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Aussie driver competes at final of Volvo Trucks Driver Challenge

A winner of the biennial Volvo Trucks Driver Challenge was announced last week.

The two-day event in Gothenburg, Sweden hosted 33 of the world’s best truck drivers who qualified ahead of 12,000 hopefuls from across the globe.

Australian Phillip Crowe of Total Concrete Solutions made it through to the final – the sixth time it had been held since its inception in 2007.

He said the experience, his first time outside of Australia, was a great one.

“I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Volvo Trucks Driver Challenge, and particularly like the focus it puts on professional and fuel-efficient driving,” he said via statement.

“It is extremely important to have training from the very beginning to allow drivers to start off on the right foot. There is not enough professionalism in the industry these days. There needs to be a cultural change and a focus on long-term skills development.”

Crowe added, “The right kind of attitude can accomplish anything, and the Volvo Trucks Driver Challenge is a great initiative to demonstrate how much a difference that attitude can make to professional driving.”

Maria Bergving, Volvo Trucks Senior Vice President – Brand, Marketing and Communication said the competition brought together all the different challenges that truck drivers face daily.

“Their skills are often the decisive factor in the productivity and profitability of our customers. Drivers also make a major contribution to road safety,” she said.

“The final gave us the opportunity to see incredibly skilful drivers doing an impressive job of handling their trucks.”

This year’s competition focused on efficiency, productivity and safety. The final was determined by finalists driving Volvo’s FH and FMX models across two tracks in a closed off area.

Polish driver Piotr Krahel was declared the winner with the highest combined score from the driving stations ahead of the nearest competitors from Sweden and Finland.

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