English Alpine Champs 2018 - Day 2

By Richard Dore – Ealing

Perfect snow conditions were seen across the slopes on day two of the English Alpine Championships as both the adult and children’s competitions delivered another fantastic day of racing.

On a bumper day of action the Under-16s and Under-14s took on their second Super G in as many days, as well as competing in a thrilling night parallel slalom.

And in the FIS competition the older racers tackled the giant slalom on the Alpina piste with excellent runs seen in both the mens and women’s competitions.

In the womens Under-18s category Ambition Racing’s Abi Bruce took first as the fastest British skier, teammate Sarah Woodward took second and Team Evolution’s Lois Jackson finished in third.

The mens Under-18s was topped by Glasgow Ski Racing’s Owen Vinter, who finished ahead of British Ski Academy duo Tom Hudson, in second, and Jake Doyle in third.

Meanwhile, in the Under-21s, Ambition Racing’s Jessica Anderson topped the podium, Team Evolution’s Honor Clissold took second and British Ski Academy’s Francesca Lee finished in third.

Whilst in the mens Under-21s there was further family success as Zak Vinter claimed first, with Kandahar Racing’s Robert Poth in second and Leo Karavasili rounding off the podium.

Into the children’s events and a thrilling day of racing as the boys and girls took on a faster Super G course, refined from Sunday’s event.

In the Under-14 boys Jack Upton completed a remarkable turnaround from his DNF on Sunday to top the podium on day two.

And despite starting 75th and 91st respectively, Luca Carrick-Smith claimed second and Team Apex’s Max Laughland finished in third.

Glaswegian sisters Isla and Erin Ward continued their domination in the girls Under-14s, racing for Team Apex, whilst 12-year-old Honor Bartlett raced spectacularly to take third.

Team Evolution enjoyed an excellent day in the boys Under-16s to claim a one, two, three as Robert Holmes, Jack Cunningham and Thomas Butterworth made it onto the podium.

And in the older girls category Ambition Racing’s Sophie Foster finished first, Daisi Daniels second and Eleanor Scranage-Harrison raced superbly to take third to mark her comeback from eight months out with an ACL injury.

Not done there, the younger riders went on to compete in the night parallel slalom roared on by a full crowd at the bottom of the Stelvio.

32 teams entered the competition but Ambition Racing came out on top, with British Ski Academy in second and Apex in third.

Boys Under-14 winner Jack Upton commented: “I didn’t finish on Sunday, I got really late coming towards the bottom of the steep and just couldn’t make the next turn, so it’s good that I could put it right today – I’m really happy with it.”

Girls Under-14 winner Isla Ward said: “It was a good race the Super G and it was a good course, it was faster than the run we did on Sunday.”

Boys Under-16 winner Robert Holmes: “It was super, super quick, really difficult and physically tiring but it’s really quick and nice, the conditions are great here.

“I maybe could’ve run it a little bit straighter in the mid sections but it was a good run.”

Girls Under-16 winner Sophie Foster commented: “The course was so nice, it was really well-set so you had enough space to do your stuff but then also the speed was really high which makes it exciting and fun.

“I was still feeling a bit of first-day nerves on Sunday, holding onto the skis a bit but I really let go in this race, it was good.”


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