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|Boyd Exell wins at 's-Hertogenbosch
23 March 2003
British-based Australian driver Boyd Exell has won the FEI World Cup Driving competition at 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. Despite two knocked down balls, Exell drove the fastest round of the evening, beating runner-up Mark Weusthof from the Netherlands by more than 11 seconds.
Finishing in third place in the packed Brabanthal at s'-Hertogenbosch was Christoph Sandmann from Germany, followed by Sweden's Tomas Eriksson and IJsbrand Chardon from the Netherlands. Coming in last was "wild card" driver Harry de Ruyter.
Immediately after the exciting competition, which was broadcasted live on Dutch television, the names of the drivers who qualified for the final of the World Cup at G?eborg were announced. The five highest placed drivers in the points standings are: Michael Freund (Germany), Boyd Exell (Australia), Mark Weusthof (Netherlands), Tomas Eriksson (Sweden) and Christoph Sandmann (Germany).
All drivers were very pleased with their results. Mark Weusthof had replaced his left leader, which led to a satisfying result: "In the drive-off round I tried for the shorter routes, but I just couldn't go any faster. Exell was simply too fast!"
In this year's World Cup, Exell has been driving a team of cobs belonging to British driver Fred Pendlebury. He felt that the horses benefited from the indoor experience: "The Cobs were more consistent and they worked together very well," commented Exell.
The width of the cones was widened to 2 meters after the warm-up round in order to make the course faster. After the first round, the best three drivers came back for a drive-off in which they started from scratch to decide the first, second and third positions.
The final leg of the FEI World Cup Driving will take place in G?eborg, Sweden, from 27 to 30 March.
The FEI World Cup Driving from 's-Hertogenbosch will be broadcast on television channel CNBC Sports Europe on 14th June at 23.30 GMT.
More information on World Cup Driving is also available from www.worldcupdriving.com