After the elementary mistake made in the opening race of the Ambition GBR Outdoor Series, Nicole Shering won her first race of the season in the second GBR race in Norfolk. Georgia Hallett pushed her all the way over both runs to take second with Bella Hathaway taking third in the sun! This was a great example of tight, no holds barred racing. This years challengers for the Outdoor Series have started out strongly.
If Helena Newboult was the class act of the first race, her demise in the second race left the race wide open. Newboult crashed out midway down the first run leaving Shering and Hallett in the top two places and with a commanding lead over Jenny Davies in third.
With Aldershot providing three of the top seven racers to finish the first run, the Southern region club are already looking in a strong position to retain the trophy they won last summer as the best club in the Club Nationals. Eleanor Wilkins showed that her place in the top 15 starters was no mistake and she battled her way into seventh, just one hundredth behind Victoria Gatty from Pendle.
Megan Skipper took the spoils in the Under 16 age gr0up along with fifth place overall.
The top four finishers were tightly bunched as Jenny Davies was nudged off the Overall podium by her teammate from Aldershot, Bella Hathaway. With Gatty beating Wilkins by just one hundredth, Davies let a place on the podium slip by four hundredths after the second run. Hathaway put the pressure on Davies in the second run with a much improved second run. The gap to the leading two was too much after the first run for her to be better than third.
Georgia Hallett has found her niche in racing in the dry matt. While she has raced in FIS races, the Welsh Manchester University Dental student admits that she enjoys the racing on plastic. The battle over the summer between her, Newboult and Shering plus others when exams have finished promises to be enthralling. Four hundredths was the gap to Shering after the first run and while Shering took another hundredth out of Hallett on the second run, the two were pushing the boundaries.
The field over the course of the weekend may not have been the deepest but this gave some of the racers further back an opportunity to really make a name for themselves: Lauren Cooper, cousin to British Team athlete Yasmin Cooper, started near the back yet battled her way into the top fifteen on both days.
With all three podium places in the Under 16 age group in the top ten, the future is showing promise as well… now if only more racers had the inclination to race….!
The age groups were won by Eleanor Eaves (Under 14); Megan Skipper (Under 16, fifth Overall); Nicole Shering (Under 18, Overall Winner) and Georgia Hallett (Under 21, second overall).
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