Defending World Cup champion takes another qualifying leg
Boyd Exell of Australia has taken yet another qualifying leg of FEI World Cup Driving competition, winning against a field of six in Stockholm, Sweden.
The defending World Cup champion, and multiple World Cup winner, Exell, competed last in the three-team drive off for a time of 149.71 with 5 penalty seconds. Teams in this qualifying event started the drive off fresh with zero accumulated time, and Exell was able to move up from his second-place finish in the first round of Day 2 driving, where he had a stellar clear run--the first of any team over the weekend--for a time of 148.45 seconds.
The Stockholm course for this event was tricky and varied, employing the usual cones and marathon obstacles, along with a bridge and a tight speed box built of dressage boards.
The first-place finisher for round one was home favourite and Swedish wildcard entry Fredrick Persson with a time of 152.30 after a beautiful clear run on this highly technical course. Persson was nudged into second place by Exell after the drive off, gaining 15 seconds of penalty time for a total of 164.15 seconds.