from Mike van Dolder www.csra.com
The Flying Dutchmen have been very busy for the past two weekends; we participated in the International Grandprix in Rouyn-Noranda, QC on the weekend of January 14th & 15th and both teams raced at the Amsoil World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River, WI this past weekend.
Saturday started off a cold weekend at the International Grandprix, but the boys went out for practice and got a feel for the sleds and the track, even though it was -24.
The snow was hard and crisp because of the cold temperatures. The track had big corners and a lot of sections that required precise timing. According to records, the pros and pro-lites were flying about 120 feet over some of the huge jumps on the track.
On Saturday, our pro-lite rider, Chris Robertson, raced pro-lite stock and gained 4th in both his motos. He placed 9th in his final.
Jeremy VanDolder, our pro rider, placed 7th and 6th in his motos. He finished 5th in the pro open final.
On Sunday morning, we went outside to head to the track and it was -34! Chris Robertson had another good day of riding; he finished 4th in both his motos and 10th in the pro-lite open final. Jeremy VanDolder raced pro open and placed 5th in both motos and 5th in his pro open final.
The Flying Dutchmen Racing team attended the Amsoil World Championship Snowmobile Derby this past weekend. The Derby, know as the "Indianapolis 500" of snowmobile racing, is the sports largest single event. It attracts more than 30,000 spectators and hosts three separate racing venues: ice oval, sno-cross and vintage racing. Fans from all over Canada and the United States watched more than 500 international drivers race their snowmobiles at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour on solid ice. They also looked on in astonishment as racers flew high while maneuvering around the demanding sno-cross course.
This year the whole Flying Dutchmen team got to compete together; we were the only team at Eagle River competing on both ice and snow!
Mike Van Dolder rode his brand new, never-before-raced Factory 600 Champ sled. The switch didn't effect him at all; he had it working great and ended up in 2nd in his final. In his 500 final, he had the lead until a red flag was thrown. He finished with a well-deserved 2nd place!
Adam MacDonnell had a great weekend! He finished 6th in his 500 class. In his 500/600 combo class, he rode a strong race and placed 5th.
Chris Robertson, from our snocross team, had lots of track time racing 7 times on Saturday. He finished 9th in his sport final and drove a hard race placing 2nd in his amateur class.
Our other snocross rider, Jeremy Van Dolder, had some strong rides over the weekend. He finished 12th in the pro lite final!
Overall, our team had a successful weekend while competing against the top riders from the ISOC snocross circuit and the top Oval drivers in North America!
The Flying Dutchmen race team would like to thank Liuna, Dayco, VanDolders Home Team, Fly Racing, Dragon, Coldwave, Gamma Sales, MacDonnell Excavating, Parnell Motorsports, and all of our sponsors for helping to support our team and keep it running; thank you to the CSRA for putting on a great weekend of snocross racing in Rouyn-Noranda, QC; and a special thanks to the fans that braved the cold and came out to cheer us on! We truly appreciate each of your contributions to this sport!