The competition took place in September and involved a number of different tasks before the final at DAF headquarters in Thame near Oxford. The winner then goes on to the international competition next year to represent the UK. The first round involved four multiple choice papers that were sent out to all DAF technicians over a five month period.
The top 24 entrants were then invited down to the final to take part in various exercises. Craig said “The competition takes place every year and is a great way to help technicians understand the latest technologies in the industry as well as teaching us how to navigate through the different truck applicants.
“The final was a real challenge and we were assigned many different tasks while being observed by professionals. We were required to perform diagnostic checks on vehicles, carry out a partial engine build as well as identifying 40-50 different components.
"Once completed, we then had a presentation dinner in the evening which was a great way to celebrate our achievements from the day. I was thrilled to make it to the final out of so many other entrants and I’m keen to put everything I’ve learnt into practice.”
Mike Seeley, service manager at Greenhous DAF, said “Craig should be incredibly proud of himself for doing so well and fighting off competition from other DAF dealers around the country. He has always been hardworking and determined so it’s no surprise that he did so well.