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Team UXC Race Report from the Unadilla GNCC

| 15 September 2017 3:32 pm

GNCC Grand National Cross Country Series
ATV Round 10:
Unadilla

Courtesy of Team UXC Racing
Photos by Ken Hill
NEW BERLIN, NY, SEPT. 9-10, 2017

Summer’s over, and we’re heading back to Unadilla for more GNCC racing. Except, we weren’t all heading for New York State this year. Owing to some family and work commitments, Team UCX was, unfortunately, depleted in numbers. Even team owner Michael Swift was unable to line up, although he admitted to being glued to the Racer TV live-timing feed.

Team UXC returned to GNCC racing at the Unadilla round of the series.

Team UXC returned to GNCC racing at the Unadilla round of the series.

Unlike in recent years, the sun failed to shine much in New York for the morning ATV race, and it was noticeably colder than usual after rainfall in the days before the event. It was going to make that Sky Jump pretty slick.

Team UXC Pro 4×4 rider Kevin Trantham lined up on the start line, and when the flag dropped, we were GNCC racing again! With the slick grass, there was a lot of wheel spin, but the Polaris Scrambler XP1000 with Maxxis Bighorn tires got hooked up good and was away!

Rain and colder weather made for interesting conditions at the Unadilla GNCC.

Rain and colder weather made for interesting conditions at the Unadilla GNCC.

However, after laying down some early speed, a technical issue led to Trantham dropping right back to almost last in class. Showing some of the best form of his Pro career, Trantham could feel the benefit in his fitness to skipping a few summer cocktails. He put on a mighty charge that allowed him to make pass after pass, and he got up to second position. The first-place rider had left him too much work to do, and when the checkers flew, Trantham took second in the Pro 4×4 class – a solid result that puts him a strong third in the championship chase, just two points behind second place.

Kevin Trantham was runner-up in the Pro 4x4 class.

Kevin Trantham was runner-up in the Pro 4×4 class.

The only other class Team UXC contested on this weekend was the Senior 4×4 class, with Graham Widdicombe and Nic Snyckers. Both riders put in good performances, but it would be Widdicombe who put another Team UXC Polaris Scrambler XP1000 on the podium, in third. That was a great result at a track that Widdicombe considers his weakest, owing to the significant amount of motocross elements in the course. That said, he was pleased to be using Custom Axis Racing Shocks on his machine after making and sticking the landing of one of the larger doubles out on the course.

Snyckers’ finished the race in fifth place.

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All the racers and all the machines will be back for some UTV and ATV race action in two weeks’ time at Marvin’s Mountain Top in West Virginia for the Mountaineer! See you then!

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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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