Sandri performs well at first World Cup

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Connor Sandri finished in sixth place at the UCI World Cup series in the downhill event in Cairns on Saturday.

The rainy weather made the surface difficult for riders to negotiate over the five day event, the first for the local 16-year-old and the second in the series.

Proceedings began last Wednesday as the competitors’ inspection of the track took three hours, with any of the riders’ plans dashed with the transience of the course due to the wet conditions.

Sandri placed 11th in Friday’s qualifying run, 50 seconds of the pace of the leader and the second fastest New Zealander, having fallen off four times in the boggy conditions which continued in to Saturday.

The former Waitaki Boys’ student had two runs on Saturday and over came the greasy surface to clock an impressive time and set the tone for the main race in which the youngster produced a sterling display, improving on his time from the day before by 25 seconds to take the hot seat, eventually being pegged back to sixth place overall and second fastest kiwi with a difference of 4.5 seconds.

If selected Sandri will be heading to world cup races in Canada and America followed by the world champs in Norway later this year.

By JAMES FORD

PHOTO: SUPPLIED – Connor Sandri finished sixth at the UCI World Cup series.