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|Chardon changes tactics in Leipzig
20 Jan 2003
Dutch four-in-hand driver IJsbrand Chardon will change his tactics during the fifth World Cup Driving event in Leipzig, which takes place from 23 to 27 January 2003.
The reigning World Champion drove his first two World Cup competitions with a borrowed team of Welsh Cobs, but he will use a team of Dutch warmblood horses in Leipzig.
Chardon is currently in tenth position in the standings. He will try his very best to achieve a starting place for the final World Cup event in G?eborg, for which the best five drivers after eight events can qualify.
Chardon can expect very strong competition during the international Concours Hippique Partner Pferd in Leipzig. He will have to compete against his fellow countryman Mark Weusthof, who is currently leading the standings after four competitions.
Christoph Sandmann, runner-up in the standings, will, after two-second places in Stuttgart and Mechelen, try the utmost to win the competition in Leipzig. For reigning World Cup Champion Michael Freund it will be his second event of this season. Freund won the World Cup competition in Stuttgart and is currently in fifth position in the standings. The indoor marathon specialist won three out of four World Cup competitions last season, and was only beaten once, by Chardon.
The winner of the World Cup competition in Stockholm, Sweden's Tomas Eriksson, will also compete in Leipzig. The third German competitor is wild card driver Ludwig Weinmayr. Weinmayr successfully competed in the World Cup series last season. He won the World Cup event in Mechelen and came second in the World Cup competition in Stuttgart. He ended in fourth position in the final standings of the season 2001/2002.
The warm up competition is scheduled on Friday, 24 January at 22.00 hrs GMT. The World Cup competition takes place on Sunday, 26 January at 12.30 hrs GMT.
Created in 2001, the Driving World Cup has provided an innovative new style of competition for indoor events, with courses combining marathon and cone driving obstacles. The 2002/2003 season of the World Cup includes nine events. The Top 5 drivers in the standings after the first eight events will compete in the last event in G?eborg on 27-30 March 2003.
More information on World Cup Driving is also available from www.worldcupdriving.com