Jussi Kuusiniemi (Tony/Vortex) certainly deserved his victory in KF2 in the 2012 Viking Trophy. With the best Qualifying time and wins in two out of the three heats, the Finn also suffered a broken chain which pushed him back to 5th in the Intermediate Classification.
Jussi managed the Prefinal with intelligence and finished it 3rd, but he was only 5th after the second lap of the Final. Without panicking he rapidly recovered to 2nd and went after the Russian Kirill Karpov (Tony/BMB), who had pulled a comfortable lead after his win in the Prefinal. The 1.5s gap melted like snow in the sunshine and Jussi Kuusiniemi definitively took the lead half-way through the race.
While Karpov lost ground and fell back to 5th, Sweden’s Robin Hansson (Tony/Vortex) created a sensation in the field by recovering from his 20th grid spot. He eventually climbed on the 2nd step of the podium ahead of the Finnish teammates Niclas Nylund and Joni Ruuskanen (both using ART/Parilla equipment).