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World ploughing champ tire goes to Mitas

Prague, 1 August 2013 – Barbara Klaus, an Austrian driving a New Holland tractor mounted with Mitas tires, took first place in the conventional ploughing world championship held in Olds, Alberta (Canada). Her teammate Margareta Heigl won the silver in reversible ploughing driving a Steyr tractor. John Whelan of Ireland won the reversible ploughing category.

“Mitas has sponsored Austrian ploughing world champions since 2001,” said Josef Heigl, head of Mitas’ sales office in Austria’s Traiskirchen. “Barbara and Margareta were the only women drivers from among dozens of competitors from 29 countries.”

Apart from their success in the overall championship’s results, Barbara and Margareta won gold medals in the grassland ploughing category and came in fourth place in the stubble field category.

World champion Barbara Klaus & her New Holland tractor mounted with Mitas tires. Photo courtesy of

Margareta Heigl used Mitas 340/85R36 RD 01 (rear) and Mitas 320/70R24 RD70 (front) tires.

In ploughing competitions, the competitor is expected to perfectly plough stubble and grassland areas. In 2013, the World Ploughing Organisation held the 60th world ploughing competition. Photos are available at or

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