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Time to fight for the victory in the world’s largest competition for young truck drivers

On tomorrow, Friday, 27 young truck drivers from all over Europe are gathered in Södertälje, Sweden for the final of the Young European Truck Driver championship. The first prize, which will be decided on Saturday afternoon, is a brand new Scania R-series truck, the International Truck of the Year 2005.

“Scania wants this competition to help raise the status of professional drivers and emphasise their importance both for road safety and for the profitability of their haulage companies. The haulage industry is also increasingly committed to road safety issues,” says Cecilia Edström, Senior Vice President Corporate Relations.

Some 13,000 European truck drivers participated in Scania’s road safety initiative, Young European Truck Driver. During the year the best truck drivers in Europe have emerged from 26 national finals. Reigning European champion Michele Sandri qualified directly for the European final, which means there will be 27 drivers on the starting line at Scania's Head Office in Södertälje, Sweden.

The 2005 Young European Truck Driver competition (YETD), the largest of its kind in the world, is open to active professional heavy truck drivers born in 1970 or later. In addition to the member countries of the European Union, YETD’s geographic reach also encompasses Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.

Scania's Young European Truck Driver initiative has the endorsement of the European Commission and the International Road Transport Union (IRU). Its sponsors are Michelin and Shell. Scania has also initiated similar competitions in Latin America, with as many participants as in Europe, as well as in South Africa and Asia.

In conjunction to the final Scania arranges the following activities:

Friday 16 September, 11:30:International press conference in the Marcus Wallenberg Hall.

Friday 16 September, 13:00:

Road safety seminar in the Marcus Wallenberg Hall. Speakers will be scientists, representatives for authorities in the Nordic countries and the Baltic states and experts from Scania, Shell and Michelin.

 Saturday 17 September, 12:00-17:00:

Open House in Scania’s chassis workshop. The production of trucks and buses will be running, and there will be exhibitions and other activities in conjunction to the competition area. The best six drivers begin to compete for the final victory at 13:30.

Young European Truck Driver country by country

Country

Number of participants

Winner

Austria

423

Anton Fasching, 30

Belgium

335

Laurens D’Huyvetter, 28

Czech Republic

528

Jiri Koblizek, 35

Denmark

400

Kenneth Mathiasen, 26

Estonia

40

Margus Mill, 35

Finland

400

Mikko Lunki, 24

France

800

Sébastien Villard, 26

Germany

1,807

Mario Müller, 33

Greece

530

Antonis Karaziotas, 28

Hungary

560

Lajos Nagy, 35

Ireland

184

Tom Sharkey, 27

Italy

800

Christian Basset, 26

Michele Sandri, 28 (reigning champion)

Latvia

150

Aigars Lūsis, 23

Lithuania

32

Paulius Buzinkas, 33

Luxembourg

20

Aloyse Goetzinger, 26

Netherlands

750

Jeroen Schrooder, 28

Norway

192

Lars Holtet, 32

Poland

500

Marek Szerenos, 31

Portugal

569

J. Miguel Brito, 29

Slovakia

200

Milan Jakúbek, 30

Slovenia

77

Janez Volovlek, 33

Spain

803

Koldo Aranburu, 30

Sweden

165

Mats Johansson, 31

Switzerland

433

Daniel Stadelman, 34

Turkey

420

İsmail Babacan, 33

United Kingdom

1,830

Lee Graves, 28

For further information about the competition and the finalists as well as images for downloading, please visit www.scania.com. 

For participation in the press conference and road safety seminar, please contact Hans-Åke Danielsson, Press Manager, tel. +46 8 553 856 62.

Scania is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. A growing proportion of the company’s operations consists of products and services in the financial and service sectors, assuring Scania customers of cost-effective transport solutions and maximum uptime. Employing 30,000 people, Scania operates in about 100 countries. Research and development activities are concentrated in Sweden, while production takes place in Europe and South America, with facilities for global interchange of both components and complete vehicles. In 2004, invoiced sales totalled SEK 56.7 billion and the net income amounted to SEK 4.1 billion.