The World Trotting Drivers' Championship was won for the second time by Norwegian UIf Thoresen in West Berlin on Sunday (1 May).
GV Stand with crowd at World Trotting Drivers' Championships
GV Start of race with starting gate on moving truck
CU Horses' hooves, and wheels past (2 shots)
MV Crowd look on
GV Competitors along back straight and into curve (2 shots)
MV Crowd look on as competitors round final bend (2 shots)
GV Competitors down straight and past winning post (3 shots)
GV Crowd in stand
MV Crowd look on as winner is crowned with laurel wreath (2 shots)
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Background: The World Trotting Drivers' Championship was won for the second time by Norwegian UIf Thoresen in West Berlin on Sunday (1 May).
Thoresen won the championship with 172 points. Second overall was New Zealand's Peter Wolfenden with 141, and Joe Marsh Jr of the United States was third with 135.
SYNOPSIS: The start was a moving one. A large crowd watched top international drivers at the Mariendorf race track.
Trotting can be compared with a man in a walking race, where he must go as fast as he can without breaking into a run. Drivers are not allowed to let their horses go into a gallop. They must know when they have pushed their horses to the limit, and yet be able to keep up their speed in a fighting finish.
Trotting races take place at between 25 and 30 miles an hour (40-48 kilometres an hour) and driving can be quite hazardous. There were no incidents at this meeting, though.
The competitors go into the final straight in the race, which was one of six races held during the day. The championship is awarded for the highest number of points gained over 25 races, which took place at five European tracks: Recklinghausen, Paris, Gelsenkirchen, Oslo, and here in West Berlin.
Ulf Thoresen, who's 31, had no need to drive any winners in this final meeting to get his victory. His lead was already unbeatable with four races left to go.