Exell wins in Budapest
07 December 2008
Australia?s Boyd Exell has won the fourth leg
of the FEI World Cup? Driving in Budapest after two magnificent rounds.
Dutchman Koos de Ronde was last to go in the winning round but finished,
despite a very well driven course, just one second short of Exell?s fast
time. Sweden?s Fredrik Persson was the third driver who qualified for the
drive-off, but was unable to equal the speed of his competitors and came
This was the first time the L?zl?Papp Sportarena in Budapest hosted an
official FEI World Cup? Driving competition. The driving minded Hungarian
spectators visited the show in large numbers during two days of competition.
Course designer G?or F?tha, who is also the Chef d'Equipe of the Hungarian
drivers, was much complimented on his fluent course. The fireworks on the
bridge which went off after every competitor crossed added to the terrific
atmosphere in Hungary?s capital city.
The organising committee in Budapest had allocated three wild cards for this
top event. Stockholm winner and current leader of the standings J?sef
Dobrovitz is making a true World Cup Tour at the moment. The 40-year-old
driver from the nearby village of Vecs? went to Hannover, Stuttgart,
Stockholm, Budapest and will drive his last competition in Geneva next
weekend. The Hungarian driver had some bad luck today in the World Cup
competition. He knocked a ball from the first cone and missed a gate in the
marathon obstacle, which cost him precious seconds. The winner of the bronze
team medal came fifth today, but as a wild card driver he does not receive
World Cup points so his leading position was not endangered. Hungarian
Champion Lajos M?o drove his team of Lipizzaner horses to the sixth place
in Budapest. Hungarian newcomer and third wild card driver Peter Juhasz (not
related to former World Champion L?zlo J?asz) was unable to keep up with
the high level of indoor driving and finished last with his mixed team of
KWPN and Westphalian horses.
Switzerland?s Daniel W?gler started his World Cup season in Budapest and
used two new horses in the lead. Despite several knockdowns, W?gler was
pleased with his seventh place. ?I noticed improvement in my leaders
compared to the first night and I will get a second chance next week end in
Geneva,? commented professional coachman W?gler. Like his compatriot
Dobrovitz, Zoltan L?? also lost precious seconds in a marathon obstacle
when he went too fast and missed a gate. He had to stop his team to make
them go in the right direction again. L?? finished his last FEI World Cup?
Driving event in fourth place with 7 points, which unfortunately takes him
out for the Final in which the best 6 drivers will start.
Although Fredrik Persson from Sweden has competed in several FEI World Cup?
Driving events with a wild card, the 2008/2009 season is his first full
World Cup season. In Stockholm he came second and in Budapest he drove very
well again with his mixed team of Swedish, German and French Trotter and
qualified for the winning round in which he came third.
Boyd Exell (Aus): ?The tactics of Koos de Ronde in the first round were very
good, he forced Dobrovitz and myself to go fast. When I saw Dobrovitz?
performance was not so good, I knew I had to drive steady and not make any
mistakes. In the winning round I had the chance to take a short cut. I knew
it was very risky but I learned from Michael Freund that less meters is less
time so I went for it. As in Stockholm, my team felt better on the second
day and I believe I have all the settings right at the moment.?
Koos de Ronde (Ned) ?It went super for me this evening and I drove two
nice and clear rounds. Boyd drove a very fast winning round. I don?t know
exactly where I lost that one second, but if you compete at this high level,
this little difference makes the sport even more exciting.?
Fredrik Persson (Swe): ?It was only the second time I drove this team
together and I am very happy with my performance. I am pleased to notice
that my horses went into the obstacles so easily without loosing speed and
they already felt easier to drive than in Stockholm last week. It was a
strong starting field in Budapest and I am happy that I made it to the top
three. The course was very nice to drive and the competition was beautiful.
I was pleasantly surprised by the high level of the show, knowing it is only
the second edition.?
Photo (c) Rinaldo de Craen
Results CAI-W Budapest:
1. Boyd Exell (Aus) 222.95
2. Koos de Ronde (Ned) 223.95
3. Fredrik Persson (Swe) 234.70 (5)
4. Zoltan Lazar (Hun) 126.52 (0)
5. Jozsef Dobrovitz (Hun) 127.62 (5) wild card
6. Lajos Moro (Hun) 142.31 (5) wild card
7. Daniel W?gler (Sui) 142.71 (20)
8. Peter Juhasz (Hun) 175.25 (15) wild card
Classification after 4 of 7 events:
F??ation Equestre Internationale, Lausanne
1. Jozsef Dobrovitz (Hun) 27
2. IJsbrand Chardon (Ned) 17
3. Boyd Exell (Aus) 16
4. Fredrik Persson 12
4. Koos de Ronde (Ned) 12
6. Werner Ulrich (Sui) 8
7. Zoltan L?? (Hun) 7
8. Christoph Sandmann (Ger) 5
9. Tomas Eriksson (Swe) 2
9. Daniel W?gler (Sui) 2
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