Bobsleigh driver Kenny Simm was in Konigssee, Germany, at the weekend taking part in the Junior World Championships.
Teamed with Kenny was brakeman Jamie Devlin, another Royal Marine Commando and one of the fastest pushers in the British squad. The boys had a good week in practice and went into Saturday’s race day very confident of qualifying in the top 20 for the vital second run in their two-man bobsleigh.
Seventeen nations had teams entered and Europa Cup and World Cup drivers with plenty of experience were present in most of the teams. In fact the top 10 drivers from last year’s championships were there.
In the first race Kenny and Jamie had a great start and progressed well in the first three sections. However, they came off the last corner and flipped over at over 115kph and crossed the finish line upside down.
Race two went the same way – a good start but ending with another crash on the final corner. Despite being a bit bashed about the boys suffered no lasting damage apart from the disappointment of missing out on a top 10 spot.
Kenny and Jamie have picked themselves up and are now looking forward to their next race at St Moritz in Switzerland where they will be competing in the Europa Cup.
Still in his first season as a driver, Kenny is the current top Great Britain development driver and is steadily learning the bobsleigh trade.