GNCC Racing

Parts Unlimited Mechanics' Challenge this Saturday

Thursday, October 23, 2008 | 12:00 AM

After a successful debut at the opening round of the 2008 Can-Am GNCC tour in Florida, the Parts Unlimited Pro Mechanics' Challenge returns for this weekend's finale, the Klotz Ironman GNCC. Action starts after the Parts Unlimited dinner concludes on Saturday, which should be around 6:30 p.m.

This is a rider and mechanic team event and is restricted to bike XC1 and XC2 riders and teams only.

Riders will take off and complete a lap of a short course built next to the Parts Unlimited dinner tent. At the end of the lap they must stop and put their bike on a stand. The mechnanic will then step in and remove the rear wheel, and then the wheel must pass all the way around the bike (riders can hand off of pick up the wheel, but either way, the wheel must pass all the way around the bike). Then the rear wheel must be put back on, the bike comes off the stand, and the rider completes another lap. At the end of the lap the rider must put the bike on the stand, which stops the clock.

Bonus time if a rider is able to do a stoppie and drop the bike onto the stand without putting his feet down.

At the Florida event, Am-Pro Yamaha's Barry Hawk and Doug Whitmer put in a lightning fast time and looked to have victory in their grasp, but the team of Jason and Darrell Raines stepped up and bettered the time to take the win. It was later revealed that Team Raines competed without a rear disc, which was not against the rules. However this time, each bike will go through a tech inspection before they run, and a mechanic will certify that the rear brakes, chain and axle are all in proper race condition.

Donations will be taken from fans for a purse, as this is a dash for cash event. The Florida race featured a purse of over $500, which Darrell Raines certainly enjoyed.

Rumor has it some teams are already practicing for this event (Monster Energy/Andrews Yamaha). All XC1 and XC2 riders are teams are eligible. Come check it out on Saturday night.