Drivers

Jens Willecke, 48

 

Years working as a truck driver

17

Where are you employed?

Daimler AG, Untertürkheim Plant, Commercial Vehicle Testing

What is your main field of activity? 

Test drives, development / endurance testing.

What fascinates you about the Record Run?

Being in on the action when our new vehicles are launched on the market.

What do you like most about your profession?

Being on the move out in the field, driving and testing the latest technology in the vehicle.

If you had not become a truck driver, which profession would you then work in today?

Car fitter or electrician, or both, but preferably something connected with driving.

Who would you like to have as co-driver?

Car drivers, to give them a feeling of what such a big vehicle is like.

Which is your favourite route?

Country roads, no matter where – every region has its fascination, you simply have to see it.

Fabian Bruder, 21

Years working as a truck driver

1

Where are you employed? 

Daimler AG, Untertürkheim Plant, Commercial Vehicle Testing

What is your main field of activity?  

Fuel consumption measurement of heavy-duty commercial vehicles, on, among others, the route Stuttgart–Hamburg and in the Stuttgart region; preparation and conversion of the vehicles for these measurements.

What fascinates you about the Record Run?

Experiencing the successes of our work on the finished product, the new Actros.

What do you like most about your profession?

Dealing with products that will first be rolled out on the market in a few years time, taking part in the development. And the variety of the work: doing vehicle conversions in the workshop on one day and already being on the move the next day to determine the consumption advantages of the parts installed.

If you had not become a truck driver, which profession would you then work in today?

I would have gone to the professional fire service after training, as you also have to face new challenges there every day.

Which is your favourite route?

Stuttgart–Hamburg: In one day you drive through the whole of Germany and see the different architectures, mentalities and landscapes.

Thomas Detscher, 54

Years working as a truck driver

20

Where are you employed?   

Daimler AG, Commercial Vehicle Testing

What is your main field of activity?

Press tests

What fascinates you about the Record Run?

The result of the comparative drive.

Who would you like to have as co-driver?

A car driver

If you had not become a truck driver, which profession would you then work in today?

Car fitter

Which is your favourite route?

Driving on country roads is what I like most.

Daniel Fleischer, 49

 

Years working as a truck driver

22

Where are you employed?  

Daimler AG, Untertürkheim Plant, Commercial Vehicle Testing

What is your main field of activity? 

Driver in endurance testing

What fascinates you about the Record Run?

Experiencing how to save fuel most efficiently.

What do you like most about your profession?

Driving in big trucks and the desire to see distant places.

If you had not become a truck driver, which profession would you then work in today?

Truck mechanic

Who would you like to have as co-driver?

A car driver, who could then learn to appreciate the work of a truck driver.

Which is your favourite route?

Stuttgart–Hamburg–Stuttgart

Günter Gorgas, 43

 

Years working as a truck driver

21

Where are you employed?  

Daimler AG, Commercial Vehicle Testing

What is your main field of activity?

Test driver

What fascinates you about the Record Run?

The fact that I can contribute my experience.

What do you like most about your profession?

A new adventure every day.

If you had not become a truck driver, which profession would you then work in today?

Car fitter

Who would you like to have as co-driver?

People who get annoyed about trucks or who do traffic planning for trucks.

Which is your favourite route?

Every overland route.

Uwe Gröner, 43

 

Years working as a truck driver

20

Where are you employed? 

Daimler AG, Commercial Vehicle Testing

What is your main field of activity?

Workshop, measurement and test drives

What fascinates you about the Record Run?

The possibility to get to know something new.

What do you like most about your profession?

The variety

If you had not become a truck driver, which profession would you then work in today?

Pharmacist

Who would you like to have as co-driver? 

Manfred Krug

Which is your favourite route?

Gaggenau–Wörth–Gaggenau

Stephan Korn, 23

 

Years working as a truck driver

4

Where are you employed?  

Daimler AG, Commercial Vehicle Testing

What is your main field of activity? 

Workshop, test drives

What fascinates you about the Record Run?

The possibility to gain new experiences.

What do you like most about your profession?

The variety

If you had not become a truck driver, which profession would you then work in today?

Fireman

Which is your favourite route?

Wörth–Arjeplog (Sweden)

Michael Kropp, 50

 

Years working as a truck driver

20

Where are you employed?

Daimler AG, Commercial Vehicle Testing

What is your main field of activity?

Press tests

What fascinates you about the Record Run?

Experiencing the new Actros and the Actros in a direct comparison.

What do you like most about your profession?

The variety, which results from dealing with new people all the time. 

If you had not become a truck driver, which profession would you then work in today?

Car fitter

Which is your favourite route?

Wörth–Nardo–Wörth

Hans Luft, 51

 

Years working as a truck driver

30

Where are you employed? 

Daimler AG, Commercial Vehicle Testing

What is your main field of activity?

Foreman press, preparation and implementation

What do you like most about your profession?

Preparing and presenting the new vehicles.

Who would you like to have as co-driver?

Transport Minister

Which is your favourite route?

In South Tyrol, with a view of the mountains

Bernhard Schiel, 53

 

Years working as a truck driver

30

Where are you employed?  

Daimler AG, Commercial Vehicle Testing

What is your main field of activity?

Workshop

What fascinates you about the Record Run?

Saving fuel

What do you like most about your profession?

The fact that it’s so full of variety.

If you had not become a truck driver, which profession would you then work in today?

On a construction site

Which is your favourite route?

Black Forest

Richard Schneider, 46

 

Years working as a truck driver

21

Where are you employed?

Daimler AG, Commercial Vehicle Testing

What is your main field of activity?

Foreman at the Press Group Axor-Atego.

What fascinates you about the Record Run?

The presentation of the new Actros.

What do you like most about your profession?

Experiencing truck technology and dealing with journalists from all over Europe.

If you had not become a truck driver, which profession would you then work in today?

I always wanted to work with trucks.

Which is your favourite route?

Routes in Scandinavia

Johann Zens, 57

 

Years working as a truck driver

32

Where are you employed?  

Daimler AG, Commercial Vehicle Testing

 

What is your main field of activity?

Press tests

What fascinates you about the Record Run?

To see the final results.

What do you like most about your profession?

Testing trucks and the comparative tests.

If you had not become a truck driver, which profession would you then work in today?

Car mechanic

Who would you like to have as co-driver?

Transport Minister

Which is your favourite route?

Mosel Valley

The Log

03.07 00:21
After traveling for more than 10,000 km, the Record Run 2011 of three Mercedes-Benz trucks reached its destination at midnight.

02.07 16:57
It is 4:57 p.m. in Peine, and the Actros Record Run 2011 will soon go into its final round.

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