TEAM ITP RACE REPORT
Cross Country Series, Round 11
Adam McGill had good
reason to smile, finally taking the
overall win after being so close all
Patrick McGuire earned the XC2 Pro Am
holeshot award and then placed second in
class to comfortably maintain his points
The Masters 50+
class championship is coming down to the
wire. Glenn McConnell (816) is on top by
just one point with two rounds to go.
ITP POWERLINE PARK GNCC; St. Clairsville, OH —
ITP is proud of its long and illustrious history
in the sport of ATV racing. Practically from its
beginning over 30 years ago ITP has supported
countless competitors, racing events and
racemeister Dave Simmons (201) rode Glen
"Jody" Pritchard’s Suzuki in respect to
the fallen hero.
has been moving up the XC2 Pro Am
standings all year, and at the ITP
Powerline Park GNCC placed fourth to
jump into a tie for third in points.
It was another great
start for ITP-mounted Angel Atwell
ITP has been a longtime sponsor of the Grand
National Cross Country Series, and we’ve seen it
grow from a modest, grass-roots program into
what it is today: one of the premier off-road
racing series in the world drawing a thousand or
more racers at every event.
quite awhile ITP has been the title sponsor of
perhaps the most iconic event on the GNCC
schedule. Powerline Park been on the calendar
since 2001, making it one of the series’ oldest
events. It’s also one of the toughest. Located
on old strip mine property in eastern Ohio, mud
is always a factor here, as the course runs
across fire roads that pack up and hold water.
The topsoil is clay, but it gives way to a rocky
base soil, and there are some rock piles around
too. This is standard GNCC stuff: tight woods,
mud, and elevation change. Some high-speed
sections are usually thrown in, including some
wide-open grass track. Ohio has some dedicated
off-road fans, so you’ll see a big crowd here.
This year the crowd got to cheer Team ITP’s
own Adam McGill to his first victory of the
season. It was sweet redemption for the popular
rider from just over the border in West Union,
West Virginia. McGill has been close to winning
many times this season but has had to deal with
heartache and serious injury for most of it. To
say it was a happy winner’s circle would be an
But it didn’t come easy.
McGill (Hon) was engaged in a titanic battle
virtually throughout the
two-hour-and-fifteen-minute XC1 Pro event. In
the end the Precision Motorsports/Lonestar
Racing/Moto X Perts-backed McGill was triumphant
by just one second. That’s all it takes.
In this same afternoon wave of racing, ITP’s Pat
McGuire (Yam) rode a solid event to first earn
the holeshot award and then land on the XC2 Pro
Am podium in second place. This was more than
enough for McGuire to maintain his series points
lead with two events remaining in the 2012
Matt Hanna continued to ride
strongly in this class as well, finishing fourth
in XC2 Pro Am on his Greg’s ATV-backed Yamaha.
This continued his steady season climb upward
into a tie for third overall in points.
There was a touching gesture in the morning’s
racing made by ITP’s Dave Simmons. He paid his
respects to fellow rider Glen "Jody" Pritchard,
who passed away from cancer on July 30th.
Simmons parked his usual Yamaha mount and took
Pritchard’s Suzuki to sixth overall and yet
another win in the Super Senior 45+ class (his
11th victory in 11 rounds).
McConnell (Yam) maintained his lead in what is
turning into one of the most fiercely contested
championships of the series. He placed second in
Masters 50+, and now tops the standings by a
Angel Atwell (Hon) was
runner-up in her division as well, and appears
to be headed for second overall for the season
in the Women’s class.
round of the series takes place October 20-21
with the Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville,
Photos by Amy McConnell,
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