Carl Kuster made a name for himself as a successful Ski-Doo snocross racer a decade ago, but he recently earned a class win at the World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb in Jackson, Wyoming. Here is a press release from Ski-Doo about his and another X-Team racer’s success on the hill last weekend.
VALCOURT, Quebec (March 30, 2016) – Ski-Doo X-Team hillclimbers Blaine Mathews and Carl Kuster had successful weekends at the World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb in Jackson, Wyoming, as Mathews claimed two class wins and a King title while Kuster took home one class win.
Mathews has been riding a wave of momentum heading into the event and kept it rolling by winning the 800 Improved Stock and Open Mod classes. To put an exclamation point on it, he also took the Improved Stock King Of The Hill award and the Rick Ward Memorial Sportsman Award. With a win in Pro Masters Mod class, Kuster made it a worthwhile return to Jackson for his once-a-year competition in the U.S. after a hand injury kept him from competing in any events last season.
The hill at Snow King Resort always provides some of the toughest challenges in the world of snowmobile hillclimb racing, and this year was no different as many competitors left high marks rather making it to the top for an elapsed time. Racers qualified throughout Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the chance to race the finals on Sunday, and a win on Sunday qualifies them for a shot at the King Of The Hill title. Mathews had two shots and converted one into a win, while Kuster couldn’t take the start as damage from an earlier crash couldn’t be repaired in time.
Congratulations to all the Ski-Doo X-Team racers and best wishes as the Hill Climb competitions continue into late April.