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2012 GNCC ATV Racing Series
Round #1 - River Ranch
River Ranch, Florida
March 11, 2012

Can-Am GNCC Racing - Grand National Cross Country Racing Series

2012 GNCC Racing - Round 1 - River Ranch - ATV Race Report
Yoshimura's Chris Borich Wins, Adam McGill & Chris Bithell Podium

River Ranch GNCC
Round 1 - ATV Racing Links
Chris Borich - Suzuki LTR450 ATV
Maxxis' #1 Chris Borich Wins River Ranch GNCC Pro ATV XC1 Class
River Ranch, FL (3/11/2012) – Round number one of the 2012 Can-Am GNCC racing series kicked off with at River Ranch in Florida where defending pro ATV champion, Chris Borich never missed a beat as he laid claim to the top spot on the afternoon podium, where he was joined by Adam McGill and Chris Bithell. In the morning classes, current 4x4 Open champ Bryan Buckhannon topped the podium, followed by Dave Simmons and Cliff Beasley.

Weather for the day was mild with temps hovering around the mid 70’s. The morning classes enjoyed dry weather for the most part, but just before the start of the afternoon race, the skies let loose. Rain fell for the first couple of laps and created a very rough and rutted track in combination with the palmetto roots.

Chris Borich - Suzuki LTR450 ATV
Chris Borich - Suzuki LTR450 ATV
Before the start of the race, Racer Production's Jeff Russell presented 3 time Champion, Chris Borich, with his 2011 GNCC Championship ring with a diamond for each championship
Love is in the air for the GNCC Pro ATV Class with both Chris Borich and Dawn & Taylor Kiser and Julie getting engaged during the off season. Also, Jeff Pickens & Traci Cecco are getting married this year

Excitement and anticipation was high as racers waited at the starting line, but once they charged off the start, it was all business as usual, especially for Chris Borich as he employed his signature come-from-behind tactic to secure the first win of the 2012 GNCC season, in what will prove to be a competitive one.

Pro ATV Staging
Soon after all the Pro XC1 ATV Racers lined up for the start of the race, heavy rain showers moved in over the track & the showers continued on and off through the race, which made for a wet day of racing for the season opener

Chris Borich - Suzuki LTR450 ATV
Yoshimura's #1 Chris Borich charges his way into the lead in the final lap
Yoshimura / Maxxis Tire’s Chris Borich was quick off the start and was following Adam McGill and Jarrod McClure closely as he went into the second lap in the number three spot. Borich fell back to sixth in lap two after hitting a tree, but was able to work his way back into the number two spot after battling it out with Chris Bithell. From there, Borich kept pace right behind McGill, waiting for an opportunity to make a move.

Borich did drop back going into the fourth lap after Bithell came around to take over the lead, but Borich was not about to settle for anything less than a win. Borich came from the number three spot taking over the lead and claiming the season opener win in his quest to secure the 2012 championship.

Chris Borich - Suzuki LTR450 ATV
XC Bob's #1 Chris Borich Wins
“We had a good race. It was tough because I ended up hitting a tree when I was behind Jarrod McClure and I had to work my way back up from sixth. That kind of took its toll on my clutch trying to catch back up in the sand, but we pulled out the win!” stated Borich.

Chris Borich did get a little scratched up in the race, but it didn't seem to phase him since he finished exactly where he wanted to be for the start of the 2012 GNCC season..

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