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Warnert Racing

Chris Bithell Rounds out Top Five & Scott Kilby Podiums at the GNCC - Ironman

Chris Bithell
Chris Bithell

Rick Cecco
Rick Cecco

Scott Kilby
Scott Kilby
Crawfordsville, IN Muddy conditions were no match for the Can-Am/Warnert team at the final round of the 2008 GNCC series as Chris Bithell made an impressive charge to end his season with a top five finish, while 4x4 Open racer Scott Kilby battled his way to the podium in the morning classes.

The Ironman is a favorite among many of the Can-Am/Warnert team and it showed this weekend as several team members ended their season with some impressive results, including Pro class racer Chris Bithell. Bithell got off to a mid-pack start, but wasnt about to settle for mediocre. Bithell began working his way through traffic and by the end of the first lap, had moved up two positions. Bithell remained consistent through the second and third laps, but it was in the final lap when Bithell made his incredible charge, passing six of his competitors to take 5th place overall.

Scott Kilby put on a very impressive performance in the morning classes. The 4x4 Open class was first off the line and Kilby took full advantage of that, quickly coming off the line and taking second in the holeshot. Kilby, who has been extremely consistent all season, rode smart, choosing good lines and avoiding the many bottlenecks that formed throughout the track. When it was all over, Kilby ended his day with second in his class and second overall, which was his first time on the podium this year. Its really great to end the season like that. Now Im really pumped for next season! Kilby exclaimed. Scott ended his season with second in the 4x4 Open points race and plans to train hard over the off season to put the Can-Am/Warnert team on top next season.

Clifton Beasley, who has had an amazing season and wrapped up the 4x4 Lites championship for the Can-Am/Warnert team before the summer break, added another class win to his already outstanding record. As the 4x4 Lites class left the line, Beasley took the holeshot and never looked back. Cliff powered his way through the rough stuff with ease, taking his 11th class win of the season. Im really glad to have ended the season on a high note like this. The Warnert team has done an excellent job and had my Outlander running flawlessly all season, said Beasley, who plans to do plenty of training over the off season to defend his championship status next year.

U2 class racer, Rick Cecco also ended his season with a hard charge. Rick took the holeshot and led his class for the first lap, but one of the many bottlenecks caused him to fall back. Not one to give up easily, Cecco put his head down and began working his way through the pack and by the end of the second lap, had worked himself all the way up to second place. Cecco was riding consistently and was gaining on class leader Robert Smith, but Cecco ran out of gas in the last lap, and fell back. Luckily for Cecco, he was able to refuel and once again make a charge for the front. Cecco worked furiously and before reaching the checkered flag, reclaimed his second place status, which put him in third place for the U2 class points race.
 Now that the 2008 GNCC season has come to a close, some of the Can-Am/Warnert team will take a short break before getting back to their rigorous training schedules, but a few others will be heading to Iowa to try their luck at the GBC Heartland Challenge 10-hour endurance race and a shot at a record $7,500 first place Pro Utility ATV class prize.


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