2016 GBC Heartland Challenge
ATV Endurance Racing
August 19, 2016
GBC Heartland Challenge
Polaris ACE Race Report
Carlisle, IA (8/27/2016) - UXC
Racing’s Torey Rush won his second consecutive GBC
Heartland Challenge ACE single seat race in the
900 Class. British racer and Rush’s teammate Becky
Widdicombe finished second, ahead of RT Pro’s Jesi
Team UXC Racing's Torey Rush
Takes Second Straight Win
Heartland Challenge Polaris ACE Podium
Held at the challenging course, the event was
part of the ninth annual Heartland Challenge,
which also comprises SXS and ATV racing. With
storms threatening, the Ace race was moved up
two hours, but nothing was holding Rush back.
He was quickly on the holeshot at the start and
never looked back, winning by just over five minutes.
Torey Rush grabbed the holeshot ahead of
“Polaris makes such a great product and Team
UXC is such a great team,” said Rush. “I’ve had
a lot more time to race and a lot more time in
the Ace. We’ve been running the full GNCC season
and some Best in the Desert races, and it’s been
great. The course was awesome; it was really fast.
I just got a smooth rhythm going out there and
just never looked back. We’ve had some bad luck
in some of the GNCC races, but we really have
the Ace dialed in for the last two races.”
Racing's Torey Rush kept the pedal to the
floor for the entire race as he ran away
from the competition for the overall win
Becky Widdicombe joined Team UXC and the British
racer actually relocated to the United States
this year to make it easier for her to race here.
Becky Widdicombe finished in the 2nd spot
& 3rd overall
“The way you guys treat the sport over here is
fantastic,” said Widdicombe. “The UXC team has
been like a family. I race a Suzuki 450 sport
quad back home. So to step in something with a
rollcage is pretty fun. This event is amazing.
The track was great and it stayed together well.
It was a real mix of technical stuff and some
motocross stuff. It kept it interesting for the
Stracham fought trouble right from the start.
After having belt problems early, her Polaris
threw the belt and began smoking. Team UXC came
to the rescue, getting her a new belt and getting
her back on track.
Pro's Jesi Stracham rounded out the Polaris
ACE 900 Class Top 3
“I was really bummed after losing the belt,”
said Stracham. “This is really practice for me
for GNCC because I’m still in the championship
over there. I had belt problems from the start.
My check engine light came on early. When the
belt came off, I thought the car was on fire.
Team UXC gave me a belt and got me back going.
As long as I finished and I’m healthy, that’s
all the counts.”
In Ace 570, Shane Michael’s second-place overall
finish placed him first in class. The local racer
competes in a local Iowa ATV Harescramble series,
where he is the points leader.
Michael's Won the ACE 570 Class & finished
“The race was tiring, but fun,” said Michael.
“The Ace gives me control and I don’t have to
worry about anyone else. The track was excellent.
I couldn’t have asked for a better track.”
Exciting racing, a well-run program and strong
camaraderie made this year’s Heartland Challenge
a race to remember.