Sebastian Kienle and Pablo Dapena shared top honors for the men, while Yvonne Van Vlerken topped the women's standings for the second year in a row in the Challenge Family World Bonus pool.
December 13, 2018 | NEWS|
For the second year in a row Yvonne Van Vlerken topped the Challenge World Bonus standings, finishing just 50 points ahead of Laura Siddall. The men's standings saw a tie between Sebastian Kienle and Pablo Dapena Gonzalez at the top, with some exciting changes in the money positions at the final race of the season at Challenge Daytona.
Kienle and Dapena on top, Heemeryck charges
A runner-up finish at the Championship along with wins at Challenge Heilbronn, Challenge Roth, Challenge Turku and Challenge Walchsee put Germany's Sebastian Kienle at the top of the men's bonus pool standings in a tie at 1,550 points with Spain's Pablo Dapena Gonzalez. Dapena earned his points through a number of wins and top finishes at Challenge Roma, Challenge Gran Canaria, Challenge Lisboa, Challenge Salue, Challenge Prague, Challenge Turku, Challenge Madrid and Challenge Praguera.
“For me, this bonus completes a fantastic season in which I have performed consistently throughout the year. The simple fact of being tied with someone of Sebi’s caliber is a true honor. I’m very proud of what I have achieved," said Dapena González.
Dapena and Kienle each took home $25,000 for finishing at the top of the standings.
Third in the standings went to Jaroslav Kovačič (SLO) earned a solid third in the men’s rankings, secure in his position with 1475 points after winning the prestigious Challenge Almere-Amsterdam. His finish netted him $15,000.
Heading into this weekend's Challenge Daytona, Australian Cameron Wurf was sitting in fourth in the standings, with Belgium's Pieter Heemeryck tied with New Zealand's Dylan McNiece in fifth, just 10 points behind the Australian. A big win at Challenge Daytona, though, put Heemeryck into fourth all alone, which netted him $12,000. (It was definitely worth the trip to Daytona!)
Wurf rounded out the prize money positions in fifth, earning $5,000.
Van Vlerken tops again
After finishing second the first year the bonus pool was offered, the Netherlands' Yvonne Van Vlerken has finished atop the standings ever since - this year winning with a total of 1,500 points. She joked last year that the prize would fun her wedding to Per Bitner, but hasn't made any comments about where this year's money, $30,000, will go.
“It's amazing to win the Challenge Family World Bonus again,” said van Vlerken. "Since the World Bonus was introduced three years ago, it's been a great initiative. More and more stronger pros are starting at each race, hoping to win a share of the bonus, which is great for our sport. I always love to race a lot of Challenge Family events throughout the year, and winning the World Bonus is a huge reward in return."
Great Britain's Laura Siddall finished in second, just 50 points behind, earning $20,000 for her efforts.
American Lisa Roberts managed to move herself out of a third place tie to hold that position all by herself thanks to a fifth-place finish at Challenge Daytona on the weekend, moving her one spot ahead of Belgium's Katrien Verstuyft. That netted the American $15,000, while Verstuyft ended up with $12,000 for her fourth place position. Rounding out the money spots was Italian Margie Santimaria who took home $5,000.
Challenge Family World Bonus Pool | Men
Pablo Gonzalez Dapena
Timothy van Houtem
Challeng Family World Bonus Pool | Women
Yvonne van Vlerken