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TEAM ARCTIC CAPTURES MORE WINS AT 2016 CROSS-COUNTRY OPENER

Team Arctic's Zach Herfindahl at 2016 USXC Pine Lake. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Team Arctic cross-country racers rang in the new year with an overwhelming display of strength to capture 14 wins in 21 classes and 44 out 63 podium finishes at the USXC season opener on Pine Lake in Gonvick, Minn. Competing with the 2016 ZR 6000R XC and ZR 4000RR snowmobils, Team Green once again proved their handling, speed and durability were second to none in top level cross-country competition.

The highlight win of the weekend came in the 100-mile No-Bull Triple Crown Enduro 600, where the Team Arctic/Christian Brothers Racing duo of Zach Herfindahl and Wes Selby delivered an overpowering win aboard their Soo 500 mod sled with the Speedwerx modified C-TEC2 600 Arctic Cat engine. Team Arctic racers also captured five of the top-10 Pro 600 class positions.

Team Arctic's Lance Efteland Sweeps Semi Pro at 2016 USXC Pine Lake. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Lance Efteland picked up where he left off last season in the Semi Pro classes, taking two first place finishes. Dustin Schwandt captured the Sport 600 class while Hunter Houle and Ean Voight gave a preview of what’s to come in the Expert 85 classes as each racer claimed a first and second respectively.

Team Arctic dominated the support classes, with Jordan Bute, Garet Grzadzielewski, Ryan Weidemann, Lydia Sobek and Paul Brown capturing class wins. And Karl Valtinson and Jesse Watland kept the Classic IFS and Vintage spirit alive by taking victory in their classes.

“We’re really pleased with the awesome performance of our drivers and crew, as well as our ZR series snowmobiles,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “We swept the podium in seven classes; captured the most wins and podium positions; and won the prestigious Enduro 600 final. It was an excellent result for the first cross-country of the season and something we’ll build upon as we head into the ditches for the upcoming races.”

The next USXC cross-country race is Jan. 9-10 in Devil’s Lake, ND. Visit www.usxcracing.com for more cross-country snowmobile racing news as well as the Team Arctic website: http://www.arcticcat.com/teamarctic/

USXC Pine Lake 2016 Results

 

Team Arctic Finds A Familiar Place

Photo Credit: Jim Urquhart

If there were any questions about which brand would start the 2012 USCC cross-country race season on top, Team Arctic answered by winning 13 of 17 classes (while sweeping the podium of six) and going 1-2 in the vaulted Pro 600 final. The dominant performances by the team aboard the new 2012 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 and Sno Pro 500 race sleds on Pine Lake in Gonvick, Minn., proved beyond doubt that when it comes to speed, cornering and handling, Arctic Cat is the one to beat.

Leading the charge in the Pro 600 final was defending I-500 champion Brian Dick, who found the fast balance of speed, intensity and smooth line choice on the 10-mile lake course to move into the lead halfway through the first of 10 laps and never look back on his way to the win. His two Team Arctic/Christian Bros. Racing teammates would keep him honest, as D.J. Ekre finished a strong second while defending USCC Pro Champion Ryan Simons took fifth in his first-ever ice cross-country race.

Jordan Torgerson served notice that he’s gunning for the Semi Pro title this year by taking both the Semi Pro 600 and 600 Improved classes. Joining him in double-victory category were Boris Mahlich (who won Sport 600 and Sport 600 Improved) and Bryce Buchanan in the Expert 85-hp classes (where Arctic Cat swept the top-9 places in both).

The indomitable Jolene Bute returned to her familiar place atop the Women’s class; Dustin Isaak led an Arctic Cat sweep of the Sport 85 class; and it was all green atop the Junior classes with wins by Matt Feil, Cole Lian and Kelsey Pladson.

“With low snow cover, USCC was forced to go lake racing, which is a form of cross-country that we hadn’t focused on for more than a decade,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Our racers and crews responded with a winning performance that matched the ZR period of lake-race success. And the new Sno Pro 600 in the ProCross chassis proved it has the speed and handling needed to win in all forms of cross-country.”