The 28th World Logging Championships (WLC) was completed in lovely sunshine on Sunday. Around 2 500 people visited the competition area. This means that the WLC 2008 have had a total audience of 4700 people during the three days of competition.
The main event of the day was the Limbing. Husqvarna’s Jukka Perämäki from Finland and the Russian Alexander Sorutsev showed excellent skills. Perämäki’s and Sorutsev’s high points in the discipline resulted in the silver and bronze medals for their total achievements in the WLC.
Finally, Husqvarna would like to say thank you to all our contestants for many good performances. We're already looking forward to the next World Logging Championships, which will be held in Croatia 2010. We hope to see you all there!
Husqvarna's Wolfgang Heidemann from the German team Jukka Perämäki, Finland, in action in the Limbing.
that won the competition for the national teams.
Perämäki's high total points resulted in the silver medal for his achievement in the championships.
Patrik Sjöberg, the junior in the Swedish team, did it again. He got the gold medal in Limbing. Just like he did in the World Logging Championships 2006 in Estonia. But that’s not enough. Using a Husqvarna 372 XP™, Patrik also took bronze in the total junior competition.
Another Husqvarna junior, Matthew Thomas from Great Britain, also did it again. Matthew took gold in Bucking by combined cuts two years ago. This time he got the silver medal in the same discipline. Just like Sjöberg, Matthew Tomas competed with a Husqvarna 372 XP™.
Patrik Sjöberg (at right) and coach Johan Kruus from the Swedish team.
Matthew Thomas, Great Britain. Belonging to the next generation of loggers?
Nobody could surpass Jan Roest’s superb achievement in the Tree felling. As a result of good training combined with having top equipment, the Dutchman won the gold medal. Using a Husqvarna 576 XP, Roest managed to get high 659 points (of 660 possible ones) – in his first World Logging Championships.
“It’s unbelievable. This is my passion. I’ve been ‘training’ for this in 25 years”, Jan Roest laughed.
He added: Now I’ll train for another 25 years and the come back and do it even better”, he smiled.
Husqvarna’s Massimiliano Biemmi from Italy also got 659 points in the discipline, but wasn’t as quick as Jan Roest. Biemmi took the bronze medal.
Husqvarna dominated the Tree felling.
As a matter of fact, four of the five best contestants in the discipline used Husqvarna chainsaws (the models 575 XP™ and 575 XP™) that have Husqvarna latest and unique engine technology, X-Torq.
One of the referees congratulates the Dutchman Jan Roest
... as well as Jean-Michel Petitqueux from France.
Italian fans in lederhosen shouting for their team.
In the discipline after Fitting another chain, the chain fell off the Dutchman Jan Roester's chainsaw. That might have costed him the chance to win a medal in the total individual competition
The Russian team in practice before the discipline Fitting another chain.
Dewi Williams, Great Britain, with his daughter Laura. Wolfgang Heidemann, Germany, in action
... and encounter with Anne Reischmann, Miss Baden–Württemberg.
Jean-Michel Petitqueux from France with his family. Petitqueux got an excellent result in Tree felling – 658 points.
Husqvarna have a perfect starting-point for the final day of the championships. Several of their contestants have performed excellent so far and have high total points.
Massimiliano Biemmi from Italy has 1192 points (which means that he’s now in second place), Alexander Surovtsev from Russia, 1191 points (fourth place) and Robert Cuk from Slovenia with 1181 points (fifth place).
Massimiliano Biemmi, Italy, is a gold candidate in both the Tree felling and the total individual competition.
Ilya Shetvsov from Russia has only 1165 points, which is not that high considering the tough competition. But when Shetvsov won the world championships in Turin 2004, he had almost the same starting-point when the last day of the competition started…
Anders Kragner, in charge of Husqvarna’s involvement in the World Logging Championships, is looking forward to the Limbing, which is the discipline that will finish the World Logging Championships 2008: “Limbing is a fast and fun discipline. Speed is not everything. It’s much about controlling your nerves and not doing to many mistakes.”
The competition on Sunday starts with the conclusion of the Tree felling. Husqvarna’s Jan Roest from the Netherlands is still in the lead and Massimiliano Biemmi from Italy has a chance to take the bronze medal. One interesting contestant that will compete in this discipline tomorrow morning is Jukka Perämäki from Finland, who got very high points in all his previous disciplines. In addition to this, it’s worth mention that Tree felling is one of Jukka’s favourite disciplines…
One thing's for sure, it's going to be one more exciting day!
Robert Cuk (at right), Slovenia, discussing Tree felling Russian fans supporting contestants like Ilya Shetvsov.
with a team member.
Husqvarna had a great second day of the championships.
• Hubert Barták from the Czech Rebublic (above), using a Husqvarna 372 XP™, won the silver medal in Bucking by combined cut. “I’m very, very happy”, Barták said.
