Valtra takes win in 4.5-tonne Super Sport class

Ville Pitkämäki drove Hot Hunter to a somewhat unexpected victory in the 4.5-tonne Super Sport class at the European Championships in Stroe, the Netherlands. Hot Hunter was formerly known as Caesar as driven by Matti Herlevi. Super Sport tractors are similar to Pro Stock tractors except engine speed is limited to 3000 rpm and they can weigh one tonne more. A second Valtra tractor, Herkules XL from Denmark, also competed in the Super Sport class and came in tenth.


 “Mad-Croc Caesar had a small problem, while Green Apple had a late start and suffered from a slippery track. Mad-Croc Caesar came in eighth and Green Apple in tenth in the Pro Stock class,” reports Matti Herlevi.


The first day of the European Championships on Friday 8 September had to be cancelled due to rain. Showers continued on Saturday, so there was only time for a single pull in many classes. The rain did not bother the fans, however, as almost 20,000 spectators were on hand to enjoy the competition.


“Our tractors have a lot of power now and are in good shape technically. We’ve had some problems this season with grip, so we will try new tyres over the winter. We will also be respraying our tractors, as they were last painted back in 2014,” Herlevi adds.