By: GNCC Racing
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (Oct. 29, 2016) – The 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series took place today, Oct. 29, with the 22nd running of the AMSOIL Ironman GNCC held annually at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Ind. The top spot on the box quickly became any ones to take with the two-time National Champion and N-Fab/Maxxis/AmPro Yamaha/Lonestar/MXP’s Walker Fowler missing from the start line due to a lingering issue that occurred at a local hare scramble last weekend.
As the green flag dropped for the highly anticipated season finale, CST/LSR/Induction Solutions/DeRisi/SG/Tire Blocks-backed Adam McGill wasted no time in making his way to the front and claiming the $250 Wiseco XC1 Pro Holeshot Award. McGill immediately felt pressure from Maxxis/Fly Racing/HMF/Ye Olde Cycle Barn/Suzuki’s Chris Borich and Coastal Racing/MSR/Maxxis’ Brycen Neal, who were on his back tires as the trio checked through timing and scoring for the first time.
The second lap played in favor of McGill who opened some breathing room and held a 10-second lead over Neal, who had moved into second place. Borich remained in the picture, but seemed to be having some issues.
As the teams began their pit stops on the second lap, Borich unmounted from his quad to adjust his shock. Once the six-time champion was back in action he set his sights on making up lost time and taking over the lead. Just one lap later, Neal came into the pits with a broken front-end bracket.
Their misfortunes allowed an open spot for JMR/ATVriders.com/DWT’s Jarrod McClure, who took full advantage of the opportunity to display his talent. With a clear track McClure quickly caught up to McGill. The two began battling it out until McGill’s spindle broke. As McGill made his way off the track, McClure continued to the finish line virtually untouched. McClure ended up crossing the finish victorious for the first time this season, and Borich followed nearly three minutes behind him.
Meanwhile, Landon Wolfe continued to push from a top-five start to secure third when the two-lap card came out. Despite the enormous amount of pressure on him, Wolfe ended up landing on the podium with third. Wolfe’s placement proved that he will be a top contender for the 2017 championship with his first career podium finish at the Ironman GNCC.
Fast Traxx/Wolf Racing’s Brian Wolf finished just off the podium with fourth, while Independent Cycles/Shockworx Motorsports/Variom’s Matthew Lindle finished fifth in his XC1 Pro debut. Neal continued charging hard in an attempt to salvage as many points as possible, and at the conclusion of the two-hour race the Yamaha rider placed sixth. Both N-Fab/Maxxis/AmPro Yamaha/Lonestar/MXP’s Cole Richardson and BNR/Moose Racing/Maxxis-backed Josh Merritt faced issues on the first lap, which took them out of contention for the overall win.
Both the 1 p.m. ATV Pro race and UTV race were broadcast live in their entirety on RacerTV.com and can be viewed as archived video online by visiting the GNCC LIVE page. A highlight show featuring the event will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Newtwork on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 4:00 p.m.