Showcasing New Zealand‘s top truck driving talent at TR Group New Zealand Truck Driving Championship

6 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJune 20, 2019

TR Group Ltd has teamed up with the NZ Trucking Association and the Road Transport Forum to restart the New Zealand professional truck driving competition. The New Zealand Truck Driving Championship has had a complete overhaul and will be a premium event on the trucking calendar.

The New Zealand competition now mirrors overseas competitions, which means a new format and different challenges will be introduced. The competition will be structured to encourage drivers from all over New Zealand to participate. There will be several ways to enter the national competition – companies may choose to sponsor their top drivers and fund their trip to Christchurch; larger companies may like to hold their own in-house heats in order to select their best drivers; or individuals are welcome to enter and will be encouraged to do so.

Information packs containing details on how to enter will be available to all who are interested in pitting their skills against New Zealand‘s most talented transport professionals. Entries are limited and interested drivers are advised to enter as soon as possible as places are expected to fill quickly.

The competition will run alongside the 2020 TMC Trailers Trucking Industry Show being held 20 to 21 March 2020 at the Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch.

The competition area will be set up with grandstands and commentary, providing a great public spectacle and showcase of professional driving skills.

The competition has been designed to celebrate and test all levels and types of driving, from Class 2 through to Class 5.

The TR Group Truck Driving Championship categories are:

  • Class 5 – Truck and Trailer Driver of the Year

  • Class 5 – Semi Driver of the Year

  • Class 2 – Driver of the year

Selected from these competitors will be the Supreme Champion Truck Driver of the Year 2020. There will also be special recognition for an Up and Coming Young Driver and also Women Driver of the Year.

2018 Championship winners will be eligible to defend their titles, with automatic entry into the finals on Saturday 21 March 2020.

Competitors can only compete in one category. Three competition courses will run simultaneously, so that the audience can follow the progress of each category from the grandstands. Once the competitors have completed their part, they can enjoy all the 2020 TMC Trailers Trucking Industry Show has to offer.

Finalists will be announced at the completion of the heats on Friday and the finals will take place on Saturday 21 March, during the TMC Trailers Trucking Industry Show. The awards will be celebrated at the Teletrac Navman Industry Show Dinner and Awards Ceremony that night. Winners will also receive recognition at the 2020 Road Transport Forum conference.

“Trucks are an essential part of everyday life and can only be driven by trained professionals. It‘s time to showcase the skills that New Zealand truck drivers have and there is no better way than to have them compete against each other at a premium event to reward the best truck drivers. Holding the competition at the TMC Trailers Trucking Industry Show makes sense. It gives the competitors something to do while they are not competing and it‘s an opportunity to involve the public and inspire the next generation to choose trucking as a career,” said NZ Trucking Association CEO Dave Boyce.

“TR Group is delighted to continue it‘s four-year sponsorship of the New Zealand Truck Driving Championship as it evolves into a truly modern test for our skilled industry professionals,” said TR Group MD Andrew Carpenter.

“Inspiring the next generation of drivers and celebrating all that is great about our industry is exactly what we had in mind when the competition was relaunched in 2015, and we look forward to seeing an exciting competition that draws the crowds in Christchurch next March at the TMC Trailers Trucking Industry Show.”

The New Zealand Truck Driving Championship comes with a huge prize pool for the winners and runners-up. Each winner of the three driving categories will receive a prize pack valued at $5000. The winners‘ prize packs include $2500 cash; a trip for two to the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show, including airfares, three nights‘ accommodation and entry tickets; and a goodie bag. The runners-up receive $1000 cash, and recognition awards will receive trophies.

More details and registration will be available on the website: Registration is open and you can request an information pack by emailing Once registered, updates will be sent with more details.

Additional sponsorships are available, please contact Carol McGeady