(March 9, 2017) - The ninth and final round of the TLR Cup Tour took place last weekend in Beausejour, Manitoba. Held in conjunction with the 55th Annual Canadian Power Toboggan Championships, it featured some of the best battles the Tour has witnessed all season long.
All of the TLR Cup Tour qualifying rounds and finals were held Saturday under sunny skies, which made pretty perfect conditions for the swarms of race fans excited to catch all the action. In the Pro Champ ranks there were several drivers locked in tight points battles before the green flag ever left the ice; that wasn't the case for Gunnar Sterne, who had just over 100 points on the driver in second and the points championship basically in the bag.
Continuing with his trend of consistency, he went on to win each of his qualifying rounds and line up as the top qualifier in the 15-lap final. It was the #747 of Jordan Wahl who nailed the holeshot though and held the lead until the red flag waved after lap six. On the line to finish the remaining laps, Sterne's #220 Ski-Doo was smoking and he made a half-lap before retiring due to mechanical issues. Cardell Potter went on to make a pass for the lead with two laps to go and would get the W, with J. Wahl in second and Matt Schulz in third. Nonetheless, Sterne earned his first ever TLR Cup Tour Champion title.
Much like Sterne, Bob Richardson - driver of the #2 Arctic Cat Outlaw 600, was the top dog all season. In his custom built Eagle Outlaw chassis, he was really able to open it up on the flat half-mile track to secure not only the win but the points championship as well. Trever Spokely crossed the line in second, with Ron Thuerauf rounding out the top three. To view all of the season points standings, visit the Points page on this site.