Steve Arpin came full circle over the weekend.
The local pro oval snowmobile racer made his second trip to the 19th-annual Grand Prix in Valcourt, Que. a successful one as he earned top three finishes in six of his eight feature races there.
“I think we did really good. We’re running right with the bigger crews. We’re beating them and learning along the way,” said Arpin, a rookie pro at the age of 18.
The Grand Prix is an invitational event which featured racers from across the continent.
Arpin took first-place honours in the Pro Stock 500 and Pro Stock 600 classes, second-place in two Pro Stock 440 liquid classes, and third in two other Pro Stock 500 and Pro Stock 600 races.
He also had a fourth-place finish in a Champ 440 race.
Arpin said he’s come a long way since his Grand Prix debut last winter, where he finished fourth overall as a semi-pro racer sponsored by Wahl Brothers.
As the main driver for the local Pinewood Sports and Marine team, owned by his father, Chuck, Arpin said running on the regular circuit made him more comfortable for his return to Valcourt.
“Having my own crew that I knew there made it a lot better. We were racing our own stuff so I felt a little less pressure,” he said.
Arpin currently holds slim leads in three classes (Pro Stock 440 and 600, and the modified) as well as the overall points standings in his regular World Snowmobiling Association loop.
He’ll finish his season March 2-3 in Beausejour, Man.