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FEI Driving World Cup™ presented by RTS

Bram Chardon succeeds in defending his title

After succeeding in knocking Australian Boyd Exell off his throne in 2021, Dutch driver Bram Chardon defended his title this year in the FEI Driving World Cup™ presented by Swiss Radio and Television, an event always eagerly awaited by the Geneva public. After a spectacular jump-off, Bram Chardon kept the better end for himself, beating the German Michael Brauchle and the Belgian Dries Degrieck to the places.

"My goal is to find my portrait on the wall of the passage to the entrance of the arena at the next edition of the CHIG," he had announced in the run-up to his start in Geneva. Bram Chardon fulfilled this mission by winning the Geneva stage of the World Cup. His portrait, along with those of the other main winners of CHI Geneva 2022, will be on display at Palexpo next year!

Michael Brauchle, who opened the competition, set the pace from the start by completing his round in the excellent time of 160.92 seconds. Coming last in yesterday's race, it was important for him to rectify that result today. "I had some problems yesterday," said the German. "I made some changes today and was also much more focused." Defending champion Bram Chardon had a fault in his first run. He said, "As the previous competitors were very fast, I had to try everything! After my mistake, my sister, who was sitting next to me, reacted and through her precise action I was able to limit the damage and still enter the jump-off." The Dutch driver, who was more motivated than ever, then showed all his skills to defend his title with flying colours. "The pressure was great, but my team and I give our best in such moments."

Belgium's Dries Degrieck, who had qualified for the jump-off, set a blistering pace on the Palexpo track before falling a little short. "I am aware that I have less experience," he explained. "As this season is only my second in the World Cup, I had to try everything, and I am very happy with my third place!" Jérôme Voutaz, who was not at all disappointed with his fifth place, was pleased with his horses' performance: "Courses like the one today with long canter lines are not ideal for us. But the course was also designed in such a way that the audience got to see attractive driving sport, with very close distances between the drivers, which also shows the technical progress of our discipline."

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