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Amateur Driving World Cup update

10:28 PM 15 Feb 2008 NZDT
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When the World Cup of Amateur Racing gets underway in the United States later this season world class amateur drivers, Alle Lohman, of the Czech Repulic and Fred Handelaar of the Netherlands will be among the 12 gentleman drivers who will be competing.

Though he was born in Amsterdam, Holland, Alle Loman will represent the Czech Republic in the World Cup since he’s been living there since 1996. He won the Czech Amateur Drivers’ Championship in 1997 and 1998 and over the years Loman has enjoyed tremendous success as an amateur driver.

In his new homeland Loman has won some of the Czech Republic’s premier races including the Czech Derby, St Leger and Slovak Derby with his homebred mare Cabipaan Kort who earned that country’s honor of Trotter of the Year in 1997.

Loman, who has 73 lifetime driving victories, is a private businessman mainly dealing in carpets and furniture and by his own admission is also very busy in the horse business.

Married –in the Czech Republic in 2003 –Loman’s other hobbies include flying, fishing, parachuting and football (soccer) and claims that his greatest fan is his 84 year old mother , who still lives in the Netherlands.

Fred Handelaar who will represent the Dutch in the World Cup is one of Europe’s most outstanding amateur drivers. He is currently the Amateur Champion in Holland and over the years he has won that honor 17 times. He also has been the European Amateur Champion two times thus far in his illustrious career.

A seasoned amateur reinsman Handelaar represented the Netherlands in the World Cup in 1988 in the USA and Canada; in 1998 in Canada, in 2002 in Denmark and in 2006 in Italy.

A banker by trade Handelaar is considered the best amateur driver ever in the Netherlands and he currently has 512 lifetime driving victories. Twice he won the German Amateur Championship in Berlin.

For the second time in the past 20 years the World Cup of Amateur Racing will be contested on American soil and the competitions are slated to get underway on May 16 at Maywood Park followed the next day with contests at Balmoral Park.

After an off day the amateur competitions will continue at Monticello Raceway on May 19; at Yonkers Raceway May 20 concluding in double-header action on May 21, first at Freehold Raceway in the afternoon and at the Meadowlands during the evening..

John Manzi, North American Amateur Drivers Association

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