Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) & H&M Harley van de Bisschop won the €122,200 Mercedes-Benz Championat of Hamburg CSI 5* today during the Longines Global Champions Tour of Hamburg CSI 5* at the Derby Park Klein Flottbeck in Hamburg, Germany.
The Belgian and the 11-year-old grey Belgian Warmblood gelding (Dulf van den Bisschop x Coronado) claimed top honors in the 1.55 speed challenge after registering no penalties and a time of 69.37 seconds.
Luciana Diniz (POR) & Lennox
Luciana Diniz (POR) & Lennox (Lifestyle x Grammus) secured the second spot on the podium backed by a penalty-free effort in 71.32 seconds.
Shane Breen (IRL) & Can Ya Makan
Shane Breen (IRL) & Can Ya Makan (Canturo x Fara) rounded out the top three with no penalties, going through the timers in 71.77 seconds.
Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) & H&M Harley van de Bisschop during the awards ceremony
Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) came away with more then just top honours in today’s CSI5*, with a brand new car to add to his string of horsepower.
Following a challenging course from Frank Rothenberger for the first round of the GCL Hamburg, plenty of the world’s best fell short of the time allowed, depsite brilliant clears.
Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) & his brand new Mercedes Benz C Class
Philippaerts, whose blistering round on the much-admired dapple grey H&M Harley VD Bisschop, was the only one to break the beam in under 70 seconds, and put the pedal to the metal to shoot to the top of the individual lead. With horsepower clearly the order of the day, the popular rider picked up the hefty winner’s prize of €59,000 as well as a Mercedes C Class car worth €63,200.
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Source: Press Release by LGCT – Longines Global Champions Tour
Photos: © LGCT / Stefano Grasso @ http://www.stefanograsso.com