Last year, in front of a crowd of hundreds, Belgian Yves Jans took first prize in the nail-biting Volvo Operators’ Club European Final – bagging himself the title of champion, a trophy and €1,000 in the process. He returned home from Alicante, Spain, to a hero’s welcome, even appearing on Belgian national television. Yves’ days as European operator champion are nearly up – so who will take the coveted crown at this year’s final in Limburg, Belgium on Saturday 6th October?
Europe’s top machine operators from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Denmark, Czech Republic and Italy will travel to a quarry in Limburg, to participate in challenges designed to test their machine precision and competence skills to the maximum. Challenges include maneuvering Volvo Construction Equipment excavators through obstacle courses, slaloming articulated haulers and demonstrating precise movements with various attachments – all against the clock.
The top three operators will take home a cash prize, but only one will take on the title of best European operator.
Steve Skinner, Volvo CE’s communications manager for the Europe region, says: “Only the best of the best are invited to compete in the Volvo Operators’ Club Final – and this is a big deal for everyone who has made it this far. We’re looking forward to seeing the finalists battle it out in a range of challenging tasks that will put their operating ability to the test – under pressure.”
Volvo Construction Equipment’s Operators’ Club started in 2001 in Germany – and has grown to include participants from all over Europe. The club has more than 9,000 members who all hope to one day compete for the ‘Best Operator’ title. In order to reach the final, operators must first win their regional heats to go on and represent their country.
“The Volvo Operators’ Club Final is much more than a competition,” explains Steve. “Operators increasingly have a voice when their companies are in the process of deciding which new machines to buy. So by introducing operators from all over the world to our latest products – and giving them the chance to test drive them in testing conditions – they really get to see what Volvo Construction Equipment machines are made of.”
Volvo has invited 24 operators to compete in this year’s final and it is expected to be as tough as ever to get to the top of the podium. “The caliber of operators seems to improve every year, so as always, competition will be tough,” says Steve.
Text: Holly Brace
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