Valcourt, Québec, February 20, 2011. — Nicholas Van Strydonk of Tomahawk, Wisconsin repeated as the grand winner of the 29th running of the Grand Prix Ski-Doo of Valcourt presented by La Capitale General Insurance. The final race of the day on Circuit Yvon Duhamel’s ice oval track featured the 12 best racers in the Pro Champ 440 class that made it through the qualifying rounds on Sunday. The race produced two leaders with 17-year old Travis MacDonald from Winnipeg leading the first five before being passed by Van Strydonk who led the rest of the way. Joel Diamond of Lapeer, Michigan was the third man on the podium. Jason Lavallée of Drummondville was the top Quebec rider with a seven-place finish.
On the eve of the start of the 2011 Eagle River World Championship Snowmobile Derby sledRacer.com has seen fit to rank the top Champ 440 riders headed into the event. These rankings are not overall rankings, but rankings specifically for Eagle River. We took into consideration past performances, how the riders have been doing so far this season, any changes within their team structures and how cool their hoods look. Before we hit the rankings, we start with an honorable mention, Dan Fenhaus. Fenhaus has Eagle River dialed and the past two Derbys he’s been money, finishing third in 2009 and second in 2010. With that, we move on to our Top 10.