Kirjoittanut Admin on July 2, 2017
Monster Jam Europe
October 30-November 1, 2009
Racing Winners - Friday - Grave Digger, Saturday Afternoon - El Toro Loco, Saturday Night - El Toro Loco, Sunday Afternoon - El Toro Loco
Freestyle Winners - Friday - Grave Digger, Saturday Afternoon - El Toro Loco, Saturday Night - Grave Digger, Sunday Afternoon - Grave Digger
Trucks: Monster Jam® Trucks: including Raging Bull, Batman, Disney XD, El Toro Loco, Grave Digger. Subject to change without notice.
Weekend Race Recap
Helsinki was one of the first stops on the International Tour six years ago. Since then the popularity of the event has grown with fans buying their tickets the day they go on sale in order to get the best seats in the house. They love the noise, power and excitement Monster Jam brings to Hartwall Arena. Several fans have been encouraged enough to build their own World Class Monster. This years event features Raging Bull driven by Vesa Kivimaki. Vesa is the first Finnish driver to ever to compete in Monster Jam. The truck was built and is owned by “Crazy Stunt Drivers of Finland”. These guys travel Europe bring motorized thrill stunts to the masses.
Monster Mutt Dalmatian, Batman, Disney XD, El Toro Loco and Grave Digger all joined the local truck to bring fans non-stop action. The event began with a wheelie contest followed by racing and Monster Freestyle.
Candice Jolly drove Monster Mutt to the finals and blew a motor racing against Charlie Pauken in Grave Digger. Her crew immediately went to work but as we all know it takes more than 20 minutes to change out a motor. “The fastest we can do is about 2 ½ to 3 hours and we just don’t have that much time”, said crew chief R.L.
It was a Grave Digger night as the black and green wrecking machine won both racing and freestyle. Digger also won the wheelie competition making it a clean sweep. Finland’s hometown hero Vesa Kivimaki, won the respect of the Monster Jam drivers and picked up some fans with his Raging Bull Truck.
Former World Champion John Seasock did a great job in Batman after some last minute repairs right before the event began. Batman made it to the semi-finals in racing and come in tied for fourth in Freestyle. Other trucks included Dan Evans driving the Disney XD Ford to a second in the wheelie contest third place in freestyle but came up a bit short in racing.
Damon Bradshaw drove El Toro Loco like he had been in the truck for a couple of seasons. He scored second in freestyle and almost beat Grave Digger in the semi-finals. The race was so close officials had to review it three times before declaring a winner.
The night also featured FMX with four world class riders, a great group of local Formula off road vehicles and one of the loudest crowds we have seen in Helsinki.
Saturday features two events at 2 and 6pm.
It was only the second time Finland’s driver Vesa Kivimaki had ever had Raging Bull on dirt. His events have always been on concrete of asphalt. It was obvious to all that he is a quick study and his truck is built to take the harsh treatment of Monster Jam. The truck had an early lead in freestyle, scored high in the wheelie contest and displayed the ability to cut a good light in racing.
FMX featured some great riders from Sweden, South Africa and Belgium. Fans came to their feet when Nick Dewit did not one but two backflips during the competition. The Monster Jam Wheelie Competition Championship again went to Charlie Pauken in Grave Digger.
Monster Freestyle Results:
While rolling a truck is an incredible site, it many times takes more skill and concentration to keep the truck on all fours. Fans seemed to understand that Saturday afternoon giving the win to El Toro over Digger. Still it makes no difference what side you stand, on all sides can agree it was an awesome event in Helsinki Finland as the Monster Jam World Tour continues.
A young man named Max met the drivers in between shows. Max and his family are from Make-A-Wish and all this 4 year old young man wanted to do was meet the stars of Monster Jam. He got his wish with the drivers, crew and staff all shaking his hand and giving him gifts. While his health did not allow for him to attend the event, the drivers made sure he left with a big smile and some great memories.
From the beginning of the event you knew the tension and competition between teams was escalating. When that happens, look out fans, you are in for one heck of a show. That is what happened Saturday Night. Local driver Vesa Kivimaki drove Raging Bull to a score of 24 in the wheelie contest. It looked as though he was going to earn his first Monster Jam win until Grave Digger scored a 25.
Split wins between Grave Digger and El Toro Loco, another trip to the race finals for Monster Mutt and the local truck, Raging Bull, getting better with each and every pass.
The best way to fill readers in on the event is to give results. Many times the results don’t tell the story of all the action, in this case it does.
FMX again rock the house with their display of two wheeled action. From Super Knacks, to cliff hangers, heart attacks to back-flips fans saw a little of everything in the competition.
Freestyle for Monsters Rocked with all trucks doing an incredible job of getting air and bringing fans repeatedly to their feet. It was Grave Digger with his back to back to back wheelies that earned him the high score from the judges. Local driver Vesa Kivimaki held on to the lead for quite a while until Dan Evans in Disney XD earned a 21, then El Toro Loco beat that and finally Digger took it all.
Monster Freestyle Results:
Monster Mutt Candice Jolly 18
While there was not much talk about the World Series in Baseball here this week, there certainly was a bunch of talk about Monster Jam World Finals with many fans planning to attend the event in the U.S. in March.
The afternoon began with a well attended pit party. Several thousand fans braved the cold weather on this first of November to see the World Famous Monster Trucks up close and to meet their favorite drivers. Young and old alike seem to love the size, sound and speed of Monster Jam.
With two weeks between Helsinki and Stockholm the drivers knew they could go for broke in racing and freestyle. After all with the professional crews here you could rebuild a Monster Truck easily in two weeks so why hold anything back? It was obvious they had no intention of holding anything back and the fans loved it.
The event began with Candice Jolly driving Monster Mutt to a win in the wheelie contest. A score of 26 for Mutt and 25 for Grave Digger proved the lady of the group could easily hold her own and make the big boys cry. Monster Mutt also worked up to the semi-finals in racing and a very respectable 3rd place in Monster Freestyle.
The day was one of surprises with birthday wishes for the Monster Jam crew, the closest race of the weekend between El Toro Loco and Grave Digger in the race finals and great freestyle from all the trucks. The weekend was historic for Finlands own Raging Bull driven by Vesa Kivimaki. Bull scored 23 in wheelie, returned to the semi finals in racing as the fastest loser from round one and put on a very decent freestyle considering he lost his rear wheel drive and only had front wheel power.
Dan Evans and the Disney XD truck rolled in the Wheelie Competition, the truck seemed fine in racing but lost reverse making it very hard for freestyle. Dan and Team Disney are experienced racers and realize that the next win is just around turn one.
So ends the 6th Season Monster Jam has been in Helsinki. The event grows each year as fans wait for the next event. This and the rest of the European Tour along with Monster Jam in South America and Mexico proves that the love of the sport is continuing to grow.