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  • Writer's pictureMike LaValley

Janvier Race Report

Tech Report

- 11 entries were changed to different classes upon being examined in tech. It’s important to note that not all of these changes were due to tech infractions. Some were due to racers being assisted in entering the best class for their sled. This was a very small number of changes given the large sled turnout. Thanks to all the racers for helping us keep it safe and fair for everyone.

- One sled was required to add air to their rear shock in order to maintain the required rear suspension travel in their sled.

- 3 sleds were required to add small amounts of weight in order to meet the minimum sled/rider weight limit

- 1 sled needed to tape off some additional air inlets that were installed in the sled and not allowed in the classes they entered.

- It was very unfortunate that one sled was not allowed to run due some safety issues with its suspension that couldn’t be addressed prior to the race.

Race Report

- A beautiful sunrise over Bohn Lake greeted the early arrivals for what turned out to be a long fun day of racing in Janvier. With 107 sleds registered, the last few heats were run into the sunset as darkness fell as the race was finishing up. Thanks to all the racers for their assistance in keeping the time between heats to a minimum so that we could finish the race.

- Good Eats – thanks to Chief Vern Janvier for once again being a wonderful host and providing a beef stew and bannock lunch for all. It was delicious.

- Race Mascot – Most of the racers will probably remember the “track dog” that made himself a part of the action for the majority of the day. It sought pets and attention from everyone in the pits, and the spectator area, and on the track, and on the road into the race site, and at presentations, and ….

- Speaking of animals – Our “squirrel herder” at the end of the track had his hands full at this race trying to get the mini sled racers gathered up and going back down the return lane. They kept wanting to tip over at the turn, and run into each other, and one escaped – heading back down lane 2 of the track and took a run at the starter. Luckily the speeds of the 120’s kept the danger to a minimum and the entertainment value to a maximum.

- They’re back and they’re fast – The Rock Hard Racing team of Lance and Tanya Burwash from Flin Flon, Manitoba were out at their first SSRA race of the year and didn’t waste the long trip taking wins in several classes. Congrats to them. This is one team that is almost always on point.

- Speaking of fast – Trevor Higgins piloted a new missile to victory in Outlaw claiming the title of fastest on the lake on this day.

- Safety First – It was a good reminder that stuff happens, as a racer took a bit of a tumble fairly early in his run in lane 4 near the end of the day. Thankfully he was ok and was not hurt in the incident

- Hot Pics - A shout-out and thanks to Denise Amanda Photography who was on site taking photos at the race. She has graciously posted some on-line and they can be viewed at the link HERE.

- Thanks again to our hosts in Janvier and we look forward to seeing you again next year!



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