New national downhill champions are Zarja Černilogar in women's elite category, Jure Žabjek in men's elite (both from Unior Tools Team), Rudi Pintar (Rajd Funsports) in men's junior, Tim Cotič (Supersnurf) in men's U17, Marko Niemiz (Avče) in men's U15, Gašper Klemenčič (Pedal) in men's masters and Boštjan Volf (Wolf RT) in men's sports category.

Saturday afternoon practice was cut short due to a hale storm and more water came down on the course of the 25th Slovenian National DH Championships and Slovenia and Croatia Cups course in Kranjska Gora during the following night. But sun came up in the morning and by the time of afternoon final the open sections were dry while the forest sections remained wet so most riders went on course with wet condition tires.

Jure Žabjek already set the fastest time in the morning semifinal run, then he was fastest again in the final and he won the National Champion title for second year in a row. He was 2,85 faster than Miran Vauh (Črn trn/Blackthorn) in silver position and just under 5 than his teammate Žiga Pandur in bronze. In fact this could be counted as Jure's third elite title as he was already fastest overall at the 2012 Championships when he won the junior title.

Jan Cimperman (MTB Trbovlje/Nakita bikes) in 4th and Aleš Virtič (Supertrail 79) in 5th rounded out the top five with good final runs.

Just like as a week ago in iXS European DH Cup race, Luka Zlatnar (BATT Team) had an outstanding semifinal run and placed 2nd behind Žabjek, but crashed in his final run and finished 8th.

Zarja Černilogar attacked from 2nd position in the semifinal and was just under 5 second faster than defending champion Monika Hrastnik (Črn trn/Blackthorn) in the final run. It is the fifth title for Zarja. Špela Horvat (Supersnurf) crashed hard in the semifinal and didn't finish but went up the mountain again for the final and finished in bronze medal position.

Rudi Pintar, last year's U17 champion, didn't allow any surprises. He was fastest in both runs with only Matic Kvas (BSX Racing Team Maribor) coming close in second place.

Slovenia Cup races are rare and far apart this year, the next one follows on Soriška planina on last weekend in August. 

Also see
DH Vitranc: Photo gallery (Slovenian only)
DH Vitranc R-A-W

All photos by Klemen Humar


DH Vitranc 2016 - final results



DH Vitranc 2016 - semifinal results



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