On Sat, 21 Oct, Volvo CE pitted 29 of Europe’s finest operators against each other in the epic battle of speed, precision and technique that is the Operators Club Final. After a year of gruelling local heats, the event saw finalists from 15 countries across Europe, from Austria to Ukraine – come face to face in the Volvo Ocean Race village in the port of Alicante, 24 hours before the start of the 2017-2018 boat race
Johannes Unger from Austria has claimed the title of ‘Europe’s best operator’ for the second time in the Operators Club Final. The SMT GB finalists, who won their place in the final at Hillhead 2016, were Ryan Sadler and Russell Holden.
For the first challenge, the operators had to pick up three basketballs from a rack and drop them into containers using a Volvo L25F compact wheel loader fitted with a pallet fork attachment. For the second challenge the competitors had to drop three metal balls into pipes of differing lengths using a Volvo ECR35D compact excavator and catch them again in the machine’s bucket. Both tasks were performed to time with penalties added for mistakes. The operators with the ten quickest times took part in a grand final. This was similar to the first challenge, except the competitors had three minutes to move as many basketballs as they could, with different numbers of points available from each of the three containers.
At the end of the first three rounds Russell finished in 21st place and Ryan in 7th, securing a place in the final. The final challenge was another tough round in the L25F. First to try was Denmark who was disqualified when one of the baskets toppled. Next up was Poland who scored 5 points and Georgia who scored 6 points. Ryan took part next and scored 9 points. Johannes Unger from Austria secured the top spot on the winner’s podium by scoring an impressive 30 points. He was followed by Sascha Moog from Germany and Ueli Hunziker from Switzerland, who scored 25 and 22 points respectively. Overall Ryan finished in joint sixth place.
A Growing Network
The Operators Club was first established in Germany in 1998 and was launched in GB at Plantworx 2013. Today, the SMT GB Operators Club it has more than 4,000 members and is growing continuously.
Just in time for Christmas
Don’t forget to order your Christmas gifts for the ‘hard-to-buy-for’ operator in your life (or just buy for yourself!) from our website http://www.volvocemerchandise.co.uk/. The discount code for Ops Club members is GrX29jVCE which gives you less 10% on all Volvo CE branded merchandise.
All Operators are welcome …
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