Zandstra Motorsports touched off a guessing game last last week when the Annandale, Minnesota, based snowmobile snocross team said it would announce a new addition on Friday, July 23. Folks started guessing all sorts of names – from retired legends to cast-offs from other teams to up-and-coming racers who may move up a class.
Nobody, though, was guessing the name of Sweden’s Filip Harr for this Arctic Cat team.
Filip Harr may have been off-the-radar for most North American snocross fans, but they may recognize the surname. Filip is the older brother of Emil Harr – rider of the No. 31 Judnick Motorsports Polaris who finished fifth in the Pro points standings last year on the ISOC Amsoil Championship Snocross circuit. The brothers hail from Sorsele, Sweden.
In announcing the signing on social media, Zandstra Motorsports said, “Filip has shown progression overseas on the SM Skotercross series, and we think he will be a great fit here at ZM. Filip has the determination and the drive to win and that is what we are looking forward to most!”
Filip’s social media page is filled with images of him racing the No. 48 on the top European circuit. Photos early in his career show him spending a lot of time behind the handlebar of a Lynx snowmobile on the racetrack, but the past two years he has competed on an Arctic Cat for Team Mellanstroms on the Sweden-based Skotercross series. That’ll likely ease part of his transition to the Cat-based Zandstra team.
Scanning the Skotercross website, it appears that Filip only raced one event on the circuit last year, where he finished 12th, and in the 2019-2020 season his best finish was sixth. But many Scandinavian racers have crossed the Atlantic and done well here, so time will tell if he can add his name to that list.
Younger brother Emil Harr made his debut in North America at a single race in 2018, but his break on this side of the Atlantic came when he filled in during the 2019-20 season for an injured Kody Kamm on the Hentges Racing team, starting in January of 2020. He then signed with the Judnick team before last season – his first full season on the ISOC Amsoil Championship Series. He grabbed his first podium finish late last year, and has also won several heat races.
In announcing the signing of Filip Harr, Zandstra said that Jacob Yurk would not be returning to their team. Yurk could be a hot free agent – has popped up with several impressive finishes at various times the last couple of years, including a popular breakthrough victory at Deadwood, South Dakota, late late January.