Haul aboard for big-rig test

The search is back on for the coun­try’s best young driver, writesGRAHAMSMITH

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SCA­NIA and the Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion will hold the Young Aus­tralian Driver of the Year Award next year for the sec­ond time. Vic­to­rian David Whyte drove off in a new Sca­nia P420 primem­o­ver in the in­au­gu­ral Award last year, beat­ing a field of tal­ented young driv­ers from around the coun­try in the Syd­ney fi­nal.

Like last time, the search will be held in all main­land states, with run-offs in Syd­ney, Mel­bourne, Bris­bane, Ade­laide and Perth. Fi­nal­ists from each state will bat­tle for the fi­nal hon­ours in Mel­bourne.

The win­ner will drive away in a new Sca­nia prime mover val­ued at $220,000.

‘‘The Young Aus­tralian Driver of the Year com­pe­ti­tion last year at­tracted a huge num­ber of en­trants and some qual­ity con­tes­tants took part in the re­gional com­pe­ti­tions,’’ Sca­nia mar­ket­ing man­ager John Kanangh­i­nis says.

‘‘The na­tional fi­nal showed that to­day’s truck driv­ers are a pro­fes­sional, cour­te­ous and skilled group who can be proud of their driv­ing prow­ess.’’

All con­tes­tants will go through a tough se­ries of tests un­der the scru­tiny of a judg­ing panel that will as­sess their the­o­ret­i­cal knowl­edge, prac­ti­cal skills driv­ing and ma­noeu­vring trucks, their knowl­edge of rules and reg­u­la­tions, and their abil­ity to run a suc­cess­ful busi­ness.

The Aus­tralian com­pe­ti­tion is mod­elled on other com­pe­ti­tions run by Sca­nia in other parts of the world, and all lo­cal con­tes­tants will be judged against in­ter­na­tional bench­marks.

‘‘It would be fair to say we will again at­tract the cream of young driv­ers to take part in this very worth­while event,’’ Kanangh­i­nis says.

‘‘I can’t think of a bet­ter way to get your ca­reer off to a fly­ing start than to win the Young Aus­tralian Driver of the Year Award.’’

En­tries open in May and the re­gional events take place in Septem­ber ahead of the fi­nal in Oc­to­ber.

For de­tails and to en­ter visit www.yatd .com.au.

Big prize: the Young Aus­tralian Driver of the Year will drive away in a new Sca­nia prime mover val­ued at $220,000.

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