Fantastic Farrell claims top five finish

Jan Farrell.
Jan Farrell.
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British speed skier, Jan Farrell, has achieved the best overall result in a World Cup season for a British racer in over 10 years with a fifth place in the highest category of speed skiing, the Speed 1.

The final race took place in Andorra on Saturday, April 7, where Farrell secured sixth place, ensuring he held onto the overall number five spot.

It brings to the conclusion a season that included his first podium position – third place in Sun Peaks, Canada.

The overall title was won by three times world record holder Simone Origone in what was his 10th overall title in the Speed 1 category as he secured fifth place in Andorra, just pipping Farrell by around half a second in speed at 183.98 KPH.

Saturday’s winner was the Swiss skier, Phillipe May, with a speed of 185.68 KPH.

With fresh snow conditions prevailing, this was a relatively slow course compared to Vars a week before, where Farrell reached a speed of over 221 KPH, his fastest of the season.

Farrell commented: “This season is a dream come true, my fourth in the S1, the podium in Canada, the perfect overall standing, I couldn’t be happier.

“This result gives me fuel for seasons to come and is the best moment of my career.”

Jan is now heading back home in preparation for becoming a father and intends to take some time off for the birth of his first child, due later this month.

He intends to resume training during the summer to prepare for next winter where his goal is to increase his overall standing and secure more podium positions.