Twin Air Loretta
Lynn’s GNCC Race Report
(11/7/11) – The first weekend in November
marked the end to the GNCC Racing season. The
weekend would include a first ever double header
for the bikes, as they needed to make up two
rounds that were missed due to rain. The ATV
racers were there to make up the single round
that was flooded out at the famous Loretta
Lynn’s Dude Ranch. The racers were treated to a
great weekend of weather and racing.
The battle for the XC-1 Pro Class
Championship was already settled with Twin Air’s
Chris Borich wrapping up the title at the
Ironman GNCC. This, however, did not take away
from an exciting race that would decide the
final top three for the season. All the riders
wanted to end the season on a high note and put
in a great effort to carry them into next
season. The battle was for third place in the
final standings between Taylor Kiser and Twin
Air rider Chris Bithell. Adam McGill, another
Twin Air rider, held down second in the points
with a solid gap to third.
As the race began it was clear that Kiser and
Bithell both wanted that number three plate for
2012. They quickly charged to the front. Kiser
would lead the way with Bithell right behind.
Kiser would lead for the majority of the race.
At one point Bithell would take the lead only to
have Kiser overtake him. While this was going on
Borich and McGill would have a battle of their
own going for the third and fourth positions on
the course. As this battle intensified they
would catch the two leaders.
Entering the final lap Kiser would still hold
the lead. He would make a costly mistake in the
woods, colliding with a tree, which would drop
him back to the number three spot. Meanwhile
that mishap would put McGill in the lead with
Borich hot on his heels. They would enter the
motocross track with McGill out front. Borich
made his move on the inside of a turn right
before a whoops section. That was all Borich
would need to take his ninth victory of the
season. McGill would hold on to second after a
late pass attempt two corners from the finish by
Kiser. Kiser would round out the podium. Bithell
would hold on for fourth.
After a great season of racing Twin Air
riders would earn the top two spots in the final
standings. Borich had another great season with
nine wins and the XC-1 Championship. Adam McGill
would finish with two wins and second overall.
McGill was the only rider to challenge Borich
for the points lead all season. Between the two
of them they won 11 of 13 races. Bithell would
finish the year in the number four spot. Bryan
Cook, another Twin Air rider, would finish the
year in seventh. Twin Air would like to
congratulate our riders in the XC-1 Pro Class
for a great season.
In XC-2 action the top three at Loretta
Lynn’s would also be the top three in the final
standings, Walker Fowler, Gabe Phillips, and
Eric Hoyland. Twin Air sponsored Eric Hoyland
finished off a great season with his seventh
visit to the podium this year. With all the
great talent in the XC-2 class this year it will
be interesting to see who moves up to the XC-1
Pro Class for 2012.
The morning races would see a battle for the
4x4 Open class come down to the wire. Twin Air
riders Michael Swift and Bryan Buckhannon were
set for a fierce battle for the championship.
Unfortunately a mechanical incident would drop
Swift from contention. Buckhannon would go on to
win the race and claim the Championship. Swift
would finish the year in second. U2 class
champion Cliff Beasley would take another
convincing victory. Mike Penland would take
another second place finish in the 4x4 Super
Senior class. He would finish the year in
Twin Air would like to congratulate all the
2012 GNCC Championship winners and all of our
sponsored riders for another great season of
cross country racing, GNCC style.
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