Driving the winner as Dutch claim double gold on final day of extraordinary Championship.
In one of the closest finishes in recent history, the Netherlands claimed their fourth successive Longines FEI European Driving Championship team gold after a captivating final day of competition in Gothenburg.
Driven on by their irrepressible individual gold medallist Ijsbrand Chardon, the Dutch just about maintained their air of invincibility but boy did they have to work for it.
Spurred on by consultant trainer and world number one Boyd Exell, the Germans came hard at the men in orange through the cones test but with both individual bronze medallist Christoph Sandmann and Georg von Stein picking up late time penalties, they fell just short.
“We fought hard for this, six points is not a lot. They were very close,” said team gold medallist Koos de Ronde. Compatriot Chardon was quick to add: “Boyd is very clever, he certainly made their team better.”
“Team Belgium is ready to challenge now,” said Edouard Simonet, who maintained his excellent form to claim individual silver.