WORLD DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP

2019 is the third time the World Driving Championship is hosted by Sweden. The two previous times were in 1987 and 2001.

Twelve drivers from eleven countries will compete in a total of 24 races. The defending champion, James MacDonald of Canada, will represent the International Trotting Association.

 The horses are divided in two groups called A and B. Group A includes horses which are considered as the best and group B includes the horses of a lower category. Each participant will drive the same number of horses from group A and B.

 Points for the Championship are awarded in each heat according to the official order of finish. The winner of the race receives 19 points and then in descending order 14 (2); 11 (3); 9 (4); 8 (5); 7 (6); 6 (7); 5 (8); 4 (9); 3 (10); 2 (11) and 1 (12)

 

24 races on 5 tracks in 6 days

The first leg will be at Solvalla with three races on Friday May 24 and one race on Saturday.

There will be no races on the Elitloppet day on Sunday. Lindesbergs Fornaboda track will host the third leg and five races on Monday, followed by five more races on Tuesday at Sundbyholm in Eskilstuna, then an additional five races at Dalatravet Rättvik on Wednesday.

After a one day break the 2019 World Driving Champion will be crowned on Friday May 31 after the final five races at Gävle.

  • Friday May 24 – Solvalla – 3 races
  • Saturday 25th – Solvalla – 1 race
  • Monday 27th – Lindesberg – 5 races
  • Tuesday 28th – Sundbyholm – 5 races
  • Wednesday 29th – Rättvik –  5 races
  • Friday 31th – Gävle – 5 races
MEET THE DRIVERS
Todd McCarthy World Driving Championship
Todd McCarthy
Australia

Information pending

JamesMacDonald-World-Driving-Championship
James MacDonald
Canada

Information pending

Doug-McNair-World-Driving-Championship
Doug McNair
Canada

Information pending

Sfinland-flag-square-xs
Mika Forss
Finland

Information pending

Nivard Franck World Driving Championship
Franck Nivard
France

Information pending

NIMCZYK-MICHAEL-World-Driving-Championship
Michael Nimczyk
Germany

Information pending

RODNEY GATT World Driving Championship
Rodney Gatt
Malta

Information pending

Ebbinge Rick World Driving Championship
Rick Ebbinge
Netherlands

Information pending

MATTHEW-WILLIAMSON-World-Driving-Championship
Matthew Williamson
New Zeeland

Information pending

EIRIK HOITOMT World Driving Championship
Eirik Höitomt
Norway

Information pending

Ulf Ohlsson World Driving Championship
Ulf Ohlsson
Sweden

Information pending

Gingras Yannick World Driving Championship
Yannick Gringras
USA

Information pending

leaderboard after 0 of 6 legs

Leaderboard will be updated after first leg. Until then ordered by first name.

PREVIOUS WORLD CHAMPIONS

The first winner of the World Driving Championship was Herve Filion of Canada in 1970. The legendary Ulf Thoresen won the championship four times.
This year the reigning world champion James MacDonald will defend his title.

  • 2017 — James MacDonald / Canada
  • 2015 — Dexter Dunn / New Zealand
  • 2013 — Pierre Vercruysse / France
  • 2011 — Jody Jamieson / Canada
  • 2009 — Birger Jorgensen / Denmark
  • 2007 — Christophe Martens / Belgium
  • 2005 — Roberto Andreghetti / Italy
  • 2003 — Mark Jones / New Zealand
  • 2001 — Jody Jamieson / Canada
  • 1999 — Sylvain Filion / Canada
  • 1997 — Heinz Wewering / Germany
  • 1995 — Dave Magee / USA
  • 1993 — Heinz Wewering / Germany
  • 1991 — Maurice McKendry / NZ
  • 1989 — Ron Pierce / USA
  • 1987 — Ted Demmler / Australia
  • 1985 — Tony Herlihy / New Zealand
  • 1983 — Robert Cameron / New Zealand
  • 1981 — Ulf Thoresen / Norway
  • 1979 — Ulf Thoresen / Norway
  • 1978 — Kevin Holmes / New Zealand
  • 1977 — Ulf Thoresen / Norway
  • 1975 — Keith Addison / Australia
  • 1974 — Joe Marsh Jr. / USA
  • 1973 — Ulf Thoresen / Norway
  • 1972 — Guiseppe Guzzinati / Italy
  • 1971 — Adolf Ubleis / Austria
  • 1970 — Herve Filion / Canada