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Goodyear delivers for DAF Driver Challenge 2022

Goodyear continued its partnership with DAF to supply tyres for the recent DAF Driver Challenge 2022.

The competition, which is held annually and spans across Europe to find the most skilful truck drivers, took place at Goodyear’s proving ground in Luxembourg on 1-2 October.

Over 1,000 contestants from 18 countries took part in regional trials, with 15 drivers invited to compete in the finals.

Goodyear was the exclusive supplier and partner of the event, which saw Gábor Szabados from Hungary eventually crowned the winner.

Gábor Szabados (left) and Harald Seidel, president, DAF Trucks.

On their way to being named Europe’s most skilful truck driver, they faced various challenges ranging from coupling a trailer and reversing to eco-driving and daily checks such as tyre health monitoring.

Goodyear’s proving ground hosted the two-day event, which today is used for testing passenger and truck tyres to deliver the highest levels of performance and efficiency.

Finalists participated in seven different technical and handling workshops on the Goodyear track, getting a feel of the types of tests tyres are subject to while in development.