The DAF UK and Ireland Driver Challenge returns for 2024 – DAF Trucks’ multi-stage search to find the nation’s best commercial vehicle drivers. The fourth edition of the driving competition follows a successful event in 2022 when Colin Court emerged as the pre-eminent driver and crowned DAF UK and Ireland DAF Driver Challenge Champion.
The event is now being promoted via the dedicated online platform: https://drivers.daf.com/en-gb
Again, this year, and following a stringent selection process, an elite group of 20 finalists will battle it out at a two-day final in the autumn. To ensure a level playing field and that the final contenders are a true reflection of the nation’s very best drivers, the DAF Driver Challenge is open to drivers (with a clean C+E licence) of any vehicle marque.
Following an initial online registration process – including assessments on road knowledge and an understanding of the CV industry – selected drivers will be invited to one of ten regional heats around the UK and Ireland.
A final selection of 20 drivers will then go head-to-head in a series of challenging practical and knowledge-based appraisals; the winner being crowned DAF UK and Ireland Driver Champion. Under the direction of DAF driving experts, Mandy Wannerton and Ron Smith, on- and off-road driving challenges will be scored alongside theory and knowledge-based assessments.
The champion driver will also progress to the Europe-wide DAF Driver Challenge in 2025 which, following similar local country events, sees drivers from across the continent gather for a major international competition.
The DAF UK and Ireland Driver Challenge pulls no punches
said Phil Moon, Marketing Manager at DAF Trucks,
It’s a tough evaluation of all aspects of life as a professional driver. Entrants will need to demonstrate exemplary levels of driving, of course, but they’ll need to show a deep understanding of the law, safety and the transport sector more widely. The winner can justly claim to be the best of the best – regardless of the make and model of their own vehicle.