The ‘eternal city’, theater of Global Champions Tour.
Rome’s Olympic Stadium, surrounded by 59 classical marble statues, is the venue of Global Champions Tour. Swedish Rolf-Goran Bengtsson and Casall Ask won the prestigious Gran Prix
Next to Rome’s Olympic Stadium and in a unique arena surrounded by classical marble statues, the riders thrilled thousands of fans who lined the natural amphitheatre to cheer on the world’s top riders. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson has dramatically closed the gap on Scott Brash and Luciana Diniz in the 2015 championship race after clinching a scorching victory at the debut Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Rome, riding perfectly on the courses disegned by Italian Chef-de Piste Uliano Vezzani.
The final podium of the €300,000 Grand Prix was truly world class. Rolf took first place in emphatic style with the extraordinarily consistent stallion Casall ASK. Luciana Diniz and Fit for Fun finished second with Germany’s Marcus Ehning in third position.
The The Grand Prix result means that three top riders are now locked in a fierce battle at the final two events of the season for the overall championship. Current ranking leader Scott Brash is only 11 points ahead of Luciana and she in turn is only three points ahead of Rolf. As the final stages of the 2015 championship unfold, only the best eight scores of the leading riders will count to the final total. And a fascinating contest is opening up between Christian Ahlmann of Germany of 234 points and Simon Delestre of France on 229 points. Rolf-Goran Bengtsson, winner of the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Rome: "I would like to thank everybody. It’s a fantastic show, with a great atmosphere. There is a fantastic crowd for the first year. Everything is really nice and being able to win here with my horse Casall ASK on top of all of it is amazing. Casall ASK is a fantastic horse, year after year, always providing clear rounds like today in Rome. I really want to thank my sponsors, the owner of the horse and of course the whole team who support me."