Bulgarian driver wins Renault Trucks Optifuel Challenge eco-driving competition

Bulgarian Plamen Ivanov has won the fourth Renault Trucks International Optifuel Challenge eco-driving competition.

Bulgarian Plamen Ivanov has won the fourth Renault Trucks International Optifuel Challenge eco-driving competition.

More than 2,500 people entered the competition, with the final taking place in Toledo, Spain, earlier this month.

The final was split into two parts with competitors answering a series of theoretical questions that evaluated their eco-driving knowledge, which represented 10% of the final score. 

Then all the competitors took to the wheel of a Renault Trucks Range T480 Optifuel truck for an open-road driving test lasting around 40 minutes.

In addition to the title and a €6,000 (£5,550) voucher for the shop of his choice, Plamen - a driver and manager of the Bulgarian company Sunny Co. - wins a Renault Trucks Range T480 Optifuel truck to expand his 23-vehicle fleet, which is exclusively made up of Renault Trucks vehicles.

He said: "I'm so thrilled to have won a Renault Trucks Range T because I think that Renault make the best trucks."

Plamen practiced for the competition every weekend using the Optifuel Infomax to monitor and improve his performance.

Ţintea, a Romanian driver representing the company Ţintar Spedition, came in second place, winning a €2,000 store voucher of his choice and a €5,000 voucher for his company, valid throughout the entire Renault Trucks network.

Taking a third place was Jochen Becker, a driver from the Luxembourg-based company, Tri Kipper. His prize was a €1,000 voucher of his choice and his company also won a Renault Trucks voucher worth €2,500.

The UK was represented by Steve Rountree of MTS Logistics, who excelled in the theoretical tests, but narrowly failed to make the top 10.

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