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New Zealander tops world

July 30, 2003
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France's Pierre Vercruysse recorded three victories in four races in the fifth and final leg of the World Driving Championship (WDC) held Saturday night (July 26) at Woodbine, but it wasn't enough to claim the title of World champion.



That honour goes to Mark Jones of New Zealand, who topped the event held all week in Canada. Jones carried a nine-point lead into the final leg, but being seventh best of the 10 drivers on the night at Woodbine was enough to win the title by a 10-point margin.



For winning the 20-race contest, Jones will collect $22,000 (U.S.). He will defend his title as world champion in 2005 in Italy.



Jody Jamieson of Canada, the WDC champion the last time the competition was held in 2001, finished tied for second overall with Erik Adielsson of Sweden. Sam "Chip" Noble of the United States was sixth.



Here are the final standings:

Rank / Driver / Country / Points

1 / Mark Jones / New Zealand / 164

2 / Jody Jamieson / Canada / 154

2 / Erik Adielsson / Sweden 154

4 / Pierre Vercruysse / France / 147

5 / Antti Teivainen / Finland / 147

6 / Sam "Chip" Noble / USA / 142

7 / Stuart Sowerby / Great Britain / 117

8 / Hugo Langeweg / The Netherlands / 109

9 / Grant Dixon / Australia / 84

10 / Alan Wallace / Ireland / 80
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