We take a look back at the various race series across the country throughout 2012 and reflect on yet another fun and successful year of GBC Motorsports ATV and UTV racing. Check down below for some info on contingency we’re offering for various series in 2013.
Kayla Smith made her mark in 2012 with impressive performances throughout the year. Kicking off the WORCS season with a 3rd place finish in the SXS Production 700 class, Smith would go on to land on the podium five more times in six races. With class wins at Race Town 395 and the Honolulu Hills finale, Kayla proved that she is capable of racing at a high level for any racer. The fact that she is 16 years old (and that some of her competitors have been racing since before she was born) makes her talent and vision behind the wheel even more remarkable. Smith finished the series in 3rd place in her class aboard her GBC Dirt Commanders.
Dylan Dixon was one of the most talked-about up-and-comers on the West Coast racing scene, and his strong performances in the Quad-X Racing Series have something to do with that. Finding the podium in seven out of ten races, Dixon’s run through the Pro-Am class was highlighted by a Round 8 class win at Speedworld MX. Dixon improved on his 2nd place 2011 finish by winning the Pro-Am class in 2012, and is on the verge of breaking into the Pro ranks.
Brit Mansell and Octane Media Racing certainly made their mark on the racing down South as they tackled the East Coast Off-road Racing Series and the UTV Rally Raid Series. Brit handled the ECORS with authority, winning all three races he entered and taking the Class U title. Mansell also piloted his RZR-XP to victory as the Octane Media Race team finished 2nd in the competitive Outlaw class in the UTV Rally Raid. The Stony Lonesome ORV course used in this series is composed of red clay, which can be extremely slick in wet conditions and incredibly dusty in dry conditions. Despite the challenges, Brit’s Dirt Commanders helped him negotiate this tricky terrain while grabbing two victories and posting a few fastest laps along the way.
In its inaugural season, the new Dirt Series continually grew in popularity and ended up being one of the most enjoyable ATV and UTV racing scenes out west. Following the success of 2011’s FNL ATV MX, the guys at Dirt Entertainment put together a series that visited various tracks and facilities around Southern California for a great mix of motocross and cross country racing for both ATV and UTV competitors.
Dylan Dixon led the way for GBC Motorsports with a convincing championship in the Quad 450 Pro class, winning five of the six races he participated in on board his GBC Bomb Squad MX tires. Joey Berg finished 2nd in the Quad 450 Pro-Am class with three class victories along the way. Javier Palacios added a class title along with several race wins in the Quad Open class. Justin Christensen won five races on the way to the Quad 450 Intermediate title. Kayla Smith joined in on the fun by dominating the UTV 700 class, winning six out of seven races. She also won the only UTV 1000 race she entered, and finished the season with the UTV 700 championship.
Coming off an impressive 2011 season GBC Motorsports again assembled a solid stable of sport and utility racers for the 2012 campaign. With four class championships and six racers finishing in the Top 20 Overall, GBC enjoyed being a part of one of the toughest race series around and is looking forward to more success in 2013.
Kevin Yoho, Johnny Gallagher and Bryan Cook represented GBC in the pro ranks. Yoho built off of his successful rookie season last year by finishing in 7th place in the XC1, earning the #7 for his machine in 2013. Gallagher’s 8th place class and overall finish is the veteran’s best season result since 1998. Cook was limited to just five rounds but still mustered enough points for a 16th place Overall finish. Eric Hoyland finished 4th in the XC2 class and will move up to XC1 in 2013 with the Overall #13 on his quad.
Brycen Neal’s College A championship was highlighted by several Amateur Overall honors throughout the season, as is the #17 Overall finish as he moves into XC2 for 2013. Jay Shadron added a class championship in the College B division and will move into College A next season.
GBC Motorsports newcomer Bryan Buckhannon dominated the 4×4 Open class championship with nine class wins and was the top finishing Utility racer. Forrest Whorton tallied his third career GNCC Championship with the 4×4 Senior title.
Looking Ahead to 2013 Racing
GBC Motorsports is once again offering the GBC Bucks contingency program for several race series throughout the country in 2013. The list includes: GNCC Racing, WORCS ATV&UTV Racing, the Dirt Series, Yamaha Quad-X Series, the Iowa ATV Hare Scramble Series, and the Mid-East Hare Scramble Series.
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