Warnert GNCC Race Report Round 5
Beasley Claims 5th Straight Win at Loretta
Hurricane Mills, TN
– Cliff Beasley continued his series sweep of
the 4x4 Lites class this past weekend at Loretta
Lynn’s bringing home his 5th consecutive win for
the Warnert/Can-Am team. Michael Swift also
continued his winning streak in the 4x4 Limited
class, taking his 3rd consecutive win, which
makes 4 total wins this season for Swift.
Loretta’s laid out a rugged track with some wide
open areas, steep, narrow hillclimbs and they
also incorporated a section of the motocross
track to add some variety. The A.M. classes had
a tough go of things as rain that fell the night
before left the track slick and muddy and made
for some challenging conditions which made Cliff
Beasley feel right at home. Beasley had no
trouble showing everyone that he meant business.
Beasley laid down the fastest lap times in his
class and finished 23 minutes ahead of 2nd
place. Beasley finished his day with a time of
Meanwhile Michael Swift was checking out on the
rest of the 4x4 Limited class. “I was 2nd in the
holeshot, but made the pass for 1st on a
downhill when I took a different line,” said
Swift. Once Swift made the pass, there was no
turning back. Swift even caught up to the class
in front of him. Swift’s efforts earned him a
time of 02:03:57 and allowed him to take 8th
overall for the morning classes.
Scott Kilby also ran a strong race this weekend.
Kilby came off the line in 2nd and maintained
his position for the entire 5 laps. Kilby
finished with a time of 02:07:04 which put him
in 2nd place in the 4x4 Open class and put him
in 13th overall. Kilby’s strong consistent style
currently has him placed 2nd in his class in the
Rick Cecco once again encountered some bad luck
this round and was only able to complete 3 laps
before calling it a day. Cecco is looking
forward to round 6 where he hopes to claim
another win as he did in round 1.
Chris Bithell and Chris Jenk’s luck seems to
have taken a turn for the better this weekend.
Jenks ended his day with a top 10 finish in the
XC1 class with Bithell just seconds behind him
in 11th. “The bike did really well out there.
The Warnert crew came up with some good ideas
for this race. We put them to the test and
everything worked out good,” said Jenks. Jenks
did get hung up in the 3rd lap, which dropped
him back to 13th, but he made the push and
worked his way back up to finish with an overall
time of 02:16:13. Bithell who had a bad start
coming off the line in 19th, put the hammer down
and began picking off riders one by one. Despite
the rough track conditions, Bithell managed to
work his way up to 11th and finish with a time
of 02:16:54, which earned him 16th overall.
The Warnert team will once again be ready for
action as they head to the John Penton (round 6)
in Millfield, OH on May 10th, where Beasley will
try to continue his sweep of the 4x4 Lites and
Bithell and Jenks hope that luck will be on
their side once again as they try for the