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Bartlett has win Friday in World Driving Championship

May 15, 2009
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New Zealand\'s Peter Ferguson posted a first, second and third to take a 71-60 point lead over Bjorn Goop in the World Driving Championship in Norway Friday while the United States’ entry, Jason Bartlett, broke into the win column with a victory in the second of four races in the second round, but two disqualifications caused by breaks and a sixth place finish left him in eighth place -- an improvement of only one place in the standings.
 
 Bartlett won at 1,600 meters -- about one mile -- with Art Of Kosmos, a 9-year-old by Sierra Kosmos. The win was wire-to wire.

“The trainer (Tor Olav Halle), said to be aggressive. He was and we got the lead, pulled the hood on the turn home, and he was as good as the trainer said he’d be. This was an important win for me,” Bartlett said in a winner’s circle interview.

It made up for a disastrous finish in the first of four races contest at the Biri Travbane, in which Bartlett was on the lead in a 2,100 meter race with a mare who broke stride 300 meters before the finish, and who quickly galloped backwards from the lead to 10th position.

Bartlett’s 10th race mount, a Norwegian Kaldblod (Coldblood), was as bad as his program form appeared to suggest. In the first of two such races for the popular local breed that will be raced in the 20 heat series, Hjertebest, started slowly and faded quickly to finish 10th, and give Barlelett a single point.

Denmark’s Birger Jorgensen remained third in the competition, and Canada’s Brad Forward dropped from second to fourth. First round leader Christophe Martens of Belgium mustered only 16 points on Friday and fell to sixth in the table, two points behind Norway’s Eirik Hoitomt.

The third round of the 2009 World Driving Championship will be raced on Saturday at Jarlsberg Racecourse, and the drivers will then have a day off on Sunday, a national holiday in Norway. Here is the table of points after the second of five rounds of the Championship, with the winners of both rounds shown in boldface type:

The 2009 World Driving Championship
Standing after two of five rounds

Rank

Driver

Country

Rnd. 1

Rnd. 2

Points

1.

Peter Ferguson

New Zealand

26

45

71

2.

Bjorn Goop

Sweden

23

37

60

3.

Birger Jorgensen

Denmark

33

23

56

4.

Brad Forward

Canada

35

19

54

5.

Erik Hoitomt

Norway

24

29

53

6.

Christophe Martens

Belgium

35

16

51

7.

Roland Hulskath

Germany

26

24

50

8.

Jason Bartlett

United States

18

24

42

9.

Gareth Rattray

Australia

4

34

38

10.

Imre Fazekas

Hungary

25

12

37
 
 

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