Fuel chal­lenge fi­nal­ists

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The Volvo Trucks Driv­ers’ Fuel Chal­lenge is well un­der way, with state win­ners an­nounced fol­low­ing re­mark­able fuel ef­fi­ciency scores.

The six fi­nal­ists were cho­sen through na­tion-wide anal­y­sis of the in­tu­itive Volvo Dy­nafleet soft­ware’s driver scores.

The com­pe­ti­tion was open to all driv­ers us­ing the Dy­nafleet pack­age. With an over­all aim to take trans­port into the fu­ture, the Dy­nafleet anal­y­sis scored driv­ers from 0-100 based on four key ar­eas: speed adap­ta­tion; en­gine and gear util­i­sa­tion; an­tic­i­pa­tion and brak­ing; and stand­still.

The fi­nal­ists are some of the most ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tors you’ll find down un­der, all of whom qual­i­fied by sim­ply do­ing their day-to- day driv­ing as they nor­mally would – they weren’t baby­ing their trucks and they were de­liv­er­ing loads on time.

The state win­ners are: NSW – An­drew Woodleigh, Borg Man­u­fac­tur­ing

Woodleigh has been driv­ing trucks for 22 years, start­ing in a rigid do­ing fur­ni­ture re­movals and work­ing up to a cur­rent B-dou­ble li­cence. He has worked for Borg Fleet Man­age­ment from the Cen­tral Coast of NSW for the past 10 years.

Vic­to­ria – Cameron Simp­son, Simp­sons Fuel

Simp­son is a me­chanic by trade; he cut his teeth on au­to­mo­tive work be­fore head­ing to the West Aus­tralian gold­fields to work as a heavy diesel fit­ter. He now drives for the fam­ily busi­ness, Alexandra-based fuel re­tailer Simp­son Fuel.

South Aus­tralia – David Kleinig, LH Per­rys

Kleinig has been with Per­rys Fuel Dis­trib­u­tors for ap­prox­i­mately 10 years. Most of his work is farm de­liv­er­ies with the oc­ca­sional ser­vice sta­tion top up as well. Kleinig op­er­ates a FM11 450 8x4 with a quad dog trailer be­hind. The com­bi­na­tion he drives is a PBS unit op­er­at­ing up to 56.5-tonne GCM.

Tas­ma­nia – Chris Scolyer, De Bruyns Trans­port

Scolyer started his driv­ing ca­reer in 1976 when he was 18. Scolyer at­tributes his fuel ef­fi­cient driv­ing to 20 years of driv­ing buses touring all over Aus­tralia – this is where he learnt to drive smoothly as all the pas­sen­gers pre­ferred a smooth ride. Since 2010 Scolyer has worked for De Bruyns Trans­port – he now drives a FM540 prime mover tow­ing a B-dou­ble taut­liner from Burnie to Ho­bart.

West­ern Aus­tralia – Phil Val­lance, Desert Sands Cartage

Val­lance drives for Desert Sands which de­liv­ers var­i­ous ma­te­ri­als to some of the re­motest places in WA. He is based in Perth and de­liv­ers mainly fuel. Val­lance mostly drives a pocket road train and oc­ca­sion­ally a triple if head­ing north of Kal­go­or­lie.

Queens­land – An­drew Print, Truck­Haul

Print is the owner and driver of Truck­Haul, which spe­cialises in truck move­ments and is based out of the Port of Bris­bane, trav­el­ling any­where from Cairns to Perth. Print’s wife Lynda and dog Stella oc­ca­sion­ally join him for a trip th­ese days. Fuel econ­omy has a high pri­or­ity in An­drew’s busi­ness and he uses Dy­nafleet to check both his own and his driv­ers’ driv­ing style and fuel us­age.

The Volvo Trucks Driv­ers’ Fuel Chal­lenge aims to push driv­ers and com­pa­nies to con­stantly strive for im­prove­ment and ef­fi­ciency, with­out sac­ri­fic­ing per­for­mance. Based on the state win­ners, Volvo Trucks has cer­tainly suc­ceeded in achiev­ing that.

The next step for the six state win­ners was to com­pete, along­side dealer nom­i­nated and na­tional fleet driv­ers, in a two-day semi-fi­nal and grand fi­nal which was held in Bris­bane on July 20-21.

The win­ners will then com­pete in­ter­na­tion­ally at the fi­nals in Gothen­burg, Swe­den.

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