News 2008

Johanna Herlevi gives birth to a baby girl

1147 1Johanna Herlevi gave birth to a baby girl on 30 August 2008

 

The Valtra Shell Pulling team is now one member stronger. Johanna Herlevi gave birth to a baby girl on 30 August 2008 at seven minutes past midnight. Johanna and her family wish the team good luck and success in the European Championships.

Congratulations to the baby girl’s parents and to the entire Herlevi family!

Johanna Herlevi gave birth to a baby girl on 30 August 2008

The Valtra Shell Pulling team is now one member stronger. Johanna Herlevi gave birth to a baby girl on 30 August 2008 at seven minutes past midnight. Johanna and her family wish the team good luck and success in the European Championships.

Congratulations to the baby girl’s parents and to the entire Herlevi family!Johanna Herlevi gave birth to a baby girl on 30 August 2008

The Valtra Shell Pulling team is now one member stronger. Johanna Herlevi gave birth to a baby girl on 30 August 2008 at seven minutes past midnight. Johanna and her family wish the team good luck and success in the European Championships.

Congratulations to the baby girl’s parents and to the entire Herlevi family!

No competition in the Finnish Championships

1145 1Matti Herlevi´s Caesar gained the invitation to European Championships by winning the Finnish Championships.
The Valtra Shell Pulling Team took the top three positions in the Finnish Championships, as expected. The success was rather hollow, however, as the Herlevi family’s tractors were the only one to participate in the Pro Stock 3500 category.

“These home events serve as test runs for us, since there is no competition. Nevertheless, we did perform some really nice pulls to entertain the spectators,” commented Pekka Herlevi.

The Finnish Championships were also important for the team, as victory meant automatic qualification for the European Championships for Matti Herlevi’s Caesar tractor. Countdown has already qualified thanks to last year’s overall victory, and Pekka’s Sigma Power and Antti Hyyppä’s Doris qualify thanks to their success in the Euro Cup. Participants in the Euro Cup are invited to the European Championships if they have at least half the number of points as the leader.

“The Finnish Championships were a little disappointing this year, since the Turku event was cancelled and the bigger tractors couldn’t pull in Haapajärvi when the sledge broke. The weather at the other events was rather cold and wet. Still, there were plenty of spectators on hand, including around 2000 at the last event in Nurmes,” Pekka says.

Matti and Pekka will spend the rest of August tuning their tractors in preparation for the European Championships. The team has been working on the fuel pump on Sigma Power, and its transmission was opened after the Herning event. The tractors will still be tested once or twice before the start of the European Championships.

“Our focus now is definitely on the European Championships. We will have to take some risks to find more power, as the format is automatic elimination. We have little chance anymore of taking first position in the Euro Cup, but the other podium positions are still up for grabs,” Pekka comments.

Some technical problems but a reasonable result in Denmark

1144 1Antti Hyyppä achieved the best result with Doris in third place

 

The Valtra Shell Pulling Team participated in the Danish leg of the Eurocup on 26 July in sunny and hot weather. Whereas at the previous Eurocup event in the Netherlands the team had problems with the soft track, in Denmark the team gave the track full points.

“The track in Denmark was the best that I have ever experienced at a Eurocup event. We certainly had no complaints in that area,” Antti Hyyppä commented.

The entire team did suffer, however, from technical problems. Nevertheless, the Danish event was more successful in terms of positions than in the Netherlands. Antti Hyyppä suffered from an air leak in the engine, as a result of which he finished in third position.

“It’s hard to say what my position would have been without that small problem,” Antti admitted.

Matti Herlevi had problems with low tyre pressures. A mysterious technical problem in Pekka Herlevi’s Sigma Power is still being looked into, but the most probable culprit was the transmission.

Antti Hyyppä achieved the best result with Doris in third place. Pekka Herlevi was fifth and Matti Herlevi sixth. The team is travelling to the next event in a positive frame of mind.

“Our aim is always to improve our performance,” says a confident Antti Hyyppä.

Slippery track drops Valtra Shell Pulling Team from top positions in Holland

1143 1The Valtra Shell Pulling Team’s best performance was posted by Pekka Herlevi

 

The third Eurocup event of the season, which took place over the weekend in Putten, the Netherlands, was slightly disappointing for the Valtra Shell Pulling Team. This time the team’s problems were caused by almost a week of non-stop rain, which made it hard for the organisers to make the track. Technically the event was almost problem-free for the team. The engine in Doris experienced over-revving, which was probably caused by the slipperiness of the track.

“The track was a real challenge for us. The ground was hard, and the thick layer of soil on top was split open. This made the track extremely slippery, and it was almost impossible to find any grip,” commented a disappointed Pekka Herlevi.

The track and slippery conditions also caused problems for the other teams. Nearly all the top drivers ended up lower down in the order than usually. Up to twenty drivers competed this time for victory. The Valtra Shell Pulling Team’s best performance was posted by Pekka Herlevi, who was only fifth. Matti Herlevi’s Caesar ended up in seventh and Antti Hyyppä’s Doris in eleventh position.

Despite the previous week’s rain and showers in the morning, the event itself was run under sunny skies. Approximately 5000 to 6000 spectators were on hand to enjoy the tractor pulling.

The team is looking forward to the next event, which will be the Finnish Championship round at Tyrnävä this coming weekend. “We usually have to compete mainly with ourselves in our home events, but they are still important. They are great opportunities to test our machines and drivers. We take every event seriously,” comments Pekka Herlevi.

Two engine failures in Nordic Championships

1142 1Nordic Championships were not a big success for Valtra pulling team.

 

“This competition didn’t leave much to write home about,” commented Pekka Herlevi after the disappointing Nordic Championships, which were held on Sunday in Ekeröd, Southern Sweden.

The Ekeröd event was not one of the Valtra Shell Pulling Team’s biggest successes. Countdown suffered from a faulty fuel pump already during the test pull, while Caesar spat out an exhaust valve in the opening meters of the first competition pull. Pekka Herlevi’s Sigma Power faired better, ending up in third place.

“At least third place wasn’t bad given the circumstances,” Pekka admitted.

The pulling track was soaked by rain at the start of the competition and again in the second half. This proved fatal to Antti Hyyppä’s Countdown, which was first to pull and thus had to perform test pulls before the organisers found the right weight for the sled. Sigma Power started near the end, when the track was already wet and slippery.

“We returned home to Kälviä last night, and now we have just under a week to make all the repairs. We haven’t yet opened Caesar, but the head, piston and rod will certainly have to be changed and perhaps even the entire block. Originally we were planning to work on Doris this week, but now we will have to devote all our time to Caesar and Countdown,” Pekka summarised.