Victory for Weusthof in World Cup at Mechelen
27 December 202

After Dutch driver Mark Weusthof won yesterday's warm up competition, he proved his driving skills again this evening in the sold out Nekkerhal in Mechelen, Belgium where he won the World Cup Driving competition.

29-year old Weusthof is now in the lead in the standings after four competitions. Weusthof was very pleased with his results: "The atmosphere in the Nekkerhal was fantastic with so many enthusiastic spectators. Last season I ended in second place several times at the outdoor competitions and I am very happy that I can finish the year 2002 with this victory."

The excitement during the course, which was built by Dutch course designer Joop Brink, grew along the competitors list. First starter Chester Weber (Usa), who was not present yesterday because of problems with his passport, put down a fast time (103.39 seconds). But Weber experienced the disadvantage of not having driven the course the day before and knocked down three cones. This made him end in sixth place and Weber finishes his World Cup series with a total of 8 points.

The leader horses in Gert Schrijvers' team of  did not cooperate very well, which made the multiple Champion of Belgium drop to the fifth place. All eyes were set on Daniel W?gler, who received a second wild card in Mechelen because of his win in Geneva two weeks ago. The Swiss driver set a fast time (102.07 seconds), but hit a ball on the last gate and saw his chances of a third wild card disappear.

Germany's Christoph Sandmann, second in the World Cup competition in Stuttgart, drove a clear round in the fastest time so far (100.17 seconds), which eventually would give him second place.

Boyd Exell from Australia, driving a team of Welsh Cobs owned by British team driver Fred Pendlebury, managed to take one second off Sandmann's time, but had one cone down and ended in third place in his first World Cup event.

Wild card driver Achille Snoeys came last in what he called an "indescribable experience".

After four events, Mark Weusthof (Ned) is in the lead in the standings with 17 points, followed by Christoph Sandmann (Ger) with 14 points and Daniel W?gler (Sui) 13 points.

The next World Cup competition takes place in Leipzig from 23 to 26 January 2003.

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