Astrophysicist engineer wins second World Cup
Bainbridge , Ohio
The second 2005 IGSA World Cup (International Gravity Sports Association, http://www.gravity-sports.com) came to a spectacular conclusion Sunday night, in Bainbridge, Ohio, where some of the worlds top gravity athletes took center stage for the Demons of Downhill / IGSA World Cup race.
The Jester Hill course is a 1.25 mile long course, with a very technical turn at the top that requires hard braking, and then continues downward into a series of high speed chicanes, culminating in a long flat race for the finish. Speeds ranges for Downhill Inliners typically run in the high 50's to low 60 MPH.
Warren Focke, an astrophysicist engineer from Menlo Park, California, currently ranked #4 worldwide, won two out of three heats to win the Ohio World Cup. Focke faced off against Southern California's #3 ranked Scott Peer, and San Francisco Bay area #5 ranked Mark Henley, on one of, if not the fastest course currently in the US.
Qualifying times were held on Saturday, With Focke placing 1st with 2:00:931 to take the first spot on the line. Warren was well equipped in an aero speedsuit, 6 wheel, 80 mm wheel Echelon framed skates and an aero helmet. Scott Peer, sporting his aero speedsuit, along with 6 wheel, 80mm wheel Echelon frames and a speed helmet took second seed with a time of 2:02:177. Mark Henley also sporting an aero speedsuit, and 5 wheeled 90mm Powerslide frame skates followed the rear with a time of 2:08:376.
The heats began with a run to the lower first "required braking" corner with Scott Peer hitting it first, followed by Mark, and Warren bringing up the rear. Mark was able to catch Scott and the lead changed three times in the first heat between the three racers, with Warren taking the first heat, followed closely by Scott, and then Mark.
The second heat was a near disaster as Warren slammed into Marks back, and then Mark into Scott, almost causing a three man pileup in what would have been the fastest part of the course for the three racers. The racers were able to maintain their individual balances and continue to the finish with Henley placing first, followed by Focke and then Peer.
Heat three came to a conclusion as Warren, utilizing great form was able to catch and pass Scott and Mark as he continued for the gold.
The event was organized by Demon Promotions LLC and sanctioned by the IGSA. Special thanks goes out to Marcus Rietema, and Robert Ozman for their hard work and dedication to gravity sports. Also special thanks goes to David Dean for holding the event.
The final US event on the calendar is the conclusion of the California Series championship on November 12th at Frank G Bonelli Park in San Dimas, California. This event will determine a series Champion and should possibly determine the overall World Champion. Stayed tuned to news events as Warren Focke, Scott Peer and Mark Henley continue their battle for the coveted spot of IGSA World Champ.