Winning the Chinese final of Scania Driver Competitions is becoming a habit for Yu Zhou.
The 28-year-old driver from Sichuan Province was crowned China’s national champion in 2012, and he has now repeated the feat by winning the 2014 championship in a thrilling final round.
Yu Zhou’s extraordinary focus and outstanding driving skills proved the difference as he edged out second-place winner Bo Hailang, a first-time competitor in the competition. Third place in the final, held on August 3, was taken by Sun Shiqiao, who also competed in the 2012 competition where he came second.
“The competition is a great platform and we drivers are very pleased to see Scania paying so much attention to us,” Yu Zhou said after his victory. “Being in the right frame of mind is critical during competition.”
Final in Xiamen
The Chinese national finals of Scania Driver Competitions were held in the city of Xiamen in China’s south east. Some 2,000 drivers registered for the competition following the opening of entries in March. This figure was reduced to 250 drivers through tough theoretical tests and the competitors for the grand final were then selected through regional finals in Shenzhen, Wuhan, Harbin, Wuxi and Xiamen.
The level of competition at the national final was extremely high and with the ‘Knock the King’ contest staged as a one-on-one competition – rather than as an individual event – the tension was intense. Yu Zhou achieved perfect scores in both the ‘Knock the King’ and ‘Super Z’ events, proving his right to the champion’s crown.
A key aspect to the Chinese finals was a focus on health, safety and environmental friendliness, with competitors quizzed on subjects such as ‘rescue and fire’ ‘pre-driving checks’.
A forum for trainers
Lu Peng, Truck Sales Director for Scania Sales China, says, “Scania has always advocated and followed a policy of caring for drivers.” Through its Driver Training Program, Scania helps drivers to correct bad driving habits both in the Driver Competitions and in daily road driving.
Other key areas of the competition were the ‘Low-carbon Logistics’ and ‘Fuel-Saving Driving’ components, drawn up by Scania and GIZ, an international cooperation enterprise. These provided a forum for trainers from the Technical Department of Scania Sales (China) to share their experience and skills regarding fuel saving with competing drivers.
At the award ceremony, five Scania G440s were delivered to customers including two to Xu Tianzeng from Shishi Aolong Logistics & Express Delivery Co., Ltd and one each to independent logistics carriers operators Li Songlin, Cheng Xiongbing and Luo Biao.
The 2014 Scania China Truck Driver Competition was sponsored by CIMC Group, Alcoa, Michelin, WURTH and GIZ.