Hungarian driver wins International DAF Driver Challenge 2022
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Hungarian Gábor Szabados has been named ‘DAF Driver Challenge Champion 2022’. In the international final at Goodyear’s proving ground in Luxembourg, 15 candidates from across Europe competed last weekend for the title. Second and third places went to Pierre Emmanuel Huet from France, and Emanuel Mezei from Romania respectively.
“I hardly can describe how happy I am right now”, said an excited Gábor Szabados (32), who is a truck driver for Gogolak Gabor on a daily basis. “The competition was fierce. We all had to really push ourselves to the limits.”
All driving tests were performed behind the wheel of the New Generation DAF truck series, including the new DAF XD revealed just two weeks ago and awarded ‘International Truck of the Year 2023’.
“The challenges, which included practical driving tests with trucks and trailers, were extremely tough and the exams that we had to take covering technology, legislation and regulations tested us to the limit,” said Gábor. “Driving an electric truck was completely new to me – and I have to admit, I loved it!”
With over 1,000 contestants in total, the DAF Driver Challenge competition began in 2021 with national events in 20 countries, leading to the international final last weekend, for which only the ultimate 15 best truck drivers made the grade.
Harald Seidel, DAF Trucks’ president and chairman of the jury, noted:
“An excellent truck driver needs a great skillset. This final has again confirmed that. Only those who combine knowledge, experience, skills, dedication and cool-thinking can boost the performance of their truck to its maximum. DAF really feels that truck drivers are true craftsmen and deserve to be on a podium!”