Last week saw another big week for VISTA 2011 with five semi finals taking place in Thessaloniki, Greece and Sydney, Australia.
Early in the week eighteen teams from Turkey, Israel, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Bosnia, Belarus, Macedonia, Serbia, Portugal and host nation Greece; gathered in Thessaloniki for the region East semi final. With a number of teams taking part in VISTA for the very first time, many participants were noticeably nervous. But MS Group from Israel remained calm throughout the
competition, often finishing their tasks well within the set time limits, and finished in first place. Taquions from Portugal finished second, and so will also go to the world final this summer.
Later in the week, five teams from Russia and ten teams from the UK and Ireland arrived in Greece for their respective semi finals. After obtaining high scores throughout the qualifying rounds, Team Mission Impossible from the Russian city of Zelenograd, were able to follow up with a semi final victory over their four opponents that saw the team through to the final.
In the UK/Ireland semi final, team Four Strokes overcame two former world finalists, the Carrot Crunchers and The MMAKY Dees, to claim their place in this year’s final.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, two more semi finals were taking place in Sydney, Australia. Eleven teams from India, the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan, took part in the ATO (Asian Truck Organisation) area final, with two spots in the world final on offer.
With all three of India’s teams recording the highest scores in the ATO region during the qualifying rounds, there were high expectations that one of them might win. But after a full day of competition, Lambung Mangkurat from Indonesia finished first to become Asian champions. E-PRO from Korea finished second and won other place in the world final, while Walker1 from China finished third.
And finally in the Australia/New Zealand semi final, also held in Sydney, VCV Townsville overcome competitors from Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle, to finish first and can also now look forward to a trip to Sweden this summer.