Spirit Mountain once again played host to the WSA Hill X event that took place April 10th and 11th. Racers and fans alike made the trip to Duluth, Minnesota to compete and experience the last WSA event of the season.
Once again, due to lack of cooperation from Mother Nature, the race at Spirit Mountain was a double points weekend, where what would have been four separate days of racing completed over two weekends, was completed in two. The race was also shifted to take place on Friday and Saturday, in observance of Easter Sunday.
Snow Cross racer Tom Rambow stepped into the Hill Cross scene for the weekend as he filled the spot of Ross Bauerly. Although Rambow isn’t a Hill Cross regular, his Snow Cross skills definitely carried over as he had no problem clenching wins in Semi-Pro 700, 800 and Semi-Pro Open. Rambow also finished second in Semi-Pro 600 and 900, on a Ski-Doo.
Running off of a great weekend in Biwabik, Minnesota, Alex Roufs, on a Ski-Doo, was once again out to collect as many wins as possible. He claimed victory in Pro 800, 900 and Open as well as Jackson X and the Pro King of the Hill Race. Kurt Bauerly was also fast as he was the victor in Pro 600 Stock and Pro 700. He also placed second in Pro 800, 900 and King of the Hill. Ben Deaton also got his name on the board as he won Pro 600, also on a Ski-Doo.
Rambow’s speed from Friday certainly didn’t leave him overnight, as he once again won Semi-Pro 700, 800 and Open as well as adding a win in the Semi-Pro 600 Stock class.
Matt Pichner made a name for himself on Saturday as he won both Pro 600 Stock and Pro 700. He also flew an amazing 146 feet on his Arctic Cat, which got him a second place finish in the Big Air contest. Beating his distance was Roufs, who launched his sled 153 feet through the air much to the delight of the fans. Kurt Bauerly also had a great finish to the Hill Cross season as he won Pro 600, 900 and Open along with a second place finish in Pro 800 and a flight of 143 feet, which placed him third in the Big Air contest.
With the completion of Saturday’s races came the end of the 2009 WSA Hill Cross season. Be sure to check the official WSA website for updates on the 2010 Hill Cross season, at www.pro-ice.com. WSA will hold it’s end of the year banquet Saturday, May 2nd at the Blue Goose Inn in Garrison, Minnesota.