CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (November 4, 2016) – The 2016 Grand National Cross Country Series concluded its 13-round season over the weekend with a big event in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The Coastal Racing ATV and Side-by-Side teams experienced tough luck at Saturday’s Ironman GNCC finale but the young team showed tremendous speed and talent throughout its first season together.
In the XC1 Pro Class, Team Driver Sean Bogdan and his passenger Jade Kiger began on Row 2, where they powered their Coastal Racing/CST/OMF/Walker Evans/Racer Tech Polaris RZR to the front to capture the holeshot and early jump on the group. The duo was running in a favorable position until they went through the creek section and acquired water in the intake, causing the car to bog down. Once the water finally cleared, they charged ahead to lay down the second fastest lap time.
Just as they were gaining momentum, it all came to an end when the team broke an A-arm going through the field section. They salvaged their way through the remainder of the lap to finish 18th in the XC1 Pro Class. Despite not earning any points at the final round, Bogdan and Kiger ended the season with 9th place in the Overall Championship Standings with a season-best finish of 4th at Round 12.
Coastal Racing/Polaris/CST/OMF/Walker Evans/Racer Tech’s Bill Patterson and his passenger “Skinny Mike” began on Row 4 where they powered their Polaris RZR 1000 to the first turn, leading their row into the woods on the opening lap. Patterson was on the move as he physically caught the row in front of him before the end of lap one, rounding out the lap in 7th overall. Patterson ran into a mechanical issue that dropped him back in the running and ultimately ended his day after only three laps of racing.
Coastal Racing/Racer Tech’s John Henry began on Row 6 – which was the first row in the XC2 Pro Sport Class. Henry launched off the start to take the holeshot from his row and assume the early lead in the class. Henry pushed hard in the first two laps to create a gap over the rest of the XC2 field, while climbing his way through the overall running up to 8th. However, Henry experienced an issue with his wheel hub while leading the race and was forced to sit out the remainder of the race.
Henry ended the season with an impressive 3rd overall in the XC2 Pro Sport Championship Standings following one victory and three podium finishes for the year.
Results from the Ironman GNCC – Saturday, October 29, 2016
XC1 Pro UTV Results
1. Kyle Chaney
2. Cody Miller
3. Tim Farr
17. Sean Bogdan
18. Bill Patterson (POL)
XC2 Pro Sport Results
1. Jonathan Powers
2. Joe Krcelich
15. John Henry