GBC Motorsports Racers Power through Powerline Park GNCC
The end of the 2017 season fast approaches as racers and spectators alike flocked to St. Clairsville, Ohio this weekend for the Powerline Park GNCC. The mild weather conditions made for a great day of racing in this penultimate round of the series, and GBC Motorsports supported racers brought home a handful of top finishes and inched closer to class titles.
Skies were grey as the day began, but as the 10am racers prepared for battle the temperatures began to rise. As he has done much of the year, 4x4 Pro rider Rob Smith led all GBC racers in the morning race with a 4th place class finish and 6th place overall finish. Fellow 4x4 Pro riders Tanner Bowles and Jordan Phillips joined him in the top 20 overall. Katelyn Osburn battled for the WXC lead much of the race, finishing in a close 2nd place and earning the 11th overall position in the morning races.
Kateyln Osburn's 2nd place WXC finish was the 11th fastest overall.
Meanwhile Ken Robey continued his domination with a fourth consecutive 4x4 Senior victory, padding his comfortable class lead heading into the final round. Jeremy LeDonne also claimed his fourth class win of the season and will look to wrap up the 19+ C title at the Ironman GNCC.
Ken Robey maintained his streak with a fourth straight 4x4 Senior win.
The afternoon races started out with a promising omen as GBC’s Marty Christofferson jumped out to grab the XC1 Pro holeshot. Christofferson contended with the world-class competition all race long, eventually crossing the line in 9th place between Landon Wolfe (8th place) and Johnny Gallagher (10th place).
The real fireworks for the group of GBC Motorsports racers would follow in the XC2 Pro-Am class, as rider Devon Feehan continued to fight for the class title. Feehan was not the fastest off the line, but by halfway through the race he had secured the lead and went on to win his fifth race of the season. The performance also matched his season-best overall finish of 5th place, proving that Feehan is locked in with his eyes squarely on the class championship.
Devon Feehan kept his XC2 Pro-Am title hopes alive with another victory.
In the stacked Vet A class, Jeff Pickens sailed to his seventh victory of the season. While his 17th place overall finish was not a season-best, it was enough to land him on the amateur overall podium. Pickens has already wrapped up the 2017 Vet A class title, a sweet reward for a year’s worth of hard work and dedication.
Jeff Pickens pulled the second fastest amateur time while winning the Vet A class.
The 2017 GNCC season concludes October 28-29 as racers head to Crawfordsville, IN for the Ironman GNCC.