News 2010

Silver and bronze go to Caesar and Sigma Power


The Valtra Shell Pulling Team’s tractors Caesar and Sigma Power improved their positions in the Euro Cup Pro Stock 3500 category by placing second and third in last Sunday’s event held in Bouconville, France. The overall standings were made much more even when Extreme Temptation took a surprise win, while the season’s leaders had to settle for lower positions. Matti Herlevi drove both Caesar and Doris, while Pekka Herlevi drove Sigma Power.

“Caesar and Sigma performed well with each pull. We had a lot of power, and thanks to the dry track we could also get the power down,” comments Pekka Herlevi.

Doris, on the other hand, experienced troubles. Due to uneven fuel injection, at least one of the tractor’s pistons was damaged.

“We now have a week at home to fix Doris. We will have to replace at least the pistons and cylinder liners. Before the European Championships we plan to fit a new turbo to the other tractors and test them all using a low-bed trailer. So we have a lot of work to do!”

Both Caesar and Sigma Power have already qualified for the European Championships to be held in Ekeröd, Sweden on 5 September based on their Euro Cup standings. Countdown in turn has qualified thanks to its success in the Finnish Championships. It is uncertain whether Doris will participate, however. The last chance is either the addition of an extra representative for Finland or if the Finnish team has room for one more Pro Stock tractor.

The Euro Cup final has been moved from Bettborn in Luxembourg to Bakel in the Netherlands, and the event will be held a week earlier on 12 September. Caesar and Sigma Power are going into the final event in an exciting position. The point standing is so close right now that a top-two finish is just as possible as a result closer to the bottom 10.