26 year old Andreas Söderström of Sweden has won the final of Scania’s Young European Truck Driver 2010 competition on Saturday October 9, finishing ahead of 17 young professional drivers from various countries throughout Europe.
Andreas works for his father’s hauling company Göran Söderströms Åkeri.
Senior Vice President and head of Scania Corporate Relations, Erik Ljungberg said, “Andreas Söderström turned in a fantastic performance. He is now an ambassador for the profession and a role model for young truck drivers throughout Europe. All the competitors who took part in the YETD 2010 final should be proud of their achievements.”
The Young European Truck Driver final took place over a two-day period and included such tests as defensive and fuel-economy driving, cargo securing, pre-driving checklists and safety maneuvering.
The competition came to a climax in the final battle between three finalists in the last event which involved advanced precision driving.
Patrick Schildmann from Germany was runner-up, and Zarko Tokic from Austria took third place. ??
To secure his place in the final, Andreas had to take part in a regional qualifying round and beat seven other skilled truck drivers in the Swedish national final. ??
More than 10,000 young truck drivers under the age of 35, from 18 European countries competed in Scania Young European Truck Driver competition.