• Gottfried Schädlich in the German second team, using a Husqvarna 372 XP™, got 249 points in Precision cutting, which now is the championship record in the discipline.
• The national teams from the Netherlands and Sweden took gold and silver medals in the test discipline International Relay Race. Husqvarna is represented by Jan Roest and Arian Essenstam (both competing with a Husqvarna 576™) in the team from the Netherlands and by Lars Strandell (who are using a Husqvarna 576 XP™) and Patrick Sjöberg (with a Husqvarna 372 XP™) in the Swedish team.
The contestant Lars Strandell and coach Johan Kruus from the Swedish team that took the silver medal in the test discipline International Relay Race.
Many contestants achieved very good results in Precision cutting during the second day of the championships.
The German Gottfried Schädlich got the highest points, 249 – which now is the new championship record!
Jean-Michel Petitqueux’s made an almost perfect felling on Saturday morning. The French man got high 658 points (660 is the highest possible score), which means that Petitqueux now have the second best result in Tree felling.
“I’m very satisfied. It was a good performance”, he said.
Husqvarna now have a good chance to take all medals in the discipline.
The three top results so far:
1. Jan Roest, the Netherlands, Husqvarna 576 XP™, 659 points.
2. Jean-Michel Petitqueux, France, Husqvarna 576 XP™, 658 points.
3. Alexander Surovtsev, Russia, Husqvarna 372 XP™, 656 points.
“I’m satisfied with my preparations and ready for the championships. I hope to be in top five”, Robert Cuk from Slovenia said before he started the competition.
He added: “Fitting another chain and Precision bucking is two favourite disciplines.”
And then he proved it. Cuk got high 549 points in total in these two disciplines plus Bucking by combined cuts.
Another Husqvarna contestant, Massimiliano Biemmi from Italy, got a bad start in the discipline Fitting another chain. But Biemmi compensated his early mistakes by superb performance in Bucking by combined cuts and Precision bucking. Biemmi’s total points after the first day: 533.
Furthermore, Jukka Perämäki from Finland showed excellent skilss that gave him top points in both Fitting another chain as well as Bucking by combined cuts and Precision bucking.
Robert Cuk, Slovenia.
Massimiliano Biemmi, Italy, in Fitting another chain
... and Bucking by combined cuts. Jukka Perämäki, Finland, was quick and precise.
Jan Roest, the Netherlands – a gold medallist?
Husqvarna got a great start in the discipline Tree felling after the first day of competition. And a newcomer will probably take gold!
The Russian team got a very good result. Alexander Surovtsev and Vladimir Dashugin both achieved impressively high 656 points. Surprisingly, Ilya Shvetsov, gold medallist at WLC in Turin 2004, did’nt take more than 615 points.
The Russian team and their relatives.
The Russian team in action.
Arian Essenstam and Jan Roest from the Netherlands, both competing with a Husqvarna 576 XP, got superb results. Essenstam got 626 points. Roest 659 took 659 points. Only one centimetre from the highest possible score in the discipline – in his first WLC.
“I’m very happy. Now I can stop doing this… no, I’m just kidding”, Jan Roest said after his outstanding performance.
The question is now: Will someone be able to beat him during the following two days when Tree felling will be completed?
2000–3000 people enjoyed an exciting first day of the World Logging Championships (WLC) at Tripsdrill adventure park. The contestants competed in the disciplines Tree Felling, Fitting another chain, Bucking by combined cuts, Precision bucking and Relay race (a new discipline that was tested).
Hans Raffl, Italy, after Fitting another chain ... and during Bucking with combined cuts.
Some of the gold favourites did not quit reach their normal standard. For instance Hans Raffl from Italy, gold medallist at WLC in Estonia 2006, lost many valuable points and now don’t have chance to be the total winner of the championships. Instead, some not that well-known contestants got very high points.
Peter Fox (coach) and Matthew Thomas, Team Great Britain.
Some teams had modest goals for the championships. Peter Fox, coach for Great Britain, said:
“First of all, we’re very grateful for all support we’ve got from Husqvarna. Hopefully we’ll do better than last championships. Our biggest hope is the teams junior, Matthew Thomas, who got three medals at WLC 2006.”
Coolest hairstyle? Jean-Michel Petitqueux from France had trimmed the hair on the backside of his head to a Husqvarna logotype.
“This is my way to say thank you to Husqvarna for all their support”, he said.
He continued: “I’m very happy to be here. I know my capacity and will hopefully perform well during the championships.
We wish Jean-Michel and the rest of the French team good luck!
From Germany competing with a Husqvarna 576 XP™
From Slovenia competing with a Husqvarna 576 XP™
From Sweden competing with a Husqvarna 576 XP™
From Finland competing with a Husqvarna 576 XP™
From the Netherlands competing with a Husqvarna 576 XP™