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Team UXC Race Report from the Camp Coker GNCC

| 28 April 2017 2:18 pm

GNCC Grand National Cross Country Series
UTV Round 2/ATV Round 5: Camp Coker Bullet GNCC at
Moree’s Sportsman Preserve

Courtesy of Team UXC Racing
Photos by Ken Hill and RacedayPix
HARTSVILLE, SC, APR. 22-23, 2017

The GNCC tour concluded its Southern swing at Moree’s Sportsman Preserve in Hartsville, South Carolina. A new venue for the GNCC last year, it proved to be a popular one. This weekend was going to be no different, especially as the weather was in the 90s! So when the flag dropped on Saturday, the machines and the riders were going to need to be ready for the heat.

Team UXC main man Michael Swift in action at the Camp Coker GNCC.

Team UXC main man Michael Swift in action at the Camp Coker GNCC.

Almost the entire team was in attendance, as Camp Coker was both round five for the ATVs and round two for the UTVs. We were also joined by the Fox Sports Destination Polaris TV show team. The show was doing a feature on Team UXC and RT Pro Ace driver Jesi Stracham.

UTVs
Pro XC1 drivers Michael Swift and Kevin Trantham rolled out the brand-new 2017 RZR XP1000s for the South Carolina sand. Both Pro drivers have been working hard to fine-tune the already awesome XP1000 to excel in the GNCC mixture of cross-country terrain and woods. The great chassis products from RT Pro allowed Swift and Trantham to push the cars’ pace without failures.

After a superb holeshot off the second row, Swift finished sixth in the XC1 Pro class. Trantham was a little further down in the dust, in 10th. Thanks to Teixeira Tech for their suspension products that make the cars handle and drive so well. With both riders still relatively new to UTV driving at this level, there is no doubt that both Swift and Trantham will be putting one of these machines on the podium this season!

Kevin Trantham trundles through the terrain in South Carolina.

Kevin Trantham trundles through the terrain in South Carolina.

Also driving this weekend was Team UXC/ Bair’s Powersports driver Matt Ashton, who’s joined by our guest rider from Georgia, Kurt Starling, and drove well to bring his machine home in second in Amateur Limited competition.

Single Seat Aces
Factory Polaris and Team UXC racer Jesi Stracham continued to enjoy her new Ace 900XC and battled in the top five all race long, finishing in fifth overall.

Jesi Stracham garnered a fifth-place finish in Single Seat Aces action.

Jesi Stracham garnered a fifth-place finish in Single Seat Aces action.

Becky Widdicombe had some issues during the race adapting to some developments to the new machine. She came home in seventh.

ATVs
Heat was almost certainly a factor in the outcome of the Pro 4×4 ATV race. However, as he is used to the heat of Tennessee, Team UXC boss Swift was back on the podium after a very tough year of development and recovery. Swift was grateful to our sponsors for staying faithful to the team.

Michael Swift returned to the ATV podium at this round.

Michael Swift returned to the ATV podium at this round.

Trantham pulled back to fifth after being well down on the rest of the field due to a coolant hose being damaged and then burning and blistering his hands. Although this was not the result he wanted, he called out the STM Powersports/ Airdam Clutching setup, combined with the Hilliard/ RCV Performance gearing and drive shafts, for allowing him to get so much power down and put himself back in contention. This result still puts him second in the Pro 4×4 championship.

In the other classes, 4×4 Senior rider Graham Widdicombe came home in second after narrowly missing out on his first win due to helping another rider in his class.

Graham Widdicombe was runner-up in the 4x4 Senior class.

Graham Widdicombe was runner-up in the 4×4 Senior class.

Meanwhile, 4×4 A rider Josh Day finished seventh in class after having to deal with some mechanical issues.

Youth rider Tayton Swift continues to dominate the podium. He finished third in his class.

Don’t forget to keep your eyes open for the Destination Polaris episode showing on Fox Sports soon!

We perform best as a team and we like to share the fun – so we hope to see you in Indiana for a brand-new race!

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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.

[For more from this event, please see “Can-Am’s Buckhannon and Miller Go One-Two in South Carolina”… Editor]

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