Top truckie in Europe

The grand final of the top young truck driver in Europe took place last weekend in front of a large crowd of spectators. As a result, Danish truckie Lars Sondergård from Denmark has won the title of the Young European Truck Driver of the Year. The competition was decided in Södertälje, Sweden and attracted close to 10,000 spectators. Lars, who participated in the YETD final for the second time, beat 25 other young professional drivers from countries throughout Europe.

 

“I can’t believe it, the competition was very tight,” said Lars.

 

The first prize in the competition is a brand new truck from Scania, at a value of $175,000. A total of more than 22,000 young truck drivers under age 35 from 26 European countries competed in Scania Young European Truck Driver.

 

Here is the Super Z Final, the last section of the competition, a shoot out between the top three:

 

 

The final took place over a two-day period and included such tests as Defensive and fuel-economy driving, Cargo securing, Check before driving, Fight the fire, Safe manoeuvring and Knock the King. The contestants in the final had to prove that they had the skill and attitude of responsible heavy truck drivers as they completed a programme consisting of complex manoeuvring and obstacle tests.

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Author: Tim Giles

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