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DHL driver wins Volvo Trucks Driver Challenge 2012

  • 10 July 2012
  • By Hayley Pink

DHL driver Edward Fowell has beaten nine rivals to win the Volvo Trucks Driver Challenge 2012.

The fuel-economy challenge took place over a tough 132km route around the Irish Counties of Galway and Mayo. This included heavy traffic on the Galway dual-carriageway ring road, and a vicious 25% gradient uphill double hairpin between Cornamona and Clonbury.

Each of the 10 finalists drove identical Volvo FM11-450 6×2 tractor units coupled to a fleet of fully-freighted trailers on loan from Stobart Group, which were all loaded to within 0.05% of each other.

On being presented with the trophy, Fowell, who has been driving LGVs for nine years and currently drives a Volvo FH for DHL on its BQ contract, said: “I couldn’t believe it. I knew I’d done good, but not that good!”

He added that the key to winning was forward planning, coasting and keeping the truck rolling. All of which were aided by the I-Shift gearbox which he described as “the best”.

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