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Scania Driver Competition names finalists

Two-dozen drivers are set to compete for the prize of the best Australian driver in the truck and bus industries in the bi-annual Scania driver challenge.

To-date the competition has whittled down entrants to the 12 finalists in each category via two rounds of knowledge-based questions delivered over the Internet and phone, and now the rubber is about to hit the road. 

At the Gold Coast Race Course on 30th September, the 12 bus driver finalists will spend a day showing off their driving and manoeuvring talents, as well as undertake another skills-based theory test and mock media interview to challenge their abilities. 

The winner will walk off with prizes worth $10,000, presented at the Scania-sponsored dinner at the Australasia Bus & Coach Conference & Expo, held that evening. 

The following day, 1st October, the 12 truck driver finalists will take centre stage, being put through a similar set of challenges that include an on-road drive of a single trailer pulled by a Scania prime mover, as well as some tricky but all too typical manoeuvring tasks in a similar single trailer combination.  

Further skills-based theory questions and a mock media interview will help divine the best from the rest. A similar prize package worth $10,000 will be presented that afternoon. 

“Scania has been a consistent force promoting the professionalism of Australian drivers, having run this competition several times in the past,” says Ron Szulc, Brand & Communications Manager for Scania Australia. 

“The Scania Driver Competition in Australia is one of more than 40 similar Scania-run competitions held around the world this year, as the company invites as many as 80,000 drivers globally to show off their skills and knowledge behind the wheel. 

“Scania is proud to be a conduit to display the professionalism and knowledge of commercial drivers, helping to raise their profile within the general community, as well as to provide a platform for the best drivers to shine. 

“We look forward to welcoming the finalists to the Gold Coast and expect to see some very tight competition. Among the truck contingent there are four previous finalists battling to improve their finishing positions from previous attempts, and among the bus driver contingent we once again have attracted a mix of male and female drivers, as well as one finalist returning after the 2012 event,” he says. 

The Scania Driver Competition takes place at the Gold Coast Race Course on September 30 for bus drivers and 1st October for truck drivers. 

 Truck Driver FinalistsFirst nameSurnameDrives forHome locationScottMcKeeAldiNSWLeighStoneHarris RefridgerationQLDMattSharpTollQLDRossMawAKD SoftwoodVictoriaNickHornbyChemtransNTJustinBurkeT&W EarthmovingQLDScottWightmanSRV Road FreightNSWAndrewWilsonEsperance Freight LinesWABenJohnsMatthews PetroleumVictoriaCameronHenryHeytesbury StockfeedVictoriaRodneyRuskinN/AVictoriaDavidRichardsT & M Heavy Mechanical & Site ServicesWABus Driver FinalistsFirst nameSurnameDrives forHome locationPaulDi PietroRockleigh ToursVictoriaLaurenKingTransdevNSWIanHoareWarrnambool BuslinesVictoriaJohnBadenachWisby's School Bus ServiceTasmaniaCarlMyersSwan TransitWAKerryKroehnTorrens TransitSouth AustraliaCarlSearleHannafords Bus ServiceNSWNickVeljanovskiTransit SystemsNSWNigelChaterCranbourne TransitVictoriaJolaRamsaySid Fogg’s CoachesNSWCharlieIonadiVenturaVictoriaMarkGoddardVenturaVictoria