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Team UXC Race Report from the Big Buck GNCC

| 21 March 2017 1:39 pm

GNCC Grand National Cross Country Series
Round 2 ATV/Round 1 UTV: Wild Boar GNCC

Courtesy of Team UXC Racing
PALATKA, FL, MAR. 11-12, 2017

With just a few days to be sure all of the machines were ready, the team headed south to the warmth of Florida.

2017 03125 FL GNCC Rd2 UXC PHOTO AIt’s always hard to know what will happen in Florida, as it’s a unique terrain compared to the rest of the tour. However, the combination of sand and pine trees and bogs always means a rough, often tight track that will only get much worse. It presents a challenge to both the machine and the racer, with sand sapping both power and energy.

Michael Swift and Kevin Trantham would take on the Hog Waller course twice in the UTV Pro XC1 class after racing their Scrambler ATVs in the morning.

Joining the team for the first time was Factory Polaris Ace 900 XC racer Jesi Stracham. Many already know Jesi’s story, but for those who don’t, an unfortunate accident left this young lady paralyzed. However, she is never one to let anything stand in her way, and she has found that racing single-seat UTVs has given her a great release. After finishing her first race in the Ace two years ago, she said it made her feel like she had legs again. UXC looks forward to having her on the team and to her continued success!

UK and U.S. racer Becky Widdicombe will also be returning to the single-seat class.

Another new racer joining the UTV team is Bair’s Powersports #TeamRZR racer Matt Ashton. Running in the Amateur Limited class, Ashton would be competing in his first GNCC race.

2017 03125 FL GNCC Rd2 UXC PHOTO BFresh from the momentum of putting Polaris back on the podium at round one, Swift and Trantham headed to the start line. When the flag dropped, lap one was looking like it would be an interesting one: Swift lay in a good position in fourth, but Trantham was down in 10th.

By the end of lap two, Swift was up to third, and Trantham had dispatched the other six riders in their class to put himself right up to fourth!

Running hard and chasing the win, as the riders crossed the finish line, Trantham took a very well-earned second place in class and overall, and Swift finished a strong fourth.

As Trantham cooled off in the cool zone, he was quick to sing the praises of his Custom Axis Shocks, partnered with Teixeira-Tech A-arms and the STM Powersports/ Airdam Clutches pairing. He said it gave him the maneuverability and power to outdrive the competition and use the full strength of his Polaris package.

Swift was immensely pleased with his own performance in such demanding conditions. He said he was proud to see the Polaris machine climbing back aboard the podium, where it belongs.

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2017 03125 FL GNCC Rd2 UXC PHOTO C2017 03125 FL GNCC Rd2 UXC PHOTO DWith such a strong ATV race, Team UXC’s XC1 Pro racers wanted to repeat the performance in their Factory Polaris RZR UTVs. Trantham got his RZR off the line with Swift just another car behind. They both began chasing the lead, hard.

After an entire day of racing, the course had taken a pounding: It was rough, and the dust was unbelievable – but it was the same for everyone.

Both UXC drivers began picking off cars. Unfortunately, Trantham’s drive was cut short due to a technical issue. Swift was still working hard and brought his RZR across the finish line in seventh.

After the race, Swift said he was pleased with the performance and had a clear idea of what to do to get both machines on the podium.

 

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Team UXC’s Ace racers shot off the line like rockets! Stracham got a beauty of a holeshot and set the early pace, with Widdicombe tucked in behind in fourth and still in contention. The GNCC course was designed with the new, wider XC Ace in mind. However, it was still pretty tight in places, which presented the racers with a good challenge.

2017 03125 FL GNCC Rd2 UXC PHOTO EUnfortunately, Stracham caught a tree, which affected the steering on her machine, and she had to pull out. Stracham was frustrated but took the positive view and said she was amazed by the new Polaris Ace 900 XC and feels that she will be able to put it on top of the podium.

Widdicombe was still racing hard but also fell foul when a bit of contact with another racer gave her tire a puncture. She was equally as frustrated as Stracham, as she, too, could feel the true potential of the machine even in full stock setup.

The rest of the team performed superbly.

Tayton Swift continued his charge in the 90cc Limited (8-12) class with an excellent second-place finish after leaving the line last. He was mere seconds behind the first-place rider.

Graham Widdicombe pulled out a second-place finish in the Senior 4×4 class, and this was after trying to drown his machine in one of Hog Waller’s infamous bogs. He said he was thankful for his Tire Balls for keeping him afloat!

Competing in his first GNCC of 2017 and also coming back from a shoulder injury, 4×4 A racer Josh Day was content to get a finish under his belt and came across the line in a strong sixth.

Finishing out the team’s line-up, UTV Amateur Limited racer Matt Ashton brought his RZR home in second place.

After this very solid performance at the Wild Boar, Team UXC now heads to ATV Round Three in Sparta, Georgia. We thank our sponsors for helping us put together a strong package. Come by and say “hi” and relax in our new pits!

2017 03125 FL GNCC Rd2 UXC PHOTO F Pits

Team UXC Racing 2017 Sponsors
Thank you to Team UXC’s sponsors this season: Airdam, Alco Cleaners, All Balls Racing, Bair’s Powersports, Big Gun Exhaust, Carbo Rocket, Carmichael Training Systems, Cool-It Thermo Tech, Custom Axis Shocks, Dirt Works Motorsports, DP Brakes, Evans Cooling, FPS Racing, Fasst Company, Fly Racing, Hilliard, K&N Filters, Leatt, Maxxis Tires, Motion Pro, Ogio, OMF Wheels, Polaris Engineered Lubricants, Polaris Factory Racing, Polaris Power Generators, Quad Logic, Quad Tech, RCV Performance, RT Pro, RZR, Ricochet Off-Road Armor, Rigid Industries, Rox Speed FX, Securadyne Systems, Scott Goggles, Spider Grips, SSI Decals, STM Powersports, Team, Teixeira Technology, and Tire Balls.

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