Australian STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® powerhouse Brad De Losa (Lithgow NSW) has reclaimed his title of CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS, at the world's toughest logger sports contest, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® CHAMPIONS TROPHY, in Hamburg Germany overnight.
De Losa claimed glory with a blistering time of 1.02.03, setting a new world record and taking down Canadian Champion Stirling Hart.
De Losa, who had previously won the title in 2014 (Budapest, Hungary) and 2015 (Florence, Italy) thrilled the packed crowd at the Cruise Centre Altona as he struck gold again, winning back the prestigious title of CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS for a third time.
Throughout the preliminary rounds it became increasing clear that the battle for gold was going to be between two great athletes, De Losa and Hart, who lived up to the billing and delighted the crowd with a classic final which was easily the closest race of the night. De Losa took the lead in the Stocksaw and managed to stay ahead in the underhand chop and single buck. It looked like he was tiring on the standing block but he had done enough early to hold off Hart and claim the win.
During qualifying, a dominant De Losa set the fastest time and was ranked 1st in the knock out ladder. He then easily accounted for Swiss competitor Christophe Geissler in the quarter final to set up a semi-final against Martin Komárek from Czech Republic which he also won in dominant fashion.
After the final De Losa said, "I felt confident going into the competition. I've been training hard but I knew it would be a tough fight and much harder than the previous ones. All the guys have been putting more into their training and preparation and there are some talented younger guys in the field now. The best man won at the end of the day and I'm glad it was me".
De Losa competed against:
Jason Wynyard (New Zealand)
Martin Komárek (Czech Republic)
Dirk Braun (Germany)
Stirling Hart (Canada)
Matt Cogar (US)
Christophe Geissler (Switzerland)
Roger Gehin (France)