Con­grats to our Kerri

Big Rigs - - TRUCKIN’ IN TASSIE WITH JON WALLIS -

THE land down un­der and our neigh­bours have come out on top in Swe­den at the Volvo Trucks Fuel Watch Chal­lenge, held in Volvo’s home of Gothen­burg, Swe­den.

Driver Johnny Bax­ter from New Zealand took home gold in the global on-road fi­nal of the rivers’ Fuel Chal­lenge.

Aussie Kerri Con­nors, the only fe­male fi­nal­ist, also per­formed well plac­ing third in the on-road cat­e­gory.

Cameron Simp­son from Vic­to­ria came sec­ond in the off-road com­pe­ti­tion.

Con­tes­tants from more than 13 coun­tries drove FH or FMX trucks on a set course, all at­tempt­ing to show­case their fuel con­ser­va­tion skills.

Tae­hun Kim from Korea was crowned the win­ner of the off-road com­pe­ti­tion.

The two day event, which started with a ses­sion on driv­ing tech­nique, was the fi­nal show­down for na­tional cham­pi­ons from lo­cal Fuel­watch com­pe­ti­tions that took place through­out the year.

More than 4280 driv­ers par­tic­i­pated in this year’s lo­cal com­pe­ti­tions.

Kerri was the only woman to com­pete in the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, which tests a driver’s abil­ity to drive with max­i­mum fuel ef­fi­ciency, and a third plac­ing is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment!

It has to be noted that these driv­ers are the very best there is, coming from all around the world to com­pete for this pres­ti­gious ti­tle.

Kerri has been driv­ing tankers for Cal­tas for nine years now in Tas­ma­nia, and is still lov­ing it.

So on be­half of all her friends here in Tas­ma­nia and the crew at Big Rigs, as well as all at Cal­tas, we are so proud to see our lo­cal Tassie girl against such tough and for­mi­da­ble com­pe­ti­tion! Well done!

PHOTO: JONATHAN WAL­LIS

SWE­DEN STAR: Kerri Con­nors pic­tured with part of the dis­play at the Volvo ex­pe­ri­ence cen­tre in Gothen­burg.

PHOTO: VOLVO

Both off-road and on-road fuel watch skills were tested.

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