Seventh at the start, DeLong got to work attacking the XC1 Pro class front runners and tightening the gap with each passing lap. Half way through the three-hour sprint he had moved his Husqvarna FE 350 into fourth place and training third placed Jordan Ashburn by less than 30-seconds. DeLong then crashed while passing for position on a tricky downhill section and ceded a place to Josh Strang. Andrew quickly remounted quickly and crossed the finish line at fifth overall in XC1 Pro class.
"Andrew charged hard today, showing again that he has what it takes to run with the top riders," offered Husqvarna team manager, Andy Jefferson. "He made progress lap-by-lap and had it not been for his crash, a podium finish was definitely in the cards today. Still his top 5 and scoring points was a plus."
In other action, Andrew's kid brother Craig DeLong posted another in his string of 250-A class wins aboard his 2-stroke TC 250 Husky. The younger DeLong was celebrated as a GNCC Top Amateur.
GNCC Rd. 7 – The Mountaineer Run XC1 Pro Class Results
1. Kailub Russell KTM
2. Charlie Mullins KTM
3. Josh Strang YAM
4. Jordan Ashburn YAM
5. Andrew DeLong HUSQVARNA TE 350
6. Chris Bach HON
7. Jason Thomas KTM
8. Paul Whibley YAM
9. Ryan Sipes KTM
10. Tom McCormack YAM
PHOTO CAPTION: Team Husqvarna's Andrew DeLong, 5th place finish Rd 7 Mountaineer GNCC. Photo by Ken Hill