THE British Bobsleigh Championships took place in Italy last Friday at the Cesana Pariol track near Turin and among those competing was Shetlander Kenny Simm.
Kenny and brake man Chris Woolley pulled out all the stops and finished in fifth place – a fraction away from the top spots. They pushed a great start in both runs with their best being 5.11 seconds. Their first and best run on the tricky, 1,435 metre track, which has 19 curves and a vertical drop of 114 metres, was 59.66 seconds.
The result means Kenny is the top development driver in the championships with only Olympic, World Cup and Europa Cup established drivers ahead of him in.
The Royal Marine Drivers took the top spots in the championships. All being well Kenny should team up with fellow Royal Marine, Jamie Devlin, for the January Junior World Championships. This will be the first time for a few years that Great Britain has been represented by a male team and it could be the first time that the Royal Navy have been represented by a two-man team from the Royal Marines.
After the Championships Kenny and Chris drove to Austria to start training for the first round of the Europa Cup which took place at Igls on Wednesday. This small mountain village above Innsbruck was twice host to the Winter Olympics.
All the top teams from Europe were out in force and Kenny and Chris plan to gain good experience and keep on improving – a top 10 place would be the dream but they will be happy to finish in the top 20.