Having had to wait to see if there was a chance of the Super G happening the day before in vain, Owen Vinter and Elliott Bennett produced strong runs to win the under 16 and Under 14 age group British titles in Super G in the first race of a packed penultimate day of racing in Tignes.
Vinter admitted to using his early start number to the best of his ability to post a time that he hoped would be good enough for the win. The Super G was the only title he had not won he explained and was happy to have followed in his older brothers footsteps in taking the title.
Afterwards he explained: “I am really happy with the way it went. I came out of the start gate really quickly and I just had to go with it and commit, so I just went for it as hard as I could. I am really happy to be on the podium again. That was my aim, and seeing as though it was my last Children’s Championships, I wanted to leave on a high and there was no point in holding back. I’m going to really go for it again in the Giant Slalom tomorrow and what will happen, will happen. There are a lot of good GS skiers here at the Championships, so I can only do my best.”
Ewan Robertson and Jake Doyle joined Vinter on the podium.
Elliott Bennett has made big gains this season under the guidance of the Kandahar trainers. In winning the Super G in convincing fashion, Bennett commented “the Super G race was really good, it was a quick course and I went out of the gate in full attack mode.” Bennett made an error coming off the traverse but this did not hinder him too much.
Louis Masquelier and Kaylan Huisman Muro joined Bennett on the podium.
With a change of course from the previous day, the line coming off the traverse was the all important section of the course. A number of the top challenging racers took a risk coming off the traverse and for a while red gate after the lip was taking a severe battering.
Racing ends on the Friday with the Under 16 Giant Slalom.
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