GBC Race Report: GNCC Round 2 – The General at Aonia Pass

Anaheim, Calif. – March 21, 2012 – Rolling into Washington, Georgia just a few short days after doing battle in the sands of Florida, GBC riders looked rested and eager to put their skills to the test at the Aonia Pass MX Park.

Bryan Buckhannon put in another impressive performance aboard his GBC Dirt Devil equipped Can-Am, notching his second consecutive 4×4 Open class win and taking the 2nd step on the Utility podium. BNR Motorsports rider Robert Smith dedicated himself to a training program during the offseason, and his improved fitness is paying off for him late in the 2-hour contests. Ultimately crossing the line in 2nd place in the U2 class, Smith showed the speed for a win but ran into a few mid-race issues.

Kylie Ahart improved on her impressive performance in Florida by earning a career best 2nd place Women’s class finish. She sits firmly in 2nd place in the series standings. Forrest Whorton is a winning machine, once again topping the 4×4 Senior class.

Johnny Gallagher salvaged an 8th place finish in XC1 despite having to make several unscheduled pit stops to address mechanical issues. Parker Jones earned his first top 10 in the XC1 ranks after sitting out the opening round in Florida. Kevin Yoho had a rough outing, completing only 3 of 6 laps. He looks to rebound at the next round which he calls one of his favorite tracks.

Eric Hoyland just missed the XC2 podium after crossing the line in 4th place. Now tied for 2nd in the standings, Hoyland looks to grab a win at the upcoming Steel Creek GNCC which is just up the road from the Derisi Racing shop. The other half of the Derisi Racing XC2 duo, Braden Henthorn, was forced to retire early after losing his clutch.

David Reeves won the Junior A class over fellow GBC rider AJ Koontz. Jay Shadron added his 2nd College B class win of 2012 as Brycen Neal’s 3rd place finish was enough to keep him atop the points in the College A class. Ryan Smith won the Sportsman B class at the General and holds a solid 1st place lead in the standings.

The grueling start to the 2012 GNCC season takes a break, as Round 3 takes us to Steele Creek in Morganton, NC on March 31-April 1.

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