GNCC UXC2 UTV Report • Round 3 • Camp Coker Bullet
Muenster, TX (4/22/2018) – Hess Motorsports’ Shawn Hess scored his second consecutive podium, finishing third in the Camp Coker Bullet GNCC in Society Hill, SC. Driving a Yamaha YXZ 1000R, Hess was running just his second ever race in the UXC2 Pro class. Austin Sides finished second in the UTV Masters class, driving a Hess Motorsports Yamaha.
Hess made his debut in the class at the last race, finishing third. After starting in the dust, Hess caught the line in front of him quickly and visibility became a serious issue. Relying on his instincts, he managed to make it past the lappers and into clear air.
“CJ Greaves and I battled back and forth early in the race,” explained Hess. “The track was just crazy dusty and we were laughing that both of us were stopping and waving each other past because we couldn’t see our hands in front of our faces. Finally the dust cleared enough that we were able to take off.”
The rough course and the deep sand made for a hard charge for Hess. Despite that, his Yamaha made it through and he’s well into the points chase at the midpoint of the season.
“Dust was a big factor for us today,” said Hess. “We caught up to the lines in front of us pretty quickly. The track was tough, but we persevered and the Yamaha was tough today.”
Sides was competing in just his second UTV Masters race for drivers aged 45 or older. Driving a Yamaha equipped with all of the Hess Motorsports hop ups, he finished second, scoring his first GNCC podium.
“I’m really happy with the Sehorn’s Yamaha YXZ 1000 and especially the Hess Motorsports products we run on it,” said Sides. “All of the parts they make are on the car and working well.”
Sides appreciated the adaptability of the Yamaha platform. He ran the same car in the UTV World Championship desert race two weeks ago before changing out a few parts to compete in the GNCC race.
“It’s a testament to the YXZ platform,” said Sides. “You can run a desert race one weekend and a cross country race the next.”
Hess Motorsports will return to GNCC UTV competition during the John Penton May 26-27 at Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, OH.