Nicole Shering admitted to being a little tentative approaching the hairpin on the run in to the finish on the first run on her way to winning her second British Ski Academy sponsored GBR race of the season. Shering slowed slightly but still managed to win the penultimate GBR race of the season by over two seconds from Jenny Davies with Georgia Hyett in third. Eva Pascoe and Ellie Jackson took the final two places on the enlarged podium.
Shering has been the class act in the dry mat races in England this summer. Victory in the first GBR race at Pendle set her on her way and while Nicole Ritchie won round 2, Shering did not make the long journey from the south coast to Scotland. A crash in round three opened up the series but with neither Nicole Ritchie, winner of round two or Georgia Hallett, winner of round 3 not racing in Pontypool, Shering knew that she could wrap up the series with some strong performances. Coming into the final weekend, it was Eva Pascoe that was leading the series, a clear 100 points ahead of Shering, who shared fifth place with Ritchie and Hallett.
A lead of over 1.20 seconds on the first run had Shering in a comfortable position. Jenny Davies was happy with being in second place but not happy with her time. Georgia Hyett was half a second behind Davies in third with Isabel Evans in fourth. Ellie Jackson, second in the series, was ahead of Pascoe who lead her in the series by 54 points. Charlotte Holmes split the leading two in the series. The maths was starting to come into play in terms of places and points towards the overall.
Consistency is vital in looking for a series win and scoring big points makes a big statement of intent. With ten to go Lauren Bloom lead the field but her lead did not last long as Ella Giles extended her small advantage from the first run. Joely Side dropped down behind Giles but just ahead of Bloom as the race became even more frantic.
If the Malcolm Erskine set first run had thrown up conundrums going over a new piece of terrain at the top that saw racers flying through the air, the Dave Eaves second run shuffled the pack again amongst the top ten racers.
Next down was Eva Pascoe. Pascoe may have had a big points lead in the series long standings but with Shering looking like she was heading for a race win, she knew that she had to try and limit the damage. Pascoe put in a second run charge that saw her grab the lead and put pressure on those following her.
Nine hundredths separated Pascoe in 8th, Chloe Chapman in 7th place after the first run and Charlotte Holmes. Holmes extended her advantage four hundredths of a second advantage but could not live with the blistering pace of Pascoe.
Jackson was next to attack the course and she too was unable to better Pascoe’s overall time and lost more points to her in the race for the Overall. From fourth after the first run, fresh from her Prom Night the night before, Isabel Evans found the second run not to her liking and dropped off the main podium and down the leaderboard.
Welsh team racer, Georgia Hyett then grabbed the lead before Jenny Davies ripped it from her and the field then had to watch as Shering took the win.
From a poor first run, Pascoe is in pole position for the final round of the BSA sponsored GBR series. Five racers are still in with a chance of taking the spoils with Charlotte Holmes in fifth (181 points), Ellie Jackson in fourth (191 points), Nicole Shering in third with 200 points, Jenny Davies second with 220 points and Pascoe has 250. An overall podium for Pascoe will see her take the title no matter what the others do!
The age groups were taken by Charlotte Holmes (Under 14, 7th Overall); Eva Pascoe (Under 16, 4th Overall); Nicole Shering (Under 18, Race Winner); Joely Side (Under 21, 10th Overall); Jenny Davies (Senior, 2nd Overall) and Emily Goddard (Masters).
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