The Budapest Driving event saw six of the world’s top four-in-hand drivers going head to head. Winner Chardon, with his sister as navigator, beat out his own father, driving legend Ijsbrand Chardon, as well as Glenn Geerts of Belgium and József Dobrovitz Jr. of Hungary, to enter the final drive off.
Voutaz was first to go in Round 2, and though he had two balls knocked down for 8 penalty points, he completed the tricky course in a fast time for a total of 137.57 seconds.
Unfortunately for the home crowd, Dobrovitz senior ran into trouble early on the drive off course, accruing 20 penalties. Whilst it put him in second for the moment, he knew he would have to settle for third once the young Dutchman began to whip round the track.
Chardon had one ball down for 4 penalty seconds. The question became: would he still be able to finish fast enough for a victory over Voutaz?
Pushing his horse team to the very end, Chardon completed the course in a lightning time of 127.57 seconds for a total of 131.57 seconds and the victory, his first of the year!
Up in the dark and wintry Swedish evening, more tension was unfolding in Stockholm. Edouard Simonet of Belgium was first to run through the drive off course, having beaten out American champion Chester Weber, Benjamin Aillaud of France, and Axel Olin of Sweden for the third spot.