Ollie Davies becomes first ever British World Junior Ski Cross Champion after a stunning win in New Zealand.
Ollie Davies arrived into the knockouts as sixth seed after qualifying, winning his quarter final race in great style. Davies then had a measured race in the semis to finish second and was placed in the final four for the final.
The 21-year-old had shown great form in Europa Cup competition with a podium last season. Gradually adapting to racing with the best in the world on the World Cup circuit too. This put him in a great position to bag a podium in New Zealand.
Despite a bad starting gate position, due to his seeding, Davies had a flying start to launch himself into the lead from the first turn. The Brit was solid, and the rest of the pack had no chance to overtake him throughout the race. It was a comfortable win for Davies against Austria’s 2016 World Junior Champion Sandro Siebenhofer and Russian World Cup skier Maxim Virkhrov.
After the race, Davies told reporters how he executed his plan: “Everything went to plan; I was able to take it fairly easy in the quarters and semis, it wasn’t a grind and then it was quite a long wait until the final.”
“I was in the far-right gate for the final but I had my best start ever and was able to lead into the first turn. I didn’t have to fight at all. I’m really happy with how it all panned out.”This win will be a massive confidence boost for Davies going into the full winter season on the Europa and World Cup circuits.