Jackson Shapiera survived a challenge from UK slalom ace Paul Price to register his fifth win from seven races to cap a dominant year in the 2009 Conehead Cup. Price came second just 0.3 second behind, pushing Nathan Paff into third place by only 0.1 second.
The final race of the 2009 Conehead Cup lacked the drama of the 2008 final. Last year was a shootout between Jackson Shapiera and Steve Daddow, but this year the top two had been decided in advance, with Jackson 1st and Steve 2nd. The rescheduling of the race from two weeks ago due to rain also produced a smaller than usual turnout.
Jackson looks on as Paul Price clips a cone
But what the race lacked in drama it made up for with an especially cruisy and relaxed atmosphere. With perfect weather and a beautifully scenic location, racers were able to focus on skating the best slalom hill of the series.
Aside from the winner's circle there were two standouts on the day; Scott "Guff" Guthrie who continued his recent emergence with a best-ever sixth place, and Gabe Antonio who in his first-ever attempt at slalom amazed everybody by charging into the course with power and speed on every run. Despite DQ'ing every run he seems destined for good results by the time 2010 comes around.
Conehead Cup 2009 Results
Note: The "Total" includes only the best 5 results.
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* All the Timekeepers and Coneheads and Radio Comms people: Lisa Fleming, Lea Robertson, Lea Shapiera, Dave Robertson, Nathan Paff, Jackson Shapiera, Haggy Strom, everybody else...
* Paul Carey (and Brad Sterritt) for the start ramps
* Guff for sweeping.
* Everybody for helping set up and pack up.
* Everybody else I've forgotten. Sorry.
Premium Member Comment by haggy on October 18, 2009 at 23:15
Awesome photos Pangy!! Thanks for documenting the day in with your fabulous shots.
To all who helped out all year - you guys rule. All the hosts, NACCOS, MOSS, CROSS, Blue Mtns Mafia and the Townsville Crew - keep up the good work!
And my ASRA brothers Robbo and Bugs for taking care of so many details.
The Conehead Cup is more established than ever. 2010 will be another great year and I'm sure we'll see more close racing with lots of guys stepping up to the plate. Stoked to be a part of it all...
Jacko - you dominated and deserve your victory. Keep it up young buck.
Premium Member Comment by nathan on October 19, 2009 at 8:54
Premium Member Comment by boydinaus on October 19, 2009 at 14:27
Guff stepping up! Shads 4th. You haff to try just a lettle bit harder Nathan....
Any one stepping up to the 55 and over class next year?
PC my travel buddy and the rest of the NACCOS family !!! See you all next year ,and at NEWTONS !!