Kailub Russell will look to earn his fourth consecutive win in GNCC 2018 this weekend at Steele Creake while Thad Duvall sets his sights on the championship chase.

 

The 2018 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series heads to Morganton, North Carolina this weekend for round four of the 13-race championship series.

 

XC1 Pro Class

Kailub Russell comes into Steele Creak with three-consecutive wins, though they did not come easy with Thad Duvall pushing hard all the way.

Duvall comes into round four just 19-points behind Russell and has proven he has the speed to run at the front. Finishing seconds behind the leader at rounds one and three, Duvall is looking to earn his first win of the season this Sunday.

Steward Baylor currently sits third in the championship points battle, but is looking to contest for his first win of the season in North Carolina. After charging through the pack in Georgia, Baylor is looking to get a better start this coming weekend to be in the mix at the flag.

 

GNCC 2018 Rnd 4 Bollinger Enduro21 560

Photo Credit: Ken Hill

 

Morganton-native, Trevor Bollinger has had a consistent start to the 2018 season finishing fourth in XC1 at the first three events. Bollinger will be one to keep an eye on this Sunday as he competes on his home turf and with a large home crowd of family and friends.

Getting a great jump off the line at the first round was Josh Strang, earning him the $250 All Balls Racing holeshot award. This weekend Strang will look to battle for a podium and possibly his first win since the 2016 Tomahawk GNCC.

Ricky Russell was on a mission in Georgia, leading the first two laps before disaster struck and a stick caused a mechanical issue with his radiator. Ultimately that meant Ricky was unable to finish the race but he will look to make amends this weekend.

 

GNCC 2018 Rnd 4 Ben Kelley Enduro21 560

Photo Credit: Ken Hill

  

XC2 250 Pro Class

Ben Kelley holds the early lead in the XC2 250 Pro class with two-consecutive wins at the first three rounds. He’s being chased hard though by Pascal Rauchenecker who has finished on the podium at the first three rounds.

Josh Toth earned the win at round one, and then battled through the Florida sand to finish second at round two. Toth had some misfortune in Georgia, catching his hand in a vine ripping it backwards, leaving him unable to contest for the win.

Craig Delong is currently fourth while Liam Draper rounds out the top five in the XC2 250 Pro division heading into this weekend.

 

GNCC 2018 Rnd 4 Enduro21 560 rauchenecker

Photo Credit: Ken Hill

 

XC3 125 Pro-Am Class

The XC3 125 Pro-Am class has seen three different winners in three events. Alex Teagarden took the win at round one, but has since suffered some unfortunate luck since. Jesse Ansley scored the second win in his home state of Florida and currently sits third in points.

Cody Barnes took home the win at round three and sits second in points.

Jason Raines has been Mr Consistent and currently holds a six-point championship points lead, though has yet to earn a win in the class.

Sunday’s race schedule is as follows: Youth bike racing begins at 8 a.m., followed by amateurs and women at 10 a.m., and the pros and top amateurs take to the track at 1 p.m.

Tune in to RacerTV.com on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST to catch LIVE streaming of the Pro bike race. For more information on GNCC LIVE coverage, visit www.racertv.com. A highlight show featuring the event will air on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, May 26 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

More information at gnccracing.com