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First 2019 WDC Heats Drawn

Published: May 20, 2019 10:09 am ET

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The first four heats of the 2019 World Driving Championship, to take place on Friday (May 24) and Saturday (May 25) at Solvalla Racecourse in Stockholm, Sweden, have been drawn.

After a trio of heats contested at 1-5/16 miles or longer on Friday, Saturday's lone heat will take place at the more familiar one-mile distance for Canadian entrants Doug McNair, the 2018 National Driving Champion, and James MacDonald, who claimed the 2017 World Driving Championship on Canadian soil.

The tournament will break on Sunday (May 26) to allow for the Elitloppet, and will resume with competition throughout the country on Monday (May 27), Tuesday (May 28), Wednesday (May 29) and Friday (May 31).

Trot Insider will provide updates on the 2019 World Driving Championship as later races are drawn and as the tournament progresses.

The fields for the first four heats, along with drivers and countries, follow:

Heat 1 — Friday, May 24 - Solvalla, Race 1
1-5/16 miles
1. Landing Gear - Ulf Ohlsson (Sweden)
2. Line Select - Rodney Gatt (Malta)
3. Sweet On You - Doug McNair (Canada)
4. Boulder Pearl - Eirik Höitomt (Norway)
5. Amber Attack - Todd McCarthy (Australia)
6. Hersey Boko - Mika Forss (Finland)
7. Honey Bunny - Yannick Gingras (United States)
8. Esther Fall - Franck Nivard (France)
9. Dixie Brick - James MacDonald (Canada)
10. Volusia Bell - Rick Ebbinge (Netherlands)
11. Yvaine Gene - Matthew Williamson (New Zealand)
12. Andrina - Michael Nimczyk (Germany)

Heat 2 - Friday, May 24 - Solvalla, Race 3
1-5/16 miles
1. Mellby Glorious - Yannick Gingras (United States)
2. Digital Catapult - Eirik Höitomt (Norway)
3. La Surprise Tooma - Rick Ebbinge (Netherlands)
4. Pegasus All Over - James MacDonald (Canada)
5. Satcom - Rodney Gatt (Malta)
6. Savethebestforlast - Franck Nivard (France)
7. Jordan - Todd McCarthy (Australia)
8. Connectra - Matthew Williamson (New Zealand)
9. Enjoys X Drive - Ulf Ohlsson (Sweden)
10. Vasterbo Cirkus - Doug McNair (Canada)
11. BWT Danger - Mika Forss (Finland)
12. Ivanhoe - Michael Nimczyk (Germany)

Heat 3 - Friday, May 24 - Solvalla, Race 4
1-5/8 miles
1. Bishop - Mika Forss (Finland)
2. Anddontsayitsover - Todd McCarthy (Australia)
3. Venerdi - Ulf Ohlsson (Sweden)
4. Ridgehead Mikko - Doug McNair (Canada)
5. Dontstopbelievin - Rodney Gatt (Malta)
6. Quite Right - Matthew Williamson (New Zealand)
7. Digital Network - Yannick Gingras (United States)
8. Viper Lavec - Michael Nimczyk (Germany)
9. Dexter Brick - James MacDonald (Canada)
10. Zaffiro GZO - Franck Nivard (France)
11. Oboy CD - Eirik Höitomt (Norway)
12. Forever Newport - Rick Ebbinge (Netherlands)

Heat 4 - Saturday, May 24 - Solvalla, Race 4
about 1 mile
1. Lil Belinda - Todd McCarthy (Australia)
2. Ferry Boko - Michael Nimczyk (Germany)
3. Down And Dirty - Eirik Höitomt (Norway)
4. Deep Pockets - Rick Ebbinge (Netherlands)
5. Waikiki Silvio - Rodney Gatt (Malta)
6. Zaragoza - Ulf Ohlsson (Sweden)
7. Mellby Fantom - Mika Forss (Finland)
8. Thriller NP - Yannick Gingras (United States)
9. Yieldson - Matthew Williamson (New Zealand)
10. Sincerely Face - Doug McNair (Canada)
11. Hijackem - Frank Nivard (France)
12. Quite Special - James MacDonald (Canada)


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