Scania Driver Competitions 2014 is now in full swing, with new national champions already crowned in nine countries, including China, Russia and France.
And the action is set continue throughout 2014 and into 2015, with national finals being held on five continents and in more than 35 countries.
The competitions got off to a thrilling start in Romania in May. Below are some of the many highlights witnessed so far.
Ionut Tulescu (centre) was the first national champion crowned when he won the Romanian national title in May. He credited his ability to remain focused for the win. Here he shakes hands with Scania Romania MD Håkan Sundström as Marketing and PR Manager Mihai watches on.
The Romanian event saw an simulated accident scene staged, with volunteers playing the roles of injured people. It was a realistic scenario in which competitors had to show their skills in evaluating the severity of the injuries. Read full story here.
Victory was just as sweet the second time around for Stéphen Lacombe, 33, who was crowned France’s national champion in June, after also winning the title in 2012.
Second-place winner Thomas Lacombe, winner Stéphen Lacombe, and third-place winner Loïc Coelho enjoy cheers from the crowd after the competition. Read full story here.
Tabouvatzis Vasilis successfully defended his champion’s title in the Greek national final. “I will do my best to bring the first prize, a Scania Streamline truck, to Greece,” Vasilis said of his qualification for the European final.
More than 100 spectators travelled to the venue – a Scania workshop close to Thessaloniki – to watch the Greek national final. Read full story here.
Close to 1,000 spectators watched on as Joel Valente (centre) was crowned Portugal’s national champion in June. The sparkling wine flowed freely on the winners’ podium.
Valente, 28, is passionate about driving and thanks to his family and friends he has been surrounded by trucks his entire life. Read full story here.
Pablo Ríos manoeuvred his truck to a top score in the final ‘Knock the King’ event to claim victory in the Spanish national final in June. He says driving in new places and on narrow city streets for his job has honed his skills.
Rios (centre), pictured with runners up David Vicente (left) and Alejandro Días (right) said his victory in front of 1000 spectators was “an unforgettable moment.” Read full story here.
In the Czech Republic, Michal Kyral’s victory in the national competition in July coincided with Scania celebrating 20 years in the country and the inauguration of a new service point.
Officers from the local police force were on hand to help ensure the smooth and efficient running of the Czech competition. Read full story here.
Sergey Titkin can clearly handle more than his truck. The 33-year-old worked as a driver for 14 years and claimed victory in the Russian national final.
Evgeny Sorokin, Sergey Titkin and Yuri Zelenev stand on the winners’ podium. Titkin was not familiar with Scania trucks before the event and rented one from a local dealer for a week to train. Read full story here.
Belgium and the Netherlands
Danny Henskens, 29, won the Belgium and Netherlands final in July in an ideal setting – the Truckstar Festival in Assen, which was playing host to some 60,000 truck enthusiasts.
First aid was a crucial aspect of the competition. An accident involving an injured cyclist was simulated for competitors. Read full story here.
Yu Zhou, a 28-year-old driver from Sichuan Province, showed extraordinary in the final Knock the King event, staged as a one-on-one event. He went on to claim victory and the national crown.
The 2014 event was the second time Yu Zhou (middle) won the Chinese national final of Scania Driver Competitions. He also claimed victory in 2012. Also pictured are runner-up Bo Hailang and third place winner Sun Shiqiao. Read full story here.