GCT Season Rankings gets very interesting but Laura Kraut maintains her lead…

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The Top 10 gets extra tight as two-time season winner Edwina Tops-Alexander slides into third position. The lovely Laura Kraut has kept hold of her Longines Global Champions Tour Season Rankings lead after an exhilarating event here in Vienna, Austria. Without her top-mount Cedric, Laura as well as others had their doubts about whether she would be able to keep hold of her Season Rankings lead but alas after a strong first round, Laura qualified through to the second round aboard her lovely mare Jubilee d’Ouilly, who fought her way through to ensure Laura had a fighting chance. Now we go to Doha, Qatar in November for the final leg of the 2013 season and Laura Kraut leads a tight Top 10 with 187 points.

“It is kind of a miracle. I did not expect to be sitting here tonight. It will all be down to Qatar, which is exciting for the sport and for the Global Champions Tour,” said Laura Kraut in the Vienna Press Conference.

The Top 10 of the Longines Global Champions Tour season rankings has certainly become that much more interesting. Laura Kraut and Christian Ahlmann have remained in the top two positions but two-time season winner Edwina Tops-Alexander now slides into third position with only four points behind Christian Ahlmann and only six points behind Laura Kraut. Luciana Diniz stands strong in fourth position while last year’s runner up, Rolf-Goran Bengtsson comes into the fifth position to make the standings incredibly competitive and very exciting for the final leg.

“Any of the top ten still has a chance to win the final. It’s very exciting this year, we are now on the eleventh leg and no one has won two times. Our sport is very open, you can see many combinations who can win and that is very nice to see,” said Founder Jan Tops today in Vienna.

We saw big movement from two-time season winner Edwina Top-Alexander, who finished in seventh in the Grand Prix of Vienna. This seventh place earned her enough points to jump up to third position in the rankings, ahead of the final leg in Qatar. Things certainly get interesting now as Luciana Diniz keeps a strong hold of fourth while Rolf-Goran Bengtsson, keen to battle it out again for the Season title, jumps up to fifth.

Ludger Beerbaum moved down to sixth position while Nick Skelton moved from nineth to seventh after two strong performances in both Lausanne and Vienna, aboard Jessica Springsteen’s Vindicat W. Doda Miranda, for Brazil, falls down to nineth while Great Britain’s William Funnell falls further to tenth.

2013 Longines Global Champions Tour – New Season Standings

1. Laura Kraut – 187.00 points

2. Christian Ahlmann – 185.00 points

3. Edwina Tops-Alexander – 181.00 points

4. Luciana Diniz – 178.00 points

5. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson – 175.00 points

6. Ludger Beerbaum – 167.00 points

7. Nick Skelton – 165.00 points

8. Scott Brash – 163.00 points

9. Alvaro de Miranda – 162.00 points

10. William Funnell – 159.00 points