Shawn Hess Podiums in UXC2
GNCC Pro UTV Debut
Hess Motorsports Wild Boar
GNCC UXC2 Pro UTV Race Report
Muenster, TX (03/26/2018) -
Shawn Hess made the 18-hour drive from Texas count
as he finished third in the UXC2 Pro naturally
aspirated UTV class in the Wild Boar GNCC in Palatka,
FL. Hess’s father finished fourth in the Masters
UTV class. Both were driving Yamaha YXZ 1000s.
Shawn Hess made his debut in the class with co-driver
Blake Knabe. After starting on the third row,
Hess hooked up with fellow Yamaha racer CJ Greaves
and rode the YXZ train through the rough woods.
Greaves passed him late in the race and finished
second with Hess a close third.
“Those ruts were crazy, so we had to take our
time and pick good lines,” explained Hess. “I
was really excited to put in a good showing for
the first round and the car performed flawlessly.
The Elka Shocks worked phenomenal. Our Maxxis
Tires with Tire Balls were great and we didn’t
get stuck one time. We only have a little tweaking
to do for the next race.”
GNCC allows for one throwaway, so the podium
finish puts him well in the thick of the title
chase, despite missing the first round. Hess chose
to go GNCC racing this year at the urging of fellow
Texas racers Hunter and Cody Miller.
“The Miller brothers are good friends of mine
and they’ve been working on me to come out,” said
Hess. “We’ve had some great battles in our local
series and they were really instrumental in our
decision. GNCC carries so much weight in the industry,
so performing well there is quite a feat.”
Hess’ father, Glenn, competed with co-driver
Tom Davis in the Masters class for 45+ drivers.
The elder Hess put on a show, finishing a runaway
fourth. The team also fielded cars for Matt Horton
and Austin Sides in the class.
The team races, in large part, to test its vast
array of products for UTVs. Hess Motorsports makes
many different race ready parts for nearly all
brands of the off-road machines.
“Hess Motorsports is constantly developing products
for these SXS, whether it’s Yamaha, Polaris, or
Can-Am,” said Hess. “We want to go out and test
our products and get feedback from the racers
running our products. We had a really good showing
with a lot of drivers running our products.”
The Hess Motorsports team will next head west
to compete in the Best in the Desert Series UTV
World Championship April 6-7 in Laughlin, NV.
The team will return to GNCC competition when
the series heads to Camp Coker Bullet at Moree’s
Sportsman’s Preserve in Society Hill, SC. That
race is scheduled for April 21-22.
Hess Motorsports 2018
Hess Motorsports Yamaha Motor Company Sehorn Yamaha
Maxxis Houser Elka DWT Tireballs, Bikeman Performance,
Teixeira Tech Maxima Hinson Corbeau Double E Star
Lightbars SSi Decals, Rugged Radios