In many European countries the National Championships are in full swing. The athletes focus on one goal: to qualify for the World Championship in November in Stuttgart. Only the very best athlete of each nation will represent his country in the Single World Championship on November, 12th.
Austria started the national season off with two thrilling competitions in beautiful Zell am See, first competition being the Rookie Cup where eight Austrian newcomers competed in four of the six STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® disciplines. Well known faces were to be seen on the podium of the pro competition: last year's winner Armin Kugler came first more than 10 points ahead of silver medal winner Josef Laier. On third place was a very happy Matthias Hinterreither.
The Swiss Championship started off as well with a Swiss Rookie Cup followed by a pro competition that could not have been any more thrilling. The spectators got to watch a decisive showdown in the last event, the Hot Saw. Severin Bühler who had been in third position throughout the events was disqualified with a broken chain on his Hot Saw. On the flipside David Knecht was lucky enough to be able to move up three places from 6th to overall third due to an excellent performance in the Hot Saw event. Cyril Pabst ended up second. Reigning Vice World Champion Christophe Geissler took home the title for the 6th time and secured his ticket to Stuttgart.
Hot struggles as well at the Italian Championship in Pinzolo beginning of July: Italian Rookie Michael del Pin came first in the international Rookie Cup that took place on the first day. The pro competition saw last year's winner Paolo Vicenzi once more on top of the podium followed by Andrea Rossi. Roberto Fornoni came third and was very happy about his first ever podium place.
The Hungarian Championship took place a few weeks ago in Budapest. István Juhász took home the win followed by József Strubel und Zoltán Bozsó.
Meanwhile the battle for the invitation to the World Championship continues. Next events will be in Avignon (France), Blenheim Palace (UK) and Winterberg (Germany).