AMSOIL GNCC Grand National Cross Country Series
Round 6: Dunlop Tomahawk at Seneca Highland
Courtesy of ITP Tires
ODESSA, NY, MAY 9-10, 2015
The ITP Tires off-road racing team competed at the maiden Tomahawk GNCC in Odessa, New York, compiling seven class wins, the afternoon session’s Top Amateur Racer award, and five additional podium finishes.
“Seven wins and 11 podiums at an all-new GNCC track is great,” said Pat McGuire, in charge of public relations and race support for ITP. “You really never know what the conditions will be like on any given weekend, especially at a new course, but our riders did very well in the varying conditions. Downed trees, roots, rocky creeks and also thick dust didn’t make it easy on anyone, so earning a podium was certainly impressive.”
ITP racers competed in three different sessions at the Tomahawk GNCC. Angel Knox finished fourth overall and won the WXC Women’s class aboard her Honda 450R outfitted with ITP Holeshot GNCC tires. It was her third win of the year and her second straight podium finish. She’s currently fourth in the class points standings.
GNCC veteran and defending Super Senior (Over 45) champion Dave Simmons finished a few spots behind Knox, taking the eighth spot overall in the 10 a.m. session and another victory in his class. Simmons has now won all six Super Senior-class events this season and nine consecutive races dating back to 2014 while using ITP Holeshot GNCC tires on his Yamaha ATV.
A third straight victory by reigning Masters (Over 50) class champion Kenny Rich Sr. has pushed him into the points lead after six rounds of racing. The Suzuki racer got off to a slow start, but he has heated up at the last four rounds, notching four podiums.
Cameron Abee, another Yamaha rider who runs ITP tires, also tasted victory in New York, posting the Schoolboy Junior (13-15) class win. His fellow Schoolboy racer Tanner Talbott joined Abee on the class podium, taking third place. Both racers have two wins this year, but Talbott currently holds a 14-point advantage in the class points race.
The afternoon session also saw ITP racers do very well, as team riders earned five podiums. Westley Wolfe continued his recent string of wins in the College A (16-21) class, earning his third straight victory using ITP tires on his number-741 Suzuki. Wolfe also scored the GT Thunder ATV Amateur Overall Award using his ITP Holeshot GNCC/ ITP QuadCross XC tire combination.
Media All-Stars/ ITP’s Mark Batson won the Senior A/B (Over 38) class on his Yamaha dressed in ITP tires. It was Batson’s third win of the year and his fourth straight podium finish.
College A (16-21) racers Steven Covert, on his Yamaha, and class competitor Kristian Meyer, on his Honda – both machines trimmed with ITP tires – finished second and third, respectively, in their class.
Brayden Schick also tallied a College-class podium, earning second place in the College B (16-21) ranks on his Yamaha.
Junior A (Over 22) class racer Justin Paul earned fifth at round six.
In the Youth session, ITP’s Damien Hawkins posted a win in the 90cc Limited (8-12) class.
Parker Henderson placed second in the 90cc (8-12) class.
Fourth-place runs were put in by Jordan Digby, in the 125cc Senior (13-15) class and Marti Lantz in the Girls (8-15) class.
The next GNCC race, the Rocky Mountain ATV/ MC Mountaineer Run, will feature both ATVs (round seven in that series) and UTVs (round three in that series) and will be held May 23 and 24 in Masontown, West Virginia. For more information on the AMSOIL GNCC Series, visit www.gnccracing.com.
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[For more from this event, please see “Team UXC Race Report from the Tomahawk GNCC”… Editor]