GBC Motorsports enjoyed a busy but successful weekend of racing as their GNCC riders earned 5 class wins and even more podium appearances in the fifth round of the season. A few hundred miles south, Brit Mansel fought through some adverse conditions on his way to an overall third round victory in the UTV Rally Raid Series.
A Successful Weekend Highlighted by 5 Class Wins
The GNCC track crew threw everything they could at the participants in the inaugural running of the Park Mammoth GNCC in Park City, KY, building what was described as an “old school technical layout.” When all was said and done five GBC Motorsports riders rose to the top of their respective classes and numerous others had impressive finishes.
Bryan Cook is making it clear that although he is only contesting a part-time schedule this season he is still very serious about his results. His second straight top-5 XC1 and Overall finish came on the strength of a solid start and impressive early effort that had him mixing it up with the leaders of the race. Despite plans to take the next few rounds off, expect Bryan to be a contender upon his scheduled return to action at Snowshoe Mountain on June 23rd.
Sophomore XC1 racer Kevin Yoho put up a solid 7th place finish on the day and continues his climb through the rankings. Johnny Gallagher persevered to an 8th place finish despite an injured knee that placed him on crutches just days before the event. His consistency has rewarded him with a 6th place overall in the current rankings.
The DeRisi Racing’s Braden Henthorn once again occupied the XC2 Pro Am podium. Henthorn led much of the race before experiencing sever blistering on his hands which forced him to slow his pace, ultimately crossing the line in 3rd. He is currently in 3rd in the standings as well.
Bryan Buckhannon and Forrest Whorton started things off right in the morning race, both leading every lap on the way to class wins. Both riders sit atop their class in the points chase, with four wins each in the first five races. Bryan Buckhannon is thrilled with his success so far in 2012, saying, “Everything is going great. We are happy to be winning races and having the points lead is nice, too. The GBC tires are working great, and we are looking forward to the races that are coming up.” Rob Smith had a spirited battle over the top spot in the U2 class, eventually settling for 2nd.
Pro Women rider Kylie Ahart finished 4th for the third consecutive race, holding on the 3rd spot in the standings. Ashley Barbee added to the win column for GBC Motorsports by earning her first Women Amateur win of 2012.
In the other afternoon races young gun Jay Shadron kept his perfect season alive with his fifth consecutive win over fellow GBC rider Kevin McKeown, who finished 2nd. Shadron and McKeown also own the two top spots in the College B class standings. David Reeves extended his points lead in the Junior A class with his 3rd win of 2012.
GNCC action returns on May 12th and 13th in Springville, Indiana for the Limestone 100.
Brit Mansel of Octane Media Wins UTV Rally Raid
Just around the corner in Cullman, Alabama, UTV racer Brit Mansel tackled Round 3 of the UTV Rally Raid Series at Stoney Lonesome Park. Despite the dry and dusty conditions, Mansel managed to pilot the Octane Media Race Team to an Overall 1st place finish and boasted the fastest lap on the day.
“All in all, the race went exactly as we had hoped,” Mansel wrote. “The car held up perfect and the GBC Dirt Commanders and HiPer wheels kept the power to the ground in the very slick, dusty conditions.”
The next UTV Rally Raid round will be on May 26th at Stoney Lonesome.