The La Leonera track was to reveal today the first ever holder of the track record but like any other timed qualifying day, as usual it was filled with some action to spice up race day.
2 South Americans prevented the gringos from taking top spot in the first round posting the only 2:16 times of the round; Yan Bertinati (BRA) - 2:16:20 and Santiago Espeche (ARG) 2:16:53. This gave a strong boost to all the South Americans racing here in Colombia.
A crash by both Yan and Santiago in the 2nd qualifying round left the door open for any takers who were hunting for the top spot at La Leonera. Harry Clarke (AUS) took advantage and punched in a 2:15:16. Only Santiago Espeche came close to that time, dialing his 4th and last qualifying run at 2:15:19. Harry decided to wait it out until somebody over took his time. He took the last qualifying run of the day 2:14:49 and is now the La Leonera track record.
An interview with Top qualifier Harry Clarke and Second qualifier Santiago Espeche. Harry will answer in spanish and Santiago in english.
Where have you guys been hiding?
H: en La Rioja Argentina con tu hermana
How is it like going from skating almost everyday together for a month and now getting spots 1st and 2nd in a World Qualifying in Colombia?
H: esta mes pasado estábamos entrenando mucho para el tour de South América entonces hoy no fue una sorpresa
S: I see the face of harry for one month and a half in La Rioja Argentina( Every day All day ). I tried training as well go to skate on the all north of Argentina.
How has Colombia been?
H: Colombia es muy divertido Primo. La gente esta muy loca
S: This is my second time in Colombia, one of the beast trip for everything, only good people and nice skate!
Santiago being the top South American qualifier, what are your plans for the 2018 South American championships?
S: I’m really trying to get the top spot in the South America tour, I sure hope so!
Harry being the highest ranked racer around as well as being the fastest qualifier today, how do you weigh your chances for race day?
H: a la Prima de Nico y los pibes en La Rioja
Monday Race day run down in Colombia - La Leonera DH 2018
Rider Up Lift # 1
Practice # 2
Rider Up Lift # 2
Open Bracket Round of 64
Rider Up Lift # 3
Open Bracket Round of 32
Dirty 30s Round of 32
Rider Up Lift # 4
Open Bracket Round of 16
Dirty 30s Round of 16
Practice Women's, Juniors and Masters
Rider Up Lift # 5
Open Bracket Semi Finals
Dirty 30s Semi Finals
Juniors Semi Finals
Masters Semi Finals
Women's Semi Finals
Rider Up Lift # 6
Masters Consolation Finals
Dirty 30s Consolation Finals
Dirty 30s Finals
Women's Consolation Finals
Junior Consolation Finals
Open Consolation Finals
Race day brackets:
Photo: Camilo Vargas