Nick happy as No.2

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DAR­WIN’S Nick Hornby is the sec­ond best young truck driver in Aus­tralia.

Hornby, 28, fin­ished run­ner-up in Sca­nia’s Young Aus­tralian Truck Driver of the year com­pe­ti­tion be­hind West Aus­tralian Rick Lock­wood. The 26-year-old from Perth won the com­pe­ti­tion by edg­ing out Hornby and 10 other na­tional fi­nal­ists at a skill and knowl­edge test at Flem­ing­ton Race­course last Satur­day.

Lock­wood took home $10,000 from Sca­nia, a $5000 travel voucher from Cas­trol and a Swedish Or­refors crys­tal tro­phy.

Hornby, who drives for SK En­ter­prise at Knuckey La­goon, won a $3500 travel voucher to Alice Springs for his sec­ond-place ef­fort.

He said he was re­ally happy with his sec­ond plac­ing which fol­lowed on from a top 16 fin­ish in the inaugural com­pe­ti­tion in 2007 when he was liv­ing in Queens­land.

‘‘I had been keep­ing an eye out on the com­puter for this com­pe­ti­tion ever since then,’’ Hornby said.

‘‘It’s not only a good test of your skills but you make good friend­ships from it as well.’’

Hornby has driven a va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cles since be­com­ing a truckie in 2000 but for the SK En­ter­prise he car­ries bulk land­scap­ing ma­te­ri­als in tip­pers all around Dar­win.

In his bio sub­mit­ted to com­peti­ton or­gan­is­ers, Hornby said he be­came a truck driver be­cause his fa­ther was one as was his grand­fa­ther.

‘‘They both told me never to be a truckie but as soon as I fin­ished school I did ex­actly that— I be­came a truck driver,’’ Hornby said.

WA’s Lock­wood, who also started his truck driv­ing ca­reer in 2000, was thrilled to win the award.

‘‘It is quite un­be­liev­able,’’ he said. ‘‘It is very spe­cial to re­ceive recog­ni­tion in an in­dus­try which does not give it to very many peo­ple.

‘‘I hope I can use my po­si­tion to help ed­u­cate young peo­ple es­pe­cially 16 and 17-year-olds about trucks and how to be­have around them and sup­port them to be re­cruited into the in­dus­try.’’

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