Ludger Beerbaum went all in with Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You) in the jump-off of the Mercedes German Masters in Stuttgart which gave him the win of this prestigious class.
Only 12 riders were qualified for the class, and five of them went on to the jump-off. Hans-Dieter Dreher was first to go with Embassy II (Escudo I x Silvio I), and it looked like his time would be very hard to beat. The following riders Steve Guerdat with Concetto Son (Concetto x Drosselklang II) and Bertram Allen with Belmonde (Ovidius x Kenwood) ended with 4 and 8 faults - also the last rider Marco Kutscher with Cornet's Cristallo (Cornet Obolensky x Pilot) had to see a pole fall.
It was only Ludger who was up for the pressure that Dreher set on the rest of the field and he finished the shortened track slightly faster than Hansi as only 0,33 seconds separated the two.
"I'm really, really happy to win this class. It is not every day that you win the Mercedes German Master even though I did it three of four times before. I had the benefit to be in the end of the class so I could see Hansi who did an unbelievable jump-off. If I would have been in the beginning of the class I don't know if I would have raced like that to the last fence, then probably the sense would have came through. But since I had seen Hansi I knew that this probably was the only chance I had to be faster," Ludger said after his win.
1. Ludger Beerbaum with Chaman
2. Hans-Dieter Dreher with Embassy II
3. Steve Guerdat with Concetto Son
4. Marco Kutscher with Cornet's Cristallo
5. Bertram Allen with Belmonde
Earlier in the day, Patrice Delaveau won the 1.50 speed class. Riding Lacrimoso HDC (Landjunge x Cascavelle), the French rider produced a round that was almost a second faster than that of Doda de Miranda on AD Nouvelle Europe Z (Nelson Z x Jimtown). In third came Marco Kutscher on Cornet's Cristallo (Cornet Obolensky x Pilot).
The 1.45 class was won by home rider David Will on High Voltage SB (Quaprice/M.v.Cortus).
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