Case Construction Equipment has supplied machines for two major European sporting events – the Red Bull MX Super Champion in Italy and the TV Total Stock Car Crash Challenge in Germany.
For the Red Bull event, Case provided track support by supplying a range of machines to keep the race track in perfect condition during the races which took place on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 of September.
The races were held at the famous Maggiora Park Track in Northern Italy, which will also host the 2016 Motocross of Nations, one of the most important Motocross events in the racing calendar.
A total of 400 riders from across 20 regions in Italy competed in 16 races, with 6 qualifying heats in a weekend of engines, dust and adrenaline with breath-taking descents, double jumps, and overtaking. On the track one of the bends was named after Case and there were plenty of Case banners highly visible.
Two Case TV380 compact track loaders were used to help restore the track in-between races to ensure perfect driving conditions for all the riders. Fitted with a common rail engine from FPT Industrial (84 hp and an operating weight of 4625 kg), its robust undercarriage makes it perfect for working in the toughest conditions. Thanks to its speed and accuracy it was able to negotiate the difficult terrain of the track perfectly, and quickly!
Other Case machines including a WX148 excavator, 121F compact wheel loader and a CX50B ZTS mini excavator, supplied by Case dealer Iveco Orecchia, were displayed in the paddock during Saturday’s qualifying day, Sunday’s race, and during the freestyle motocross show which took place on Saturday night and included national and international guests.
In Germany machines from Case’s compact range ensured safe racing at the last ever TV Total Stock Car Crash Challenge racing event which was held at the Veltins Arena auf Schalke on October 10th in Gelsenkirchen.
After 11 years of running the event organiser and TV star Stefan Raab has decided to retire, but not before giving everything he had to try and win and in the process turned the racetrack into something that resembled a giant junkyard!
On the evening 10 racing teams, each with 3 drivers, gave it everything. Host and defending champion Stefan Raab, had to admit defeat to his competitors. Austrian actor Christian Clerici won the contest in the 3000 cc class, musician and amateur athlete Joey Kelly the Caravan Crash Cup and DTM pro Timo Scheider secured the top position in the so called Rodeo final. TV host and writer Charlotte Roche won the 1500 cc class race. Reality TV star Manni Ludolf won the middle class up to 1900 cc.
Case provided two TR320 skid steers loader, a 121F wheel loader and a 321F wheel loader which were used to clean up the track and remove the wrecked stock cars. There was also support from Case IH with a Maxxum CVX tractor and a Farmlift telescopic loader.
A particular challenge for the Case machines was the so renowned “Caravan crash up” when several drivers crashed into one another. While the drivers were intensively occupied with trying to push each other off the track, the skid steer loaders with a net output of 90 hp and a payload of nearly 1.500 kg were able to move the wrecked vehicles quickly and safely from the track.
The Case wheel loaders from the new F-Series made their stock car debut and were also used in applications where unravelling of race collisions was necessary. With its hydrostatic drive, locking differentials in the axles and payloads from 1.9 to 2.5 t, the two wheel loaders were ideal for the job. With excellent visibility in the cabs they were able to bypassing the numerous obstacles safely.
Unlike host Stefan Raab, who did not manage to win, the machines from the team of Case Construction Equipment defended their last year’s top performance in terms of safety, unchallenged.