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Winner Driver Fuel Challenge 2018

Winner Driver Fuel Challenge 2018

Volvo Driver Challenge 2018:

Filipe Ribeiro (Transportes Ribeiral) is the overall winner who is going to represent Portugal in the International Final in Gothenburg

The 12 drivers who qualified during the 3 semi-finals in Maia, Albergaria and São João da Talha, met up at the Air Force’s Military and Technical Training Centre in Ota (former Ota Air Base) for the Portuguese Final of the Volvo Driver Challenge 2018, where Filipe Ribeiro (Transportes Ribeiral), Luís Vinhanova (Transportes Alcides Costa) and José Valério (Transfrota) came in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

Filipe Ribeiro is therefore the driver with the best performance in terms of safety, efficiency and responsibility at the wheel of a Volvo FH LNG truck, who will represent Portugal in the World Final of the Volvo Driver Challenge 2018, which takes place on 13th and 14th September in Gothenburg, Sweden. The winner obtained an overall score of 2.81, the equivalent of the total kgs of gas consumed during the race, as he had no penalty whatsoever.

Manuel Castro e Matos, Commercial Director of Auto Sueco Portugal said “The success of this third edition of the Volvo Driver Challenge in Portugal has confirmed what a good investment it was to bring this challenge to our country. We believe that as far as success is concerned, the one who masters the machine makes a difference and that’s why the Volvo Driver Challenge has reinforced the importance of being aware that a reduction in consumption and steady driving is a dynamic that is globally on the rise and is important both for businessmen and drivers. It is also an amazing way of strengthening partnerships and the relationship between the brand and its customers”.

Filipe Ribeiro, the winner of the 2017 edition states: “It is with pride and a huge sense of responsibility that I am representing Portugal in the worldwide race, and so I shall do my very best! This award is what my job is all about: besides driving the truck, helping my colleagues in the company to achieve more with fewer resources, in this case being able to do the same or more work with less fuel consumption and a lower impact on the environment. To those who are sceptical, this award proves that it’s worth being open to new technologies and new ways of working because in our daily life there is proof that it’s possible to do more using less”.

The Volvo Driver Challenge is an initiative that has grown and evolved and now goes well beyond the objective of the previous competition, focused only on fuel. This race aims to raise the driving profession - making the driver the hero - and highlighting the irreplaceable role that drivers play in terms of safety, fuel efficiency and productivity. By doing so, we are also raising the awareness of the owner/customer regarding the importance of these professionals in their activity and in the success of their business.

So, we are bringing to life the values of Volvo Trucks: zero accidents, zero emissions and maximising the customer’s business profit.