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Team UXC Race Report from the Snowshoe GNCC

| 1 July 2017 6:20 pm

GNCC Grand National Cross Country Series
ATV Round 9: Snowshoe GNCC at

Courtesy of Team UXC Racing
Photos by Ken Hill and RacedayPix
SHOWSHOE, WV, JUNE 24-25, 2017

Tayton Swift (left) scored his second National win at the Snowshoe GNCC.

Tayton Swift (left) scored his second National win at the Snowshoe GNCC.

Historically, the much-anticipated Snowshoe Mountain event has mostly been kind to Team UXC. So with a growing momentum from the last few rounds, the team had high hopes to put a machine on the top spot in West Virginia.

The day started miserably, with low clouds, strong winds and rain. However, this would not set the emotions of the day, as Tayton Swift yet again set the bar high and brought home his second National win in the 90cc Limited (8-12) class. This one was made all the more special after a steady start saw him take the lead on the last lap. He was ecstatic to stand on the Snowshoe stage!

As if in tune with Tayton’s win, the clouds and rain disappeared as the adults lined up for the morning race. They were left with gorgeous views of the surrounding West Virginia mountains from 4,848 feet. However, the damage of several days of rainfall had left the track – and the legendary Howard’s Hole – rather slick.

Getting off to a clean start, Pro 4×4 racers Michael Swift and Kevin Trantham headed off down the mountain. They would be chased down by a large number of both fresh and returning entrants to the Pro 4×4 class.

The start of the Pro 4x4 contest.

The start of the Pro 4×4 contest.

Coming through on lap one, Kevin Cunningham had the lead, but Kevin Trantham was tucked right in behind. It would go like this the whole race, with both riders trading the lead right up until the last lap. An unfortunate incident with a lapper for Cunningham gave Trantham the opportunity to get back in front and take the lead – and the race win. Team UXC was back on top of the podium and the mountain!’

Kevin Trantham put Team UXC back on the top of the podium once more!

Kevin Trantham put Team UXC back on the top of the podium once more!

Trantham was singing the praises of his Custom Axis Shocks having made light work of the terrain and allowing him to throw the Polaris Scrambler XP1000 around the course with ease.

When Swift completed his first lap, it was clear he was having some trouble with his vehicle’s left rear. It was later found out that he’d gotten caught up on a tree and raced the entire race in three-wheel drive after nearly tearing the wheel off. Under normal conditions, this would be a challenge, but at the Snowshoe, with its steep ascents and descents, this was much worse. Swift was seen crabbing up one hill still holding the throttle wide open. He crossed the line fifth in class and overall, and he put his ability to finish down to the sheer strength of the RCV Performance axles and Teixeira Tech chassis components.

Team UXC in West Virginia.

Team UXC in West Virginia.

The mountain was also kind to Team UXC’s Senior 4×4 rider, Graham Widdicombe. After making a great start and slotting into second off the line, Widdicombe also suffered an incident on the first lap that left him with a severely bruised abdomen and ribs. Unsure if he could continue, the pit crew refreshed his goggles and encouraged him to dig deep.

That proved to be the right decision, as the determined racer, who finished second in class at the Snowshoe last year, crossed the line ahead of the rest of his class and took his first-ever GNCC win. This also made him the first Brit to win a GNCC race on a 4×4 ATV.

Meanwhile, 4×4 A rider Josh Day had some issues out on track and was unable to finish. However, the luck didn’t hold for his closest championship rival, either.

The excitement continued as Team UXC also welcomed two guest racers to Snowshoe: returning guest racer Kev Jones, who hails from the UK, and new guest racer Gustavo Montoya from Miami, Florida. Both racers would take on the mountain course in the 4×4 C class.

Jones finished a very respectable fifth. He loved the challenging track and was pleased to tick off an item from his bucket list.

The same was also true for Montoya, although he tweaked his wrist and was unable to continue to the finish. He made it back to the pits still wearing his big smile! Swift congratulated both of them and was delighted to have given both riders the race experience they were chasing.

Team sponsor Bair’s Powersports was also racing under the Team UXC tent. Their racer Brad Cheyney took second in 4×4 B class – an excellent result!

The team is back to its winning ways and hopes to take this momentum to Ohio, where Team UXC will return in full capacity, racing UTVs and ATVs. See you there!

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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.

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