John Urquhart showed the young racers starting out on their careers how to race and race fast. Urquhart posted the fastest combined time from the Men courtesy of a strong first run to hold off the challenge of Scott McIntyre from the Under 16 age group and Aiden Urquhart in the Under 14 age group.
Urquhart had crashed out on the first run on the opening day but he was not going to make the same mistake on day two. A commanding lead saw him post the fastest male first run time. Almost a second and a half lead on Richard McDonald Proctor and more on race one winner Alexander Trust provided some form of consolation. The second run saw another second added to the advantage. Maybe it was a good idea that some of the younger young guns did not race seeing the form Urquhart was in! A bruised ego is never a pleasant sight!
The Under 16 age group was the most keenly contested age group on the second day. Scott McIntyre may have come out on top but the battle between McIntyre, Alex Davies and Harry Cosham was thrilling. Cosham took the lead after the first run from Davies and McIntyre yet on the second run it was all change. McIntyre put in a much improved run to raise the bar. Davies, next down was unable to match it and dropped into second, just twelve hundredths behind. Cosham struggled on the course set by Jo Ryding and dropped down to third, six tenths behind McIntyre. Ben Hart took fourth in the age group with Neil Simpson in fifth.
Aiden Urquhart matched the dominance of Lee and Kamaly Asl in taking his fourth win of the weekend. Joshua Barfoot took second, Charlie Deem third and Travis Parker fourth for the fourth time over the weekend.
Despite a few small hiccups, the racing was well run and gave the racers a good indication of where they are at this stage of their pre season training. While the racing was deprived of some of the better races by both exams and other racers being held on the same weekend, questions arose over whether the diary is too congested at such a busy time in the educational year. One full race is surely better than races being called off for lack of entries. Just under 100 racers attended the racing from all age groups and both sexes. A compromise of dates and races must surely be looked into rather than carpet bombing the diary with loads of races?
Good job by Snowsport England on keeping these races going. Linking the summer and winter races is an important part of the whole ski racing scene. While Britain may not have a venue that is deemed long enough for a BASS race, trips to Europe could become more regular for those looking to reach the upper echelons of BASS racing. Innovation and trying new things has to be the way forward. Some will work, others may not but you will only find out by trying them.
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