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Polaris RZR's John Barnes Sixth at Ironman GNCC
GNCC XC1 UTV Race Report • Round 13 • Ironman

Madison, IN (10/30/2017) - Yokley Racing/Polaris RZR Factory Racing driver John Barnes finished sixth in the GNCC season finale at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, IN. Driving the Polaris in the XC1 Pro UTV class, Barnes finished seventh in the points championship.

Barnes came out of the start second and put in a hard charge early. As the track began to rut up, he pushed his STI Tires to the limit to finish just outside of the top five.

John Barnes GNCC Racing
STI's John Barnes scored a 6th place finish at the Ironman GNCC, which boosted him to 7th in the XC1 Pro UTV Points Championship

“The first lap or two it was relatively smooth, but there seems to be no bottom to this dirt here in Indiana,” explained Barnes. “As the race went on, you had to be selective about your line choices in the woods. In the fields, we did pretty well and pushed forward. We had a pretty good day. We just tried to keep the car together and get a finish.”

Barneds overcome early season mechanical issues and came on strong in the final four rounds with four straight top ten overall finishes, which boosted him to seventh in the XC1 class points championship.

John Barnes GNCC Racing
Polaris RZR Factory Racing's John Barnes finished the year with four straight top ten overall finishes

“We started off the season with some mechanical difficulties, but we created our own parts and we began finishing races,” said Barnes. “Without those two DNFs, we would have definitely been in the top five in points. Any time you have a brand new car, you’ll have development issues, but it’s been a good year.”

GNCC announced recently that it will allow turbocharged UTVs in the XC1 class next season, and Barnes will be ready.

John Barnes GNCC Racing

“We weren’t sure what direction they were going to go, but now that we know, we’ll be ready,” said Barnes. “We plan on making the switch to the Polaris RZR Turbos next year.”

Barnes will have plenty of time to prepare for the 2018 GNCC season, which should kick off in March for GNCC UTV racers.

A big thanks goes out to the sponsors for the 2017 season:
Polaris RZR Factory Racing, Yokley Racing, STI Tire & Wheel/Roctane HD tires, America's Motorsports, Elka Suspension, Super ATV, CP Carrillo, Millennium Technologies, Hot Cams, IMS, Ballistic Battery, Dynojet, MTNTK Performance, OMF, Trinity Racing Exhaust, Team RZR, RZR Extreme, Shock Therapy, Alba Racing, Alpinestars, Maxwell Industries, Monster Army, VP Racing Fuels, Hess Motorsports, Dragon Alliance, One Stop Design and Machine, and Slick Products.

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