- Morganton North Carolina is home to the 3rd stop on the GNCC tour, with its picturesque views, and numerous elevation changes the Steel Creek facility always delivers exciting racing!
GBC riders had an excellent showing in the morning race grabbing 4 class wins. Forrest Wharton continued his undefeated streak in the +45 4X4 class extending his points lead in the process. Jay Shadron has been steadily improving each round so far in 2011, and he broke through at Steel Creek with a win in the Schoolboy A/B class. The win also gave Jay the series points lead. Kevin McKeowen rebounded from a setback in Georgia to claim his second win in the 16-19 C class. Rounding out the class wins was BNR motorsports team manager Ryan Smith who topped the Sportsman B class. Kristen Atwell used the power of her Yamaha and the grip of her X Rex Tires to grab yet another holeshot in the womens class. Unfortunately Kristen's day would end early as an encounter with a tree damaged the front end of her machine, and she was unable to continue. Rick Cecco had a strong 2nd place finish in the 4X4 open, and an impressive 2nd overall Utility.
The 1 PM race brought 2 more class wins for GBC riders. David Reeves topped the Junior A class in an exciting finish that saw only 4 seconds separate 1st and 2nd place. Ed Atwell got his first win of 2011, and now sits atop the +40 A class points chart as we head for round 4 in South Carolina. Brian Cook was the top finishing GBC racer for the second time this year with his 7th place in XC1. Johnny Gallagher and Jeff Pickens followed with 9th and 10th place finishes respectively in the XC1 class. Derisi Racing's Eric Hoyland grabbed the XC 2 holeshot and lead much of the race ultimately finishing 3rd. Aarol Bright rounded out the top 5 in XC2, and the class rookie is sitting an impressive 3rd in points after consistent finishes in the first 3 rounds of the series. The college A class provided perhaps the most exciting finish of the weekend, with new GBC recruit Randy Hamilton leading into the final turn, but having to settle for second. "I had a terrible start and had to battle through the pack all day. I'm just frustrated I let the win slip away in the last corner. My Ground Buster II's were amazing today and I am really looking forward to Big Buck" said newcomer Hamilton after only his 4th GNCC race.
GBC Motorsports evolved out of Greenball Corporation (www.greenball.com
), which has been in the specialty tire industry for more than 30 years. ATV tires were first built by Greenball in 1980. Then in 1995, GBC Motorsports was formed to focus on bringing to the ATV and Powersports market performance tires for every riding style. GBC's passion is to provide the highest quality and most innovative performance tires to the Powersports enthusiast.