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|Eriksson wins in Stockholm
30 November 2002
Thomas Eriksson delighted the home crowd at Stockholm with a win of the second leg of the Driving World Cup. He finished eight seconds ahead of another Swede, wild card driver Nicke P?sson. Eriksson is now in the lead in the World Cup standings.
Germany?s Rainer Duen drove a steady round and ended in third place in his first World Cup competition of this season.
Belgium?s Gert Schrijvers, who was last in the warm up competition, had damaged the brake of his carriage but thanks to help from the organisers it was repaired and Schrijvers was very pleased with his 4th place.
In 5th place, World Champion IJsbrand Chardon driving a borrowed team of Cobs encountered difficulties with the speed of his horses. "It felt as if the horses were empty, they would not go forward" explained Chardon. After his disappointing results with this team in Stockholm, he is unsure whether he will start with the same horses at the next competition in Geneva.
Chester Weber, who won the warm up round the previous evening, was unlucky when a ball was knocked down by the sand spray thrown up by his carriage. Weber knew he had to go even faster to make up for the five seconds he lost, but the increased speed made him hit three more cones and he dropped to last place.
Over 11,000 spectators enjoyed the World Cup competition at the Globe Arena in Stockholm. The next World Cup event takes place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 13 and 15 December 2002.
The World Cup results and points standings are available on this website in the Events and Points Leagues sections. More information on World Cup Driving is also available from www.worldcupdriving.com