VIDEO: Lancaster speed ski star finishes sixth in World Cup

  • Jan Farrell finishes World Cup season in Sweden
  • Lancaster racer pleased with first S1 season
  • Attention now turns to World Record attempts in France

Lancaster’s speed ski star has finished the World Cup season sixth after the final round in Sweden.

Madrid-based Jan Farrell climbed the rankings in the final two races in Idre Fjäll to ensure a top-10 finish in his first season in the S1 category.

2014 Downhill World Cup winner Farrell, who finished sixth and ninth in the two races having moved up to the top tier category this year, said: “Without doubt I’m very satisfied with my season.

“Switching to S1, albeit with its ups and downs, has been a great decision, now I’m motivated for 2016.

“I know where my errors have been and what I have to work on to correct them, particularly regarding the aerodynamics of my equipment.

“I feel that next season I’ll be prepared to fight to be on the overall podium.”

Jan Farrell in action in Sweden.

Jan Farrell in action in Sweden.

The two closing races of the World Cup season took place on the steepest slope in Europe with a 120 per cent vertical drop.

A snow ramp launches the athletes at a blind angle into the track, accelerating from 0 to 60mph in under four seconds before reaching near free-fall speeds.

It has been an up and down season with insufficient snow in Vars to host the first two World Cups before increased snowfall in Andorra meant the cancellation of the second of two scheduled World Cup races.

Despite harsh wind conditions and record high temperatures in Canada, two World Cups were pulled off before the final round in Sweden.

I feel that next season I’ll be prepared to fight to be on the overall podium

Fierce competition saw Italians Ivan Origone and Valentina Greggio win the FIS crystal globe of Speed Skiing.

Now the World Cup is over, the speed skiers are on their way to the fastest race of the season in the French resort of Vars where a World Record attempt, with the ambitious objective of reaching 255km/h or 158mph, will take place on one of the steepest ski runs in the Alps.

The athletes will attempt Simone Origone’s 252.454km/h record, established last year.

Farrell said: “The pressure and tight schedule of the World Cup season is off now.

Jan Farrell just after finishing sixth in Sweden.

Jan Farrell just after finishing sixth in Sweden.

“I’m looking to gain experience at high speed, and enjoy myself on the best speed ski track in the world, aiming to get a new personal record of well over 230km/h if the track and weather conditions permit.

“Next season I’ll need the experience at high speed to be fighting for the top podium positions in the World Cup.”