Brady International’s Adrian Brady is Ireland’s Best Truck Driver 2016. The Rosslare native who works in the family transport business scored the best overall average on the qualifying rounds leading up to the Grand Final held during the first day of Mondello Truck Show, on 3 September.
Mugsrave’s driver Alan Warde (Galway) and Simon Carroll representing M&N Groundworks, Dublin finished runner-up and third respectively.
Adrian and nine other finalists had to battle against the elements as heavy rain made driving around the marked out manoeuvring test section around the Mondello Paddock in the Mercedes-Benz Actros 1845 with Dennison Trailer an even bigger challenge. Mark Dodd from Advancedrive, (Sligo) co-ordinated this element. After completing that exercise, the competitors had to undertake a load safety and security test, overseen by the Health & Safety Authority.
It was a case of ‘first, you don’t succeed, try and try again’ for Adrian, as he had been a finalist on the two occasions to date. The Scania driver was naturally delighted on being announced as overall winner: “Yes, it was third time lucky for me and I am happy to achieve
the goal of winning the title,” he said. It was a memorable weekend for Adrian as his Scania R560 won the best 161 registered truck at the Mondello Truck Show static display competitions.
“Despite the poor weather, the finalists were really up for the challenge and enjoyed their day. The Mondello Truck Show proved to be an ideal venue for the final of the competition, and thanks to all concerned for making it happen,” explained Jarlath Sweeney, Editor, Fleet Transport. “From talking to Mark Dodd about this year’s competition, he said that the Eco-driving section has vastly improved, indicating that drivers are now more fuel conscious, which not only has running cost benefits but also better for the environment,” added Jarlath.
The third annual contest to seek the safest and most efficient truck driver in Ireland, was organised by Fleet Transport magazine in association with Enprova, Mercedes-Benz, FleetBoard, the Health & Safety Authority, Dennison Trailers and Mondello Park.
Adrian will be presented with the Vincent Sweeney Memorial Trophy as Ireland’s Best Truck Driver 2016 at the 10th annual Fleet Transport Awards on 13 October at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin.
Issued by Fleet Transport magazine – www.fleet.ie