Can-Am Race Report: June 25-26
Bryan Buckhannon rode his Can-Am Renegade X xc 1000R to victory at a rain-soaked 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country series race in Showshoe, W.Va. Can-Am X-Team teammate Kevin Cunningham joined Buckhannon on the class podium to expand his class points lead. Can-Am racers also notched two regional racing victories for the Can-Am X-Team.
“Our Can-Am Renegade 1000R ATV is engineered to perform in the GNCC arena and our racers continue to prove that fact,” said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “Bryan Buckhannon has regained his elite form, after posting his first victory of 2016 and third straight podium finish. Kevin Cunningham put in another solid race as well, taking third and growing his 4×4 Pro class points lead.”
Despite the severe flooding, numerous road closures and a drenched course, round nine at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, known as “America’s Toughest Race,” was held as scheduled and lived up to its billing.
With his seventh podium finish of the season, Can-Am Renegade 4×4 racer Kevin Cunningham expanded his 4×4 Pro class points lead to 24 points heading into round 10.
Buckhannon, the defending class champion, posted his first 4×4 Pro class win of the year and also took the top spot on the 10 a.m. overall podium. In the last three rounds, Buckhannon has one win and two runner-ups to move into sole possession of fourth place.
Cunningham earned a spot on both the morning and 4×4 Pro podiums. His third-place finish stretched his current class points lead to 24 going into the GNCC summer break. The GNCC series resumes September 10-11, in Unadilla, N.Y.
Tim Farr piloted his Can-Am Maverick 1000R through blinding dust to win round four of the UTV Rally Raid series. Farr won in impressive fashion, as he was the only racer who did not take a pit stop during the grueling four-hour event.
Cody Taylor earned three podiums in the Louisiana Cross Country series at Huff Bend Highland Run. He won the UTV A class in his Can-Am Maverick X ds Turbo and also took second in the ATV A class with his Can-Am Renegade 4×4.