Patenaude, Holm split Pro finals at Mount Southington for ECS Conx2share Series

Mt. Southington

PLANTSVILLE, Connecticut (March 20, 2017) — Veteran racers Leo Patenaude and Kristoffer Holm split the Pro Open finals over the weekend, as East Coast Snocross (ECS) completed Round 5 at the beautiful Mount Southington ski area.

mtsouthLeoPatenaude (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo), of Hartland, Vermont, blasted to victory in Saturday's Pro Open final. Cody Paolella (Team Southside/Polaris) had a stellar effort and crossed the stripe in second, while Storslet, Norway's Kristoffer Holm (Team Southside/Polaris) filled out the podium in third.

On Sunday, Holm had his chance in the spotlight as he dominated the final after winning both of his qualifying heats. Patenaude backed up his win on Saturday with a second-place finish, while young Marco Travaglini hit the podium in third in his first-ever race in the Open class. His performance this season has been impressive, and his outlook for 2018 is bright.

In the Pro Lite class, Patenaude made it a clean sweep on the day with a convincing victory in Saturday's final. Scott VandeBorne (Team Southside/Polaris) grabbed the holeshot and led early yet settled for second, while the rapidly-maturing Dalton Jacquier nailed down a podium finish in third.

VandeBorne earned the holeshot again in Sunday's final, only to see Travaglini move past to take over the point. VandeBorne reclaimed the lead at lap three and hung on for top honors, while Travaglini settled for second and rising talent Ryan Dupont finished third. The Pro Lite class has produced some intense battles all season, making new household names out of yesterday's Jr. racers.

Kassie Thibodeau made a thrilling, last-lap pass on Alyssa Ashline to claim Saturday's Pro Women final. Ashline settled for second, while Teresa Max filled out the podium in third. On Sunday, Thibodeau grabbed the holeshot, but got hung up on a berm in the EVS Turn and lost several positions. Ashline was able to capitalize and score the victory, with Max second and Thibodeau clawing her way back to third at the finish.

Bradley TatroIn the Southside Sales & Service Sport class, Bradley Tatro, of Stamford, Vermont, showed his skills with a victory in Saturday's final. Nathan Bourassa crossed the stripe in second, while rocket-fast Wyatt Hoffman filled out the podium in third.

On Sunday, Adam Levi stepped up to claim the Super Stock final over Bourassa and Brandon Lemaire. In the Sport Stock Weekend final, Tucker Kierstead outgunned Hoffman for top honors with Lemaire capping a solid outing with another third-place finish. Bar-to-bar battles are getting to be standard practice in the highly-competitive Southside Sport class.

In the Junior classes at Mount Southington, three young athletes rose to the top. Travis Emery claimed Saturday's Jr. 16-17 final over Gavin Fleury (second) and Dillon Powles (third). Powles rose to the occasion on Sunday, outgunning Emery (second) for top honors while Fleury settled for third.

Fleury (Saturday) and Powles (Sunday) claimed wins in Jr. 14-15 action as the snocross stars of tomorrow worked to hone their skills. Emery secured a third-place finish in Saturday's Jr. 14-15 final, while Bryce Little notched a fine podium finish in Sunday's Jr. 14-15 contest.

Other final round winners over the weekend in Plantsville include Rick Bernard (Plus 25/35 Sat.); Nathan Bourassa (Plus 25/35 Sunday); Owen Gagne (Jr. Sport 12-15 Sat.); and Adam Ashline (Jr. Sport 12-15 Sunday). Congratulations to all of our final-round winners in our first visit to Connecticut.

East Coast Snocross would like to thank the management and staff at Mount Southington for hosting our series. After the failed attempt last year, patience paid off with ample snow and a huge track this time around.

The course featured a big uphill, a challenging switchback section on the downhill, and a big 90-foot gap coming off the Conx2share Finish Line. It made for great racing, and we hope your fans enjoyed it. ECS would also like to thank Land 'N Sea Powersports, of Waterbury, Connecticut. Support from a respected dealer like you helped a great deal in our debut at the mountain.

All that remains for ECS teams this season is a trip to western New York this coming weekend, March 25-26, for the season finale at Peek 'N Peak Resort in Findley Lake. It's been a long grind, with only one event lost to a lack of snow. The drama and emotion will surely ramp up at Peek 'N Peak.

The East Coast Snocross Conx2share Series, presented by Woody's Traction and FXR, is an ISR-affiliated sanctioning body for snowmobile racing in the northeastern United States. ECS maintains a regional circuit intended to keep grass-roots snocross racing healthy in this part of the country while also cultivating new talent for tomorrow's factory-backed national Pro teams.

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            I was really happy to get the win on Saturday,” Brunelle said. “I got the holeshot, and never looked back. I just kept a steady pace the whole race, and it paid off. On Sunday, I had a couple of issues and decided not to push it. I'm thrilled with our results for my team and our great sponsors.”

 

            Poirier, (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo) of St. Theodore, Quebec, slotted into second behind Dahlgren at the start of Sunday's final, but quickly found his way around the Swede and led from lap 2 to the finish. Dahlgren settled for second, while George capped a consistent weekend with a third-place finish.

 

            Cody Paolella (Team Southside/Polaris) swept the Pro Lite class at Snow Ridge, nipping Wade Acker in a 10-lap tussle on Saturday while fellow Sport graduate Joe Bishop filled out the podium in third. On Sunday, local rider Andrew Bristol followed Paolella across the stripe for second while Acker powered his way to third.

 

            “I think the weather was perfect and snow conditions were good,” Paolella said. “It was a little different to race on a ski hill. The downhill part made it challenging by having to use the brake to get through the bumps. The track was pretty wide with some good jumps, but I'd still say it was important to get a good start because the snow dust was pretty bad. I'm super pleased to sweep both finals.”

 

            In Sport class action, Bristol held off a hard-charging Marco Travaglini and Dalton Jacquier  for top honors in Saturday's Super Stock final. On Sunday, Travaglini found redeption as he outgunned Jamie Vanderaa and Jeff Roylance for top honors. This class is where tomorrow's Pro Lite stars hone their skills, and the 2015 season is delivering some great racing from these young athletes.

 

            Other big winners over the weekend at Snow Ridge include Nykea Williams (Pro Women Sat. and Sun.); Bruce Gaspardi Jr. (Plus 25 Sat. and Sun.); Michael Newman (Jr. 16-17 Sat.); and Anthony Paige (Jr. 16-17 Sunday). Congratulations to all of our final round winners in Turin on a job well done.

 

            East Coast Snocross would like to thank Snow Ridge owner Brad Horn, Russ Horn and the entire staff for hosting Round 4. The warmth and hospitality extended to our racing fraternity was second to none, and this facility is ideal for snocross on the famed Tug Hill plateau. While trail riders have frequented the Tug Hill region for decades, racers are quickly becoming fond of it, as well.

 

            Teams will now prepare for a trip to western New York this coming weekend, Feb. 6-7, to join with ISOC at the Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca for the Eastern Nationals. This is ISOC's only race in the east, and ECS athletes will be looking to impress the big teams.

 

            East Coast Snocross, presented by AMSOIL, Woody's Traction and FXR, is the eastern regional affiliate of ISOC. ECS strives to maintain a healthy level of competition in grassroots snocross, while also cultivating new talent for tomorrow's factory-backed national teams.

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