More than 2,300 drivers from across Poland registered for the Young European Truck Driver competition. On Saturday 30 August 2014, Bartosz Zapart was crowned the winner of the national final.
The final took place at Scania’s dealership in Gdansk, Poland, and was watched by some 3,000 spectators. In a thrilling final, Bartosz Zapart managed to hold out rival Sebastian Kobus in the final discipline, Knock the King. As well as being the final two competitors, Zapart and Kobus were the youngest drivers to advance to the final.
Zapart not only excelled in the manoeuvring disciplines, he also won the Ecolution by Scania Award for excellent fuel-efficient driving. “I’m surprised, as I didn’t really drive well,” a modest Zapart said after the competition.
Competition officials in Poland say the gap between the best and the worst drivers taking part in the competition has narrowed. “The competition is more intense and there is less difference between drivers,” says Pawel Paluch, Communications Manager at Scania Polska. “This is probably due to better vehicles, increased awareness and greater knowledge among competitors in YETD.”
Attitude and dedication
Mikael Person, Project Manager for Scania Driver Competitions at Scania, paid a visit to the event. “In general, we saw a very high level in driving, awareness and attitude – and dedication,” he said.
The national final was held in conjunction with Pomorska Miss Scania – an annual event arranged by the local dealer for regional drivers, customers and their families. The event ends with a parade of beautiful trucks through the city of Gdansk. Scania’s dealership in Gdansk was established some 20 years ago and was the company’s first in Poland.
Zapart will go on to represent Poland in the European final of YETD in Södertälje, Sweden, in April 2015.