Eyes now on European Championships after Euro Cup

The 2017 Euro Cup was somewhat of a disappointment for Team Herlevi this summer. Matti Herlevi came in ninth in the overall standings with Mad-Croc Energy, while his father Pekka came in 13th with Green Apple. According to the team, both tractors and drivers performed well throughout the season, but they were let down by the condition of the tracks.


“We simply couldn’t get any traction on the tracks in this year’s Euro Cup competitions. Especially in Putten the track was too hard, while in Brande we had a lot of rain. Of course, the conditions were the same for all the teams, but the weight distribution of our tractors is better suited for tracks with a lot of grip. When we redesigned our tractors in 2014, we purposely set up the weight distribution so that they would work better on grippy tracks. At the time it looked like the tracks were getting better with each year, but now they have gone in the other direction. If we would have known this, we would have designed our tractors differently,” comments Matti Herlevi.


While miracles cannot be expected by shifting the ancillary weights around, Team Herlevi hopes to achieve better results at the remaining competitions in Finland this summer by using a slightly longer hitch.


“Our tractors have an enormous amount of power now and are very reliable. The challenge is to transfer all of this power to the track. A few of our pistons failed at the start of the season, but we fixed that problem simply by ordering better pistons,” Matti adds.


Team Herlevi will compete in the European Championships in Stroe, the Netherlands, on 9 September with both tractors. Mad-Croc Energy qualified on the basis of points scored in the Euro Cup, while Green Apple has qualified on the basis of success in the Finnish Championships. Before the European Championships, Team Herlevi will participate in two more rounds of the Finnish Championships in Lappeenranta and Kalajoki.


“Stroe is a new venue for tractor pulling, so we don’t know what to expect regarding track conditions. We are preparing for the European Championships by making sure that our tractors are in perfect condition and that they are producing a lot of power. We will also see if we can improve traction at the remaining events in Finland by using the longer hitch or by other means.”