The French dominated in the Longines Speed Challenge at the Longines Hong Kong Masters on Friday night, as the top three consisted of Kevin Staut, Simon Delestre and Julien Epaillard. With Patrice Delaveau winning all but one class at the event last year, the French continues in full force this year as well – with two wins on the opening day. Staut came in as nr. 16 of the 23 riders in the class, and produced a super quick and beautiful round on the lovely 10 year old Dollar De La Pierre-daughter Quismy Des Vaux HDC finishing in 65.37 seconds around the fourteen fence track.
With his performance, Kevin pushed his compatriot Julien Epaillard down to second after he had taken the lead on the notoriously fast Mister Davier (Quiniou SF x Leprince de Thurin) despite seeing one pole fall to the ground at 4a and thus two seconds added to his time that ended up at 65.87. Simon Delestre could have taken the win from Kevin, but when Napoli de Ry (Baloubet du Rouet x Silvio I) knocked a pole off the penultimate fence he had to add two seconds to his time of 63.77 to end up on 65.77. It was good enough for runner-up position for Delestre, who squeezed in between Staut and Epaillard in first and third respectively making it all French in the top three in Hong Kong.
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