Scania announces Young Australian Truck Driver of the Year Finalists

Scania has announced the names of the young truck drivers who will contest the National Final of the Australian version of the global Scania Young Truck Driver of the Year competition.

“We are very excited to be welcoming these talented young drivers to the Scania Young Australian Truck Driver of the Year National Finals,” Ron Szulc, Brand and Communications Manager for Scania, said.

“Our finalists will have to demonstrate their skills and positive attitude as they complete their programme of complex manoeuvring and obstacle tests, on-road driving and the test of road rules.

“This will be the third time Scania has held this competition in Australia. Aside from the first prize of $10,000, there is a significant sense of achievement and pride at stake.

“Scania has devised this global competition in order to enhance the reputation of professional drivers in society in general, as well as give the high achievers an opportunity to measure their skills against their peers. “

Globally, more than 77,000 entrants have put their knowledge and skills, with the Scania European Truck Driver of the Year competition held in Sweden in September, won by Irishman Gabriel Warde.

The finalists in the Australian competition will gather at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne on Friday, 16 November, where they will be judged on their manoeuvring skills, driving skills, transport rules and regulation knowledge, as well as prove their effectiveness as an ambassador for the truck driving profession.

The Scania Young Australian Truck Driver of the Year 2012 finalists are:

• Ben Johns, VIC, Reliance Petroleum
• Joel Harris, NSW, Harris Transport and Storage
• David Richards, WA, Mitchells Livestock Transport
• Daryl Horton, NSW, Andrews Landscape Supplies
• Chris Cartwright, VIC, Rodneys Transport Service
• Jarrad Jeffs, VIC, Metropolitan Fire Brigade
• Aaron Mattner, SA, Diamond Bros Transport
• Justin Burke, QLD, Bruhls Roadwords and Earth Moving
• Nicholas Hornby, NSW, Hastings Co-op Fuel Supplies
• Benjamin Allen, NSW, Farey's Transport and Trading – Cold Storage and Distribution
• Gill Prabhjot, VIC, Indiana Trans Express
• Brett Seager, VIC, Riordan Grain Services

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