Kiwi wins global challenge
AUSTRALIA AND New Zealand showed off their driving talents at the Volvo Trucks Fuelwatch Challenge, where national winners from the Drivers’ Fuel Challenge from around the world went head-to-head.
The global Fuelwatch Challenge saw the very best from 13 countries give it all they had in Gothenburg, home of Volvo Trucks, chasing the coveted title of most efficient driver.
Johnny Baxter from New Zealand won the global on-road category, and Taehun Kim from Korea took out the most fuel-efficient driver in the off-road category. Australia’s Kerri Connors, the only female finalist, placed third in the on-road category, and Cameron Simpson from Victoria took out second in the offroad competition.
“Yet again, drivers from ‘down under’ are dominating on the world stage,” Volvo Trucks Australia vice president Mitch Peden says.
“These drivers are the best of the best, coming from all around the world to compete for the title of the world’s most fuel-efficient driver.
“What is particularly pleasing in this year’s competition is the professionalism and skill coming from such young drivers. Johnny, Kerri and Cameron are all great role models for the transport industry, and they should be extremely proud of their efforts.”
The combined fuel savings of the winners in each category came in at more than 15 per cent, giving real-world proof that big cost savings and reductions in carbon footprint are possible through efficient driving techniques.
Drivers took the wheel of FH or FMX trucks on set courses across a challenging two-day event that put them through their paces. The Fuelwatch Challenge took the best from 4280 drivers whose Dynafleet scores were assessed as part of the competition. The on-road winner, Johnny Baxter, 27, was one of the youngest drivers participating.
When the fuel-efficiency figures are translated into real-world savings,
the competition margins offer significant cost saving potential. During an average long-haul operation of 150,000 kilometres, the on-road fuel efficiency margins could result in 46,500 litres less fuel consumption per truck each year, Volvo Trucks claims.
“The performances we have seen during this year’s Fuelwatch Challenge have re-affirmed our conviction that the role of a skilful driver is pivotal to better profitability for businesses and reduced impact on the environment,” Volvo Trucks International senior vice president Heléne Mellquist says.
Winners receive an exclusive travel experience to one the stopovers of the Volvo Ocean Race.
Volvo FH and FMX trucks were used in the Fuelwatch Challenge