Coastal Racing ATV Team Report: Snowshoe GNCC
SNOWSHOE, W. Va. (June 29, 2016) - The Coastal Racing/MSR/Maxxis/Waynesburg Yamaha ATV Team put forth a strong performance on Saturday to capture two top-five finishes at Snowshoe Mountain - the toughest race of the GNCC Series. Brycen Neal maintained his consistency to finish 5th in the XC1 Pro Class while his teammate, Eli Kiger, earned his fifth consecutive podium finish with 2nd place in the College B (16-21) Class.
|Neal rode a solid race through some of the toughest conditions of the season. Photo: Ken Hill
The Snowshoe GNCC uses a unique live-engine start procedure, which seeds the riders five-per-row based off their position in the championship standings. With a solid 4th place position in the overall standings, Neal began on the front row where he entered the woods wheel-to-wheel with the fastest riders in the class.
Neal settled inside the top five on the opening lap but by lap two the Ohio native had climbed his way from 4th place up to 2nd, tucking in behind race leader Adam McGill early on. McGill made a mistake and got stuck on a log, which left the door open for Neal to jump into the lead. McGill eventually reclaimed the lead but Neal continued to follow close behind in 2nd.
The duo reached lapped traffic by lap three and unfortunately a rider in front of Neal hit a tree, leaving him with nowhere to go. As a result, many of the XC1 riders were able to get by and Neal dropped back several positions.
|Coastal Racing crew members were out in full force to point lines to the riders. Photo: Ken Hill
On the next lap, Neal chose a good line through the infamous "Howard's Hole" section where he was able to pass several riders who were stuck in the mud and thus climbing back into 3rdplace. From there, Neal swapped top-five positions back-and-forth during the second half of the race, where he ultimately finished 5th place after two-full hours of racing.
"I can't complain about 5th at Snowshoe," Neal said. "We're happy we finished and got solid points towards the championship chase. This gives us initiative to work our butts off this summer and come back ready to go at Unadilla!"
Neal sits 4th in the XC1 Pro Championship Standings with four rounds remaining in the 2016 season.
Coastal Racing/MSR/Maxxis/Waynesburg Yamaha's Eli Kiger got off to a good start in the College B (16-21) Class, rounding the first corner in the 2nd place position. It didn't take long for Kiger to get out front as he made a pass for the lead at the first downhill section.
|Eli Kiger made a big charge to reclaim his 2nd place position. Photo: Ken Hill
As the Pennsylvania native checked into timing and scoring with the lead on lap one, GNCC Officials held him for 15 seconds as the result of an early start infraction. With that, Kiger dropped back to 4th but he immediately went to work in chasing the leaders back down. Unfortunately, as Kiger was making his way towards the leader, he got caught up in a tree and ultimately lost three minutes before he was able to break free.
Despite a hard charge, Kiger wasn't able to make up his lost time on the leader, where he ultimately finished 2nd for the day.
After nine rounds of racing, Kiger now sits two points away from 2nd place in the College B (16-21) Championship Standings.
"The first nine rounds were pretty good," Kiger said. "We finally got the consistency we wanted and got up on the box a lot so far. A couple of rounds at the beginning hurt me but we'll be back even stronger in the fall to make up for it."
|Coastal Racing Highlight Video - Snowshoe
Next ATV Event: GNCC Round 11 - September 10, 2016
Results from the Snowshoe GNCC - Saturday, June 24
XC1 Pro ATV Results
1. Adam McGill
2. Walker Fowler
3. Cole Richardson
4. Chris Borich
5. Brycen Neal (YAM)
College B (16-21) ATV Results
1. Shane Pitzer
2. Eli Kiger (YAM)
3. Joey Lambright
XC1 Pro ATV Championship Standings
1. Walker Fowler (241)
2. Adam McGill (218)
3. Chris Borich (186)
4. Brycen Neal (179)
College B (16-21) ATV Championship Standings
1. Shane Pitzer (172)
2. Chandler Burner (127)
3. Eli Kiger (125)