2017 GBC Heartland Challenge
ATV Endurance Racing
August 18, 2017
GBC Heartland Challenge
Polaris ACE Race Report
Carlisle, IA (8/26/2017) - With
the creation of the Polaris ACE, there is also the
opportunity for a unique class all of their own.
The GBC Heartland Challenge also provides a unique
way for these machines to be put to the test and
the spectators and racers alike were thrilled to
see these machines compete on their own course with
Pirate MX John Baughman Takes
Polaris ACE Win
Heartland Challenge Polaris ACE Podium
Becky Widdicombe (2nd), John Baughman (1st),
Dennis Michael (3rd)
There were 7 entries into this year’s Polaris
ACE contest, with one stand-out class winner;
Pirate MX owner, John Baughman.
Pirate MX / FCR / ITP's John Baughman pulled
an incredible holeshot ahead of the rest of the
pack and was the first one to head down into the
wooded downhill section of the ACE course.
Baughman grabbed the Polaris ACE Holeshot
"My 24 volt setup really worked great do
this dead-engine start here at the Heartland.
It fired the 900 XC right up and we got out of
the holeshot clean. I pretty much go out to the
front and just tried to run a clean race and not
make any mistakes," said Baughman
John Baughman claimed the Polaris ACE Class
"We are on a bit of a break from the GNCCs
which I normally run and have been trying to get
to all of them and we've been having good success
there. I've been testing out this suspension a
lot and the last race was really muddy so I didn't
get much of a chance to tear it. We got it dialed
in for here though and it really came together
and was handling great! My only concern was the
belt so I just tried to preserve it the best I
could and we finished strong on the top of the
podium," said Baughman.
In second place was the Team UXC entry of Becky
Widdicombe from Huntersville, North Carolina.
Widdicombe got off to what appeared to be a good
holeshot but was slightly edged out by two other
racers and slotted into fourth place quickly.
She turned that around however and was into second
place by the time the motocross section of the
track presented itself. From this point, Widdicombe
never looked back and with the help of her pit
crew, brought home a very deserving second place.
UXC Racing's Becky Widdicombe finished 2nd
"My team has been such a big help and I
can't thank them enough. This Polaris ACE is an
amazing machine and it worked great for the entire
race. We had a great day and very few issues and
I'm really happy to be on the podium," said
In third place was Dennis Michael. Michael got
off to a clean start and entered the woods section
in the middle of the pack. With a few machines
breaking down / flipping over, Michael was able
to avoid any disaster and skirted away with a
third place podium finish for himself.
Michael rounded out the Polaris ACE Podium
The ACE series is sure to grow in the coming
years as the machines become more popular with
more and more racers choosing this unique platform.
This is surely a fun and exciting racing platform
to keep an eye on in the future, especially at
the GBC Heartland Challenge!