2016 SKIERCROSS RESULTS & REVIEW
British Skiercross Results 2016 (Download PDF)
Men Open: 1st Matthew Ray, 2nd Jonathan Bingham, 3rd Luke Feneley
Women Open: 1st Emma Peters, 2nd Isobel Brown, 3rd Katie Summerhayes
See pdf for full age category results and times
RAY AND PETERS REIGN SUPREME TO TAKE BRITISH SKIERCROSS TITLES
Action kicked off today at the BRITS 2016, with the skiers tackling the jumps and berms of the Skiercross course. After a day of competitive racing, Emma Peters and Matthew Ray reigned supreme to take the British Skiercross Champion crowns.
Skiers of all ages took to the LAAX course for their individual timed runs, ahead of the head to head semis and then finals where the best of British battled it out.
In the overall men’s category the big final produced nail biting action with four racers battling it out tail to tip from the off. With all four racers bunched together, half way down the course Laurence Willows clipped a gate, locking skis with Luke Feneley resulting in both skiers falling and allowing Ray to storm ahead. Despite Jonathan Bingham hot on the heels of Ray, he couldn’t be caught and crossed the line first to take the title. Feneley picked himself up to take the bronze behind Bingham.
After winning the Under 16 British title last year, Ray was delighted to go one step further to claim the overall British Champion title. He said after the win: “I am pretty happy. It was a tight race, and good competition, so it was great to come home with the win. I was side by side with Laurence (Willows) out of the start gate, then he clipped a gate and went down and I just managed to avoid him! This is the best result of my year, so it is great to get on top of the podium. I will be back again next year.”
In the overall ladies contest, there was some exciting racing, culminating in a competitive final. From the start nobody could get close to British Ski Cross racer Emma Peters, however, who stormed to the front to take the British title. Behind Peters was a battle for silver between Isobel Brown and slopestyle skier Katie Summerhayes. Brown’s experience won out in the end to claim silver, despite a speedy and gritty performance by Summerhayes, who ended up in bronze ahead of Caitlin Lewington.
After taking the silver medal last year at the BRITS, Emma Peters was overwhelmed to claim the overall title this year: “It is amazing to win the title. I never thought I would get to become British Champion. I was second last year, so to get the win feels great. The BRITS have been great so far this year and they have done well with the course despite late season conditions. The event has such a good vibe and atmosphere.”
The BRITS continues to cultivate up and coming talent, and this year was no different with a huge number of skiers, from 8 years old upwards, taking on the Skiercross course and showing off their speed and flair. Impressing the crowds was 12 year old Elektra Brown who won the Under 16 title, beating off challenges from girls up to three years older than her.
British Skiercross Championships Results
Men 1st – Matthew Ray, 2nd – Jonathan Bingham, 3rd – Luke Feneley
Women 1st – Emma Peters, 2nd – Isobel Brown, 3rd – Katie Summerhayes
FULL RESULTS HERE (PDF)
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Don’t forget to check out the BRITS 2016 picture galleries at www.facebook.com/britsfestival, where you will be able to check out the Snowboard and Freeski action from the previous day’s competition.
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