TORQUAY Alpine Ski Club’s Cameron Thomas has moved into a commanding lead in the U16 category of the national GBR outdoor series after a double-gold performance in the latest rounds.
Thomas won rounds three and four on the Matson hill near Gloucester and now tops his age group by seven points.
Tom Norton (13) from Torquay Boys’ Grammar School secured a gold and silver in the U14 category that lifted him into third place in the U14 series – a great achievement in his first full season of national level races.
The GBR series is sponsored by ski manufacturers Atomic and many of the best racers in the country compete in it.
An indicator of the quality of the field was three of the top-five ranked male artificial slope ski racers in the UK were competing.
The two courses on Saturday were a technically testing and around 25 per cent of the male racers failed to finish two runs.
Thomas showed particular skill in winning the U16 age group comfortably and, as fourth overall, his performance would have been good enough to win the age group above.
In the U14s, Norton was third after the first run and put in a blistering second run to overtake the more experienced racers ahead of him.
On the Sunday, Thomas was put under more pressure by his main rival from Pendle SC, but managed to stay ahead for a winning margin of around 0.1 of a second.
Norton had to content himself with second place behind another Pendle racer, who currently leads the U14 competition.
Five other racers from Torquay made the journey to Gloucester for the weekend including Harry Cawthorne (13) from St Cuthbert Mayne School, Allesandro Fraquelli (16) from Kevics, Totnes, Charlotte Tonge (17) from TGGS and Kerry Thomas (17) from Churston Ferrers Grammar School.
Former Torquay racer Carlito Miracco (12) travelled down from Berkshire to compete alongside his ex-team-mates.
The final round of the GBR outdoor series will be held at the Pontypool Ski Slope July 14-15.
With another 14 series points up for grabs in each age group for winners of the two races, Thomas will not be able to rest on his laurels despite his lead . that should make for an exciting climax to the competition.
TASC junior race chairman Nigel Simmons said: “To have Cameron leading the national indoor and outdoor series in his age group is a great achievement, which proves his ability to consistently achieve against the best in country.
“To be fourth overall on Saturday on very difficult course was an outstanding performance, as there are not many 14 year olds that can say that they finished only three places behind the best racer in the country in their sport.”
On Noton he added: “Tom is having a dream debut at with victories against far more experienced racers.
“If he can deliver at Pontypool then he has a good chance of third place in the series, or possibly even better.”