Packed Leipzig crowd drives Jérôme Voutaz to triumph
Spectators of the 7th and final qualifying round of the FEI World Cup driving in Leipzig were treated to thrilling competition that saw Switzerland’s Jérôme Voutaz drive with exceptional skill and ease to fend off tough competition from Glenn Geerts (BEL), and deny driving master Boyd Exell (AUS).
The emotion evident for Geerts who made it to his first ever FEI World Cup driving final by a hairs breadth.
With only the top six drivers from the series qualifying for the FEI World Cup driving final, the tension was palpable as drivers made their last bid to secure those all-important points.
Going into the competition Georg von Stein (GER) was lying fifth in the standings. Entering Leipzig as a wildcard entrant he was unable to pick up any more qualification points, instead only being able to deny his fellow competitors and spoil their FEI World Cup hopes.
Two days, two clears he threw down the gauntlet for the rest of the field (149.62).
The day wasn’t to be for Dutch stalwarts and former champions Ijsbrand Chardon and Koos De Ronde who finished 5th and 6th respectively. However, they had previously amassed enough points to secure a place in Bordeaux.