Driver Challenge

Colin Court wins DAF UK Driver Challenge ‘22

on July, 5 2022
DAF Driver Challenge Colin Court in front of New Generation truck

- Hanson Cement Driver, Colin Court, wins through after weekend of challenges

- 15 finalists fought for DAF UK Driver Challenge to become ‘best-of-the-best’ driver

- Mix of theory, practical tests and driving challenges

- Special ‘Ian Joyce Award’ following untimely death of popular DAF Driver Trainer


Colin Court is the winner of the 2022 edition of the DAF UK Driver Challenge. After successfully completing a series of tough theory, practical tests and driving challenges, Colin, a Driver at Hanson Cement, faced stiff competition from 14 other highly-skilled driving professionals over the weekend event (18th / 19th June).

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The DAF UK Driver Challenge is the culmination of a country-wide search to find the very best commercial vehicle driver from the UK and Ireland. Following an initial online registration process – including assessments, on-road knowledge awareness and an understanding of the CV industry – selected drivers were invited to a series of Regional Qualifiers around the UK and Ireland with 15 drivers competing at the final event in Gloucestershire.

To ensure a level playing field, and that the final contenders were a true reflection of the nation’s very best drivers, the DAF Driver Challenge was again open to drivers of any vehicle marque.

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Colin Court, as well as being crowned the overall winner, also won two tests outright and was a top five competitor in seven of eight challenges, ably demonstrating his all-round knowledge and skill behind the wheel. Challenges included a ‘commentary drive’ of a New Generation DAF

 XG, maneuvering tests with rigid and articulated vehicles, a theory examination, load restraint, pre-use checks, city driving in a DAF LF Electric, plus an exciting off-road quarry driving test in a DAF CF FAW ‘tridem’ 8x4 tipper.

Runners-up included, in second position, Ryan Pennington who drives for Thomas Boers Ltd. and in third place, Richard Scott, who plies his trade behind the wheel for Home Bargains.

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Ian Joyce Award (Jennifer Lock, Allen & Lock)

The Ian Joyce Award has been introduced to the DAF UK Driver Challenge in memory of the late Mr Joyce – a dedicated and extremely popular member of the DAF Dealer Driver Trainer team. Ian was one of the first DAF Dealer Driver Trainers and a judge at previous DAF UK Driver Challenge events. The winner of the Ian Joyce Award was Jennifer Lock, owner / driver and CPC trainer at her family-run company in Cornwall, Allen & Lock. Jennifer demonstrated outstanding levels of professionalism, kindness and consideration; qualities that epitomised Ian Joyce. In a poignant moment, Jennifer was presented the award by Ian Joyce’s son, Stephen Joyce.

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“Ian was an extremely popular and well-respected member of the DAF Dealer Driver Training team,” said DAF Demonstration Manager, Mandy Wannerton, “he was a true gentleman, always kind, helpful and generous with his time. We miss him very much and the award in his name is a fitting tribute to his memory.



“Our congratulations to Colin Court, and to all the finalists. We all enjoyed a thrilling, and sometimes tense, weekend which really tested the competitors to the limit.”

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