The 2017 GNCC UTV season kicked off on March 11th at the Hog Waller Offroad park in Palatka, FL. The stage was set for epic battles thru the top ten competitors and points holders from last year’s season finale.
Cody Miller comes off stellar finish to the 2016 season as the GNCC overall points champion in his Can Am Maverick XDS, but over the winter made the switch to team Yamaha Racing and brought out a brand new Yamaha YXZ 1000R full race ready machine to compete with in 2017. Cody came off the line with a stutter from his machine but quickly caught up with race leaders Tim Farr and Kyle Chaney, both factory Can Am riders. Tim was leading most of the hour long, 5.6 mile, race with Kyle Chaney right on his rear followed by Cody Miller in a close 3rd position.
Kyle Chaney was the reigning GNCC UTV champion from 2015 and held the #1 plate for quite sometime. Just a few small malfunctions in his machine at the end of the season brought him 7th place finish at the 2016 IronMan season finale and landed him just only a few points shy of the championship for the season. Kyle came out this year with a brand new Can-Am Maverick XDS machine and was determined to get that #1 plate back. Sitting in 2nd place for 95% of the race wasn’t good enough for Kyle. Near the end of the race Kyle made the pass on Tim Farr to take over the #1 spot but had a collision with Farr in the next corner allowing Cody Miller to make the pass and take over the #1 spot.
Tim Farr was the first off the start line and remained in the lead most of the GNCC race of the season opener. Tim in his factory backed Can-Am XDS came off a close 3rd place overall finish from the 2016 season and is determined to move up in the ranks and take his spot on the top of the podium for 2017.
All three of the top contenders were in for a huge surprise when after the corrected times were announced that Cohl Secoy was actually the 1st place overall winner for the Wild Boar GNCC UTV round 1. Cohl had his Yamaha YXZ1000R Skull Crusher Offroad sponsored machine on point when he made faster lap times than the other three and took the #1 spot from them all. This was Cohl’s first 1st place finish and it was Yamaha’s first ever GNCC podium since the new machine was release. CONGRATULATIONS COHL SECOY.
With Yamaha riders taking 1st and 2nd place in the 2017 season opener of GNCC and Can Am bringing in 3rd and 4th, who knows what else will change this year. Stay with us for more on GNCC Racing in 2017.
GNCC Wild Boar XC1 Pro – UTV Results
Following the season opener in Florida the UTV championship will head to Moree’s Sportman’s Preserve in South Carolina. Ohio’s John Penton GNCC will host the fourth round, with the Mountaineer Run GNCC following before the penultimate UTV round at Powerline Park. The Side-by-Side championship will conclude with the Ironman season finale in Indiana.
The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis is America’s premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,400 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Central America, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised weekly on NBC Sports and RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.