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|Fourth win for Freund in Vigo|
15 February 2003
Germany's Michael Freund has won his fourth World Cup Driving event this afternoon in the crowded exposition building in Vigo, Spain. The seventh leg of the World Cup Driving series of this season was dominated by two of the three Global Team members, Michael Freund and Boyd Exell.
Freund won yesterday's warming up round, while Exell was runner up in both competitions.
After the warm up competition, the width of the gates in the World Cup competition was adjusted from 1.90 to 1.80m in order to make the competition more exciting.
"In the warm up competition, four out of six drivers had a clear round. This is a very fast course and it is much more exciting for the spectators if the competitors have to drive more precisely." said Freund, who was put under a lot of pressure when Boyd Exell, who started just before him, passed the finish line one second faster than Freund's time in the warm up round.
Exell however had knocked one ball down and finished with a total score of 120.77 sec. Freund drove at his maximum level and went clear in the winning time of 116.95 sec. This victory has extended his lead in the standings by 22 points ahead of the number two equals Mark Weusthof and Tomas Eriksson. Freund is also guaranteed of a starting place for the last competition in G?eborg, Sweden, from 27 to 30 March.
Australian Boyd Exell has, with one more competition to go, moved up to the fourth place in the standings, tied with Gert Schrijvers. The multiple Belgian champion was first to go in the World Cup competition after his last place in the warm up round and came third.
Germany's Rainer Duen lost precious seconds when he nearly forgot to take gates C and D of one of the obstacles. Luckily he corrected his course and came fourth, followed by Switzerland's Werner Ulrich. Wild card driver Juan Robles, who put down a very good performance in the warm up competition by ending on the fourth place, took the sixth position.
The next leg of the FEI World Cup Driving will take place in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, from 20 to 23 March. All drivers that start in 's-Hertogenbosch will have a chance to qualify and the results will decide which four drivers will accompany Freund to the last competition in G?eborg.
The FEI World Cup Driving in Vigo will be broadcast on television channel CNBC Sports Europe on 19th April (from 23.30-00.00 GMT).
More information on World Cup Driving is also available from www.worldcupdriving.com