Racing season is slowly coming to an end. Thrilling Downhill World Cup season concluded last week in USA, now a week later, also remarkable local series Unior Downhill Cup came to an end with final race hosted in Bike & Ski Resort Cerkno. Racetrack in Cerkno was positively welcomed among racers as one of the best tracks in series. Fast flowing and dry track kept riders on their toes all the time as there was no place to relax and take a breath – it was a rollercoaster ride all the way from the start  and to finish line.

Sinter Brakes Team racers achieved another outstanding results, this time all of our riders finished on podium places, in U19 category the guys dominated and full swept the podium as they went 1-2-3 !!! That’s a way to make a statement for the season finale!

Clean sweep in U19 category for SBT guys!

In U19 category, Marko Niemiz was the fastest among teammates. He had again perfect race with winning both seeding and finals race. Second fastest was Žan Pirš and third fastest was Žak Gomilšček.

Marko: “It’s been a great weekend; the track was just flatout and conditions were about perfect. I crashed on one of my training runs and my left shoulder was in slight pain for race day. Fortunately, it didn’t affected me too much for race runs. I’m happy to get away with a win and my 6th consecutive overall title. Great to see the whole Sinter Brakes Team on podium, great effort.”
Žan: “Considering that I am still not at 100%, I am very pleased with this weekend. I felt great on my bike, pushed hard on track, nearly crashed in rock garden in my race run. But besides that, it was a pretty good run! Can’t wait for the last IXS cup in the upcoming weekend!”
After long and succesfull sophomore year in U19 category, Žak was just having fun on track and “sent it” in his style to finish it on a good note with 3rd place.

In Elite men category, Rudi Pintar again finished on podium with 3rd place, right behind Jure Žabjek and Luka Berginc. In U15 category Tomo Joksimović Terpin finished also on 3rd place.

Rudi: “It’s been a really good and fun weekend. The track conditions were really good to ride and honestly, I was a bit scared because it was soo fast haha. The race run was good, I had some loose moments but over all it was a good fun. That was the last race for this season, now I need some good rest before going back into full training mode for the next season. I really enjoyed my time on the bike this year, had a tons of fun racing even tho the results weren’t what I know i am capable of. They will come some day, for sure.
Tomo: “Track in Cerkno is one of my favorites, it’s not technically difficult and it’s fast. I’m happy with my results, although there’s always something to be better at. Overall it was great and fun weekend.”

With final race finished, the overall standing of the series was again successful for our guys in a similar dominating style as the race in Cerkno. In U19 category Marko, Žak and Žan made SBT hat-trick, Rudi finished on 2nd place in Elite men category, while Tomo finished also on 2nd place in U15 category.

Overall standings:

U15 category

1. MEDIĆ Frane (Biciklistički klub Crikvenica) 520 pts
2. JOKSIMOVIĆ TERPIN Tomo (Sinter Brakes Team) 500 pts
3. ROMBO Mark (KD Rajd) 465 pts

U19 category

1. NIEMIZ Marko (Sinter Brakes Team) 640 pts
2. GOMILŠČEK Žak (Sinter Brakes Team) 505 pts
3. PIRŠ Žan (Sinter Brakes Team) 465 pts

Elite Men category

1. ŽABJEK Jure (Unior Devinci Factory Racing) 1200 pts
2. PINTAR Rudi (Sinter Brakes Team) 986 pts
3. BERGINC Luka (KK Črn Trn) 830 pts

All results and standings are available on Unior Downhill Cup website.

Photo Gallery by: Miha Skrt