Marco Kutscher seizes phenomenal LGCT GP victory
17 08 2015
Marco Kutscher (GER) seized a phenomenal victory in the highly-charged Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Valkenswaard as Scott Brash (GBR) held on to his overall ranking lead with only three legs left in the 2015 title race.
18 out of the world’s Top 20 riders were among the elite taking part in the 12th Grand Prix of the series and, despite heavy rain, the footing in the new Tops International Arena remained exceptional and a nail biting jump off saw six riders battle it out for a share of the €300,000 prize purse.
Six strong contenders took to the ring for the final round of the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Valkenswaard. There was absolute silence as once more Henk van de Pol (NED) on Willink was the first to set the pace, proving to be a solid Grand Prix combination in 36.80seconds.
Bassem Hassan Mohammed of Qatar raised the bar further still with an impressive 35.82 on Eurocommerce California and was watched by a delighted Sheikha Mayassa Al Thani from the Royal Box. Simon Delestre (FRA) and Qlassic Bois Margot raised the bar with their third clear round of the day crossing the finish line in 34.97s. World Number 1 Scott Brash (GBR) then took centre stage with Hello Sanctos, however had an unlucky fence down to finish on four faults. It was down to the wire as last to go Marco Kutscher and Van Gogh delivered a super slick clear stopping the clock at 34.86s - a split second flourish that left the crowd gasping.
1 VAN GOGH NUMERO UNO NED41525 KWPN Marco KUTSCHER GER 0/0/34.86 100.000 €
2 QLASSIC BOIS MARGOT L'ARC DE TRIOMPHE 102ZZ81 SF Simon DELESTRE FRA 0/0/34.97 60.000 €
3 EUROCOMMERCE CALIFORNIA CORLAND GER43689 Old-int Bassem Hassan MOHAMMED QAT 0/0/35.82 45.000 €
4 WILLINK TWISTER 103BO74 KWPN Henk Van De POL NED 0/0/36.80 30.000 €
5 ALGORHYTHEM TAMPA 103VO51 KWPN Gregory WATHELET BEL 0/4 17.000 €
6 HELLO SANCTOS QUASIMODO VAN DE MOLENDREEF BEL42500 SBS Scott BRASH GBR 0/4 9.000 €
7 FIRST CLASS VAN EECKELGHEM BALOU DU ROUET 103GY41 BWP Daniel DEUSSER GER 0/4 6.000 €
8 WINNINGMOOD DARCO BEL11587 BWP Luciana DINIZ POR 0/4 6.000 €
9 CYLANA SKIPPY II 103EC16 BWP Reed KESSLER USA 0/4 6.000 €
10 CHAMAN BALOUBET DU ROUET MEX01925 KWPN Ludger BEERBAUM GER 0/4 45.000 €
Source Global Champions Tour