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Speedy Scandinavians dominate again in Gothenburg

Sunday, 27 February 2011

A very happy Nina Fagerström wins in Gothenburg. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson. It was Nina Fagerström and Mouse (Limbus X Grundyman) who won Sunday’s speed final which was set at 1.45. The final consisted of the 30 best riders who had qualified throughout the weekend, and 11 of these produced clear rounds. Nina came in the middle of the class, and was as always ready to win. It was full speed from beginning to end, and the pair crossed the finish line at 51.42.

The Finish rider took over the lead from Gerco Schröder, who had a great ride on Eurocommerce Seattle – eventually they ended up as number three. Sweden’s Rolf-Göran Bengtsson chased Nina’s time on Casall La Silla, he also had to secure a good round to get the car as best speed rider. Rolf rode fast, but not fast enough – his turns not being as tight as Fagerström’s. They ended up with the time of 52.53, which was good enough for second place.

A lot of the riders gave it a go to win, and rode with a lot of speed – there was good prize money in the class that everybody wanted a part of. One of the unlucky riders was Niels Bruynseels on Aluna who had a time well enough for third place, but had a fence down. Malin Baryard-Johnsson also tried to please the crowds as it was H&M Tamina’s last show here in Gothenburg; she was officially retired after the class – which was a very emotional moment for Malin. The crowds awarded them with crazy applauding.

Rolf and his new Volvo. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson. With his second place Rolf-Göran Bengtsson ended up winning the leading “Speed” Athlete Award, and could thus take a brand new Volvo home with him. The Volvo also got a spin around the arena, with Rolf showing off his driving skills – he could probably get a new career as a formula one driver. “This was my 13th car” Rolf explained – “Casall is a good horse for me; last year he was clear in 11 out of 13 150-160 classes.”

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