03

Oct

Exciting first day of WLC.

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!

 

Gold Favourites

Wolfgang Heideman

From Germany competing with a Husqvarna 576 XP™

Robert Cuk

From Slovenia competing with a Husqvarna 576 XP™

Lars Strandell

From Sweden competing with a Husqvarna 576 XP™

Jukka Peramaki

From Finland competing with a Husqvarna 576 XP™

Arian Essenstam

From the Netherlands competing with a Husqvarna 576 XP™