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Scania announces finalists for Young Australian Truck Driver of the Year 2010.

Scania’s search for the best Young Australian Truck Driver of the Year 2010 moves into its second phase with the announcement of the 12 finalists who will compete for glory on 20 November at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.

The finalists were able to successfully complete the first task, a web-based test of

their knowledge of driving, road and safety rules as well as give a convincing

explanation of how to improve the public’s view of professional truck drivers.

Now the action moves to Flemington Racecourse where the finalists will be able to

demonstrate their driving and manoeuvring skills behind the wheel of the

International Truck of the Year 2010, the Scania R-series, while pulling a Freighter or

MaxiCube trailer.

Finalists must show they have skills and positive attitudes of responsible heavy truck

drivers as they complete these tests which also include driving on the open road.

Further tasks include theory testing and a mock media interview.

The winner of the Scania YATD 2010 National Final will collect $10,000 from Scania,

a travel voucher to the value of $4,000 from Castrol and an Orrefors crystal glass

trophy made in Sweden.

Second prize is a trip for two to the Transport Hall of Fame in Alice Springs.

The finalists (in alphabetical order) are:

Chris Cartwright, (VIC)

Richard Clarke (VIC)

John Dorrington (NSW)

Michael Fowler (NSW)

Nick Hornby (NT)

Jarrad Jeffs (VIC)

Rick Lockwood (WA)

Daniel McGlade (VIC)

Paul Newman (QLD)

Christopher Paciorek (ACT)

Jola Ramsay (NSW)

Jonathan Thomas (SA)

Scania YATD 2010 is modelled on an international driver competition which is held in

more than 18 countries and which in 2010 attracted more than 10,000 entrants aged

under 35.

The European final was held recently with Swedish young gun driver 26-year-old

Andreas Söderström scooping the Scania Young European Truck Driver 2010 title

out from a field of 17 national round finalists.

“Andreas turned in a fantastic performance. He is now an ambassador for the

profession and a role model for young truck drivers throughout Europe,” says Erik

Ljungberg, Senior Vice President and head of Scania Corporate Relations.

“All the competitors who took part in the YETD 2010 final should be proud of their

achievements.”

Andreas works for his father’s haulage company Göran Söderströms Åkeri. He beat

off strong competition from Germany’s Patrick Schildmann, and Austria’s Zarko Tokic,

who finished second and third respectively.

The Scania Young European Truck Driver (YETD) is a major part of a global initiative

to promote responsible, safe driving, initiated in 2003. By highlighting the role of the

driver, Scania also wants to attract more young people into the driving profession.

The first Scania Young Australian Truck Driver of the Year competition was held in

2007 and was won by David Whyte of Victoria.

“The driver is undoubtedly the most important factor in heavy vehicle transport,” says

Roger McCarthy, Managing Director of Scania Australia.

“Vehicles and infrastructure are obviously of major significance, but fuel-efficient, safe

driving is primarily a matter of human behaviour.

“Through the Scania Young Australian Truck Driver of the Year competition we want

to help raise the status of professional drivers and emphasise their great importance

to the profitability of transport companies as well as contribute to improve road safety

and reduce environmental impacts through improved fuel economy and lower

emissions.

“We also want to help attract more young capable drivers into the transport

business,” Mr McCarthy says.