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Derron Oakley Wins GNCC XC2 UTV Championship

Middletown, OH (10/30/2017) - Derron Oakley won the GNCC XC2 Pro Sport UTV Championship in his Can-Am Maverick after winning the second-to-last round of competition at Powerline Park in St. Clairsville, OH.

Oakley was in just his second year of UTV competition and his first year in the GNCC XC2 class. His rookie status didn’t show this year as he won two races and scored three additional podium finishes. The Powerline Park victory was the final piece of the puzzle for Oakley this season.

Derron Oakley GNCC Racing Can-Am Maverick
Derron Oakley secured the GNCC XC2 Pro Sport UTV Championship with the win the Powerline Park

“We didn’t have a good start and I was fighting a bad head cold,” explained Oakley. “I realized I was falling back at the start, so I had to pull myself together. A couple of opportunities showed themselves and I made some passes. I took the lead and stayed out front the whole race. It was a struggle because I knew they were on my bumper the majority of the race. I had to really focus and stay on point to come home with the win.”

Oakley started his career in motorcycle racing, but an injury forced him to retire from the moto ranks. When he discovered UTV racing last year, Oakley was hooked and has been running strong ever since.

Derron Oakley GNCC Racing Can-Am Maverick
Derron Oakley secured five XC2Ppodium finishes including two class wins in the 2017 GNCC season

“When I got into UTVs last year I saw it as an opportunity to get back into racing,” said Oakley. “With age comes the cage as they say. I’ve had a ball this year. I set my goal to win the championship in my second year in UTVs and I did it.”

For 2017, Oakley teamed up with Can-Am factory driver, Kyle Chaney, and racing the proven Can-Am Maverick, which he credits to his success in the XC2 class.

Derron Oakley GNCC Racing Can-Am Maverick

“Can-Am just builds a heck of a machine and it’s been on top all year,” said Oakley. “The Chaney Racing crew helped us a lot this season. I’m very fortunate to be a part of a great team.”

Oakley will return to GNCC competition next season

Derron Oakley 2017 Sponsors:
Can-Am Off-Road, Maxxis Tires, CT Race Worx, FOX, DWT Racing, Factory UTV, Ballistic Performance Components LLC, Bell Powersports, SCOTT Sports, The Tire Ball Company (TireBalls), Rival Motorsports, SSI Decals, Beard Seats, DP Brakes, STM Powersports, MPI Wheels, Gates belts, Addict Racing Engines, Millennium technology's, NSK Bearings

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