CAN-AM RACERS HAVE SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND AT 2012 POWER LINE PARK GNCC
Valcourt, Québec, October 10, 2012 –
Three Can-Am® Outlander™ ATV racers finished on the morning overall
podium and swept the 4x4 Open class at round 11 of the 2012 Can-Am GNCC
Racing series in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Can-Am X-Team racer and reigning
4x4 Open class champion Bryan Buckhannon, won the morning overall and
his class, beating fellow Can-Am pilots Michael Swift and Zac Zakowski.
In the afternoon session of ATV racing, Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450™ Pro
racer Chris Bithell finished third overall in the XC1 ATV class. XC1
Modified side-by-side driver Joe Krecelich also earned a third-place podium finish in his Can-Am Commander™ 1000 X®.
ATV racers made their presence known at Power Line Park in Ohio, by not
only sweeping the morning overall podium, but also earning five of the
top 10 finishes in the morning and a coveted XC1 class podium in both
ATV and side-by-side racing this weekend,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race
Manager, Can-Am. “Bryan Buckhannon and Michael Swift continued their
highly competitive, yet friendly battle for the 4x4 Open class crown. I
was very thrilled to see both Chris Bithell and Joe Krecelich each earn a
place on their respective Pro class podiums. The bottom line is that we
had a great weekend, but now we need to shift our focus on round 12,
the famous Ironman GNCC in Indiana, and continuing our effort to win
several 2012 class championships.”
10.5-mile Power Line Park course was soaked by rain Friday night,
greeting the racers with wet-and-muddy track conditions on Saturday.
Can-Am racers started the weekend off in a positive manner as
Buckhannon, Swift and Zakowski swept the 4x4 Open class podium, overall
morning podium and utility podium in Ohio. Buckhannon, winner of nine
races this year, continued to expand his points lead and to repeat as
4x4 Open champion.
had a great day of incredible racing and our setup [on the Outlander]
just worked awesome in today's conditions," said Buckhannon.
Smith, a Can-Am Renegade® ATV racer from Conneautville, Pa., recorded
his first U2 class win in Ohio, edging class stalwart and reigning
champion Cliff Beasley (UXC Racing / Can-Am) and Can-Am racer Scott Day.
Forrest Whorton, the defending 4x4 Senior class champion, finished more
than 25 minutes ahead of his nearest competitor to earn his 10th win
of 2012. Josh Copeland, notched his first class overall of the year,
winning the 4x4 Novice class aboard a Can-Am Renegade ATV.
XC1 ATV action, Bithell was determined to carry the morning riders’
success into the afternoon session and looked improve upon his unusual
13th place finish at the last round. The Motoworks / Can-Am
racer did just that as he recovered from a challenging start to earn the
third step on the XC1 class podium. Bithell garnered his fourth top
three or better finish of the season and currently sits fifth in the Pro
class points race.
did not get a great start, but made some things happen in the first few
turns that sent me into the woods close to the leaders. The track was a
great mix and had some sections where I could really use the power,"
said Bithell. "I have to really thank my mechanic Darrin Thomas who had
my Can-Am DS 450 ATV really dialed in. Everything really worked today
and I am so happy to be on the podium."
In the final session of the day, Krecelich continued
the Can-Am podium trend as he piloted his Jack's Excavating/Team
Krecelich Can-Am Commander to third overall in the XC1 Modified class,
rallying from his eighth-place position after lap one.
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