With three different age groups all competing down the same course, it was Harry Cosham in the Under 16 age group that emerged with the fastest time over the two runs in the opening slalom race in Landgraaf for the Men. Cosham posted the fastest combined time amongst the men with Aiden Urquhart winning the Under 14 age group and the Alexander Trust posting the fastest Open age group time. Had Francesca Lee been racing in the Men’s race, she would have been the fastest!
Cosham posted the fastest times on both runs for the Under 16 as he gave some of the better seeded racers in the age group a wake up call. Over the two runs, Cosham eked out a lead approaching a second over Scott McIntyre with Benjamin Hart in third. McIntyre produced a strong second run to over come the miniscule advantage that Hart held after the first run and finish six tenths ahead of him overall.
Aiden Urquhart was fastest on both runs in the Under 14 age group with Joshua Barfoot taking second and Charlie Deem third on both runs. Little separated Barfoot and Deem on the second run but Barfoot had the advantage after the first run. Barfoot, Deem and Ambition’s Travis Parker(4th in both runs) all first year Under 14 racers are great examples of using the opportunity of racing for BASS points for the first time.
While no Senior male racers made the trip across, the strength in numbers of the Master’s age group was great to see. Alexander Trust was fastest on both runs ahead of Richard McDonald-Proctor with Finlay Stewart third. The keenly contested Masters age group, 13 of the 18 racers in the Open age group were Masters, saw Paul Bunton emerge victorious with Andrew Atkinson and Murat Imamzade joining him on the podium.
Having crashed out in the Slalom John Urquhart put matters to right in posting the fastest combined time ahead of Scott McIntyre. McIntyre had lead after the first run but the Under 16 racer succombed to Urquhart’s blistering second run time to take the overall win by just six hundredths of a second. Aiden Urquhart, an Under 14 racer took a super impressive third place overall in the Pro Slalom. Richard McDonald-Proctor took fourth just ahead of Jack Raynor.
While there were few current ‘stars’ of British racing on show in the Men’s races, this gave others a chance to race for the business end of the races. Hopefully the future will see other racers attend the races and ideas such as holding the British Indoor races in Landgraaf with the added bonus of earning BASS points were muted around the dinner tables. If the summer scene is to have some sort of link to the winter racing, this would, it seems, be a logical first step. Distance to travel is to be considered but by promoting the gains possible, this could happen. If the racers were held at a time when a training camp could also be held, there is a realistic opportunity of this happening.
Innovative ideas need to looked into if the sport is to grow rather than stagnate.
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