At the start of the World Cup in Apeldoorn the German team sprinters showed themselves strong again and finished second in the qualification. Eric Engler, Robert Förstemann and Tobias Wächter were only about two tenths of a second slower than the Brits in first place in 44.233 seconds. In the first round, the trio raced against Russia and fought their way into the Small Final.
With the victory in the fight for bronze, the three boys had then ensured the first German medal in this World Cup season. The German trio contested the Small Final against Spain and won by more than two tenths of a second. Gold went to the British, who won the final for first place against France.
“The bronze medal is fine for me. At the last World Cup we still missed the podium in this line-up. On the first lap this time I drove the second fastest time. In the final runs of the best 4 teams I was even fastest,” said Robert. On Saturday Robert started unscheduled for Jan May in the sprint.
Start. Due to illness, Robert could not qualify for the tournament and immediately entered
the journey home.