After finishing third in the slalom, Adam Hay went two places better in the Giant Slalom as he won his first National Title in taking the Scottish National Giant Slalom Dryslope Title. Hay pushed out Ross Taylor with Duncan Greenshields slipping from the first run lead into third at the end of the race.
Adam Hay is a racer on a mission. This summer the determination and dedication to do well in ski racing has seen him travel over an hour each way for training three times a week. His passion for ski racing has seen him quit the potentially more lucrative sport of football and this has seen his results improve and on the strength of this he has been selected to the Scotland U16 team. In winning the GS Title at Hillend, Hay has demonstrated that hard work does pay off.
Hillend is a hill that does not forgive. Fortune favours the brave yet spits out those that go that little too far. That being said it is a great hill for Giant Slalom – one that has parents watching in fear for their children as they push the limit ever harder!
Duncan Greenshields held the lead after the first run but there was not much to choose from the leading racers. Greenshields had a lead of three hundredths from Hay and four from Ross Taylor after the first run with Scott Waitt just over a quarter of a second back in fourth. A further eight racers were with a second and a half of the lead.
As the sun shone down gloriously on Hillend, these were perfect conditions for summer ski racing.
Owen Vinter made a second run charge to try and salvage something from the weekend, a quiet one for him considering the success he has had in the past. Vinter posted the fastest time at that point but he had too much to make up from the first run for a realistic push for overall success.
Next up was Andrew Simpson and while he could not match Vinter’s time, he held on to the race lead. Cameron Gibson then bettered Vinter’s time to extend the lead before Scott Waitt went even quicker.
If Waitt had aspirations to make it onto the podium he had put himself in a good place. Yet when he saw the time Taylor posted, he must have felt a little deflated. Taylor had been looking for some Overall top step success over the weekend he had admitted on the Saturday and this was his last chance. Taylor put his ability on the line and went for it. Mistakes on the first run had cost him yet he rectified this on the second and went six-tenths of second faster than Waitt had gone. Podium yes but could he hold on for the top step?
Adam Hay had taken an overall podium spot on the Saturday yet was not content with that being the highlight of his weekend. He wanted more. If Waitt was deflated by Taylor’s run, the Taylor was run over by a steam train when Hay went over six-tenths faster than Taylor. The pressure was very much now on Greenshields to perform.
With four hundredths having separated the top three after the first run, Hay and Taylor safely in the finish, Duncan Greenshields was the last man on the slope. The third fastest time on the second run saw him slide into third place overall.
With Duncan Greenshields across the line, Adam Hay could relax. He had won his first National Title in dramatic fashion. If he continues working as hard as he has been doing, it will be the first of many!
The age groups were won by: Under 14 – Fraser Hunter (10th Overall); Under 16 – Adam Hay (Race Winner); Under 18 – Scott Waitt (4th Overall); Under 21 – No starters; Seniors – Ross Taylor (2nd Overall)
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