The biggest and arguably the most important hillclimb competition of the season just wrapped up this past weekend in Jackson Hole Wyoming and it was Arctic Cat who stood atop the mountain with the most important and coveted win of the entire competition as Kyle Tapio was crowned King of Kings. Here’s a look at the official release from Cat has they beamed with green pride after the accomplishments from their talented racers:
On the gnarliest hill of the season, at the largest hillclimb race in the world, Team Arctic mountain men and women piloted their M Series snowmobiles to new heights by claiming seven wins, 16 podium places and the ultimate title of King of Kings at the 40th Annual World Championship Hill Climb in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
“King” Kyle Tapio delivered another career performance at Jackson, starting with a win in the 800 Mod class that punched his ticket for the King competition. He responded by winning the Mod King title with a blistering shot up Snow King Mountain. And when all the King category winners squared off against each other, it was Tapio who once again set the fastest time of the day to claim the ultimate King of Kings title.
Team Green’s David McClure capped a strong weekend by winning the 700 Improved Stock title and taking second in 600 Improved Stock. Likewise, Jeremy Archibald claimed the 600 Improved Stock class while finishing third in the 700 Improved Stock final. Todd Tupper scored the other big win for Team Arctic by taking Pro Masters Improved Stock class. With podium finishes in Semi Pro and Women’s classes, Team Arctic proved the performance and strength of its M Series machines with the ProClimb chassis. One of those podium finishes was scored in Pro Masters Stock by Andy Beavis, who is the Arctic Cat Engineering Mountain Team Leader.
“Snow King Mountain is a fast, technical and ever-changing course that chews up and spits down sleds with heartbreaking regularity” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “It required racers to watch and study the changing lines, then choosing new ones based on how the rocks and stumps would pitch them and their sled. The name “ProClimb” fits perfectly! I can’t thank and congratulate our racers and crews for the show they put on and the success they achieved.”
The next event for Team Arctic racers is the RMSHA hillclimb in Crested Butte, CO, on April 9.