By Darren Lum
A perfect final weekend sealed the deal.
Local snowcross racer Izac Reid of Reid Racing Team dominated every final at Horseshoe Valley Resort this past weekend to clinch his first overall national series championship in the Canadian Snowcross Racing Association’s sport 600 class.
It was a goal five years in the making for his amazing season as he has steadily improved and moved up in classes during his CSRA career. He was shocked when he saw his name on top of the leader board after competing in the Conx2share National Snowcross Championships the Rockstar Energy National Snowcross and the Dayco National Snowcross Championships from March 25 to March 27.
“It’s just unbelievable. I’ve never won a championship before or even placed top three in a championship” he said.
Coming into the weekend the Haliburton Highlands Secondary School student had a narrow eight point lead over second place competitors Spencer Carlson and Cale Callan who were tied with 245 points.
There wasn’t any shortage of drama to start the final weekend.
In the first race he finished second while Callan finished first with Carlson in third.
The points lead was reduced by Callan to only five points.
Heading into the next race he was confident in his sled and his preparation.
“I just tried to not think about the points and go. Just ride and focus one race at a time” he said.
His mindset paid off.
On Sunday Reid finished first while Callan finished fifth. Carlson crashed on course and finished poorly enabling Callan to finish ahead of him in second for the season.
The local racer on his Polaris ended up sweeping the sport 600 class finals (with the one second place as the exception) leaving little to chance for his competitors to make up the difference.
Once he clinched the sport 600 title his confidence was sky high.
He went on to race in the larger sport 2 field where he also dominated winning all the races on Sunday. He finished the day with five first place finishes and one second place. It was the proverbial cherry on top of a very satisfying sundae of racing.
Reid said his strong start to the season paid off and enabled him the opportunity to win this championship. He adds when other competitors were adjusting he was already comfortable at the start of the season.
Next season he will be moving up to the Pro Lite class.
Having raced in a few races this season already has shown him what he’ll need to do this off-season to get ready.
Reid is looking forward to the challenge of the higher calibre of racing which has an entire field of strong competition versus a select few.
The teenager acknowledged the support and help from his parents who have always been there for him including family friends and team support by Jeff and wife Carleen Milburn.
“My dad always has the sled setup perfect for me” he said.
Reid is also thankful to his sponsors this season who are Byers Equipment Motorsports TEAMLTD CARQUEST of Minden County Sign and Display Jug City the Highlander Back Country Photography and Design – By Shelby Mahon Fly Racing Tekrider TekVest Haliburton Timbermart Old No. 7 Cranberry Cove Enterprises Gamma Curry Chevrolet Buick GMC Limited Dragon Dayco and Timbir Contracting.
“We’re always looking for support. Everything helps” he said.