Tough competition in truck drivers’ paradise

Tough competition in truck drivers’ paradise

This year’s Truckstar Festival took place in Assen, the Netherlands, and was host to the Young European Truck Drivers (YETD) final for Belgium and the Netherlands on 26-27 July. A perfect venue for the competition, some 60,000 truck fanatics flocked there during the weekend to see and experience some of the most impressive trucks in the world.

YETD finalists on the podium in Assen, the Netherlands.

YETD finalists on the podium in Assen, the Netherlands.

Amongst the highlights of the weekend were The Most Beautiful Truck Contest, a painting competition, a decibel contest, and even a full-sized wedding sponsored by Scania and the Truckstar Festival.

Keep calm… and beat the rest

Dutch YETD winner Danny Henskens.

Dutch YETD winner Danny Henskens.

On the first day of the competition, 29-year old Danny Henskens took first place and will represent the Netherlands at the YETD-final in Södertälje, Sweden. According to Henskens, to be able to win you have to feel totally at ease with the truck, and stay relaxed. In fact, Henskens even interrupted his holiday one day earlier in order to be able to participate in the final. He arrived calm and didn’t let the stress affect him.

“I learned a lot today regarding the fire and rescue exercises, and I am very thankful for this,” he said and he will gladly accept all the support he can get from his wife, friends and family for the European final in April 2015.

Final positions for the Netherlands:

  1. Danny Henskens
  2. Tim van der Heide
  3. Sven van der Windt

Experience and persistence above all

The following day, it was time for the 12 best drivers in Belgium to compete for a place in the European final. After having participated 3 times in the national final in Belgium, 30-year old Kris Agten finally defeated last year’s winner Tom Boudewijns in a breathtaking Super-Z final.  “I am incredibly happy to finally be able to participate in the European final. I’ve been practicing and I’ve raised my expectations over the years, and now the work has paid off!” says Agten.

At work, Agten drives dangerous goods in a tanker, making him a specialist in careful driving and precise manoeuvrings. “Our biggest challenge nowadays is the increasing volume of traffic”, he says, “we have to be extra careful with cars, bicycles and other vehicles that might not realise how challenging certain situations can be for a truck driver”.

Final positions for Belgium:

  1. Kris Agten
  2. Tom Boudewijns
  3. Pierre Yves Massart
First aid was an important part of the YETD final in the Netherlands and Belgium.

First aid was an important part of the YETD final in the Netherlands and Belgium.

 

First aid was an important part of the YETD final in the Netherlands and Belgium.

First aid was an important part of the YETD final in the Netherlands and Belgium.

 

One happy couple even got married in front of a Scania V8 truck.

One happy couple even got married in front of a Scania V8 truck.