Fort William – day two recap

In the pits and on the hill for today’s qualifying runs

It’s been another glorious day up on the slopes of Aonach Mor, where the fastest downhill racers in the world put on one hell of a show during qualifying this afternoon.


Click here to read our recap from day one.

The Welsh wonder kid Taylor Vernon took top spot in the juniors aboard his new GT Fury while his teammate Rachael Atherton showed her dominance in the women’s category, smashing her closest rival Emmeline Ragot by a whopping 6.1 seconds to take top honours.

Although many had Aaron Gwin down as favourite, he could only manage 14th in qualifying today, just behind teammate Troy Brosnan.

For any that had seen Danny Hart’s speed in practice, it was no real surprise that he took the top spot in today’s proceedings, edging fellow Brit Gee Atherton out by 0.176 seconds, with Sam Blenkinsop storming into a strong 3rd place. After the speed Mick Hannah displayed in timed training yesterday it was no big shock to see the Aussie right up there in the mix in 4th spot and Devinci Global Racing’s Stevie Smith rounding out the top 5.

In the evening, the 4X Pro Tour kept spectators glued trackside to watch riders do battle.

In the end it was Tomas Slavik that came out on top in the mens, while young Brit Katy Curd made a pass higher up on the course to move into the lead and take the win.


Here’s some of our highlights from the day…