Road Transport Logistics driver takes national championship

3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 28, 2018

New Zealand‘s champion truck driver for 2018 is Darrin Wilson of Road Transport Logistics, who took out the title after an intensely competitive final of the NZ Truck Driving Championship at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

Darrin came out on top of an incredibly tight field across the many different disciplines of the competition to take the title of NZ‘s Champion Truck Driver for 2018 and a cheque for $6000, courtesy of the event‘s major sponsors TR Group and Master Drive Services.

The competition, which was run partly on the Otago Daily Times Stand Slab inside the stadium, included a range of tests showcasing competitors‘ theoretical and practical knowledge as well as an on-road and emergency response component.

“One of the things the industry is trying to achieve with this competition is an appreciation amongst the public of just how high the technical, practical and theoretical knowledge is of the top drivers”, says Road Transport Forum chief executive Ken Shirley. “They really are outstanding at what they do.”

In the class competitions, Greta Campbell from Waikato Fuels 2015 Ltd took out the Class 2 competition and Andrew Crandon of McFall Fuels won the Class 4 category.

Overall winner Darrin Wilson picked up the Truck-Trailer Combination class, while John Baillie of Baillie Transport won the Tractor-Semi Combination category.

In the EROAD NZ Young Truck Driver of the Year, David Rogers of Tranzliquid successfully defended his title and took home the $1500 winner‘s cheque courtesy of EROAD.

“The Young Driver of the Year category is an important event, especially in the context of the current driver shortage and the road transport‘s endeavours to recruit young people into the industry,” says Shirley. “The young men and women who compete in the NZ Truck Driving Championship are an illustration of the potential for career progression and professional development that exists within the industry.”

Shirley says major sponsors TR Group and Master Drive Services deserve a great deal of thanks for their continued support of the event.

“Without our sponsors events such as this would struggle to get off the ground. The competition steering committee would like to thank all those who helped to administer and manage the event as well as staff and volunteers from NRC and the RTANZ regions who so successfully ran the regional heats.”