Pablo Ríos, driving for a transport company in Alicante, Spain, managed to manoeuvre his truck all the way to the European YETD final, which will take place next April.
With the help of more than 60 dealers in Spain, Scania attracted some 1,500 truck drivers from all over the country to compete for a slot in the Young European Truck Driver final that will take place in Södertälje in April 2015. For the last leg of the Spanish contest, the 24 drivers who scored highest on the theoretical portion of the YETD were invited to the Circuito del Jarama racetrack near Madrid, Spain.
Three drivers emerged as winners of the day and a half competition: David Vicente, Pablo Ríos and Alejandro Días.
“This is an unforgettable moment for me,” says Pablo Ríos, who manoeuvred his truck to a top score in the final event, Knock the King. “I want to thank the dealer who told me about the competition and also my competitors. We competed in a friendly atmosphere.”
Ríos, who works for Vicente Escudero, transports vegetables from Spain’s Murcia region to different locations in the UK. The company has 27 trucks in total, of which 22 are Scania V8 trucks.
Experienced Scania driver
“I’ve been driving Scania trucks for eight years, and it makes me extra proud to have won this competition,” he says.
Ríos says the main challenge he faces in his work is driving in new places and on narrow city streets, where his manoeuvring skills come into good use. It’s extremely important, he says, to arrive on time and maintain high service levels with the customers.
“Fuel-consumption is not a top priority,” he says.
The YETD competition involves more than simply performing behind the wheel. Drivers also have to perform in front of an interviewer, who asks them such things as why they signed up for the competition, what their general attitude was about their profession and what they knew about the Scania brand.
A love for trucks
Alejandra Delgado, HR Assistant at Scania Iberica, was one of the interviewers. “The drivers taking part here all love driving trucks and especially Scania trucks,” she says. “All of them were very happy with the profession. When asked about their dream job, only one had a different one. He wanted to be a doctor.
“Obviously, they all also want to win a truck,” she says.
More than 1,000 guests were treated to the Madrid event, where among other things, they were invited to test drive Scania trucks and buses as well as passenger cars from Porsche, Audi and Seat. As part of the event, Scania presented a EUR 7,050 cheque to the organisation En Ruta Solidaria, which transports foods and furniture to Mauretania.