifying results, which were good enough to start on the front row in the final.  In the final, Hall put his IQ 600 into a third place start going into turn one. A few laps later he powered into second place, putting some distance on third, and then settled into his pace to take second position all the way to the finish line.


“I’m quite happy with my fourth overall in the championship, considering I encountered a few DNFs over the course of the season. Finishing no less than top five was my goal and regular podium results helped put me there. At this time I’d like to thank the team’s staff and all our sponsors for their support this season. I’m already looking forward to start this all over again in December,” Hall said.


Jakob Rosko-Fong’s final round saw some mixed results, but he scored enough points to secure his fourth overall in the Pro Lite Championship. In Saturday’s qualifiers he recorded impressive 1-3 finishes, only to go on and struggle to an 11th place in the final. After tangling with another driver, Rosko-Fong went from a frontrunners position to the back of the pack, and with time running out only advanced a few positions.


In Sunday’s Pro Lite action Rosko-Fong again did good business in his qualifiers, recording 2-4 finishes on his potent IQ 600. In the final he did what he needed to do solidify his fourth overall in the championship, taking his sled to a sixth place finish. Rosko-Fong had an extra busy day on Sunday, as he also lined up for the Pro Open races on a modified IQ 600. Although he couldn’t break the top-10 in qualifying, logging 11-12 results, he bounced back in the final to take home seventh at the finish line.


“Looking back on the season it wasn’t quite a perfect one, with some issues here and there, but that just motivated me to do better. The team worked hard, everyone worked hard to get me into the top five in the championship and I’m pleased that I was able to end the season with fourth overall. Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible,” Rosko-Fong said.


Team Rockstar Energy Polaris Racing congratulates Iain, Dylan, and Jakob for their impressive final standings in the championships and for persevering through the ups and downs that proved to be the 2014/2015 season.


Final Standings Pro Open

1. Lee Butler                           1,345 pts

2. Iain Hayden                       1,303

3. Stale Eggen              1,237

4. Dylan Hall                                     1,180

5. Mitchell King                      1,055

6. Ben Holmes                          904

7. Dave Joanis                           521

8. Corey Watkinson                  443

9. Devin Wilson                        387

10. Jeff Sanftenberg                  281


Finals Standings Pro Lite Stock

1. Jacob Gervais                      1,382 pts

2. Mitch Mc Nair                   1,280

3. Blake Taylor                       1,244

4. Jakob Rosko-Fong            1,241

5. Derek Sanftenberg               1,226

6. Yannick Boucher                 1,191

7. Tyler Billings                      1,146

8. Colton Barnett                    1,027

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

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