Can-Am Race Report: GNCC Round 10, TORN Round 6
Can-Am ATV and side-by-side racers won a total of seven classes at both the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) and Texas Off-Road Nationals racing series over the weekend. Can-Am 4×4 racers won three of four classes and earned eight GNCC podiums at the Can-Am Unadilla in New York. TORN racers Hunter and Cody Miller each notched wins aboard their Can-Am vehicles in Texas.
“Our Can-Am 4×4 racers had a nice weekend in New York, competing for the first time after the long GNCC summer break. The remaining four GNCC rounds are important because it’s the final push towards a class championship. We had three class wins and put two on the 4×4 Pro class podium to maintain our points lead, so we were pleased with the results,” said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “Cody and Hunter Miller, were outstanding once again in the TORN series, each winning a class and tallying two podiums apiece.”
GNCC – Can-Am Unadilla
Can-Am racers won three 4×4 classes and earned eight total podiums during the 10 a.m. session at the 2014 Can-Am Unadilla race in New Berlin, N.Y. In the premier 4×4 Pro class, ATV Parts Plus / Can-Am racer Bryan Buckhannon maintained his current class points lead with a solid second-place finish in New York. Fellow Renegade 800R X xc pilot Kevin Trantham, who took third and is currently second in points, joined him on the podium.
“My Can-Am worked well. The track was rough and the lappers were a huge obstacle,” said Buckhannon. “I was able to gain valuable points going into the final three races.”
Can-Am won all three 4×4 amateur classes at round 10 of the GNCC series. With Tanner Bowles having already secured the 4×4 A/B class title for 2014 and moving up to the 4×4 Pro class (sixth in his debut), Indiana-based racer Cory Bartlett picked up where Bowles left off by notching his first class win of the year. Michael Edwards joined him on the podium. Nick Eichelberger continued his mastery over the 4×4 Novice class with his sixth class win in six chances. Despite missing four rounds, Eichelberger sits just nine points behind the class leader with three rounds remaining and is aiming for a championship. Tracey Pierce finished third on a Can-Am. After missing the last six rounds of GNCC racing, defending 4×4 Senior (40+) class champion Forrest Whorton earned his first win of the season edging Terry Whitesides, the class front-runner who owns a 26-point lead.
TORN – Edgewood
Can-Am has a good weekend at round six of the 2014 TORN series. Brothers Cody and Hunter Miller each notched an Expert class win and two podiums apiece at the Edgewood facility. Hunter passed Cody on the final lap during Saturday’s super-dusty ATV Pro class race to post his fourth class win of the year on his DS 450. He now owns a six-point lead over Cody, who has four second-place finishes and one win.
The dust went away for Sunday’s UTV Expert class race as almost 2 inches of rain fell overnight in Edgewood. Hunter came off the line in second and Cody was in fifth in their Maverick side-by-side vehicles. After a slow first lap, Cody had gained on the leader. With two laps to go, Cody took over the lead and held it all the way to the finish for his second victory of the year. Hunter also ended up on the podium in third. Cody holds a six-point lead and Hunter is third in the UTV Expert standings.
“The ATV race had some of the dustiest conditions I have ever raced in and the track was extremely tight and technical, but we got another 1-2 finish in the ATV Expert class,” says Hunter Miller. “In Sunday’s UTV Expert race, Cody got a big win and is now back in the points lead.”