Led by ITP Pro Adam McGill’s XC1 ATV Pro class victory, Team ITP ATV and SxS racers won 10 classes and earned a total of 14 podiums at the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country event in West Virginia. Team ITP had a total of three of its racers earn a trip to the overall podium in three of the four GNCC racing sessions at the Mountaineer Run, which included both round eight of the ATV schedule and round four of the GNCC SxS series.
“We had an outstanding Saturday at the Mountaineer Run GNCC, earning 10 total class victories. Adam McGill put in an inspiring performance in the XC1 Pro ATV class, battling right down to the final few turns for his first win of 2013,” said Pat McGuire, Public Relations / Race Support. “Dave Simmons won his Super Senior 45+ class for the fifth time this season and also took second in the morning overall. XC1 Modified class race team Team Jacks II earned second on the SxS overall podium.”
McGill, who earned his first ATV Pro class win of the year, headlined the weekend for Team ITP at the Parts Unlimited Mountaineer Run in Masontown, W.Va. Coming off of his second-place finish at round seven, where he led most of the race but failed to win, McGill was determined to change the outcome in his home state. The West Union, W. Va., racer started the race with a bang, as he pulled the $250 Team Woodhead / DeRisi Racing XC1 Holeshot Award. From there, McGill (Lonestar Racing / Precision / ITP) was the official lap leader the rest of the race despite a few challenges from his competitors. Although he swapped the race lead a few times with the current points leader, McGill remained calm and rode his Holeshot GNCC and Quadcross XC tire combination to the finish line and to victory. It was McGill’s first overall XC1 ATV Pro class win and afternoon overall since round 11 of last year. He currently sits second in the Pro class points race and has recorded two consecutive podium finishes.
ITP racer and afternoon session racer Brigham Patterson also notched his first victory of the year by winning the College B (16-21) class. Despite missing round seven, he now has three podium finishes and is currently fourth in the class points. ITP rider Justin Paul was fourth in the College B (16-21) class and now sits seventh in the point standings.
Nathan Wallpe and Chad Jones, both of Hilltop Motorsports, finished ninth and 13th, respectively, in the XC2 Pro-Am ranks. ITP pilots Brian Schmid (Senior A/B 40+) and William Lloyd (Junior A 22+) each finished third in their respective afternoon ATV classes. Both racers still own their class points lead heading into round nine on June 29.
ITP-supported morning racers earned five class wins, led by Super Senior (45+) class winner Dave Simmons, who also took the second spot on the overall morning podium using ITP tires. Simmons, who has won his class five times and made the morning podium five times, is currently second in his class point standings. Kristen Deloach (Women’s A 15+), Kenny Rich Sr. (Masters 50+), Kenny Rich Jr. (24+ C) and Mark Batson (35+ C) also won their classes at round eight. 4×4 Open class racer Sam Williams finished in second place.
Youth class racers Carter Kerens and Jordan Digby also recorded class wins in West Virginia. Kerens, who has three wins in the last four races, currently sits in second place in the unofficial point standings, but has the most victories and podiums in the class. Digby, who won his third race of the year, is sixth in his class points race. Round four of the GNCC SxS series was also hosted at the Mountaineer Run and two ITP-backed race teams made the podium.
Team Jacks I (Jack’s Excavating / DragonFire Racing / ITP) finished second on the XC1 Modified class podium and took second on the overall SxS podium. Jacks I is currently fourth in the standings with three podiums in four rounds. Team Jacks II also rode its ITP tires to a podium finish, earning the class victory in the XC2 Limited class. Team Jacks II, which finished sixth on the SxS overall podium, has won all four of its class events this year and is the clear points leader heading into round five of the GNCC SxS series.
The ATV portion of the 2013 GNCC series returns to West Virginia, Saturday, June 29, for round nine – the AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC – before taking its two-month summer break. Round five of the GNCC SxS series will be held Oct.12, at the ITP Powerline Park GNCC (Round 12 of the ATV / bike series) in St. Clairsville, Ohio.
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