GNCC Race Report: Round 3 @ Steele Creek – Morganton, NC

It only took three rounds for Derisi Racing’s young gun Braden Henthorn to find his way to the top step of the Pro-Am podium, but he did so by outgunning the established stars of the class in a last-lap battle that also included his teammate Eric Hoyland.

“My GBC tires got me off to a great start, and I just kept her rolling all day long,” Henthorn said. “I felt like I had a bit more that last lap and was able to make the move from 3rd to the lead. I’m really pumped on this win and hope there are more coming soon,” the 17-year-old phenom went on to say after taking his first win in front of a huge Steele Creek crowd. Hoyland was able to land himself on the podium as well for the second time this season with a 3rd place finish, and sits solidly in 2nd place in the series points standings.

BNR’s Kevin Yoho led the way for GBC with his 8th place in the XC1 Pro class and finished just ahead of Henthorn in the overall results. Johnny Gallagher struggled to a 10th in XC1, still feeling the lingering effects of an illness. Bryan Cook returned to GNCC competition after missing two rounds with a solid 11th place finish in XC1. Cook will be running only a partial schedule in 2012 but be on the lookout for big results from this former event winner.

AJ Koontz earned Junior A class win number two on the year and missed out on the top amateur honors by a mere 16 seconds. Jay Shadron kept his win streak rolling in the College B class and has a firm grip on the points lead over fellow GBC rider Kevin McKeown, who placed 3rd in North Carolina.

Forrest Whorton grabbed yet another win aboard his Dirt Commander equipped Can-Am, this time by a margin of more than 10 minutes! Bryan Buckhannon battled for the 4×4 Open class all the way to the final turn, ultimately coming up just inches short and settling for 2nd place on the day. He retains a comfortable points lead.

The Team of GBC athletes will return to action Saturday, April 14th at Big Buck Farm in Cross Anchor, South Carolina.

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