Chaney (XC1 Pro SxS), Buckhannon (4×4 Pro ATV) Earn Back-To-Back Titles, Can-Am Pilots Earn 6 Victories at Ironman GNCC Finale in Indiana
Valcourt, Québec, Nov. 3, 2015 – Can-Am X-Team members wrapped up their Grand National Cross Country season in dominating fashion, winning six classes, the SxS overall and securing two Pro class championships at the Ironman event in Indiana. Can-Am Maverick 1000R pilot Kyle Chaney and Renegade X xc 800R racer Bryan Buckhannon successfully repeated as XC1 Pro SxS and 4×4 Pro ATV class champions, respectively.
(From left) Kyle Chaney and co-pilot Chris Bithell finished fourth in the XC1 Pro SxS at the 2015 AMSOIL GNCC in Indiana. The solid finish behind the wheel of his Can-Am / Chaney Racing / TurnKey UTV / FOX Shocks Maverick 1000R easily secured the second consecutive class championship for Chaney.
“We ended the 2015 GNCC season on a definite high note, as Can-Am X-Team racers Kyle Chaney and Bryan Buckhannon both repeated as Pro class champions. Chaney finished fourth at Ironman to easily win the XC1 Pro SxS class title, while Buckhannon put a resounding exclamation point on his consistent, championship season with a victory aboard his Renegade 4×4 at the final round,” said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “Overall, the 2015 ended with Can-Am racers winning six class titles, and pure dominance in the XC1 Pro class, where our Maverick racers took the top four spots in the final standings.”
At the famous AMSOIL Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Ind., Can-Am racers Kyle Chaney (TurnKey UTV / Can-Am) and Bryan Buckhannon needed strong finishes to repeat as GNCC champions in both the 4×4 Pro ATV and XC1 Pro SxS classes, respectively.
Can-Am X-Team member Kyle Chaney has won back-to-back XC1 Pro SxS class titles in his Maverick 1000R side-by-side by posting six wins over a two-year span.
In side-by-side vehicle action, defending class champion Kyle Chaney just needed to be steady and record a decent finish to maintain his points lead and capture yet another title. Chaney posted a strong rally and fourth-place finish to easily win the GNCC XC1 Pro SxS championship. It was Chaney’s second consecutive GNCC championship and third title of 2015 behind the wheel of the Can-Am Maverick 1000R side-by-side vehicle.
“Two in a row! I’d have liked to have finished on the podium here, but my co-pilot Chris Bithell calmed me down and helped me focus on finishing, so I could win the championship,” said Chaney. “The competition in side-by-side racing is super stiff these days. You used to be able to come out with a stock machine and compete, but those days are gone, so you have to be prepared. The Can-Am Maverick is the best woods machine, period!”
Can-Am / JB Racing / Gunk racer Tim Farr earned his second straight XC1 Pro class victory to finish the year in third place in the final standings behind teammate Larry Hendershot Jr. and Chaney. Farr has now won the Ironman event for three straight years in the Can-Am Maverick side-by-side vehicle. With Hendershot’s fifth-place finish, and Mouse Pratt’s (Jack’s Excavating) third-place run, Can-Am ended the year by sweeping the top four spots to dominate the final XC1 Pro class standings.
Can-Am / JB Racing / Gunk racer Tim Farr owns the Ironman GNCC, having won the last three years at the round held in Indiana. Farr finished the year with four straight podiums and two consecutive wins to earn third overall in the XC1 Pro SxS class standings. Farr’s victory also made Can-Am drivers a perfect 6-for-6 in wins in 2015.
Can-Am X-Team member Richard Travalena also scored a class championship, winning the UTV Amateur Limited class in a Can-Am. Dave Plavi ended the season strong by winning the XC2 Pro Sport class in Indiana, to finish second overall for the year in his Offroadmotorsports’ Wicked Bilt / Can-Am Maverick 1000R.
Buckhannon took matters into his own hands during the 10 a.m. session, winning the final round to give him his second consecutive 4×4 Pro class title. The multi-time GNCC champion had one of the most consistent seasons in history, winning three times and finishing on the class podium at all 13 rounds.
One of the most consistent riders in GNCC racing, Can-Am X-Team member Bryan Buckhannon successfully defended his 4×4 Pro ATV class championship by winning round 13 and finishing third on the overall morning podium in Indiana. Buckhannon had three wins and reached the class podium at every event this year.
“It was no-holds barred and we knew it was going to be that way. There was a lot of pressure on us. I’m very hard on myself, but I calmed myself down before this race,” Bryan Buckhannon. “This was a great year for us and for Can-Am. The Renegade has been flawless all season…this machine is built to win races.”
Can-Am 4×4 ATV racers also won three other amateur ATV class championships. Scott Day (4×4 A/B), Matthew Ewart (4×4 C) and Forrest Whorton (4×4 Senior 40+) were each crowned 2015 GNCC champions riding Can-Am ATVs.
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