GBC Motorsports Racers Back on the GNCC Podium Following Summer Break
Summer is officially over and the Grand National Cross Country series (GNCC) is back in action! With two more races in the books, GBC Motorsports racers are already proving that the extra time to train, recover and prepare their quads this summer has paid off.
Round 10 - Unadilla - New Berlin, NY
Skies were grey and the course was slick following rainy conditions earlier in the week as GBC Motorsports racers lined up for the tenth round of the season. GBC Motorsports supported racers dove headfirst back into the action in the morning races, with Rob Smith leading the way with the 5th best overall time and the number 3 spot in the premier 4x4 Pro class. Smith was followed by a gaggle of GBC racers, with Jordan Phillips and Ron Varndell filling out the top 5 in the class and Tanner Bowles following in 6th place.
Ken Robey immediately returned to his winning ways, notching his 8th victory of the season in the 4x4 Senior class. There’s no such thing as an easy GNCC race, but Robey’s skillful navigation of each GNCC course sure makes it look easy.
Katelyn Osburn went into the summer break on the highest note possible, with a WXC class victory. Months later, Osburn put together an impressive come-from-behind effort on a tough Unadilla course to earn 3rd place in the class and 15th overall. Her 8th podium of the season, Osburn’s consistent finishes have her in third place in the class ranks.
Jeremy LeDonne has been an up-and-coming force in the 19+ C class, and picked up right where he left off with a 2nd place finish. Unadilla marked his 6th podium finish of the season, part of the reason he leads the class.
The afternoon race was highlighted by more class victories by GBC riders, but it was Landon Wolfe with the best overall time on the day and the 5th place position in the XC1 Pro class. Marty Christofferson and Johnny Gallagher joined Wolfe in the top ten with 7th and 8th place finishes, respectively.
XC2 Pro-Am frontrunner, Devon Feehan, continued his 2017 campaign with his 8th podium finish of the season. It was a tight race that never saw Feehan far behind the leader, and the GBC rider held on to take 2nd place in the class and 7th place overall. Fellow GBC racer Matt Lindle finished just behind in 4th place, good enough for 14th place overall in the afternoon ranks.
Making a return to full time racing for the first time in years, Jeff Pickens is making the most of his time in the Vet A class. Pickens notched another class victory, his 5th of the year, and picked up another top 20 overall finish. John Sousa added a class victory for GBC in the Vet B competition. Though it was just his first win of the season, Sousa leads the class ranks thanks to his consistent performances throughout the year.
Round 11 - Mountaineer Run - Masontown, WV
It was a hot and humid day in Masontown, West Virginia as riders prepared for the eleventh round of GNCC racing at the Mountaineer Run. The 10am race was once again highlighted by a pair of 4x4 class victories by GBC racers, with Doug Moore taking the 4x4 Lites class and Ken Robey winning his 3rd straight in the 4x4 Senior class.
Ron Varndell earned his best finish of the season with 4th place in the tough 4x4 Pro class, with fellow GBC racer Rob Smith rounding out the top 5. Katelyn Osburn locked down another top 5 class finish in WXC, while Jeremy LeDonne once again found the podium with a 2nd place finish in the 19+ C class.
Conditions were near perfect by the time the 1pm race rolled around, and this time it was GBC’s own Johnny Gallagher with the top finish of 8th place in the XC1 class. In the XC2 Pro-Am field, Devon Feehan once again battled for the lead but settled for a 3rd place podium finish, while Matt Lindle again just missed the box with a 4th place finish. Feehan holds on to a slim points lead with just two rounds remaining, and will need to put in a pair of solid performances to secure the 2017 title.
Nick Mastrangelo was firing on all cylinders in Masontown, winning the Junior A class for just the second time this season. Mastrangelo just missed the top 20 Overall, and will need to finish the season strong if he is to make a run at the class championship. Meanwhile, Jeff Pickens is in good shape to take the Vet A title following yet another 2nd place podium finish at the Mountaineer Run.
Just two rounds remain in the 2017 season as racers next head to Powerline Park in St. Clairsville, OH.