GBC Motorsports Racers Finish Strong at Ironman GNCC Bryan Buckhannon Completes the Perfect Season

Bryan Buckhannon completed a perfect season in the 4x4 Open class with 13 straight victories.

Bryan Buckhannon completed a perfect season in the 4×4 Open class with 13 straight victories.

After 8 long months and 12 rounds of competing against the top ATV racers in the country, the team of GBC racers pulled into Crawfordsville, IN for the final round of the 2013 season: the Ironman GNCC. Despite unseasonably cold temperatures the racetrack shaped up perfectly and the heated battles that ensued were enough to warm up anyone in attendance.

Forrest Whorton defends his title as 4x4 Senior Champion.

Forrest Whorton defends his title as 4×4 Senior Champion.

Bryan Buckhannon started things off in the AM race with his 13th consecutive win of the season in the 4×4 Open class. Bryan has set a new standard for domination over the past 6 seasons in the 44 divisions, and all of us here at GBC are proud to have had him represent our products. Bryan announced his retirement from full time ATV competition on the podium following his win and stated that he will be focusing his efforts on UTV racing in the future. We look forward to working with Bryan in his UTV career and thank him once again for his efforts over the past few seasons.

Kevin Yoho was GBC's top finisher in XC1 Pro class with 5th place on the season.

Kevin Yoho was GBC’s top finisher in XC1 Pro class with 5th place on the season.

Joining Buckhannon in the winner’s circle was Forrest Whorton, who successfully defended his 4×4 Senior title with a solid 2nd place finish at the Ironman. With 8 class victories and 4 more podium finishes, Whorton proved that he can still compete at a top level.

 When the afternoon Pro race got underway there was a large group of GBC racers doing battle near the front of the pack. Jeff Pickens nearly grabbed another holeshot on his XC-Racer equipped Yamaha and was followed closely by BNR’s Kevin Yoho and Jay Shadron, who was making his XC1 class debut.

GBC's Johnny Gallagher put together his best season in 15 years with a 7th place finish.

GBC’s Johnny Gallagher put together his best season in 15 years with a 7th place finish.

Yoho would continue his charge toward the front all day long, engaging in a final lap battle for the 3rd place position. When the checkered flag flew Yoho finished in 4th place just seconds off the podium, which secured him a career best 5th place overall on the season. Shadron turned quite a few heads on his way to 5th place Overall and the young rider certainly proved he is one to keep an eye on in 2014 and beyond.

 Jeff Pickens crossed the line in 8th place on the day and also took 8th overall for the season, a career high for him as well. Johnny Gallagher finished 9th, which was enough for him to score his highest season ending ranking in 15 years in the 7th place position. 

Up-and-Comer Jay Shadron made his XC1 debut at the Ironman and finished in 5th.

Up-and-Comer Jay Shadron made his XC1 debut at the Ironman and finished in 5th.

Randy Hamilton earned his second XC2 podium of 2013 with a 3rd place finish, and Kenny Shick grabbed the win in the College B class ahead of fellow GBC rider Cameron Bruce, whose 2nd place finish earned him the 2013 GNCC College B class championship.

 Other GBC top finishes at the Ironman included: Robert Smith 2nd (U2); Todd Moskala 2nd (Vet B); Scott Day 3rd (4×4 Lites); Leroy Shook 3rd (Senior A); Kara Merritt 4th (Womens); Nathan Hornacek 4th (Junior A); Walt Schumacher 4th (Junior B)

 Top-5 Season Finishes for GBC Motorsports Riders

Name

Class

Finish

Kevin Yoho

XC1

5th

Jay Shadron

College A

3rd

Kevin McKeown

College A

4th

Nathan Hornacek

Junior A

5th

Cory Blinkiewicz

Vet A

5th

Leroy Shook

Senior A/B

3rd

Kenny Shick

College B

2nd

Daryk Pitzer

College B

4th

Walter Schumacher

Junior B

3rd

Todd Moskala

Vet B

3rd

Kara Merritt

Women

2nd

Robert Smith

U2

2nd

Bryan Buckhannon

4×4 Open

1st

Tanner Bowles

4×4 Open

3rd

Scott Day

4×4 Lites

3rd

Forrest Whorton

4×4 Senior

1st

Ryan Smith

4×4 Novice

1st

 With the 2013 season completed the GNCC Series participants will congregate in Morgantown, WV at the Waterfront Hotel for the awards banquet November 22-23, and then will begin preparation for the 2014 season that will begin in early March in the sands of Florida. Be sure to check in on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more racing and product updates.

 
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