South Canterbury’s Willis Feasey has emerged as the New Zealand National Men’s Giant Slalom Champion at the Alpine National Championship at Queenstown’s Coronet Peak.
A strong international field of 84 racers took to ‘The Hurdle’ run with Feasey emerging ahead of defending champion Adam Barwood after run one and just 0.79 seconds behind leader Daniele Sorio of Italy.
Feasey then dropped to 8th overall during his second run but did enough to maintain the number one spot in New Zealand.
“It went pretty well at the top,” Willis explained. “It’s a challenging course, quite steep. I think I handled that quite well and carried some good speed in to the flat and moved up a few spots from my bib number which is what you always want.”
“On the second run I skied the top alright but wasn’t carrying as much speed and then got a little squashed with the forces through a compression turn and that cost me a little speed. But overall I’m pretty happy with how I skied.”
Willis, who was last crowned national GS champion in 2017, added “it’s a good feeling to have the title back again this year.”
Austria’s Magnus Walch claimed the overall race win, 0.99s ahead of Italy’s Stefano Baruffaldi in second, Daniele Sorio rounded out the podium in third place.
Image: Black Peak