Team Impact, the winners of the VISTA 2009 World Final, are on track to defend their title having scored a perfect 60 out of 60 in the first two rounds of VISTA 2011. As only one of a handful of teams to maintain a perfect record so far in the competition, they have every reason to feel confident of qualifying for the Central European semi finals in Holland next March.
“I think this year the theory rounds are at the same level as the last VISTA, but there are still some very tricky questions,” says Andreas Redl.
Team Impact comes from the small town of Pucking in northern Austria, and in the summer of 2009 they were crowned world champions after triumphing in a competition that originally started with 3455 teams from 70 countries. Their winning team remains largely unchanged although they have lost veteran Josef Mikula, who now acts as a mentor for young VISTA apprentices. For VISTA 2011 Franz Fiereder has taken his place, joining Andreas Redl, Manfred Eibel and Ivica Milic in what is obviously still a formidable team.
“With the first and second rounds we are very satisfied. Every answer has been right, so it looks like we have a very good chance of making it into the semi finals,” says Redl. “We are motivated to win this again and we are ready for the World Final in Gothenburg.”