News 2011

Competition intensifies in the Euro Cup


The competition is intensifying as the tractor pulling season progresses in the Pro Stock category of the Euro Cup. Different teams and tractors are winning events, and the longest pulls are separated by only a few centimetres. The competition has been further intensified by the fact that one event was cancelled due to rain. Going into the last event in Herning, Denmark, on 31 July, any of the ten best tractors could theoretically still take overall victory. The second to last event took place in Putten, the Netherlands, on 9 July.

"Caesar made a good pull on both runs. In the pull-off Countdown veered to the side of the track and had to be steered by braking, which reduced the distance. Doris came up just 29 centimetres short of qualifying for the pull-off. Sigma suffered engine damage on the first pull. It was probably a piston, but we won´t know for sure until we get back to the workshop," reports Pekka Herlevi.

The weather was quite damp, and the track had less and less grip as the event progressed, so the first tractors to pull had the advantage.

Valtra Shell Pulling Team got a new member


The Valtra Shell Pulling Team was reinforced this week when Johanna gave birth to a healthy baby girl. The newborn weighed 4310 grammes and was 52 centimetres long at birth. Valtra congratulates the mother and the whole pulling team!

Sigma Power takes victory in Bernay

1174 1Pekka Herlevi drove Valtra Sigma Power to victory in France.


The Valtra Shell Pulling Team had a successful weekend at the Euro Cup tractor pulling event in Bernay, France on 4-5 June. The team’s Sigma Power driven by Pekka Herlevi came away from the competition with gold. In addition, the team’s Countdown and Caesar tractors took fourth and fifth positions. Second and third place went to Rocky and Next Sensation from the Netherlands. Altogether, Valtra tractors claimed four of the top five positions.

The two-day event was held in hot and humid conditions with temperatures up to +34C on Saturday. It also rained on Saturday, which according to Pekka Herlevi was an advantage for the Valtra Shell Pulling Team going into Sunday. “We had better traction after the rain soaked the dry track on Saturday, and the competition organisers did a good job getting the track into shape for Sunday,” Pekka reports.

Altogether around 20,000 spectators were on hand to watch the tractor pulling. Altogether the event was well organised, even though the weather conditions required some changes to the schedules.

The Valtra tractors performed faultlessly throughout the competition. “All of the competitors in the Pro Stock category have very similar power outputs, so driving skills and tractor set-ups play a very important role. Everything has to go perfectly to claim a top position,” Pekka explains.

Caesar and Sigma Power will get new rear tyres for the next competition that should further improve traction.

Bronze in the season opener

1169 1Countdown was pulling well in the night of Lidköping.


The Valtra Shell Pulling Team’s Matti Herlevi took third place in the Pro Stock category with his tractor Caesar in the opening event held in Lidköping, Sweden, on 20 May. Countdown and Sigma Power driven by Pekka Herlevi placed fourth and ninth respectively, while Doris driven by Matti came in fourteenth.

“The competition was not perfect for us, but it was still a relatively good start to the season. Caesar and Countdown are well placed at the start of the Euro Cup season. Sigma also earned five cup points, which isn’t too bad. Doris fortunately qualifies automatically for the European Championships having taken gold last year,” reports Pekka Herlevi.

The track in Lidköping was extremely dry and grippy, which was an advantage for nose-heavy tractors. Pro Stock was the last category to run in the evening and also the most popular. Altogether around 10,000 spectators were on hand to watch the competition in the mild spring weather.


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