Can-am ATV racers Wrap Up Successful GNCC Season At Loretta Lynn’s
Can-Am X-Team racer Bryan Buckhannon Wins 4×4 Open Class Championship
Valcourt, Québec, November 8, 2011 – Can-Am X-Team Outlander 800R X xc racer Bryan Buckhannon won the 4×4 Open class at the Can-Am GNCC finale in Tennessee, to earn back-to-back class championships. Warnert Racing / Can-Am DS 450 XC1 pro class racer Adam McGill finished second at Loretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch to earn second overall for the season. Warnert Racing / Can-Am teammate Chris Bithell earned fourth at Loretta’s and fourth overall in the XC1 ranks aboard his DS 450.
“I was thrilled to see Buckhannon win his class here at Loretta’s and repeat as 4×4 Open class champion,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “McGill and Bithell rode extremely hard in Tennessee, like they have all season. They each led a portion of the race, but unfortunately couldn’t finish it out. Adam truly earned his second-place podium finish today and it was a good way for him to end the year.”
Going into the GNCC finals at Loretta Lynn’s, the 4×4 Open class championship came down to a battle between Buckhannon and fellow Can-Am X-Team racer Michael Swift. The class points lead belonged to Swift, but Buckhannon still had a shot at the title because he trailed by only two points. Unfortunately for Swift, a mechanical issue on lap two ended his day and his chance for a title. Buckhannon benefited from Swift’s absence and won his seventh race of the season and the 2011 class championship. The two racers actually ended up in a tie, but Buckhannon had the edge with one more victory. Can-Am X-Team racer Zac Zakowski (Zakowski Motorsports) posted his fourth 4×4 Open class podium in a row, finishing second to Buckhannon, to end the season in third place.
“I’m really excited to win the championship this year. It was done with a lot of help from family and friends and that really mean a lot to me. I have to thank Can-Am and all of my sponsors for all of their support,” said Buckhannon. “I will be back on Can-Am again next season and I will also be doing a little bit of side-by-side racing as well.”
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