It was not until the final racer on the final run of the final round had crossed the finish line that the British Ski Academy sponsored GBR Series results were known for the girls. Coming into the last race Nicole Shering knew she had to win the race with Eva Pascoe finishing fourth or below to have a chance of winning the series. A 50 point difference gave the race an added twist. Shering took the win with Georgia Hyett and Charlotte Holmes taking second and third, Eva Pascoe took fourth with Ellie Jackson in fifth.
When Shering has finished, she has won this season. A crash at Gloucester had opened up the series but knowing that she had to win the race to be in with a chance of taking the series, gave Shering added pressure. A lead of over a second from the first run gave her a comfortable cushion but there was still the ‘what if’ factor to take into consideration.
In the first run, Pascoe had been the first racer from the top fifteen seeds to head out of the start gate and posted a competitive time. Shering, as had been expected, grabbed the lead and then it was a case of where Pascoe would end up. Top four and the series points would be tied, anything below that and Shering would be back in front on her own.
Hyett and Holmes both edged in front of the rising talent from Torquay but with Jenny Davies, herself with an outside chance of grabbing the series win, made a mess of the first run, it would all go down to the second run and a one run shoot out. Ellie Jackson completed the top five after the first run.
There was little change on the order on the second run and when Ellie Jackson grabbed the lead from Chloe Chapman, all eyes focused on how Eva Pascoe would cope with the pressure. Pascoe explained after her run that she was incredibly nervous in the start gate yet had you asked her at the beginning of the season if she thought she would be challenging for the series win at the end of it, she would have said no.
Pascoe comfortably bettered Jackson’s time and then had to wait to see where she would end up. While Charlotte Holmes and then Georgia Hyett both produced solid second runs, they were both faster than Pascoe and with just Shering to go, Pascoe was in third. The time was immaterial it was all about the place.
Shering has been the class act across the series. Two wins going into the last race she already had but knowing that she had to win put added pressure on the Snowtrax racer.
With so much on the line, Shering produced a time that would have seen her in the top ten of the boys race. Her time was over a second better than the next best girl to give her the race win by over two seconds, impressive stuff.
For Pascoe, the heartache of missing out on the series win due to countback of race wins was a tough pill to swallow but she can be really proud of her performances in the five race series that has taken her around the UK. Charlotte Holmes ended up with third in the series with Ellie Jackson fourth while Jenny Davies dropped to fifth overall.
The age group prizes for the final round in Pontypool went to Charlotte Holmes (Under 14, 3rd Overall); Eva Pascoe (Under 16, 4th Overall); Nicole Shering (Under 18, Race Winner); Joely Side (Under 21, 11th Overall).
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