The GBC Motorsports Heartland Challenge has grown each year since the inaugural event in 2008 to become one of the most prestigious ATV endurance races in America. The 6th Annual Heartland Challenge was marked by the introduction of the Series Challenge class, and more than 120 teams came from 21 states to compete.
GBC Motorsports offered a special promotion for early registration, with prizes including a set of tires and GBC Bucks. Jody Estes of Team MAXC was selected as the winner of the set of tires, and he chose a set of Kanati Mud Hog light truck tires as his prize. Steve Kiggins of Team Kiggins Racing won $300 in GBC Bucks and opted to put the money towards a set of XC-Master tires. Both winners were presented with their awards at the event and walked away happy owners of some new tires.
UTV 4-Hour Challenge
The action began Friday evening as 36 UTVs pulled up to the line for the 4-hour UTV Challenge. Broken into three classes – 850 Limited, 850 Modified and Open – Team Cabana Motorsports, Team Hicklin Racing and Team Cook Insurance became the first three teams to be crowned as 2013 Heartland Challenge Champions. Along with the title came a $1,000 payout for each class. Team Cabana Motorsports out of Bristol, WI was the UTV Overall winner, logging 22 laps in the allotted time.
2013 GBC Motorsports Heartland Challenge UTV Class Winners
|UTV 850 Limited||Team Hicklin Racing||Des Moines, IA|
|UTV 850 Modified||Team Cook Insurance||Moulton, IA|
|Open UTV||Team Cabana Motorsports*||Bristol, WI|
Youth ATV 3-Hour Challenge
Saturday morning came early as the Youth ATV Challenge was set to kick off at 8:00am. The Youth Challenge’s 17 teams across four different classes worked through lap after lap for three hours, with Team K&K Racing, Team Buckskinner Boys, Team Dirt Dominators and Team 50 Stock Boys winning their respective classes. Team K&K Racing, comprised of local products Ty Keeth and Brock Kyner from Carlisle, IA, took the Youth Overall honors as they completed 22 laps in the 3-hour time period.
2013 GBC Motorsports Heartland Challenge Youth ATV Class Winners
|90cc Production||Team K&K Racing*||Carlisle, IA|
|90cc Stock||Team Buckskinner Boys||Carlisle, IA|
|70cc Production||Team Dirt Dominators||Norwalk, IA|
|50cc Production||Team 50 Stock Boys||Gallatin, MO|
Adult ATV 10-Hour Challenge
After a quick lunch break and pre-race meeting, the adult competitors prepared their quads for the 10-hour Challenge. With a blast of an air horn the first set of riders raced across the field for a Lemans-style start. Soon there were dozens of ATVs roaring out of the starting area with 10 hours of racing ahead of them.
More than 70 teams competed in the 12 Adult ATV classes that included the new Series Challenge class, two Ironman classes and various team classes. The Heartland Challenge course featured a mixture of tight trails and open fields and was highlighted by the GBC Challenge section, an obstacle-laden shortcut of sorts. When all was said and done, Team IXCR were awarded the title of Series Challenge Champions as trio of riders were awarded a $4,000 payout and the IXCR Series earned a $2,000 payout in the first race for this new class. Kevin Trantham took the $2,500 Pro 4×4 Ironman purse, a worthy reward for 10 hard hours of solo riding. AA class winners Team Woodhead Mafia out of Westunion Marietta, WV also took ATV Overall honors, completing 34 laps less than a minute faster than 2012 champs Team Yamaha.
2013 GBC Motorsports Heartland Challenge Adult ATV Class Winners
|Series Challenge||Team IXCR||Osgood, IN|
|Pro 4×4 Ironman||Team Trantham Racing||Hot Springs, NC|
|AA||Thee Woodhead Mafia*||Westunion Marietta, WV|
|A||Team Vice Construction||Lacona, IA|
|B||Team Spider Graphix||Monrovia, IN|
|C||Team Shake N Bake||Minneapolis, MN|
|+30||Team Bloody Knuckle Racing||Red Oak, IA|
|+40||Team Geezers||Rockford, IL|
|4×4 Open||Team Leer’s Cycle Center||Ionia, IA|
|Women||Racing Lickety Split||Gilman City, IA|
|Schoolboy||Team Average Joes||Carlisle, IA|
|Ironman||Justin Ironman Steck||Rochester, MN|
*Denotes Overall Winner
With the 2013 GBC Motorsports Heartland Challenge in the books, GBC and race organizers Andy and Tracy Kyner, of the Iowa ATV Hare Scramble Series, look forward to the 7th edition of this great event next summer. GBC Motorsports would like to thank the organizers for putting together a great event, the crew members that worked so hard to make it run smoothly, the sponsors that helped support the Heartland Challenge, and especially all of the racers and fans that made the trip out.
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