World Drivers Champs set to begin

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World Driving Championship Set To Begin

Thursday 21st February 2015

The 2015 World Driving Championship will begin on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle in Sydney Australia, with the ten drivers competing in two races on the twelve race programme.  Representing nine different countries, the drivers will compete in race seven, an event over 1609 metres for pacers, and race nine which is for trotters and will be over the distance of 2300 metres.

The drivers competing in the Championship are




Pierre Vercruysse

France (Defending Champion)

Jody Jamieson


Knud Mönster


Tony le Beller


Mika Forss


Dexter Dunn

New Zealand

Vidar Hop


Guillermo Adrover


Tim Tetrick

United States

Chris Alford


Peter McMullen

Australia (travelling Reserve)


Canadian Jody Jamieson could be the driver to catch early after drawing Major Moment and talented trotter Vincennes in the first two heats.  Major Moment has won his past three starts, with the most recent victory coming at Menangle last Saturday night.  The Blake Fitzpatrick trained Vincennes was unplaced at his last two starts but both were against stronger opposition in Gr. 1 races in Victoria.  Prior to heading to Melbourne, Vincennes had won four races in a row at Menangle.

Menangle will also be the venue for the final heat in the 20 race series with that event scheduled for Sunday March 1.  The drivers will head to Newcastle on Sunday to compete in three races.  It was expected that the Championship would then head to Goulburn on Monday but due to unforeseen circumstances, the three heats set to be run at Goulburn have been transferred and will now be run at Wagga Wagga on Tuesday.

“With the support of the trainers and drivers in the Riverina, Wagga Wagga will now run seven heats of the World Driving Championship on Tuesday,” Harness Racing New South Wales Chief Executive Officer John Dumesny said.

The Championship will continue on Wednesday at Bathurst with a further four heats before heading to Penrith for three on Thursday.  The drivers will then prepare to drive in the last heat at Menangle on Sunday afternoon.