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Rodney Gatt just misses out on European Professional Drivers Championship title

Rodney Gatt (left) placed second in the European Championship for Professional Drivers.

For the first time ever a Maltese driver came very close to being crowned European Champion for Professional Drivers as Rodney Gatt had an outstanding performance during the two-day championship which took place at the racetracks of Wallonie and Tongres in Belgium.

At the end of the first day, Gatt was leading with Italian driver Alessandro Gocciadoro after four races but the Maltese driver had the advantage of having won a race when he went first past the post in the third race with Oh Sama Cash.

Gatt could not have started the second day better as with third place he shot to the top, having an eight-point advantage over the driver from Serbia as Gocciadoro was disqualified.

In the 2nd race of the day, Gocciadoro picked up the lead once again after winning the race whilst Rodney placed fourth with a difficult horse.

Everything was to be decided during the last encounter as with just two points separating the Italian and Maltese drivers whoever took the better placing would win.

Unfortunately Rodney’s horse tired out in the last part of the race and Gocciadoro was seen passing the post in front of him.

Still we had to wait for the stewards’ decision as the Italian’s horse had broke trot early in the race and it had to be seen if this was enough to get him disqualified or not.

The decision was cast in favour of the Italian declaring him European champion with Gatt finishing in second place just four points behind

This is the best ever placing for a Maltese driver in this prestigious championship for Professional drivers.

It also means that for the third time Malta has gained a ticket for the World Championship to be held in Italy next year.

Rodney Gatt will be participating for the second time in the World Championships after he had also qualified in the 2019 edition held in Sweden.

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