Team ITP Race Report: John Penton GNCC
High temperatures and sweat-inducing humidity made for sweltering, Safari-like conditions in Millfield, Ohio for the John Penton GNCC. But Team ITP racers managed to overcome the elements and pounce on a number of podiums with their ITP Holeshot- and QuadCross-equipped quads.
The king of the jungle in the morning race was forever-young Dave Simmons ( Yamaha), an Ohio native. This cool cat was the overall winner for the sixth time in 2012, and bagged his ninth straight Super Senior 45+ class kill.
Glenn McConnell (Yamaha) had another good hunt despite feeling diseased from the heat. He snapped up third place in the 50+ Masters class and was 17th overall – and is on the scent of a title with second in the standings.
In the fierce Women’s class, Angel Atwell ( Honda) clawed out the holeshot and persevered to third place while finishing eighth overall in the morning. She’s sunk her teeth into second place in the standings with four events remaining in the season. An amateur’s best nine of 11 scores are counted toward year-end championships.
Tougher than a crocodile steak, Adam McGill (Honda) struck back from serious injuries sustained just a month ago and was among the leading pack for the overall victory in afternoon race. He captured the holeshot award, and after an hour and forty-one minutes – the race was shortened in the name of rider safety due to the heat – he snared second place in the XC1 Pro class and second overall. Despite his physical woes, he sits fifth in points.
The top of the food chain in the XC2 Pro Am division is occupied by Pat McGuire (Yamaha). Another big-game performance found him in second place at the end of the day and in the top 10 overall. This breed of consistency is lethal when it comes to making tracks toward a title, and McGuire is creeping in with an 11-point lead in the class.
Matt Hanna (Yamaha) did his Greg’s ATV sponsors proud by scavenging yet another top-five XC2 finish. He’s stalking the top of the standings in fifth for the year.
The series is now taking its traditional summer break, especially welcome after this tropical event. It returns to action September 15-16 with the Unadilla GNCC near New Berlin, NY.