Reigning Super Senior (45+) Grand National Cross Country champion Dave Simmons picked up where he left off last year by winning his class and earning the morning overall at the 2013 AMSOIL GNCC series opener in River Ranch, Fla. XC1 ATV Pro racer Adam McGill rode his ITP-equipped race quad to an impressive second-place finish in the GNCC’s most prestigious ATV class.
“We were thrilled to have Dave Simmons win the morning overall and see Adam McGill take the second spot on the XC1 ATV Pro class podium. It was a great start of the season for Team ITP, as several racers competed for their class overall and earned podium finishes,” said Pat McGuire, Public Relations / Race Support. “Our success in Florida proves that ITP is the tire of choice for meeting the rugged demands of GNCC racing and for those riders searching for the ultimate in traction and performance.”
McGill, who was the official leader after the first lap, battled in the top three throughout the entire two-hour XC1 Pro class race. Under pressure from the third-place racer, McGill put the hammer down, ending any threat to pass. McGill held his position the rest of the way and easily secured second overall in the afternoon session and the second stair of the XC1 Pro podium.
Simmons dominated the Super Senior (45+) division, winning by more eight minutes, and also won the morning overall. Dating back to 2011, Simmons has now won 22 straight races, including all 13 events last year. William “Duck” Lloyd, Forest, Va., was another Team ITP racer to win his class in Florida. Lloyd won the Junior A (22+) class by almost 50 seconds on his way to finishing 29th overall in the afternoon racing session.
Team ITP racers Kenny Rich Sr. (Masters 50+) and Brian Schmid (Senior A/B 40+) finished second in their respective classes. Samuel Williams earned a 4×4 Open class podium, finishing third with his ITP tires. Both Kenny Rich Jr. (24+ C class) and Jordan Digby (125 Sr. 12-15) tallied fifth-place finishes for Team ITP.
Round two of the 13-round 2013 AMSOIL GNCC racing series is Saturday, March 16-17, at Aonia Pass MX in Washington, Ga.
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