Can-Am Warnert Racing
GNCC Team Claims Four Wins at The General
Washington, GA - Round two of the 2009 GNCC
series was a huge success for the Can-Am Warnert
team with Michael Swift, Cliff Beasley, Bryan
Buckhannon and Rick Cecco all taking their class
wins and all landing in the top ten overall for
the morning classes.
The team was very happy to get back to the
tree lined trails of Washington, GA and their
enthusiasm showed. Rick Cecco took the holeshot
in the U2 class, but dropped to third place
during the first lap, but he was not about to
settle for anything less than the win. By the
middle of the six lap race, Cecco took the lead
and dominated all the way to the checkered flag.
“I felt good out there and the Can-Am was
working great,” said Cecco excitedly about his
first win of the season. Cecco finished with a
time of 2:18:10, which landed him in the number
seven spot overall.
Bryan Buckhannon came off the line in second
place behind fellow Can-Am racer Scott Kilby,
but by the 4th turn, Buckhannon claimed the lead
and checked out. “It was a pretty uneventful
race for me. I took the lead early on and just
rode my own race,” said Buckhannon. Bryan
finished with almost a five minute lead over his
competition with a time of 2:19:46 and took 8th
overall for the morning classes.
Michael Swift, who is used to being at the
front of the 4x4 Limited class, had a few issues
early in the race after hitting a tree in the
first lap. “I wasn’t sure if I should pit to
have the bike fixed or not but I decided to just
keep going. I hit a few more trees along the way
because the steering was a little tweaked, but
the bike held up just fine and I took the lead
and the win,” said Michael, who finished 9th
overall with a time of 2:21:46.
Teammate Cliff Beasley has every intension of
defending his championship title. Cliff had a
fantastic run, grabbing the holeshot in the 4x4
Lites class and checking out on the rest of the
competition. Beasley finished an impressive 7
minutes ahead of second place with a time of
2:21:48 and claimed 10th overall.
In the XC1 Pro class Chris Bithell appeared
to be off to a great start and was on track to
take his first win of the season as he took the
lead in the second lap, but unfortunately for
Bithell, he ran out of gas in the final lap, but
still finished in 13th place.
Round number three of the 2009 GNCC series
will see the Can-Am Warnert Racing team travel
to Morganton, North Carolina on March 21-22
where the team members hope to once again
dominate in their classes and take home multiple