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Can-Am Off-Road Racers Win Six GNCC Titles!

| 29 October 2014 3:06 pm

AMSOIL GNCC Grand National Cross Country Series
Round 13: Ironman GNCC

Courtesy of BRP/Can-Am
CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN, OCT. 25-26, 2014

Kyle Chaney won the 2014 XC1 Modified SxS championship, Marcus Pratt took home the XC2 Limited SxS title – both in Can-Am Maverick 1000R side-by-side vehicles – and Bryan Buckhannon captured the 4×4 Pro title on his Renegade 800R X xc at the pinked-out AMSOIL GNCC Grand National Cross Country Series finale in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Can-Am racers posted podium sweeps in both the premier 4×4 Pro and XC1 Modified SxS classes at the Ironman event, concluding the year in dominating fashion.

Can-Am X-Team’s Kevin Trantham put his Renegade 800R X xc in the winners’ circle at the Ironman GNCC in Indiana, giving him nine podium finishes and four wins on the year in the 4x4 Pro-class points standings.

Can-Am X-Team’s Kevin Trantham put his Renegade 800R X xc in the winners’ circle at the Ironman GNCC in Indiana, giving him nine podium finishes and four wins on the year in the 4×4 Pro-class points standings.

“This particular GNCC seaon was amazing, because we won every class where our team-supported racers competed in,” said Can-Am racing project leader Jeff Leclerc. “Kyle Chaney put together a very consistent season, easily winning the XC1 Modified class in his Maverick 1000R. Bryan Buckhannon simply outran the competition on his way to winning the inaugural 4×4 Pro division, a class that saw us take the top three spots. Factor in our other titles and the podium sweeps at Ironman, and we put a big exclamation point on 2014 – our best season ever!”

The Ironman GNCC finale, one of the most popular and well-attended events on the annual 13-race schedule, was held on nearby farmland, complete with hills, creeks, mud, woods, and a manmade MX course outside of Crawfordsville. Along with its dramatic championship storylines, Ironman is also hugely popular for its proximity to Halloween, and because participants and fans wear pink to promote breast-cancer awareness.

The number-eight Can-Am Maverick 1000R piloted by Kyle Chaney finished eighth in the XC1 Modified class at the AMSOIL GNCC finale in Indiana to earn the first GNCC side-by-side championship for Can-Am.

The number-eight Can-Am Maverick 1000R piloted by Kyle Chaney finished eighth in the XC1 Modified class at the AMSOIL GNCC finale in Indiana to earn the first GNCC side-by-side championship for Can-Am.

With a 28-point lead heading into the final round, Chaney Racing/ Turnkey UTV/ JB Racing-backed Can-Am rider Kyle Chaney simply needed to finish in order to capture the XC1 Modified-class championship, but he did much better than that: The Ohio native finished a very solid eighth in a field of almost 40 side-by-side vehicles, coming from 14th after lap one to capture the first GNCC side-by-side racing title for Can-Am. He ended up winning by 24 points over second place.

“It still hasn’t sunk in yet that we got the championship,” said Chaney. “It’s still unbelievable. I knew I would win it someday; I just needed a good team behind me to make it happen, and that’s what Can-Am and the JB team has provided. This setup worked well for us this year, and we will be going with the same one next season.”

Kyle Chaney and co-pilot Chris Bithell earned three wins and four total podiums in six rounds of side-by-side racing to win the GNCC XC1 Modified SxS-class championship with his Can-Am Maverick 1000R.

Kyle Chaney and co-pilot Chris Bithell earned three wins and four total podiums in six rounds of side-by-side racing to win the GNCC XC1 Modified SxS-class championship with his Can-Am Maverick 1000R.

Chaney wasn’t the only Can-Am Maverick 1000R racer making news at the Ironman, as JB Racing-backed Can-Am driver Tim Farr (along with co-pilot and GNCC WXC champion Angel Knox) won the final round to move into third place in the final class points standings. Farr earned his third podium of the year and was joined on the class and overall podiums by ZMS/ Can-Am racer Zac Zakowski and Hendershot Performance/ Can-Am pilot Larry Hendershot Jr.

Can-Am Maverick racers swept the podium at the Ironman GNCC: (from left to right) Zac Zakowski, Tim Farr and Larry Hendershot Jr. (and their teammates) finished second, first and third, respectively.

Can-Am Maverick racers swept the podium at the Ironman GNCC: (from left to right) Zac Zakowski, Tim Farr and Larry Hendershot Jr. (and their teammates) finished second, first and third, respectively.

Maverick 1000R drivers earned five of the top eight finishes in the XC1 Modified class.

Can-Am also scored the XC2 Limited SxS-class crown, as Team Jack’s II-backed Can-Am rider Marcus Pratt earned enough points at the Ironman GNCC to grab the season championship.

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Can-Am ATV 4×4 racers were also dominant this season, winning all four 4×4 Utility classes. Bryan Buckhannon earned the 4×4 Pro-class championship, posting four victories and 12 podium finishes aboard his ATV Parts Plus Can-Am Renegade 800R X xc. He edged fellow Renegade pilot and 2014 Ironman winner Kevin Trantham by 18 points; Trantham had four wins and nine podiums. BNR/ Can-Am Renegade rider Rob Smith took third place in the 4×4 Pro-class points and at Ironman, giving Can-Am a podium sweep on the year.

Bryan Buckhannon almost retired after winning all 13 rounds of the 4x4 Open class last year to win the title, but he decided to come back and race a Can-Am Renegade 4x4 in the inaugural 4x4 Pro class. The multiple-time GNCC champion didn’t disappoint, as he won the championship by 18 points, recording four wins and 12 podiums along the way.

Bryan Buckhannon almost retired after winning all 13 rounds of the 4×4 Open class last year to win the title, but he decided to come back and race a Can-Am Renegade 4×4 in the inaugural 4×4 Pro class. The multiple-time GNCC champion didn’t disappoint, as he won the championship by 18 points, recording four wins and 12 podiums along the way.

“It feels great to get the championship,” said Buckhannon. “It was a lot of work, but it paid off. The 4×4 Pro class raised the bar, and I really wanted to win the class, so I came back [from retirement]. Now I think I have to race it one more year just to defend the title. I have to thank Can-Am and all of my sponsors for helping me make this happen, and hopefully we can do it again next season.”

Tanner Bowles, the 2014 4×4 A/B class champion, and Cory Bartlett and Michael Edwards ended the year one-two-three for Can-Am in the 4×4 A/B ranks. Terry Whitesides (in the 4×4 Senior class) and Nick Eichelberger (in the 4×4 C class) also ended up as 2014 class champions, competing on Renegade 4x4s.

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For more information on 2014 Can-Am racing, the contingency program and all amateur racer support programs, please visit www.can-amxteam.com.

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