Max Capps (US) doesn’t travel to many IDF races, but today he showed he has the goods to compete at the highest level, posting the fastest practice time of the day. This year’s field at Newton’s is one of the deepest in years, and it’s a wide open race, with no clear favorite.

Jacko and Max Capps
What's the deal here between Max Capps and Jacko Shapiera?

Harry Clarke (AU) waited until his 17th run of the day to lay down the second fastest run of the day, while Andy Atchison (US) started off the day at the top of the leaderboard before dropping to third by the end of the day.

Standy Andy Atchison
Standy Andy Atchison proudly standing in front of the leaderboard before being pushed into third.

Emily Pross (US) decided not to wear a transponder today, giving no hints to the competition. But she had one of the biggest crashes of the day - a full send into the bales at Forest Elbow.

Elissa Mah (NZ) recorded the fastest women’s time, while Abdil Mahdzan (MY) also waited until his last run to skip to the top of the Luge rankings. In Juniors, Lewis Saxon (AU) edged out Riley Young (AU), while in Masters, Derek Blanquer Gelez (ES) looks set to dominate.

Elissa Mah
Talk to Elissa Mah's hand

But the real shit starts tomorrow; four timed qualifying runs that determine seeding for Sunday’s head-to-head racing. In between there’ll be a repechage, where the slowest riders from tomorrow’s qualifying will battle for the last few places in the finals bracket.

Keep an eye on the Newton’s Results page to follow the qualifying times and all the race brackets.

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Colin Beck

This post was written by Colin Beck

• Former Secretary, International Downhill Federation
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