Jamie Wells poses on his snowmobile Tuesday. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
Jamie Wells wants to defend his King of the Hill crown, but he wants to win it on his own sled.
“I’m Bombardier to the bone,” Wells said Tuesday of defending his crown this weekend at Race on the Rock at Marble Mountain. “I want to win it on a Bombardier.”
His 38th birthday only days away with March 31 quickly approaching, the Corner Brook sledding enthusiast claimed bragging rights to the crown last year riding a Yamaha sled owned by his buddy Todd Parsons.
Wells is having trouble containing his excitement for this weekend when he’ll ride his new Bombardier Mach-Z in two race classifications — the power-added category and, of course, he will be there to defend his King of the Hill crown against a field of 20 sledders expected to challenge him.
“It was pretty awesome. I’ve been racing up at Marble since 2001,” Wells said of winning the crown last year. “That was the first year I tried for King of the Hill and I won it.”
Wells won the King of the Ville title in Stephenville this year, but he had engine problems in his race at Clarenville so it didn’t go as planned. But, this weekend, he said is what the racing season is all about because it’s the final event of the year. All other races, he said, are used as a tune-up for the showdown at Marble Mountain.
“This race is the race. This is the one. This is the one that matters. This is the bragging rights,” he said.
Wells can’t predict what will unfold because there are so many things out of his control. But, he believes experience definitely goes a long way so he can only hope he can have both luck and power in his favour on Saturday.
“I definitely got the sled to win it,” he said. “I can’t wait.”
Races will take place on an 800-foot track with the first sleds racing up the hill starting at 11 a.m. on the Cruiser Slope.
Time will tell if Bombardier rules.