GBC Motorsport riders put together another strong day of ATV racing at what might be the most difficult stop on the GNCC Series – Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia.
Bryan Buckhannon started things off by leading much of the morning race in both the 4×4 Open class and the overall position. A last lap issue would drop Bryan from the leader board; fortunately his fifth place finish combined with his six wins keep him firmly atop the points standings.
Forrest Whorton continued his domination of the 4×4 Senior class this season with his seventh win, as well as scoring a season high ninth overall. BNR’s Ryan Smith earned his second consecutive 4×4 Novice class win, and Scott Day put in his best race of 2012 with a second place in the U2 class good for fifth overall. Kylie Ahart is quickly proving to be a threat in the Pro Women’s class after moving up this season, and her third place finish this weekend marked her second podium appearance.
FRE/KTM ATV GNCC rider Bryan Cook earned 6th overall at the Grand National Cross Country Series finale after a three-hour battle with Kevin Yoho and Donald Ockerman for the position.
Cook got off to a decent start rounding the first corner inside the top ten. From the opening lap to the ending lap, he remained in close battle with Yoho and Ockerman constantly swapping positions. Cook started at the tail end of the battle and trailed Ockerman until the second lap when he moved into seventh. Two laps later he took full advantage of an open line and made another pass on Yoho to take over sixth place. He went on to claim sixth overall for the day.
Cook launched off the start and was sitting at the front of the pack when he collided with Taylor Kiser. Both riders were thrown off their ATVs and had to untangle their quads before they could get back to the race. The two remounted in last place. One lap later, Cook had to make an unscheduled pit stop for repairs from the damage sustained in his first turn crash. This stop put him 10 minutes behind the lead group.
Cook rode decently once he returned to the course but was unable to make up the time lost and finished in a disappointing 11th place. With one more round left, Cook is looking forward to keeping it on all four wheels and running inside the top five to end the season.