South African Lafras Kruger was named the best driver at the finals of UD Trucks’ Extra Mile Challenge fleet driver competition in Japan. He took top honours in the UD Quester product category. The other South African participant, Buza Ngcelwane, received a reward for the Best Fuel Efficiency in the Quon product category.
“What a fantastic achievement by Lafras to clinch the top spot in this prestigious international competition,” says Gert Swanepoel, managing director of UD Trucks.
“Both Lafras and Buza certainly did us proud, and is testament to the level of skills we have in the local transport industry.”
What makes Lafras’ achievement even more special is the fact that he has only been a truck driver for 10 months! Hailing from Somerset East in the Eastern Cape province, he works for RA Transport, a general freight transport company.
“I am simply overwhelmed by the fact that I have actually won the title,” says Lafras. “It took many hours of preparation and the competition truly was a tough battle. Thanks to the support from my company’s management and UD Trucks’ staff, I made it to the top and all the sacrifices were so worth it!”
Buza, a driver for Dairy Farmers SA in Port Elizabeth, achieved the best fuel efficiency through careful planning and his extensive knowledge of the operation, performance and handling of the Quon extra heavy truck.
“It was such an honour to participate in the competition and to do so in Japan, the home of UD Trucks, was simply the cherry on top,” Buza concludes. “We learned and experienced so much, and the memories and knowledge gained will certainly last us a lifetime!”