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Which French companies will enter their best driver for the Optifuel Challenge 2014?

The French selections for the Renault Trucks Optifuel Challenge 2014 will take place from 2 to 5 June on the Castellet track at the wheel of a Renault Trucks T 460. Out of the 24 companies taking part, only three will see their driver selected to compete against the best eco-drivers during the grand finals this autumn.

Optifuel Challenge, the international competition dedicated to rational driving and lower fuel consumption created and organised by Renault Trucks in 2012 is returning in 2014. Since March, the various countries taking part have been organising local national challenges to select the companies who will represent their country during the grand finals. For France, these selections will take place from 2 to 5 June on a road route around the Castellet (83) track.

Out of the 24 companies taking part, only three will be selected to send their best driver on to the international finals. To make their company a winner, the drivers must take a theoretical test, aimed at assessing the driver’s knowledge of eco-driving, and take part in two driving tests during which the drivers will follow two different routes. They will be taking part in these trials at the wheel of a Renault Trucks T 460 with the Fuel Eco-pack and carrying a load of 30 t, which is the average load observed in France for long haul transport. 

“Consumption is important but it is not the only criterion for selection,” explains Sylvain Berthier, marketing manager for Renault Trucks France service offerings. “Drivers will also be judged on their journey speed, their theoretical knowledge, their driving style and their respect for the Highway Code. Throughout these tests, they will be accompanied by their company manager and their local Renault Trucks dealer. This is a challenge which rewards the best eco-drivers as well as the companies who have opted for a sustainable approach to fuel savings with Optifuel Solutions.”

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